Economy Election 2014 Jobs

Report: 230,000 Jobs Added to the Economy in October

I could easily spend the entire day ranting about how dumb Americans are, but I’ll share some positive news instead. We’re going to need it.

Numbers released this morning by the ADP Research Institute show that 230,000 jobs were created during the month of October, slightly beating expectations.

via Bloomberg

The 230,000 increase in employment, the most since June, followed a revised 225,000 gain the prior month, figures from Roseland, New Jersey-based ADP Research Institute showed today. The median forecast of 44 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an advance of 220,000. [...]

The hiring gains reflect sustained consumer-spending gains in the face of a global slowdown, helped by a drop in fuel prices. Even as employers hold down firings and add to staffs, workers may need a faster pace of wage gains to support the purchases that make up the biggest part of the economy.

The good but incoherent news is that Americans chose to vote in favor of minimum wage hikes in half a dozen locations yesterday, but they did so while also voting for anti-minimum wage candidates.

I assume this means they either have no idea what their candidates stood for, or they had a stroke in the voting booth.

Either way, this is a consumer driven economy whether we like it or not and the road the recovery is through consumer demand. People can’t buy your shit if they don’t have any money.

  • Badgerite

    Fixed News has convinced a lot of people that the country is in the toilet. That the economy is not in recovery. That there has been an outbreak of the plague here in America. That hordes of ‘little Latin people’ are ‘infiltrating the border while brave people like Sean Hannity and Rick Perry man the border with machine guns and flak jackets to protect the public from the tiny ones. And that the world is being taken over by ISIS and Sharia law. None of which is actually happening. It is classic Wag the Dog stuff.

  • j hentai

    one consolation is that the republicans aren’t going to get shit done, even with a majority in both houses. they’ve controlled the house of representative for four years with nothing positive to show for it, and with the wingnuts, wack-a-loons and conspiracy theorists taking their seats in the senate that’s not likely to change. although i will admit, it is a small consolation.

  • bphoon

    I assume this means they…have no idea what their candidates stood for…

    I had a discussion some years ago with a friend who contended that most Americans were too stupid to be trusted with a ballot. I (naively, as it turns out) argued that most Americans were smarter than she was giving them credit for and, when called upon to do so, would do the right, sensible thing.

    This election–along with several previous over the last couple of decades–validates what she said. She, unfortunately, was right.

    Style trumps substance. Ethics are nonexistent. Facts don’t matter, as we know all too well. Politics is a game to be won by any means necessary.

    While it’s very frustrating for those of us who insist on staying in the “reality-based community” (remember that quote?), we have to admit that the GOP has hit on a winning strategy: In a society where nearly a third of the population is either illiterate or functionally illiterate, tell the masses what makes them feel good, repeat it enough and you create a new reality. How else (other than the fact that this poll was taken in Louisiana) do you arrive at a point where 1/3 of GOP voters in a certain state blame the shoddy federal response to Hurricane Katrina on a guy who didn’t take office until 3-1/2 years after the event? How else do you engineer an election where specific progressive initiatives (pot legalization, minimum wage increases, etc) pass but candidates from the party who opposes all of them win?

    Through use of tight production values and repetition, you create base emotional reactions to certain images that relate to very general, nebulous concepts: Obamacare=bad; abortion=bad; “culture of life”=good; reduce spending=good; increase debt ceiling=bad; reduce deficit=good; shutdown government=good. Democrats soft on terrorists! Threat at the border! Be afraid! Be very afraid! Brown people taking your jobs! Welfare Queens taking your money! Be angry! Be very angry!

    That relieves the party from having to actually define and defend specific policy positions. They can send their pliant drones to the polling places in confidence that they will base their vote on how they feel rather than what they think. And the GOP knows they’ve engineered those feelings so as to be entirely predictable.

    In this “culture dominated by images and slogans” (Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion), until we Democrats learn to sell our message effectively, we will remain in the legislative and judicial minority. I’m an outside sales guy and a fact of life is this: while a person may use factual research to whittle down the choices, people base their final buying decision on how they feel. Democrats must coalesce around a unifying message, effectively package and broadcast it and do so repetitively. We don’t have to do this unethically, we don’t have to lie and we can base our rationale in factual reality, but we do need to follow the same general communications structure. Unfortunately, in our society, there is no other way to victory.

  • LTanya Spearman

    I don’t see why they’re cheering about these initiatives. Tell one crack-pot GOP going to enact any of these initiatives. So that a wash.

    • muselet

      Some of the minimum-wage initiatives were advisory, in which case nothing will happen in red states. Some of them changed the law directly, though, in which case the minimum wage will rise—unless the Rs successfully fight the change in court (unlikely).

      –alopecia

      • LTanya Spearman

        Go the court or underhanded change to weaken it until it’s meaningless.
        Either way, it’s not going to happen.

        • muselet

          We’ll have to wait and see what happens. I think it’s premature to declare higher minimum wages dead.

          –alopecia

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Can I just say this?

    F*** the Democrats.

    F*** the Democratic Party, the DNC, the DSCC, the DCCC, and DWS; F*** the rotten stinking g**d*mn stupid spineless incompetent feckless clueless idiot motherf***ing Democrats.

    End of rant.

    • ninjaf

      Spineless…definitely. How many times do they have to learn the lesson that they win when they run on Democratic ideals, instead of trying to be Republican Lite?

    • Ashes Defacto

      And it’s nice that you only have their backs when you are stabbing them in the back. Way to internalize the point of view of the Republican party, dumb ass.

      • GrafZeppelin127

        Bite me. I’m pissed off. Going forward I will still support them, vote for them, and carry water for them in discussions and debates about law and public policy, but right now, today, F*** them. They couldn’t defeat Sam Brownback, Rick Scott, Mitch McConnell, Scott Walker, Joni Ernst, and a host of other disgusting despicable psychotic criminal freaks.

        • beulahmo

          I understand the anger; trust me. But my anger has been focused on the predictable but avoidable voter turnout problem we have in midterm elections. I’m irritated as hell that so many of the Democratic Party’s voters simply can’t be bothered to pay attention and get their butts out to vote unless it’s a presidential election.

          Seriously. This is ridiculous. There must be some way we can break through their self-absorption and laziness so that they’ll go vote, fer crissakes. I don’t think we can just rely on the Democratic Party alone to cut through the ignorance/ laziness/ apathy that contributed to the last two midterm routs.

          • ninjaf

            The base didn’t turn out. It’s not even that the Obama Coalition didn’t turn out. The freaking BASE didn’t even bother to turn out. If you can’t get your most ardent supporters to turn out, I would say the blame lies with the candidates. It went beyond the usual mid-term Democratic lackluster turnout.

          • beulahmo

            Yeah, that was definitely part of the problem. It’s hard to compensate for problems caused by a lack of attractive and skilled candidates. So when is Massachusetts going to finally give up on Martha Coakley, for crying out loud?

    • muselet

      Counterpoint.

      –alopecia

      • GrafZeppelin127

        Forgive me, alo, I’m venting. I just can’t get over this crop of villainous, openly-psychotic Republican orcs that these Democrats could not defeat.

        • muselet

          Understood, and I’m peeved my own self. The difference is, I’m less peeved at the Democratic Party and more peeved at the apathetic electorate (and our glorious news media, which enable villainous, openly-psychotic Republican orcs).

          Rage away. Sometimes it’s all a sane person can do.

          –alopecia

        • Scopedog

          You’re entitled to rant, Graf. We’re all pissed off by this.

          I do think Driftglass hit the nail on the head, though:

          “The Purity Brigade spent over a solid fucking year singing the “Obama Is Worse Than Boosh!” song into every microphone anyone would hand them because Barack Obama was not Jill Stein enough them.

          Well now that Mr. Smiley and the Purity Caucus have gotten exactly what they asked for and we enter an exciting new age of Congressional witchhunts, impeachment saber rattling, round-the-clock XL Pipeline, Universal Concealed Carry, Jim Inhofe controlling the Senate debate on climate change and Much!Much!More! I hope they are ready for all the accolades coming their way.”

          I will not pin any of this on Obama, by the way.

          But after the rage….we’ve got to hit back. We’ve got two years to 2016.

  • muselet

    Reasonably good news to go along with the reasonably good news our glorious news media have been carefully ignoring for the past, oh, four years or so for fear of looking partisan.

    I look forward to hearing the five-second mention on the network news tonight (unless, of course, the various News Directors decide there’s a viral cat video more worth the public’s time and attention) and seeing the wire-service squib item in tomorrow’s newspapers.

    –alopecia

    • Ashes Defacto

      It’s worse than that, the press has been acting like school girls gushing over a boy band. It’s infuriating and disgusting. “Liberal media” my ass.

      • muselet

        As Josh Marshall says, the political press corps is wired for Republicans.

        In fact, taking Democrats seriously is simply not the done thing. It’s unseemly, like wearing one’s baseball cap turned backward or being seen in public in baggy trousers.

        It’s dismaying, but it’s a fact of life.

        –alopecia

  • trgahan

    “I assume this means they either have no idea what their candidates stood for, or they had a stroke in the voting booth.”

    I assume it is along the lines of “give me mine, but don’t let (insert bogyman demographic here) have any” provincial midterm voter mindset. Similar to everyone loving their personal ACA benefits, but hating “Obamacare” because it is “burdening them with the cost of others.”

    Good to know the economic recovery under President Obama is going well enough that Republicans will be jumping all over each other trying to take credit for in 2016.

  • Not to Godwin this all up, but it’s very much like, “Yes,this anti-Semitism problem is getting out of hand. I know, I’m voting Hitler!”

  • Scopedog

    “The good but incoherent news is that Americans chose to vote in favor of
    minimum wage hikes in half a dozen locations yesterday, but they did so
    while also voting for anti-minimum wage candidates.”

    Quite the contradiction. They also voted to legalize weed in few more states, and there’s cheering about that. I guess they’re going to need it over the next couple of years….

    • trgahan

      Yeah, as it is being reported, I do not understand how Americans are apparently “sick of Washington D.C. gridlock” yet re-elected the very people responsible for that gridlock and voted in a bunch more people cut from the same cloth.

      My hat is off to the Republican electoral strategists, campaigning on the “get revenge on the uppity black guy in the White House who wants to give you low cost health care” has worked very well for two straight midterm elections.

      • Badgerite

        Explain Kentucky to me. I don’t get it. They love Obamacare unless you mention that it is Obamacare and then they don’t.

        • And Mitch McConnell has confirmed, just yesterday, that if he “had his way” he would totally repeal Obamacare, costing hundreds of thousands of Kentuckyans their insurance. Not only would that be monstrous and immoral, but these same Kentuckyans voted for this asshat.

          ::shakes head::

          • Badgerite

            I think the Kentucky state exchange under the ACA has something like a 75% approval rate. ??????????? But they want it repealed or damaged.
            Because they hate themselves? What?