Another Year of Obama Recovery

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The much ballyhooed April jobs number is out and it once again shows how well the Obama economic recovery is going.

It’s been almost 7 years. Shouldn’t we have recovered by now? Heck, in Reagan’s seventh year, we were running like a well oiled machine, but I digress.

Yesterday Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge  had an interesting perspective on the One’s recovery progress. He wrote that underlying April’s great jobs number of 223,000 is a disturbing trend. Of that number, only 1000 manufacturing jobs were added.

He wrote: “Putting this in perspective, for every manufacturing job added in April there were 26 new waiters and bartenders confirming the robustness of America’s jobs recovery.”

Durden goes on to explain that “since the start of the second great recession in December 2007, there have been 1.4 million manufacturing jobs lost. They have been almost completely offset by the 1.3 million waiter and bartender jobs gained. In short: serving food is the new making stuff.”

He also attached a chart showing which industries gained and which lost. Interestingly while government added 10,000 jobs in April, the biggest losers were manufacturing, which gained only the aforementioned 1000 jobs and wholesale trade (business-to-business) which lost 4000 jobs. But by far, the biggest loser was mining and logging, which lost 11,000 jobs in March and another 12,000 in April. Gee – I wonder what type of mining might be losing so many jobs. Could it be the coal mining industry perhaps? read more

The Power of American Exceptionalism

by: Demetrius Minor

This election year’s theme has evolved around one common theme: the identity of America. We’ve heard the rallying voices calling for “restoring”, “believing”, “saving” and “reviving” America. There is this undeniable feeling that America is wayward, distraught and dysfunctional.

The choice is quite simple and fundamental: we can continue to march towards an European socialist society or we can be a nation of economic prosperity, constitutional liberty and freedom. America’s soul has been entrenched by big government welfare and mandates that infringe on individual rights. The enhancement of government, by means of a weak and anemic private sector, has changed America from being an economic promised land to a nation that is being defined by unemployment, joblessness, a divided political front and a lack of efficient leadership at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It is embarrassing and shameful that we currently have a President who does not understand the power of American Exceptionalism. It is quite common for President Obama to travel worldwide “apologizing” for what he perceives to be the flaws and imperfections of America. I wish he would express gratitude for this country.

American Exceptionalism is about being what you dream to be. It’s about taking advantage of the fact that America is one of the greatest nations known to mankind and that it flourishes with plenty of opportunities for many individuals to succeed. American Exceptionalism is not about government dependency. While the absence of government in its entirety would lead to a society in total chaos and disorder, it is the notion that government will meet all your needs that has caused many to be apathetic and indolent.

American Exceptionalism is about YOU. It is about having a good work ethic. It is the blissful reminder that if you dream and believe in God and yourself, that you can indeed be what you want to be. It is not about piggybacking off of other’s successes and blessings. It is not about being entitled to something without working hard and diligently for it. American Exceptionalism promotes the idea that America is great and that the power of free is what makes individuals successful in life. The idea of big government necessity is pure selfishness. The fact that many just want to depend on the government to provide them services without putting in the work and effort as others, is not only selfishness, but its robbery from those who have worked diligently in their life.

I refuse to adhere to the thought that government serves as a lifeguard and rescue mission. My success in life is dependent on Almighty God, the encouragement of family & friends, and the effort I personally put in to achieving my goals. Many may perceive this to be an egotistical analysis. On the contrary, it’s the beauty of American Exceptionalism. Don’t ride the coattails of government. Empower YOURSELF.