President Obama did his best to spin the jobs report on Friday as a sign of progress, but as the liberal New York Times reported it’s not all wine and roses.

A report from the National Employment Law Project, a liberal research and advocacy organization that focuses on labor issues, found that while the majority of jobs lost in the downturn were middle-income jobs, the majority of the jobs created since then had been lower-wage ones.

And for those looking for a job, things are still tough.

 “I’m not just competing against all the other people who are out of work,” said Griff Coxey, 57, of Cascade, Wis., who was laid off in May from his controller job at a small business. “I’m also competing against all those people who are actually working but are underemployed.”

We don’t need another 4 years of stagnant or low-wage job growth. We need some real leadership and real action that will put this country back to work and move it forward not backward, as we have been for the last four years.

 

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)  appearing on Meet the Press called for President Obama to announce a bold jobs program this week to the tune of $1 trillion.

 

What’s a trillion when you are trying to get people back to work before the 2012 elections?

Don’t you just love it when the Democrats fess up to their own mistakes?

But seriously create a modern version of FDR’s WPA?

Oh wait I thought we did that with the $787 billion stimulus program.

And we all know what a success that was.

Unemployed citizens of central Florida are about to be rescued by a campaign to give them superhero capes to a lucky few all compliments of a state unemployment agency according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Dubbed the “Cape-A-Bility Challenge,” a $73,000 public-relations campaign by Workforce Central Florida features a cartoon character named “Dr. Evil Unemployment” and includes handing out about 6,000 red superhero capes to jobless Central Floridians.

The campaign, revealed Saturday in a report in the Orlando Sentinel, was met with derision by many unemployed who questioned spending more than $14,200 on capes and $2,300 on foam cutouts of “Dr. Evil Unemployment.” They said the campaign’s tone risked minimizing the severity of the region’s labor problems.

Dr. Evil?  Does he come with a Mini- Me? I hear former labor secretary Robert Reich may be available.

The “Cape-A-Bility Challenge” is part of an “Everyday Superheroes” theme the agency has adopted. Its website features videos of employers, job seekers and Wentworth in capes similar to those the agency plans to distribute to the unemployed.

Shot in slow-motion and underscored by a heroic soundtrack, Wentworth strikes a Superman pose, dramatically removing his glasses. In another scene he taps out a message on his BlackBerry.

While the $73,000 is a drop in the bucket to the $24  million in public money that the Workforce agency received it raises the question of  exactly how handing out 6,000 capes actually helps anyone find a job.  Do they expect these people to show up for job interviews wearing a cape and using their new found super powers and get a job?

Then again a lot of what the government does requires a bit of magic.

The Democrats are grasping for straws to find issues that they think will reverberate with voters and non other than Jesse Jackson Jr. has now taken on the iPad by calling it a job killer.

If it’s such a job killer then why didn’t Jackson complain last year when Apple was selling nearly 15 million copies and the country was facing increasing unemployment? Could it possibly be that it was due to the Democrats being in control of Congress and any talk about high unemployment and job killing devices wouldn’t have fit his agenda?

Also exactly what did the Democrats do to reduce unemployment which rose on their watch beyond throwing taxpayer money at it with little or no effect.

Jackson now appears to be blaming the high unemployment rate on the new Republican Congress and not on the Democrats and the White House where the blame squarely lies.

As for the idea that the publishers and bookstores are suffering solely based on the iPad then Jackson must have somehow missed the fact that both Borders and Barnes & Noble have their own e-readers for downloading electronic books so they are contributing to their own demise by Jackson’s logic.

For publishers the advantage of e-books is lower overhead and distribution costs and more direct control over where their products are sold and at what price.

And why is Jackson complaining about iPads being distributed to students at Chicago State University?  He should be overjoyed that the heavily minority school is placing modern technology in the hands of students who wouldn’t be able to purchase the device on their own and save them a ton of money on textbook costs.

He should be championing the iPad and similar devices as great equalizers for minorities rather than some specious argument about how they kill jobs.

But for Democrats this is just another example of their twisted logic as a minority party.