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The Northerner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:56 PM
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Congress makes job creation top 2010 priority
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. Congress begin 2010 scrambling to reduce the double-digit U.S. jobless rate, knowing their own jobs will be at stake in the November election if they fail to deliver.

With about one in 10 Americans out of work, the highest percentage in 25 years, President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats -- who control the Senate and House of Representatives -- are making job creation their top priority.

"Americans have a lot of angst, a lot of anger, a lot of fear," said House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer. "Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican or an independent, all polls show that jobs are the major issue."

Indeed, as the full Senate returns from the Christmas break on Wednesday, a week after the House, the jobs recovery will also be high on the White House agenda along with the massive relief effort for quake-stricken Haiti.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60G0ZI20100117
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DumpDavisHogg Donating Member (255 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:57 PM
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1. I smell a STRONGLY WORDED LETTER! (n/t)
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grytpype Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 02:01 PM
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2. igoring, bye bye
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:39 PM
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15. +10000
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vadawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 04:52 AM
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19. rofl, well played
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jmondine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 02:21 PM
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3. Hey, Wait a sec. 25 years ago was 1985. Who was president then? Hmm...
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BP2 Donating Member (406 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 02:55 PM
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4. Polls, schmolls. You in Congress do what you want to do. The rest of us are

just along for the ride.

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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:03 PM
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5. Jobs? What kind of jobs?
Minimum wage or Living Wage? Jobs doing what?
If they are not manufacturing jobs, but service jobs, it ain't a gonna work past the point when the stimulus money to jump start them runs out.
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MJJP21 Donating Member (262 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:11 PM
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6. How about
working on bringing back a percentage of jobs that we have outsourced over the years? Two in particular are clothing and shoes. It would not be a stretch to insist that stores stock at least 20% of what is on the shelf with items made in the US as an example. These two indudtries in particular if resurrected in some small way would go a long way to getting those with the least education on the job rolls.
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golfguru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:37 PM
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11. Good patriotic thought however customers will go for the
cheaper shoes and clothes from China.
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:18 PM
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7. If they make job creation a priority like they made health care reform a priority, then
God help us.
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proudohioan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:29 PM
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8. Amen!!
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:30 PM
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9. They'll force everyone to buy a job or be fined.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 05:57 AM
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22. +1M
Congress doesn't know what a job is,to start with. Why don't they do the things already on their plate, like real health care reform, peace in our time, taxing the obscenely wealthy and shutting down corporate fraud and welfare and outsourcing?
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harkadog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:32 PM
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10. I wish job creation had been a 2009 priority.
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golfguru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:37 PM
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12. You are exactly right.....eom
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 05:41 PM
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13. I wish jobs had been a priority with the 1st jobless recovery that the bushes
past off as success. We haven't had any job creation in the past 10 years. Thanks Republicons for another mess.
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harkadog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 05:48 PM
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14. NAFTA wasn't signed into law by a Republican.
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 01:42 PM
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24. It was written by several.
That thing had been on Bush I's desk.

And even though he had it on his party, Bill Clinton was no economic Democrat by any stretch of the word.
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:40 PM
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16. they want fries with that?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:13 PM
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17. Hope they succeed. We desperately need jobs.
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Stumbler Donating Member (599 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 02:35 AM
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18. Then I hope some of them have been listening to Hartmann
1. Repeal NAFTA.
2. Restore tariffs to similar levels imposed by other nations.
3. Until the market corrects itself with the implementation of these two rules, create an FDR-style works program to get money into the pockets of those who need it most: The middle & working classes, NOT the banksters.

But if HCR is any indication, I'm not holding my breath for any substantive change to come about anytime soon.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 05:48 AM
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20. Priority?! Oh! That's right! It's an election year!
I'm so excited...
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NuttyFluffers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 05:49 AM
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21. please don't be like 2009 solutions, please don't be like 2009 solutions, please oh please!
:scared: :hide:
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kirby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 10:36 AM
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23. Yeah, their jobs! n/t
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TxRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 03:23 PM
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25. +1
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branders seine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 03:37 PM
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26. Uh-oh.
Wasn't health care reform their priority in 2009?

(And it didn't get done. And it turned into health insurance reform instead.)
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AlphaCentauri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 03:47 PM
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27. is it going to take the whole year to pass another law? n/t
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wellst0nev0ter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 08:39 AM
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28. I Guess The Prospect Of Losing Their Jobs
Is the only way they'll stop dicking around. But I'm not wasting any hope.
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