The BLS designates a person as “employed” if “during the survey reference week” they “(a) did any work at all as paid employees; (b) worked in their own business, profession, or on their own farm; (c) or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of the family.” These numbers become even more staggering when we consider how many more families are drastically impacted because only one member worked part-time.
These numbers are devastating. This is the highest level since these numbers have been tracked and it has been at the 20% or greater level since 2011. The Marxist/Progressive regime took control in January of 2009. These numbers can be blamed only on their policies. These are always the results in any economy when the Marxist/Progressive agenda is implemented. Remember that the unemployment rate was higher at the beginning of FDR’s second term than when he took office.
Nevertheless, the Marxist/Progressive regime is continuing with their same inane agenda. Obama refuse to allow work to begin on the Keystone Pipeline to satisfy big donors who also support the green agenda. The pipeline alone would bring jobs to thousands of workers. Obama insists on continuing Obamacare which is the reason for thousands of lost jobs and reduced hours. Obama insists on a huge increase in the minimum wage that always costs jobs as we are seeing in a Seattle suburb. The Marxist/Progressives insist on taking money from job creators through horribly burdensome taxes thus stunting expansion and innovation. They insist on more and more regulations on our business community increasing costs and lowering employment. Obama and the Marxist/Progressives insist on promoting more and more government dependency.
All of these polices advance the fundamental transformation outlined by Marx and promised by Obama. Marx and Obama understand these policies do not and never were intended to produce prosperity. These policies were intended to and do limit the growth of the economy to a rate equal to or less than the growth rate of the population. The purpose for this as stated by Marx and echoed by Obama is so that we have a totally conforming and egalitarian society. This is what Obama meant when he called for hope and change; hope we will all be equal economically and he would change society to make this a reality.