Check out these facts and make up your own mind:
- To keep up with population growth, 150,000 new jobs are needed a month. Not counting government jobs, we are at a 500,000 deficit.
- In 2008, long-term unemployed workers in the United States was 2.6 million. That number is now (2013) at 5.7 million.
- In 2000, about 20% of all jobs in America were manufacturing jobs. Today that number is 5%. Yes, automation has influenced this number. But how much?
- 60% of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs. 58% of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.
- In 2010, the number of jobs created at new businesses in the United States was less than half of what it was in 2000.
- America is losing 500,000 jobs a year to China.
- More than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the USA have shut down since 2001.
- In the USA today, more than 41% of all working age Americans are not working.
- Since the start of the recession, the public sector has gained over 590,000 jobs while the private sector has lost approximately 8 million jobs.
- Since the Recovery Act, the government has gained over 400,000 jobs and the private sector has lost approximately 2.7 million jobs.
- One out of every four American workers makes $10 an hour or less.
- Since January of 2009, 14.7 million people have been added to the foot stamp rolls.
Failure to distinguish between public & private sector. In the 1970's, one in 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today, that number is about one out of every 6.5.
- In 1965, one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, that number is approximately one out of every 6.
- Inflation: Today (2013) it takes $116 to buy what you needed only $20 for back in 1970.
- Right now (2013) the US National Debt is increasing by about 150 million dollars every single hour.
- Between 2007 and 2010, US GDP grew by 4.26% while national debt grew by 61%.