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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Playing politics with our economy

Cable TV financial channel CNBC had Rep. Michele "I Hate Everything About the Government (Except My Paycheck)" Bachmann on this morning after the U.S. Department of Labor reported that only 18,000 new jobs were added in June and that the nation's unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent.

Asked for her reaction to the jobs report, the first words out of the White House wannabe's mouth were: "Well, this is terrible news for President Obama."

Really, Michele? That's the most important thing about the job situation — what it means for the president?

Sorry, Congresswoman, but the most important thing about the job situation is what it means for the country and for the millions of people who are out of work and struggling to pay their bills. It would behoove you to understand that if you hope to someday be the leader of this land. (And you also might want to work on not smirking on national TV about bad economic news.)

But as long as we're playing politics, I'd remind you that the blame for the nation's economic problems doesn't start and stop at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It extends down the road to the Capitol building, where you and your fellow members of the Republican majority in the House have done nothing to help get us out of this mess.



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