I wasn’t one of those people who experienced the prosperity of the Clinton administration. I had a pretty long run of unemployment and low paying jobs in the 1990s. When Bush was president, I had more years of sporadic, but better quality employment. As Hurricane Katrina was wiping out whole communities, I found the good job that I still have.
I’ll accept that I’m something of a contra-indicator. I didn’t get a good manufacturing job in the 90s that was outsourced in the 2000s. Neither am I benefiting from some great stimulus plan by the Obama administration. I may be helped by that Bush-era tax cut on lower incomes. Still, it was a matter of being at the right place at the right time.
Millions of jobs were lost due to Obama’s terrible economic policy and idiotic legislation. You can blame the aggregate number of jobs lost on the government, but blaming your individual job loss on the government is tenuous at best. Everyone has their own circumstances for losing (or getting) a job. I don’t blame Clintonomics or credit Bushonomics for my job history.
From what I’ve seen on PUMA blogs, the people who lost jobs recently seem to be the most attracted to the OWS Kool-aid. Obama coddled the big banks and those big banks invest in companies who have had trouble getting money from the big banks lately. Then there are the local governments whose budgets are so large, they’ve had to start their own austerity measures. Larger forces are at work, and there is a desire to gang up and do something about it.
You can find solace in a Tea Party rally or an Occupy protest but the place you should be heading for is a voting booth. The best way to deal with a job loss is through reciprocation. Fire the people who make government run like a rusty machine. A newbie you hate can’t do nearly as much damage as an incumbent you may kind of like. Politicians think about their legislation as a future member of the political lobbyist class, Make them think about legislation as a future member of the regular working stiff class.