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- January 19, 2012

Obama Heads Up To New York City For More Fundraisers Just One Day After Once Again Proving That Obamanomics Means Fewer Jobs

OBAMA’S FUNDRAISING TRIP SHOWS AMERICANS THAT HIS MAIN CONCERN IS KEEPING HIS OWN JOB

Tonight’s Four Fundraisers Bring Obama’s Two Week Total To Ten Fundraisers

“President Barack Obama Has Four Fundraisers In The City This Evening And A Visit Here Is Not That Unusual For Him.” (Peter Haskell, “President Obama In Town Tonight For Fundraisers,” CBS Local New York, 1/19/12)

Obama Heads To New York City For A Fundraiser At Spike Lee’s Home, Then Another Fundraiser At The Apollo Theater. “President Barack Obama will be getting some high-profile fundraising help next week from director Spike Lee and musicians Al Green and India.Arie. Obama is expected to travel to New York on Thursday for a high-dollar fundraiser at Lee’s home and a campaign event at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, with performances by Green, India.Arie and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda.” (“Director Spike Lee To Hold Obama Campaign Fundraiser In New York,” The Associated Press1/13/12)

  • A Third Fund-Raising Event, Hosted By Leaders In The Jewish Community, Will Be Held At Daniel Restaurant.” (Carl Campanile, “Obama Takes His $howtime To The Apollo,” New York Post1/17/12)

Obama Attended Six Fundraisers Last Week, Three Events In Both Chicago And Washington D.C. (“Obama Attends Small DC Fundraiser,” The Associated Press1/13/12; White House Schedule, Accessed 1/18/12)

Obama’s Ten Fundraisers In Eleven Days Means His 2012 Fundraising Pace Starts Off At A Fundraiser Every 1.1 Days. (“Obama Attends Small DC Fundraiser,” The Associated Press1/13/12; White House Schedule, Accessed 1/18/12; Politico44, Accessed 1/19/12)

More Proof That The Obama Team’s Comments On Obama’s “Low” Level Of Engagement Is Pure Spin

Obama White House Says Obama’s “Level Of Engagement” With Campaigning Is “Relatively Low Now.” WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY: “Well, Jeff, as you know there is a reelection campaign located in Chicago.  And this President is doing the things that he needs to do to prepare for his campaign, but his  -- the level of his engagement is relatively low now because he has work to do as President.” (Jay Carney, Remarks At White House Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 1/9/12)

According To The White House, Obama Has “Scant Interest In Politics.” “To hear the White House tell it, President Barack Obama has scant interest in politics as Republicans battle each other for the right to challenge him.” (Erica Werner, “SPIN METER: Obama Feigns Disinterest In Politics,” The Associated Press,1/12/12)

  • “But In Reality, Obama Is Increasingly Involved In His Re-Election, Staying In Regular Contact With His Campaign Staff, Raising Money And Evaluating Republican Debate Performances.” (Erica Werner, “SPIN METER: Obama Feigns Disinterest In Politics,” The Associated Press, 1/12/12)

“But The President's Schedule And Sometimes Even His Own Words Paint Another Picture: Of A White House Increasingly Driven By Politics.” (Erica Werner, “SPIN METER: Obama Feigns Disinterest In Politics,” The Associated Press, 1/12/12)

“And Take Travel, A Good Barometer Of Priorities Because It Requires That Most Precious Commodity: The President's Time.” (Erica Werner, “SPIN METER: Obama Feigns Disinterest In Politics,” The Associated Press, 1/12/12)

  • Five Of Six Domestic Day Trips Obama Has Made Since November Have Been To “Politically Important States.” “Of a half-dozen domestic day trips Obama made in November, December and so far in January, five were to politically important states both parties will be contesting this fall - North Carolina, Ohio, New Hampshire and, twice, Pennsylvania.” (Erica Werner, “SPIN METER: Obama Feigns Disinterest In Politics,” The Associated Press, 1/12/12)

WHILE YESTERDAY’S KEYSTONE DECISION PROVES HE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THE JOBS OF EVERYDAY AMERICANS

Yesterday, The Obama Administration Denied A Permit To Build The Keystone Pipeline. “The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will deny a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, an important link between a U.S. market that's thirsty for energy and a rich source of petroleum in nice, stable, neighborly Canada.” (Editorial, “Pipeline Politics: Misguided Obama Blocks Keystone Pipeline,” Chicago Tribune, 1/19/12)

The Keystone Pipeline Was Expected To Result In As Many As 130,000 Jobs. “Many of those 20,000 jobs on the construction of the pipeline would have been filled by skilled union members. Eventually, the completed pipeline was expected to result in as many as 130,000 jobs, many of them on the upper Texas Coast, where the heavy oil would be refined into 700,000 barrels of oil daily.” (Editorial, “Keystone Pipeline Delay Is The Wrong Call,” Houston Chronicle, 11/11/11)

The Pipeline Would “Produce 20,000 Construction Jobs And 100,000 Indirect Jobs.”  “Gary Doer, the Canadian ambassador to the United States, said building the pipeline would produce 20,000 construction jobs and 100,000 additional indirect jobs in services and supplies. ‘It’s good for the U.S. economy, U.S. jobs and U.S. energy security,’ he said. ‘If you ask Americans, would you choose Canada over the Middle East, they’d say yes.’” (John M. Broder & Clifford Krauss, “U.S. Offers Key Support To Canadian Pipeline,” The New York Times, 8/26/11)

The Washington Post: Rejecting The Keystone Pipeline “Would Help China Lock Up More Of The World’s Oil Production” And “Cost Infrastructure Jobs” In The U.S. “But it would help China lock up more of the world’s oil production, cost infrastructure jobs in the United States and offend a reliable ally. More delay after three years of review is insult enough.” (Editorial, “Washington’s Unwelcome Delay In The Keystone XL Pipeline Project” The Washington Post, 11/12/11)

  • “The Oil From Canada Could Ultimately Supplant Much Of The Oil The United States Imports From The Middle East And Other Unstable Regions. It Could Give The Country A Measure Of Energy Security.” (Editorial, “Pipeline Delay An Insult To Jobless,” The Detroit News, 11/14/11)

JUST ANOTHER NOTCH IN OBAMA’S DISMAL JOB RECORD

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker: “Obama Is On Track To Have The Worst Jobs Record Of Any President In The Modern Era.” “Unless the economy turns around in the next 18 months, Obama is on track to have the worst jobs record of any president in the modern era. That would be an accurate statement.” (Glenn Kessler, “Rick Perry’s Claim That Obama Has ‘Killed More Jobs’ Than Any Other President,” The Washington Post’s “The Fact Checker,” 8/22/11)

Since Obama Took Office, The Nation Has Lost 1.7 Million Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/6/12)

  • Including 1.1 Million Private Sector Jobs, 1.0 Million Construction Jobs, And 769,000 Manufacturing Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/6/12)

13.1 Million Americans Are Unemployed And The Unemployment Rate Is Currently 8.5 Percent After Hitting A High Of 10.1 Percent In October 2009. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/6/12)

The Real Unemployment Rate, Including Those Working Part-Time For Economic Reasons Is 15.2 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/6/12)

  • There Are 8.1 Million Workers Employed Part-Time For Economic Reasons. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/6/12)
  • The Number Of Workers Marginally Attached To The Labor Force Is Almost 2.5 Million. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/6/12)
  • Since Obama Took Office, The Number Of Workers Employed Part-Time For Economic Reasons, Marginally Attached To The Workforce, Or Unemployed Has Increased By Over 1.8 Million To Over 23.7 Million Workers. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/6/12)

Since Obama Took Office, The Average Number Of Weeks It Takes To Find A Job Has More Than Doubled, From 19.9 Weeks To 40.8 Weeks. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/6/12)

Almost 5.6 Million Workers Have Been Unemployed For 27 Weeks And Over 4.3 Million Workers Have Been Unemployed For A Year Or Longer. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 1/6/12)

Under Obama, The U.S. Has Fallen From First To Fifth Place For The Best Places For Companies To Do Business. (Jay Heflin, “Study: U.S. Loses Its Competitive Edge During Obama Administration,” The Hill’s “On The Money,” 9/10/10; John Heilprin, “Survey: US Falls To 5th In Global Competitiveness,” The Associated Press, 9/7/11)

  • The Hill: “Study: U.S. Loses Its Competitive Edge During Obama Administration.” (Jay Heflin, “Study: U.S. Loses Its Competitive Edge During Obama Administration,” The Hill’s “On The Money,” 9/10/10)
     
  • U.S.’ Business Competitiveness Ranking Falls From First Place Due To “High Taxes And Onerous Regulations.” “The World Economic Forum has released a report showing the United States in fourth place. Two years ago, the U.S. was ranked first. … The forum identified high taxes and onerous regulations for dulling the competitive edge of the United States.” (Jay Heflin, “Study: U.S. Loses Its Competitive Edge During Obama Administration,” The Hill’s “On The Money,” 9/10/10)

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