Dear Mr. Obama,
I know your plate is full. You’re a freshly-minted president, one with less than a year in office, and you have a lot on your mind, what with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a war in the halls of Congress over the health care overhaul issue, and now a bona fide war with Fox News.
These things, depending on who is leaking, are items that either weigh heavily or you don’t give much thought to. It’s still up in the air as to what gets whom.
Ahem, sir… if I could direct your attention over here for just a moment… I think there is a bigger altercation being waged, right under your nose.
There are a multitude of unemployed, and the numbers keep getting worse, not better. This, after billions of dollars were printed and funneled out of Washington in the so-called stimulus bill (fondly known as the Bacon Explosion).
According to your vice president, the stimulus worked better than expected. We’re starting to crawl out from the bottom of the barrel. Thanks in large part to the government, we are on an upswing! Hip, hip, hooray!
Yeah, right. Joe Biden must be blind as well as a seasoned gaff-master. I don’t know where the stimulus improved anything. He should show me. Either the Meister Gaffer misspoke or he thinks Michigan is part of Canada and the state doesn’t count.
I read that the Bacon Explosion only saved or created 397 jobs in Michigan since its implementation in February. Considering the amount of money received, this is the worst return on investment in the entire country. If you do the math, it's approximately $1.5 million dollars per job. (Note to the other 49: our governor took most of the money to plug up budget woes. Don’t do that if you really want to create jobs.)
Today’s front page of the Detroit News was splashed with headlines of yet another record-breaking month of unemployment. At 15.3%, Michigan tops the nation’s unemployment rate. This number does not include those who have given up the fight, so the percentage is likely much higher. The statistics are even worse when you break it down into cities. I thought Detroit had it bad with close to 28% unemployed, but Pontiac and Highland Park each have the highest, at an unprecedented 35%.
In separate non-news, it turns out that since January 2009, Michigan has actually lost 100,000 jobs — 329,000 total since August 2008. I give this tidbit the non-news classification because any dolt with half a brain already knows this fact to be true. Take a walk down my middle-class street and you’ll find more closed and empty businesses than I care to think about. I suppose we should be cheered by the fact of the 300 Bacon Explosion jobs that offset the lost ones. Or alarmed.