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Democrats hope State of the Union’s economic message resonates in Minnesota

President Obama shown delivering his 2013 State of the Union address.

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  1. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 01/27/2014 - 11:58 am.

    Take Obama’s economic message with a bucket of salt

    According to the article cited below,

    “In America, fewer than half of adults available to work with a high school education or less actually are working.

    That is, only 58% of the noninstitutional adult civilian population with only a high school degree is counted in the labor force. For adults with less than a high school diploma, the labor participation rate falls to just 44%. Deduct the unemployed, and the result is that less than half of Americans without college are at work. That’s why 60 million Americans are on food stamps, and why a third of all American households have at least one member receiving means-tested government subsidies.

    Meanwhile employers report shortages of skilled labor in numerous fields. It is hard to find skilled machine operators, who require the equivalent of a couple of years of college math to master the computer controls on industrial equipment, for example.”

    So whether you view the economic conditions as good or bad depends ENTIRELY on your point of view, WHAT you’re measuring, and HOW you’re measuring it. Obviously, all the good news the President is sure to give does not apply to the demographic described above.

  2. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 01/27/2014 - 02:24 pm.


    “Economic issues like income inequality, college affordability and the minimum wage are expected to take center stage in Obama’s speech”

    Are we bored yet?

    I hope he talks about global warming.

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 01/27/2014 - 03:03 pm.

    How is he going to reconcile

    high unemployment with more the increased immigration he wants?

    When the unemployment rate for unskilled labor is over 20% and unemployment amongst young black men is almost 42%

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