Les Jeux Sont Faits: Barack Obama, 10.2% Unemployed, 17.5% Broken

The swank parties do not end. Every week, party after party after party, with dancing, in what is supposed to be the People’s House. The people are suffering but the dancing in the great house tumults, careens forth, and spins.

The fountains get dyed green, the lights turn the great house into a great pumpkin and tents sprout like mushrooms – as the grandees dance with their bailed out buddies just like in the viceregal Chicago Rezko days of old with its Capone cigars and mahogany fireplaces.

A few shouts from the suffering were heard, and dismissed this past Tuesday, but the arrogant one with his stapled eyebrow wife with her gardening pretenses dismiss the shouts along with velvet courtiers who interpret the shouts to be celestial choirs from slack-jawed crowds.

It’s happened before. Les Jeux Sont Faits.

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Never will so many be forced by the most powerful to purchase so little for so much.

The corruption vote on health care is another transfer of wealth to more soon to be bailed out buddies. Desperately needed Universal Health Care is now a bait and switch consumer fraud only a Chicago grifter could conceive. The government via its revenue enforcers will collect the tax for the soon to be bailed out, with the full power of its internal revenue agency and the people will be forced to purchase the expensive valueless for what they cannot afford.

As the massive transfer of wealth in deals cobbled in secrecy in that cruel month of February, are prepared, the people and their needs are ignored.

As the unemployment rate surged to 10.2 percent in October, reaching double digits for the first time in 26 years, it suddenly seemed possible that the nation might yet confront the worst joblessness since the Great Depression.

In the six decades since the government began compiling such data, the highest level of unemployment came at the end of 1982, when it hit 10.8 percent. [snip]

“The guy on the street is going to ask, ‘What recovery?’ ” said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at the PNC Financial Services Group in Pittsburgh. “The job market is still in reverse.”

The sharp rise in unemployment — which climbed from 9.8 percent in September, as the nation lost another 190,000 net jobs — intensified pressure on the Obama administration to show results from the $787 billion package of spending measures unleashed early this year to spur the economy.

Ah yes, the spending, the bailouts, the massive transfer of wealth from the innocents and the gullible to the rapacious and culpable. The trillions in election year slush funds. The dancing continues in the great halls.

Two-hundred-and-thirty-seven members of Congress are millionaires. That’s 44 percent of the body – compared to about 1 percent of Americans overall. [snip]

All told, at least seven lawmakers have net worths greater than $100 million, according to the Center’s 2008 figures.

The great bamboozlement, Robin Hood in reverse, the coffers of the poor and broken looted to pay for the dances in the great halls, for the violin players, for the tambourine princesses:

In all, more than one out of every six workers — 17.5 percent — were unemployed or underemployed in October. The previous recorded high was 17.1 percent, in December 1982.

This includes the officially unemployed, who have looked for work in the last four weeks. It also includes discouraged workers, who have looked in the past year, as well as millions of part-time workers who want to be working full time.

The American people are being ignored, fleeced, muddied, and trampled.

For all that’s transpired since his election as president, public opinion has not moved on the big issue, the current economy. The question a year later is how long Obama’s got until it goes up, or he goes down – possibly with his party in tow.

The danger was evident in Tuesday’s off-year voting, in which the incumbent Democratic Party lost the New Jersey and Virginia governorships, with 89 and 85 percent of voters, respectively, worried about the economy in the year ahead. Majorities were “very” worried – and they voted Republican by wide margins, 61-34 percent in New Jersey, 77-23 percent in Virginia. [snip]

Another concern for Obama’s forces looking ahead to 2010 is the durability of the coalition he assembled in 2008. New Jersey and Virginia this week saw turnout among adults under age 30 drop by roughly 50 percent from a year ago, when Obama won them by record-shattering margins. And in Virginia, young voters who did turn out went to the Republican, McDonnell, by a 10-point margin. Naturally there’s more on Obama’s plate. War is another great threat to presidential popularity, and while Americans haven’t turned broadly against the war in Afghanistan they’re clearly conflicted about it, with support for containing al Qaeda and the Taliban but also concern about the costs and challenges of the war, and a sense the administration lacks a clear plan to handle it.

The people spoke on Tuesday and this Saturday the arrogant ones continue to airily dismiss the warning.

Of all the numbers swirling around this week Capitol Hill this week – health care whip counts, CBO estimates, winning and losing margins in Virginia, New York and New Jersey – one stands out from the rest: 10.2 percent.

That’s the national unemployment rate. And lawmakers from both parties know that, if it doesn’t go down dramatically before next November, they could be adding to it themselves.

“I think anytime unemployment is high and people are concerned about their jobs, the economy, incumbents on both sides of the aisle need to be concerned,” Republican Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Friday. “What people care most about is food, clothing and shelter. Period. …. When food, clothing and shelter are sort of impacted, their base lives are impacted, it definitely sours the public as it should. Usually the party in power takes the brunt of that, but it affects all incumbents.”

With control of the White House and Congress, Democrats have the most to lose if jobless numbers remain high. But like Corker, Democrats insist that incumbents in both parties will feel the pain.

The arrogant ones will not listen, refuse to listen:

With independent voters favoring GOP candidates in New Jersey and Virginia, many in Congress wonder whether they’ll lose electoral support themselves if they stick with Obama on controversial issues.

Even before voters went to the polls this week, moderate congressional Democrats were anxious. Would the swing voters who coalesced around Barack Obama almost exactly one year ago stay with the Democrats or defect to the Republicans?

The answer came Tuesday night as Republican gubernatorial candidates swept to power in New Jersey and Virginia, with the help of large packs of self-described independents.

Exit polls circulating on the House floor Wednesday were even more unnerving to Democrats. The Republican candidates, the polls indicated, had received the votes of two-thirds of independent voters.

Now, as the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate prepare for next year’s midterm elections, some moderate Democrats are wondering whether they can afford to follow President Obama’s ambitious legislative agenda on such controversial issues as healthcare and climate change. One said the results were a “wake-up call.”

Today the arrogant ones cross the Rubicon. Passage of the health care bill will hurt the people. This is not reform, it is looting.

Today the arrogant ones cross the Rubicon. Passage of the hurtful, harmful bill will destroy the arrogant ones more than passing it by will.

Today the arrogant ones cross the Rubicon.

Alea iacta est.