Archive for September 2010 – Page 2

Need a little good news? Go to Elkhart, Indiana.


Elkhart, Indiana, October 13, 2008:

ELKHART — Tough times in Elkhart are getting national attention. The jump in unemployment now has the distinction of being the highest in the country. [...]

While they look for work, many are intensely looking forward to November 4th and an election some say could help turn things around.

Elkhart, Indiana, February 9, 2009:

Layoffs are happening across the USA — but nowhere as fast as in this once-thriving area that used to be known as the "RV Capital of the World." One year ago, unemployment in Elkhart County was at 4.7%. Today, it's the highest in the nation at 15.3%, fueled largely by the rapid decline in the recreational vehicle business. [...]

On Monday, President Obama traveled to this depressed northern Indiana city to highlight what's at stake [...]

"People who have never had to ask for assistance are having to," says Mayor Dick Moore, a Democrat in this largely Republican area.

Unemployment in the city of Elkhart (population 52,000) has hit 18%, he says.

May, 2009: Unemployment at nearly 19%:

Elkhart, Indiana, today:

New numbers show Elkhart and Goshen saw the biggest drop in unemployment last month than any other U.S. metropolitan area. It went from 16.9 percent a year ago to 13.4 percent. [...]

Overall, the state has added nearly 55,000 jobs this year, growing three and a half times faster than the U.S. as a whole, according to Indiana's Department of Workforce Development.

Apparently, Kenyan Marxist Commie socialism works.


Father featured in ad responds to Rand Paul: "That was directly an insult to me"


Rand Paul, you have managed to offend a father who lost a son to drug addiction. Way to attract voters! Be proud:

Mike Donta, who is shown standing at his son’s grave in the ad, told The Associated Press that “it’s a shame that Rand’s reaction is to attack me instead of focus on solutions” to Kentucky’s drug problems. [...]

While campaigning in Eastern Kentucky this week, Paul called the drug ad “kind of tacky and really dishonest and kind of creepy.” Paul said it brought up a personal tragedy “for political purposes, as if I’m somehow responsible.”

That was directly an insult to me,” Donta said, adding that it was also insulting to other families dealing with drug addiction tragedies.

I so wish Rand would go back on the Rachel Maddow Show.


Is Congress black-balling Colbert?


I can't resist: If Congress can't deal with Colbert, how can they deal with terrorists? Come to think of it, why are they treating him as if he's the enemy? He's the best friend some of them could have, if only they'd realize it. Without his testimony, the farm worker issue wouldn't have gotten nearly the attention it did.

My advice to Congress: Go with it. Rev up what's left of your apparently non-existent senses of humor. Stephen Colbert could be an asset, shun him your own peril:

A Politico report outlines how Colbert's in-character testimony before Congress last week helped to hasten the end of an onetime cordial relationship.

Lawmakers and their aides are repeatedly turning down requests for "The Colbert Report," political advisers are suggesting members avoid Colbert like the plague, and the infamous "Better Know a District" segment that put Colbert on the map on Capitol Hill appears to be dying out.

Colbert can outwit just about anyone. I don't blame Congress members for their reluctance, since he usually ends up making mince meat out of them, but to blackball him? He'll have a field day with that. Count on it.


Poll-itics: Obama v. Clinton, Obama wins


Is it 2012 already?

If Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were to challenge President Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2012, a new Gallup poll finds she would be defeated handily, 52% to 37%.