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I'm No Genius But I'm an Army Wife and Mom

Updated on June 22, 2011

June 21, 2011

I firmly believe that the title I used could also read, “I’m No Genius But I’m a Wife and Mother” and it would still fit perfectly into the topic I write about today.

The Wall Street Journal had an opinion piece today The GOP Myth of 'Job-Killing' Spending by Alan S. Blinder. Mr. Blinder is a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University. He also is a former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Quite an impressive resume’ I must say.

Given his Ivy League credentials, one would then presume the gentleman was intelligent.

I was an Army wife for over 31 years. My husband, now retired, was an Airborne, Infantry, Ranger. He was either deployed, sent overseas or “in the field” for a very good part of our 31 year marriage. I raised three children often with him not present. Well, he was present during the conception and birth, still I must say, little else…

But I digress…

While I may not be the smartest woman in the world, life as an Army Infantry wife has taught me many things. Sometimes it was baptism by fire, but many of my life’s lessons were hard won as I learned on the run and under the gun…so to speak. It certainly helped develop a handy thing called common sense and when I read Blinder’s opinion piece I was stunned by the lack of common sense!

Blinder has his shorts all twisted in a wad over the GOP saying that the stimulus plan didn’t create jobs.

Ah…Dude…it didn’t!

Well, at least I should be thankful he didn’t go into that scholarly economic term “jobs saved” business.

According to The United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics in December of 2009 there were 129,320,000 people employed in America.

In December 2010, 130,229,000 people were employed.

Now, I’m pretty lousy at math, so I had to get my calculator out.

After the stimulus money was poured into Mr. Obama’s pet projects and given to his GE CEO buddy and tons of it to the AFLCO and other union cronies etc. There is a difference of only 909,000 people employed in 2010.

Now, this would of course assume (you know what happens when we assume) every single one of those jobs that those 909,000 people had were a result of the Obama stimulus plan.

I’m not a betting woman, but I’d bet the farm many of those jobs had nothing to do directly or indirectly with stimulus money.

Yet even if we were to say half of those people were gainfully employed as a direct result of Mr. Blinder’s adored stimulus plan, he’s still way, way off in his hopeful numbers.

He claims “In fact according to the Congressional Budget Office estimates [that’s a key word here], the stimulus’s effect on employment in 2010 was at least 1.3 million net new jobs, and perhaps as many as 3.3 million.”

Oh really? That’s not what the facts say Mr. Blinder – another unfortunate name in the same vein as Anthony Weiner. Blinder is blind as a bat and doesn’t seem to have the sense God gave him when it comes to his area of expertise.

All he had to do was type a little and a few clicks later he would have found the facts and he too could have verified his assumptions—to be dead wrong.

He also goes on to say, “Despite all this evidence and logic, some people still claim that fiscal stimulus won’t create jobs.” And then he goes on to talk a bit about his pal Paul Krugman.

Let’s see, I have a BA in English and this guy teaches at a very prestigious university yet I was able to wipe the floor with his stimulus money defense.

Gee, maybe I should go apply for a job as professor of economics at Princeton. Think they’d hire me?


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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks everyone for your comments - coming off of a week-long migraine marathon - not fun - but back and very thankful for all your comments!

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Hi Wayne,

      I'd be surprised if Brewer ran for VP. She has so much still to do in AZ that it might hurt her reputation to leave now.

      Palin would be a bad choice for VP, as both are so vocally conservative, and the ticket would have little appeal to the center. Perry/Cain would be better. Cain is quieter on social issues, and is less likely to object to playing second fiddle than Palin.


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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      I see some light in the distance. If Rick Perry can team with Palin or Jan Brewer, I could see some serious conservative backing behind such a ticket. Rumor down here is that Perry is a go. We'll have to wait and see. I rack my brain trying to imagine what "Real American" could honestly go to the polls in 2012 and pull that lever for an Obama's suicidal. WB

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      Becky 6 years ago

      Common sense, it amazing. I do not see much of it anymore. Thank you

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      CJV, I have come to understand after my 62 years, that an Ivy League education does NOT make the man/woman. I have know many from Harvard that I consider idiots. In their field of study they may even be well educated, but not always.

      They have a network that helps them get the best jobs. Get them talking off of their field of study, an they are lucky to keep up.

      Government figures have never added up. Hmmmm, that's only addition. Don't forget Obama saying, these new green jos will provide 300,000 new jobs. The REAL unemployment rate is 21-24%. They have changed how the figures are read twice.

      With all the kids graduating college and high school this spring, only 24% of the college kids got jobs. The ones thatdidn't aren't counted in the unemployment ranks. I hope everyone takes note of this, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" H

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Hi Wayne,

      The American flag is great when it serves Obama's PR needs, and it's bad when it hurts his relationship with Islamics and liberation theologists. Like everything else American, the flag has no meaning to him. It's just a prop that's useful at some times, and useless at other times.

      I was hoping serious help was around the corner in 2012. But it's simply been startling how much Obama's poll numbers (job approval rating) have headed up in recent months, in spite of the economy, federal legal abuses under his watch, etc. I don't think the 2012 elections are going to be the cake walk I thought they would be a short time ago.


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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      Caught this one on the podcast of Tim's show, Carol. Great points. I just show a clip of Obama on Fox trying to raise his base...he has no problems flying the American Flag on either shoulder behind his podium now. It's enough to make me vomit. What a pretender who is willing to use any stage scenery to further his cause. He is also willing to use the Fed and anyone else who is stupid enough to go along. We need some serious help. WB

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Hey CJ,

      I know nothing about Blinder, but Krugman is a total moonbat. The reality is that fiscal stimulus is only a short term tonic, adds debt, and makes the problems bigger later. Also, it often often doesn't even work in the short term. There's a Federal Reserve saying that "you can't push on a string." The idea is that you can loosen up the money supply, bail out failing banks, etc., but this in itself does not guarantee increased economic activity. The point is that increased availability of money does not automatically mean companies will wish to borrow and put people to work. Other factors are at play, such as business confidence, consumer demand, pricing power, etc. Availability of cash is just one factor in creating jobs.


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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Facts don't mean a thing anymore. Haven't you heard? The President by decree announced that it is perfectly okay for his administration, including friends of the administration, to speak with forked tongue and make up stats. Besides Carol, the jobs being talked about are imaginary jobs, but that doesn't mean they don't count! Up useful and awesome.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Carol - Good to see you. I salute all Army wives as you are the backbone of the Army. You always took care of business on the home front while the warriors were busy taking care of the nation's primary business - national defense.

      Any jobs created (saved) were union jobs or making sure public servants could continue to feed at the feed bag.

      Ivy League education. How impressive but that a a buck fifty will get you a cup of coffee down at the local diner. The one thing Ivy League schools don't teach, because it isn't book theory, is common sense. Life teach that.

      And you, my dear, seem to have acquired a boat load of that commodity without ever having to attend one of those hallowed halls of the elite class.

      Great Hub. I never expect less when you hit the keyboard.

      The Frog

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      TimBryce 6 years ago

      Listen to Carol read her column on our podcast of Wednesday, June 22nd -

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      sheila b. 6 years ago

      Sorry, I don't think common sense is wanted at Princeton. I believe the sense they want is the sense of superiority.

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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      There are SO MANY ways to stimulate the economy Tom - many smart ways - the way NOT to do it is the dumb way the Obama administration keeps trying to convince the American people is working. IT ISN'T!! Some of the ways you suggest would be GREAT!

      Thanks Tom,


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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Good Hub Carol,

      If the big government croud would corral the EPA and if they had used 1/4 of the funds that they used for stimulus as a tax credit for small business that hired new workers, we would be back at a 5% unemployment rate.