Question to ponder over the weekend: What would Barack Obama had to have done in order to not be re-elected? Maybe we don’t want to know the answer.

From Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released jobs numbers for January Friday showing that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 and the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent.

Lost in these headline numbers was another rise in the number of people not in the labor force.

This number now stands at a staggering 89 million, up from 80.5 million when President Obama took office.

This means that there are currently 8.5 million more Americans not in the labor force than just four years ago.

To put it in economic terms, the labor force is your johnson and the Obama administration is an Olympic sized pool full of cold water.

In Obama’s first term, the size of the US workforce shrunk by more than the entire populations of Wyoming, Washington DC, Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska, South Dakota, Delaware, Montana, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.

And of course with a shrinking labor force comes a shrinking tax base — a difference that the Dems laughingly want everybody to believe can be made up by making those at the top of the income chart pay their “fair share” while reckless spending continues.

So what happens when the size of the workforce undergoes a massive drop? The unemployment rate goes up — unless those people can be allowed to easily slip out of the workforce and not be counted as unemployed. That’s why the government actually encourages and recruits people to go on public assistance, because the more people who give up looking for work, the fewer are counted in unemployment statistics.

In some states, such as Maine, the number of welfare recipients are greater than the number of taxpayers. The left loves the word “sustainability” when it refers to the environment, but they don’t give a damn about it as far as economic health is concerned.


18 Responses to “Obama’s First Term: Massive Labor Force Shrinkage”

  1. SignPainterGuy on February 2nd, 2013 2:21 am

    The left keeps using that word – "sustainable". I do not think it means what they think it means !

  2. jeffythequick on February 2nd, 2013 4:49 am

    We're going to have to ask you to get off this plane. The other passengers are worried about what your T-shirt says…

  3. Marshall_Will on February 2nd, 2013 1:12 pm

    What difference does it make!

    Doesn't matter. By and large ( other than a handful of embarrassing high profile moderate to heavy Solyndra-esque pink slip downpours ) these primarily affected Red State 1099 self-employed people that vote Republican ANYWAY..!

  4. Marshall_Will on February 2nd, 2013 1:19 pm

    Here's the real shocker: After attending our OR Dim's "townhall" I followed up w/ a call to his office. Unlike a lot of people, I don't just "attend functions" hoping to "get 'something' out of it?" b/c I was bored that day.

    I had his staffer on the phone for 20+ minutes and he WAS going to hear me out! I started by painting him into a corner by getting HIM to say the words; "Rep. Schrader IS "pro small business!". Say.It.AGAIN. I then went on to say there are legions of [formerly] self-employed people out there utterly held CAPTIVE by the IRS!

    They can't get any traction or even THINK about starting a new biz because they're underwater and on a payment plan to the IRS!? Normally, SE folks either make qtrly. installments but more likely file in April like everyone else. The 1st qtr's 'profits' HAVE to be there to cover the TAX BILL. Employee's, vendors, clients ( and all the other bills ) MUST come first!

  5. Marshall_Will on February 2nd, 2013 1:30 pm

    ( cont. )

    At length.., he sighed and admitted 'I' was not the first person to call in on this! In fact, it's now the MAJORITY of their calls. I.Was.SHOCKED. Well, 'shocked' and PROUD so many of my fellow Oregonians are finally standing up for themselves.

    I now have an appt. to speak w/ the Rep's staffer in charge of econ/tax policy. As always, I'm open to suggestions from posters and will be checking back over the weekend. Over the course of the conversation I went on to explain; "No one is calling for blanket "tax amnesty" ( and then drew parallels to the ridiculous and MSM fab'd 'immigration back in the spotlight' charade while MILLIONS of legal citizens are still hurting! ) and each situation needs to be weighed on its own merits!"

    But pretending we don't have a 'problem' isn't an answer! No more than Hope Now/HAMP/Homeowner "bailouts" ( compared to the BANKS, really? ) was an 'answer.

  6. Truesoldier__ on February 2nd, 2013 2:34 pm

    "there are currently 8.5 million more Americans not in the labor force than just four years ago."

    And I have a feeling that rate will be accelerated over the next 4 years.

  7. Truesoldier__ on February 2nd, 2013 2:45 pm

    O/T…They finally created a picture of Obama skeet shooting at Camp David. The release came with the following warning:

    "This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House."

    I think they were talking to you Doug.

  8. SignPainterGuy on February 2nd, 2013 5:13 pm

    Judging from past pix of Teh Won Again throwing a baseball or swinging at golfs or shooting hoops or riding that other-than-manly bike, I`m betting the shotgun shooting pic was made after much coaching so as not to look like a complete dork. The camera angle and the angle of the shotgun however leave room for doubt as whether he was actually shooting at a skeet, what point in the skeet`s flight or even if indeed he was just shooting for a photo op. Color me unconvinced.

  9. Truesoldier__ on February 3rd, 2013 12:04 am

    Not to mention his how much of his finger is on the trigger. With the way he is doing it he is sure to jerk the trigger pulling the shot to the left.

  10. SignPainterGuy on February 3rd, 2013 12:29 am

    As noted at MM`s and elsewhere, there`s much wrong with this pic; Barry`s holding the butt of the shotgun too high on his shoulder, if it`s larger than a .410 gauge it`s gonna hurt; it looks like he`s shooting way late or at fence-sitting skeets; is that wadding leaving the barrel or a colored ring to denote it`s just a toy ?

    Is this a single frame-grab showing just before he was knocked on his arse ?

  11. jeffythequick on February 3rd, 2013 1:54 am

    In fairness to Mr. That guy, the water in the job pool is cold, thus explaining the shri…

    oh, never mind…

  12. SignPainterGuy on February 3rd, 2013 3:21 am

    Check out these two pix of The Skeet Shooter-in-Chief.

    It`s now apparent why the official WH released photo was cropped just below the waist. The second pic seems to show Choomie asking, "Would you care for some Ganja, Mann ?" Now THAT`s quite the smoke pole !

  13. Truesoldier__ on February 3rd, 2013 3:56 pm

    Twitchy has a great run down of the photoshopping and ridcule that the WH warned better not happen:

  14. Truesoldier__ on February 3rd, 2013 3:57 pm

    The Twitchy link I posted above has the .Gif animated version of that pic.

  15. Truesoldier__ on February 3rd, 2013 3:59 pm

    O/T…I am very sadened to report that we have lost a true American hero:

    The link above is a much more respectful report of what happened than the MSM (who is using the tradgedy for politics) has, so I will not link to any of the MSM stories.

  16. SignPainterGuy on February 3rd, 2013 4:02 pm

    The Blaze is also focusing on this tragedy, though since I haven`t read them yet, I can`t rate their "respectfulness".

  17. SignPainterGuy on February 3rd, 2013 4:03 pm

    Dang, those priorities again ! Always something in the way !

  18. SignPainterGuy on February 3rd, 2013 4:05 pm

    Here`s a few more at The Blaze:

    Some over-lap w/ Twitchy, but great fun. LOVE the animated one ! Must be his version of multi-tasking !

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