Huntley: Obama loses in this numbers game
STEVE HUNTLEY firstname.lastname@example.org September 3, 2012 5:26PM
- Rahm Emanuel to cut short Democratic convention trip
- Marin: Obama going ‘hand to hand’ for every electoral vote
- Labor chief: Quinn needs us if he wants a second term
- Brown: Emanuel smart to cut trip short — but he’ll still get flak
- Sweet: Michelle Obama’s day and perks reserved for the big donors
- Roeper: Fear and loathing in ‘2016: Obama’s America’
Updated: October 5, 2012 6:14AM
Look for Democrats to tout a lot of big numbers to churn up excitement about their national convention starting Tuesday. Already the party leadership is crowing that more than 10,000 volunteers from every state have flocked to Charlotte in a show of enthusiasm. President Barack Obama will deliver his nomination acceptance speech at the 70,000-seat Bank of America Stadium in a bid to replicate his 2008 convention closing extravaganza in Denver. But other numbers cast a pall over the Democratic festival.
Some real numbers for the Democratic conventioneers to contemplate:
42. The number of months the national unemployment rate has been above 8 percent, a level the administration claimed would never be breached with the passage of Obama’s $830 billion stimulus bill.
44. The number of states that saw their jobless rates rise in July.
23 million. That’s how many Americans are out of work, hanging on with part-time jobs because they can’t get full time work or have given up hope and dropped out of the work force.
10.3 percent. It’s the unemployment rate for Hispanics. Maybe it’s what passes for immigration policy with the Obama administration. Job prospects are so bad, illegal immigration is ebbing. Too bad there’s so much collateral damage among native born Latinos and legal immigrants.
14.1 percent. The jobless number for African Americans is more evidence that trickle-down government doesn’t create jobs.
12.7 percent. Young adults, 18 to 29 years old, are especially hard hit by the Obama economy, as this unemployment rate demonstrates. These are the once-enthusiastic Obama supporters so eloquently characterized by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan: “College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.”
50. The percentage of the most recent college graduates unemployed or working at jobs below their educational credentials. Will they be tacking up Obama posters in their bedrooms in Mom and Dad’s house?
12.6 percent. That’s the jobless figure for 18-to-29-year-old women. These include many single women who are Obama supporters and the target of the Democrats’ bogus campaign that Republicans want to deny women access to contraception. A more cogent argument could be made that these are casualties of a “war on young women” that is the Obama economy.
3 million. That’s how many more Americans are out of work than four years ago, according to the Economist magazine. No wonder Obama surrogates on the Sunday morning talk shows mostly ducked the question of whether Americans are better off now than four years ago.
$2,544. That’s the drop in median household income since the recession ended in June of 2009. Look for Democrats to duck the question of whether Americans are better off since the recession ended.
58. It’s the percentage of jobs created during the Obama recovery that are lower-wage occupations, with median hourly wages of $7.69 to $13.83.
It will be fascinating to see how Obama and Democrats add up these numbers into an argument for re-electing the president.