Waking Up To Reality

Where Are The Jobs?

Did you notice the recent uptick in the unemployment figures. Don't mean to poke a stick in the eye of those of you looking for gainful employment but the line just got longer. Now according to Obama the first thing he thinks about when he wakes up is how he's going to create more jobs. Guess what Obama? The federal government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. You might create bureaucratic, paper shufflers which you have excelled at since taking office.

Look at you track record son. The size of the federal bureaucracy has grown by 17% since you parked yourself regally in the Oval Office. How much production are we to expect coming off the federal hob-nob assembly line? I don't believe for a skinny minute that he thinks of anything but himself, and his poll numbers, when he first opens his peepers.

What I tend to think about the first thing after I wake up is, "What have the idiots at The Whine House done overnight to cause more damage to our nation's economy?" Now there's a sharp contrast in thoughts as the alarm clock does its merry jing-a-ling. Every time I hear a new economic report it seems to contain the word "unexpected." I'm beginning to expect the "unexpected" but I sure don't expect any jobs to be created anytime soon with the federal government growing ever more intent on running the job market. You see, my fellow Americans, it is a known fact that the very entities (businesses) that create jobs are sitting on a big pile of money. That decision is based upon the uncertainty of the brand of ka-ka swirling around the cesspool we know as Capitol Hill.

So lets swing over and take a look at the dampeners of what we are seeing. The first is the cost of labor. Now you know Obama is a big union guy. He's never worked for one in his life but he loves their votes. His buddy Trumpka's vision is to make union membership mandatory throughout the private sector. If that were to happen imagine how the cost of labor would spiral upwards. Take a look at the budgetary crisis issues being faced in Wisconsin and Ohio concerning the exorbitant payouts in fringe benefits. Just transpose those problems over to the private sector employers and let your imagination run wild. All those government workers produce what? How much are they adding to the Gross Domestic Product? The answer is they aren't adding a thing except excessive demands so they can live the life of luxury they've become accustomed to.

There's a new concept just created by Obama called the "ATM Doctrine." Interesting concept but it fails to address some keys issues about production. A little research on Obama's part would have prevented his foot-in-mouth statement. There hasn't been a decrease in bank teller employment since the advent of ATMs. Just a slight oversight of the facts as usual. So banning advances in technology is the ticket? Forget about making the means of making widgets more efficient. Albeit totally unconstitutional the carnage that would result equates to the loss of the jobs of the people who innovate and create new technologies to stream line business operations.

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Or how about this? They could write a new law that mandates a 32 hour work week, sprinkle in more vacation time and "personal" days. Viola!. Everyone would cheer for that as long as their pay and benefits remained geared to the 40 hour week. That's the European model and nations on the other side of the pond have tried that. We are now seeing the carnage of that move. The upside is that more people could be employed to fill in for the necessary shifts that would be magically created. That won't work either though. DRATS! FOILED AGAIN!!

Here's how things really work in the private sector Prez. I know you have zero experience in this so close your yap and use your eyes and ears. If you do things to cause the cost of labor to rise it squelches anything remotely close to job creation out here in the real world. Any smooth moves to artificially increase the cost of labor have an inverse effect. Capeche? An increase in the cost of doing business doesn't equate to an increase in total consumption. Being a business owner myself, I can categorically state that what really happens is that I have to find ways to cut costs to compensate for the expense of further government intervention in the market place. In many industries that usually means having to cut the cost of labor, either that or close the doors which isn't an attractive option.

On the demand side of all of this, what usually results is as follows. Increasing the cost of labor, without reducing the labor force thereby creating more unemployment, results in having to increase the price charged for the good or service being provided to the consumer. This is Econ 101 at its simplest. When prices increase, what happens to demand? It goes down, not up. If the demand for widgets goes down, the cost of labor for creating those widgets goes up and the cost of widget material goes up then what will be the expected outcome? Eventually a business will go so far in the red that it'll be standing in front of a bankruptcy judge. Either that or the federal government will bail your butt out. The US auto industry is a prime example.

It's really rather a simple model

Two things come to mind regarding how the government can throw a towel on the economy by its actions. The first being Obamacare. We do need health care reform but not in this form. Contained in those 2,700+ pages are some hefty increases in costs that businesses are expected to shoulder. Don't believe me? Read the bill now that it has been signed and available for casual reading. That's part of the uncertainty I previously mentioned.

The second is his union buddies. Unions derive their power by restricting the labor supply and increasing the cost of labor. They need "laws" that restrict the ability of businesses to use non-union labor. How does anyone expect those union bosses to pay for their vacation homes if they were stripped of the power to force members to pay their dues just to have a job? But instead of laws, which Congress has more sense than to enact, we see the NLRB come forward first with a law suit trying to force Boeing to close its new Dreamliner plant in my home state of South Carolina.

The NLRBs next nifty move was to try to force Card Check regulations down everyone's throat in the absence of Congress passing any law to allow such nonsense. The current administration's modus operandi is that if Obama can't get what he wants via Congress, he'll regulate businesses to death.

Why is Obama so intent on not allowing for business expansion, innovation and the formation of new business growth? He likes to talk about it but has never been the bus driver. Try maneuvering through the complexities of the regulations businesses are expected to comply with by mandate. It's enough to make you want to pull your hair out. Or be in an industry where a moratorium is slapped on you. Which way did the jobs go George?

The question begs itself to be answered. It has been answered before and will be answered again, hopefully without disastrous results. This is where commitment and opportunity need to intersect and a marriage be made. The marriage consists of businesses and the need for labor. I've never hired anyone and trained them with the expectation of firing them. That's called divorce and a lack of commitment. The question here is crucial. Who is better suited to find the opportunities necessary to marry upo with the commitment?

Is it some group of egg headed progressive central economic planners who due to their Ivy League education think they know how things really operate or the actual operators of the private sector who know where the rubber meets the road?

I'll now leave you with that to ponder.

As Always,

The Frog Prince

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Brilliant Frog Prince, brilliant. Not only brilliant but easy enough for a third grader to understand. Perhaps you could simplify it just a tad bit more so that Obama and the Democrats will understand. Obama is not a private sector kind of guy. He envisions one big government controlled union that keeps him in office until the end of time. Up useful and awesome.

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Good Rant Frog, maybe we can also take aim at the other dummies in D.C. (Dummy Central)besides the Dummy in Cheif. The congress also needs to learn alot about getting more jobs in the country and not worry so much about how to punish working people and all those nasty democrats. Help the country first then worry about the other dummies. There is plenty of blame to go around, Thanks frog, Peter

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

BPOP - Good morning Sunshine! It's Friday!!!

Peter - There is plenty of blame to slather the bread with so to speak. I'm an Independent and have been for years. What we are now faced with is a President with no private sector experience and a Congress full of career, professional pick pockets. Some one asked the question the other day, "Aren't there any honest people who will run for office?" Unfortunately they seem few and far between. I know I won't!

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I agree Frog when you lay with dogs you end up with fleas. Peter

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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

As long as we have career politicians the ruling class will be abstracted from the people.It gets worse as the government gets into more things.It isn't that they con't care about the people so much as they don't know the people are there.The Tea Party is helping to let them know they are there, so that helps

The ; people have to start putting demands on the politicians to work for the benefit of the country, politicians, follow the principles of the constitution and the founding fathers.

I would like to see many agencies dismantled, starting with the department of education.The Feds have no business in education. Likewise they have no business in car companies. Anyone want to add to the list?

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Naomi's Banner 5 years ago from United States

Thank you Frog for keeping us informed without any spin.

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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Good video to share. I can't help but wonder how much George Soros is behind what Obama is doing, pushing the U.S. into (down into) the one-world economy levels.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Dee - Soros publicly stated he wants to take our nation down a notch. That's something any American should think about.

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tom hellert 5 years ago from home


When you hit for singles some times you hit one out .. thats what happened here you were just trying to do it simple hit a single-but you jolted it out nicely done- baseball metaphors aside good job frogster...


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Frog - excellent points. Since Obama has taken office - my business has dropped of a lot. I used to employ several people and I've had no choice but to cut back. I have been in this field for more than 20 years - I've seen the market fluctuate but down times usually only last a couple of months - were are working on 24 months now!

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.


Excellent blog. Someone sent me that video yesterday. To me it explains everything concerning this administration. America's greatness stems from the fact that we are explorers, we're inovators, we're farmers, we're rough tough cowboys. Some people are ashamed of our roots. They're ashamed of the farm and want to be city slickers at any costs. Those city slickers are broke. I feel a hub coming. lol Thank you for mentioning Gross National Product. If we don't get busy on this, the rest is mute.

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OpinionDuck 5 years ago

Frog Prince

Great Hub with great images both graphic and mental.

The voters in 2008 that elected Obama had no idea what he meant when he said he was going to Change Washington

As it can be realized from the results of his time as President.

Now we can properly decode the phrase Change Washington.

Washington is the face on the One Dollar Bill and the change is making the dollar as useless as pocket CHANGE.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

How come, as under-educated as I am, the day of my layoff, I knew in my gut, that for the baby boomers, it didn't look good for new job prospects. All the bullshit about training...now, I don't hear a word regarding job opportunities for the older population. I recently heard Ann Curry's interview with the Prez and he talked about training for new graduates and young adults, but he's stopped talking about that being an option for boomers. I've come to believe that when he stops pushing a cause, even an idiot can see is not reality, it is as dead as I knew at the start. And, now, the truth for me is everything he says is "suspect." And his promise for transparency? Clear as mud.

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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

In my humble opinion, while such observations are "quality-of-life-important to every working, industrious American, all the facts and realities of this hub are moot in Obamaland. It is not required of him to think anything through, or have a brain or an opinion beyond the podium - which largely explains the ever present teleprompter. He is simply a front man, a puppet on a string serving the interests of much bigger fish hiding behind the curtain and golfing between puppet shows.

Sad thing is, it's hard to lead the sheeple to water, when they're already full of Kool-aid, but we must keep trying.

We the people have the power to turn the ship around, but we need to get Captain Kool-aid off the bridge. We can start by snipping his strings.

Any ideas on how to snip a few strings?

Good hub,

- Harlan

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quester.ltd 5 years ago

Frog - nice read on the situation

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sunflowerbucky 5 years ago from Small Town, USA

Great article. I've been job hunting since November, and every time I hear some schmuck in a $3,000 suit on the news tell me that according to "such and such" analyst, the recession is over, I want to smack them with a horseshoe. Of almost every seemingly promising interview I've been to, I've been told, "We've decided to do some internal shifting and not fill the position after all." And I would imagine that the unemployment numbers we're fed don't even come close to depicting reality, as I know many people, myself included, don't even qualify for unemployment benefits. I read somewhere yesterday that some are calling for Obama's Nobel Peace Prize to be revoked. Umm....let's revoke his job first. I'm with you, I don't believe for a second that he cares about creating jobs, nor that he has the capability to do so. Voted up and useful!

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

sfbucky - A few economists, honest ones anyway, say the real unemployment rate is somewhere between 16-17%. Sounds about right.

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

I read recently where some recent college grad is suing the college she attended because she can't get a job. According to her, the college did a poor job of preparing her for today's job market. What frigging job market would be my question, there is none. I feel very sorry for any of our young college graduates who wracked up huge student loan debts, and now can only find jobs in the fast food industry.

We all know that business, large and small, are the only solution to this stalled economy. And yes they are sitting on money they could use for expansion and hiring due to all the uncertainty. If our government could convince business they were not going to make drastic changes for at least 10 years, things would start to happen. Them sitting on money doesn't make them bad people, it makes them smart people. The ball is in Obama's court, only he can give business the assurance they need to start moving forward again.

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Pat Potts 5 years ago

Frog, I loved reading this. Thank you. As Mark Twain said there are three kind of lies; lies, damn lies, and statistics.... with this administration, this quotation applies. LOL !!!!!

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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Mike, what job market is precisely right. Too bad anyone who spent all that money on college needs to be told that one. Well, I guess they had their head buried in the books. I'll cut 'em some slack there.

However, it sounds like the student suing has a job waiting for her in politics. She'll do just fine.

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Amy, great point. I'll bet Holder is already trying to recruit her as the czar of the stupid lawsuit department he has started.

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Stu From VT 5 years ago

Up and all across! The giant mistake is that this administration, like most, thinks it's possible to "legislate results." You can only legislate means (enable or restrict actions), not outcomes. Outcomes in economics are maximized by an unfetterd pricing mechanism for interest, labor, and consumer pricing. Competition forces an optimal allocation of capital (equity and debt) and labor, over time, to optimize overall production and quality. Unnecessary regulations create artificial incentives to take actions to misallocate production inputs, resulting, sometimes, in benefits for a few, but always in decreased overall production and quality. The end result is that most or all of us are poorer. Further, administering the unnecessary regulations is a major factor in why the federal payroll is so bloated. And these unnecessary federal employees are overcompensated by 30-40% due to public sector monopoly unionization. Taxing to pay for all this would cause a revolt, so we keep running deficits of over $100 billion per month to keep the process going. The house of cards will collapse once lenders refuse to roll over maturing debt out of fear we can't repay. China has already sold all of its short term US treasuries, and has started selling off its long term ones too. Actions like this will increase the supply/demand ratio for our debt, and push interest rates up, making our problem even worse. We really have only two options: (1) monetize, and become Wiemar Republic V. 2, or (2) cut regulations and federal spending, and expand the tax base. (2) is the only logical answer, but it takes more political courage than most of our pol's have. Politics for most in or asprising to office is votes and big campaign checks, not serving the nation's best interest. Politicians need to stop doing what they think we want or need, and start doing what we SHOULD want.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu - Look at the Hub score, the ratings and connect the dots. Seems some people don't like the truth and facts to appear for consumption. We've seen the modus operandi before, only here they can be cowards.

34th Bomb Group 5 years ago

EXCELLENT, Your Highness. "Up" and "usefull."

I think the tall little boy in the big boy suits is completely out of touch with reality.

My son, "The Prince," has determined that he HATES College and has started speaking to an Air Force Recruiter. As a Mom - this frightens me to death. As an American Mom - I'm so proud I could burst. (He still has to recover from his brokem toe!)

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

34th BG - You should be proud, not fearful. Let God's hand do its will. Best that way.

The Frog

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Stu From VT 5 years ago

I notice the people who are downraving are not leaving comments. Cowards is right. They just don't like the truth. So they can downrave, but they can't rebut.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu - What is the rebuttal to facts?

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Sometimes the truth just plain hurts and they need to react. They do this by pushing the DOWN button, and then they feel better.

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Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi Frog,

Lies, name calling, and ad hominem attacks come to mind. You gotta think outside the box. A good slug of Koolaid helps.


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

Froggy, The worst thing is that Progressives never really change. Sure they lie about CHANGE, (wasn't that a big Obama word)but they do not do what they say they will. Does that describe our President that has a year and a half before he MUST vacate his office.

Someone told me that I may be misconstrued as a racist due to my HATE for B.O. I shot back with; that's impossible, they would have to call me half a racist! Of course I don't fit into either category, but wouldn't it make sense? Why hasn't anyone ever thought of that? Oh, I'm considering voting for Herman Cain. H

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Harvey - That is either the first card of last card to hit the table.


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

Froggie- et al,

I just got a new job-working with on average- teen agers- granted most of rhem are seniors in HS or underclassmen in college-Being in this environment with a recognized disability and 8 am the 4th oldest in the company- mind you they are a fun bunch- actually 1/2 of them could be models so me as a 39 yr ld- i am very intimidated yet I believe some are threatened by me!!!... so- to make a far to story too long- i am forced to take a job for less than 1/2 of what I was making before but this is the Obama future- 14 year geologists have to take jobs as managers of people and make Pizzas with kids but- even if i was not disabled i would have to do this because all the jobs are gone, sorry for the walk through the park but i had to set the tone- times are tough and - people have to do things just to get by... because the real good jobs- are gone or no one wants to hire because "that one in the white house wouldnt know how to stimulate the economy or create a job in the private sector if His life depended oN IT".


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Excellent as laid out and UP, Frog-- like the direction of that big foot cartoon, mar!

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

The unfortunate side of economic theory is that it tends to be based on models which are far to simple to take into account the dynamics of all concerns yet are held up as the reference point for taking action. When engineers do the same thing, buildings fall down on people and everyone wants to sue. You points are accurate...the best thing government can do for the jobs market is to remove the regulatory and union-favoring bridles off the private sector and step back. Things will change in a hurry for the better. This President is supposedly a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard Law School yet he does not seem to comprehend the concept of the Constitution nor the internal relationships of a free-market system. If he is an honor graduate of anything, I would suggest it is the Global School of Socialistic Philosphy. The sad part is that the American voting public is the "facilitator" for this trainwreck of a presidency and for the lunacy that prevades the halls of Congress. In the end, it is all a game of flim-flam and communism designed to simply take from the productive and give to the unproductive in the never-ending process of attempting to stay in power. There is no one at the helm, Captain. WB

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Stu From VT 5 years ago


I think I read somewhere that Oblabber also claims to have a degree in constitutional law. If for once he's not lying, I wonder if he actually attended any of the classes. You wouldn't know it from his bills and EO's.


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

Froggy, Obama just may know exactly what he's doing. I thiink he wants to destroy or drastically change (you remember Hope & Change) the country. His way of doing it is to stand on the sidelines, and throw in a "one liner" that the people will remember. If the people go for it, he takes credit, and demonizes his advisary. He never explains what he means. He sits back, and waits to attack. He never gives any details of how he is going to do anything. That's why, "we need to pass the bill before we find out what's in it." H

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