November 20, 2011 - 4:51pm
by Eve Lee
A summary of local news for November 18, 2011
“In Kentucky, the jobless rate dipped to 9.6 percent in October. The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet says the state’s October figure fell from 9.7 percent the previous month and 10.2 percent for October 2010.” [Courier-Journal]“The federal government...
October 21, 2011 - 7:14pm
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell
"Everybody in this body knows that the American people want us to do something about the jobs crisis. What Republicans have been saying is that raising taxes on business owners isn't the way to do it."
Here in The Arena, we like to give our readers a chance to hear both sides of public policy issues.  Brother Keith Rouda just finished giving us an interesting series of articles about “What McConnell won’t tell you about unemployment,” in which he attempts to put a bit of...
October 21, 2011 - 11:00am
Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans agrily charge that government does not create jobs. Only the private sector creates jobs. This is ridiculous. Governments provide real and valuable services to people who pay for them with real and valuable dollars. And real and valuable people do the work... until those governments get starved, the workers all get laid off, and the services stop being provided.
Mitch McConnell talks about the lack of improvement in unemployment as if he had no role in it. But the reality is that despite his claims that uncertainty and regulation are preventing employers from hiring, the private sector has, slowly, started hiring. It is the collapse of local government...
November 7, 2011 - 3:45pm
Mitch McConnell's cynical and callous attitude toward the unemployed stems from more than his single-minded focus on bringing down the duly elected president of the United States of America. Those segments of society hardest hit by high unemployment didn't vote for Republicans even before they were unemployed.
One thing that needs to be noted, and which makes it easier to understand McConnell's utter lack of concern for the unemployed, is that unemployment has not been distributed equally throughout the economy. The unemployed didn't vote Republican even before they were unemployed.
November 7, 2011 - 3:45pm
Mitch McConnell talks about the 1.5 million jobs lost since President Obama's inauguration and he shamelessly says the stimulus didn't work. What he doesn't tell you are that more Americans are working than when Obama took office or that without the stimulus, unemployment would be over 11% instead of stubbornly hovering about 9.1%.
Mitch McConnell said this week that America has lost 1.5 million jobs since the first stimulus bill was passed. That is not true.A little over a month ago, this nation began a long overdue discussion about jobs and the crisis of unemployment for the first time in over two years. But since we have...