As mentioned in a feature earlier this week, February 17 marked the third anniversary of President Obama’s signing into law of his infamous economic Stimulus. The ceremony took place in Denver complete with an Air Force One grand entry, a plethora of television cameras and adoring media reporters. While this Denver appearance didn’t include gargantuan Greek or Roman marble columns, he did pick the Museum of Nature and Science to give a timeless perspective to $825 billion of government extravagance he promised would bring “real and lasting change for generations to come.”
Three years later it is obvious that history is more likely to record Obama’s folly as the largest waste of money in the history of the world with the least to show for it – a total failure. Thanks to Investor’s Business Daily for some good statistical research, the following is a summary of the evidence. In full re-election campaign mode, Obama is now doing his best to spread an “all is well” message, but the numbers tell a very different story – a story that caused a more honest White House campaign strategist to admit Obama can’t “run on (his) accomplishments.”
Unemployment Rate: Currently identical to February 2009 at 8.3%, after 36 months well above that level. The month before signing the Stimulus Obama promised it would never go above 8%. The CBO predicts unemployment to remain closer to 9% through 2012.
Long-term Unemployment: The number of workers who have been unable to find a job in 27 months or more is up 83% - now totaling 5.5 million people.
Civilian Labor Force: It has shrunk 126,000. According to IBD, in past recoveries the labor force has expanded by more than 3 million people over comparable time periods.
Labor Force Participation Rate: A measure of the number of age eligible Americans working or looking for a job – the LPR is down 3% to 63.7% - also highly unusual this far into a recovery, and a rate not seen since the early 1980s when fewer women were in the workforce. About four million people have given up on finding a job. A low LPR artificially makes the unemployment rate look better that it really is.
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