February Jobs Thaw The February jobs report contained a bit of good news this month, though it is just a bit. Some 175,000 jobs were created last month, numbers for December and January were revised up by 25,000, and more people entered the workforce. All good things, though of course the last item meant that headline unemployment ticked up 0.1 percentage points to 6.7%, the first increase in 14 months. And the Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore explains why optimism should be tempered: The added jobs are “still below the 200,000 to 250,000 a month we need to bring down the real unemployment rate and to keep pace with young people entering the workforce.” Furthermore, “there are more than 2 million FEWER Americans in the labor force today than one year ago.” Bottom line: The Obama “recovery” plods on.
Who’s Counting the Uninsured? When Democrats were making the case for ObamaCare, they insisted that the primary problem they were trying to solve was covering the “47 million uninsured.” But when asked for metrics on how ObamaCare is solving that problem, we get this from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: “That’s not a data point we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way.” In other words, they’re not even bothering to check up on how the law is meeting its purpose. That can mean only one thing: Come election time, it’s easier for Democrats to defend their intentions than their results. Because according to one survey, only one in 10 uninsured people have enrolled so far. But just remember, Obama says, if you don’t sign up, “you’re punishing yourself or your family.”
‘God’s Work’: The Sequel Just last week, Barack Obama told ObamaCare volunteers that they’re doing “God’s work.” Now his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, has picked up on the talking point. Gushing over the work of ObamaCare application counselors, Michelle said, “You’re changing lives. You realize that. … Keep it up.” Then she reiterated her husband’s phrase: “You are doing God’s work.” As we said last week, the hypocrisy is too much. This is the same couple, after all, that works to promote abortion in the name of health care and forces a Catholic nuns’ charity to offer an insurance plan that covers the life-taking procedure. That’s not God’s work; it’s someone else’s.
While Rome Burns Now that Barack Obama has put Vladimir Putin in his place, he resumes his perpetual campaign stumping around the nation. Notably, among other campaign junkets this week, Friday he will be mixing it up with the wealthiest of liberal one-percenters at Key Largo’s exclusive Ocean Reef Club, where he is scheduled to play golf all day Saturday and Sunday. The excursion will cost taxpayers far more than the few million Obama will raise for Democrats’ 2014 re-election bids.
Violence Against Christians Religious violence in Nigeria has accelerated of late, the AP reports: “Bishop Oliver Dashe Dome says than 500 of his parishioners have been killed since insurgency in the region began in 2009. At least 180 people have been killed in less than two weeks, including 60 children.” In addition to the killing, they’ve destroyed 20 churches. The perpetrators are, of course, Muslims, and the guilty Boko Haram insurgents are pushing Sharia law. Meanwhile, leftists in our own country are worked up in a lather over Arizona’s bill to secure religious liberty. “Misplaced priorities” doesn’t quite do justice describing the disconnect.