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Unemployment and Nobamacare


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Democrats have held the White House and the Senate for upwards of five years. After all that time the jobless rate, “defined as a person who does not have a job, but is actively looking for one” is 6.7 percent. On the other hand if the unemployment rate includes people who have given up on finding a job etc., the unemployment rate is 13.1 percent.

In December 74,000 new jobs were created but 347,000 were eliminated from Labor Department statistics because they supposedly had given up trying to find work. For the year 2013, that number is 762,000. Since the beginning of this recession and the “robust recovery”, 6.5 million have quit, whatever that means, the workforce.

Now we’ve done what with the duration for unemployment benefits? If properly manipulated this is a virtual retirement program. Swedes concluded that “generous unemployment benefits increased unemployment rates”. To solve that problem they now reduce unemployment rates downward as time passes. Time for something similar here perhaps?

In addition, U.S. teen unemployment is 21 percent though black teen unemployment is closer to 50 percent. Almost one-quarter of 26-years old still live with their parents. Student debt now exceeds $1 trillion. Per capita national debt is over $53,000 for each U.S. citizen.

Overall, under Obama’s way-cool leadership food stamp use has increased 46-percent, the poverty rate has risen 23-percent, gasoline costs are up 79-percent, and the federal debt has grown 55-percent to over $17 trillion.

During Obama’s most recent State of the Union address, he spoke 6,778 words during which he mentioned the national debt, the Keystone Pipeline, and government spending exactly zero times. He did however, mention the budget and NobamaCare four times each.

In Germany, where they seem to have a better grip on economics, “economists have created a formula to measure ‘tax attractiveness’”. U.S. position in the ranking of 100 national economies? 94th. For you slower liberals, the 100th position is the bottom. Pretty good ain’t it?

Back in 2011 the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the equivalent of 800,000 full-time jobs would be lost because of Nobamacare. The CBO just released an updated report of that earlier estimate. The now believe NobamaCare will reduce the equivalent number of workers by 2.5 million by 2021. They also concluded that this .....
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As a new resident

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By LuAnn Wilcox Lanesboro, Minn. As a new resident in Lanesboro, my experience is that it is the friendliest, most inviting, and most welcoming small town I’ve ever been to. This feeling is a bit more muted in the rest of Fillmore County but stil ..... 
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One Moment Please... We have arrived

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
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We have arrived at a point at which we are hopefully saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring, summer and fall -- the three more appreciated seasons of Minnesota. Since December, most of us have seen very little of our neighbors. In every littl ..... 
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To Easter, Spring, and New Beginnings

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
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It was Easter Sunday. I was 4 when a furry bundle was thrust into my arms. “Tippy Toe” was snow white with a pink nose, long silky ears lined with pale pink and eyes the color of red wine. My two older sisters and I delighted in watching him munc ..... 
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One Moment Please... Congratulations Abigail Hanson

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
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I would like to be the first to publicly congratulate Abigail Hanson, a senior at Mabel-Canton High School, for being selected as the recipient of the 2014 Journal StudentWriting Project Scholarship. Since 2010, the Fillmore County Journal has contr ..... 
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One good turn

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
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After six years of searching following my graduation from college and my semester of student teaching, I have landed a full time job. Despite five years experience as a teacher, the position is not in education due to both a cultural and governmental ..... 
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Joyfully, those restricting bonds of winter melt away

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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As the accursed snow melts away and the ground that seemed buried forever appears, the bonds of winter slowly melt away. Hopefully, no more 10 layers of clothing, no more shoveling and chopping ice or trudging through two feet of snow, and no more ..... 
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Rep. Davids bill would exempt social security benefits from Minnesota income tax

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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By Jason Wenisch ST. PAUL, Minm. – In an effort to allow Minnesota to join 28 other states that in some way exempt social security income from local taxes, State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is authoring legislation that would provide ..... 
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Agenda 21: How progressives are using deception to destroy liberty

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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Those familiar with my articles know I have been warning the folks about the “noose of government dependence” that is being tightened slowly but surely around our collective necks. The radical left and secular progressives want you to think th ..... 
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