When I think about the millions stuck outside that carefree bubble -- jobless and hopeless -- and then see that scorned heaped upon them by those still comfortably inside, I feel compelled to go all Herman Cain on that oblivious, thoughtless audience. Shame on you.
While some states have moved forward and even experienced the beginning of an economic recovery, the residents of these 10 states are still dealing with uncharacteristically high levels of unemployment.
The groups suffering the worst of the economic crisis -- the poor, people of color, single women -- may be hurt more by the careful omissions from Obama's jobs speech than they'd be helped by his proposals.
"Boldness" is the rage among pundits advising the president on his speech this evening. Yet White House leaks suggest that his prescription for this central malady of the nation will not deserve to be so named.
I want to make an essential yet poorly understood point about spending on jobs programs of the type we expect to hear Thursday night. Temporary spending does NOT increase either the long-term deficit or the growth of the national debt.
What a terrible irony this Labor Day that under America's first African-American president, black unemployment has risen to its highest level since the early Reagan years, and decades of black progress on homeownership have been wiped out.
We are experiencing a jobless recovery and neither the administration nor Congress has demonstrated a sustained interest in unemployment. To grasp the full severity, we should closely examine an important statistic -- the unemployment rate.
Let's bag the picnics and parades this Labor Day. American workers should march in protest. They're getting the worst deal they've had since before Labor Day was invented -- and the economy is suffering as a result.