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Friday, February 27, 2004

I remember that one 

I remember when George W. Bush declared he would establish a "commission" that would investigate and report on the problem of the high loss of manufacturing jobs.

Anybody else remember that? Maybe not a "commission", but the promise to establish SOMETHING that would work on the problem?

Huh. Just another broken promise. From CAP:


'Dishonest' Would Be An Understatement

Almost six months ago to the day, President Bush made a Labor Day visit to Ohio, a state which has "lost more than a quarter-million jobs," including 166,000 manufacturing jobs, since 2001. During a speech to workers there, he said he would "appoint an assistant secretary [of Commerce] to focus on the needs of manufacturers, to make sure our manufacturing job base is strong and vibrant…We have a responsibility that when somebody hurts, government has got to move."

Yet, six months later, the country has lost another quarter million manufacturing jobs (and Ohio alone has lost another 9,000 manufacturing jobs) and the Administration has not only failed to offer a policy prescription, it has not even appointed the Commerce department specialist.

And yesterday, the situation hit a boiling point: the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly Mass Layoff report which showed "there were more mass layoffs in January 2004 than in any previous January for the nine years that such records have been kept" – a report that prompted outrage from Sens. Schumer, Corzine and Stabenow.

The promise to address the manufacturing situation with new policies and a new manufacturing czar – and then failure to follow through – is only the latest economic contradiction from the Bush Administration. What follows is a list of the most brazen and calculated economic distortions:


MYTH 1 – WE CARE ABOUT JOB LOSS

MYTH 2 – WE CARE ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS

MYTH 3 – WE ARE CUTTING TAXES FOR AVERAGE PEOPLE

MYTH 4 – TAX CUTS WILL NOT CAUSE DEFICITS

MYTH 5 – WE CARE ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYED


Sounds like a goddamn Newspeak list from 1984, doesn't it?
Go there to read the rest.

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