Napolitano Says DHS to Begin Battling Climate Change as Homeland Security Issue

janet_napolitano_official_portrait1By J. Brady Howell

At an all-day White House conference on “environmental justice,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that her department is creating a new task force to battle the effects of climate change on domestic security operations.Speaking at the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice on Thursday, Napolitano discussed the initial findings of the department’s recently created “Climate Change and Adaptation Task Force.”

Napolitano explained that the task force was charged with “identifying and assessing the impact that climate change could have on the missions and operations of the Department of Homeland Security.”

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66 Responses to Napolitano Says DHS to Begin Battling Climate Change as Homeland Security Issue

  1. Hal Groar December 20, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    This is unbelievable! Wow is this administration gutsy! They can’t get it through via legislation so they push it through using czars. This and the FCC, do they think we are blind to what they are doing? I am floored at this stunt!

  2. paul wenum December 20, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    Hal, what’s new? Can’t wait until 2012 is all I can say.

  3. NEIL F. AGWD/BSD December 21, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    I don’t know, sounds like a cushy job. Where do I apply? I need an extended vacation.

  4. Rob N. Hood December 21, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    IT’S JUST A TASK FORCE…. so settle down. Not much usually comes from these.

    Wanna know what a once proud and prosperous country is going to look like after the plutocratic marauders from both parties and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue get done with it? The New York Times gave us a little preview this week in an article entitled “Los Angeles Schools, Facing Budget Cuts, Decide to Seek Corporate Sponsors”. Here’s the first sentence: “The football field at a public school here, in the second largest school district in the country, soon may be brought to students by Nike.”

    Well, you gotta love that, doncha? And if that’s the case, you can imagine what follows. Teachers telling students, “Alright, open your Microsoft Math Text to page 47, everybody, and let’s do story problem number seven, brought to you by Home Depot”. Recess will become “McDonalds’ You Deserve A Break Time”. And those needing a bathroom break will be issued special “Charmin Courtesy Wipes”. Once everything in our alleged culture has been completely commodified, regressives will be in heaven. They almost deserve it, too, given how hard they’ve worked to wreck the country these last three decades.

    • Jerk A. Knot December 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm #


      What does any of that have to do with the artical. My sons HS Baseball eam runs wholey on booster club funds. Not one dime form the school system. You again show how ignorant you can be. We don’t need the Federal Government to be in that level of our lives.

      It is just a task force spending time on an idiotic topic. “Environmental justice” is defined how???? What is the effect of this task Force going to be on my life…. Are they going to come in and check out light bulbs to see if they are “Green” or not. Wake up. The green police are coming to a DHS national police office near you…… Now we know why the 2nd amendment is so important…..

      • Rob N. Hood December 24, 2010 at 11:09 am #

        Talk about “showing ignorance” not to mention paranoia… and a dash of aggression for good measure.

    • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD December 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

      You know, I’m not as opposed to this as some of you might think in that the climate does change, and planning to deal with those changes is not a bad idea. I think planning out scenarios where the climate becomes warmer, or colder, and what actions should be taken in either case would just be a common sense move. However, basing it solely on the false premise that anthropogenic greenhouse gases are causing a catastrophic change in climate is idiotic………..

  5. paul wenum December 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

    Ok, my gun either freezes and the oil is too thick or it melts. Are they going to come to my rescue either way? Another bureaucratic nightmare.

    • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD December 22, 2010 at 7:01 am #

      Good point! Don’t get me wrong, I think they are going about it stupidly. Remember though, climate constantly changes, always has, always will. I see no problem with planning for climate changes in either direction. I admit this is not that, I’m just sayin’;.)

      • Jerk A. Knot December 22, 2010 at 11:13 am #

        I am with you on the planning part. It is the words “environmental Justice” that worry me. It sounds left of “social Justice” —- Just saying…

        • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD December 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

          You’ll get no disagreement on that from me. I think it’s going to be more like “environment all just ice”, if you read my post below.

  6. NEIL F. AGWD/BSD December 22, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    “Some have blamed global warming, specifically the “Arctic paradox.” However, AccuWeather’s chief hurricane and long-range forecaster Joe Bastardi told the Fox Business Network on Tuesday you can chalk it up to three things – oceans, sunspots and volcanoes.

    “A few years ago, about why we have to start looking for more and more of this [cold weather],” Bastardi said. “It’s called the triple crown of cooling – the natural reversal of the oceans cycles. Three years ago the Pacific went into the cold state. Solar activity, very low sunspot activity and volcanic activity, not the kind you see in the tropics but the kind we had in the Arctic regions a couple of winters ago — and this is something that could be causing a return to for instance, the times of the Victorian era when they used to have ice fairs in the early-1800s around Christmastime on the Thames and you’re seeing that type of thing go on.”.”

    “this is the big debate between the natural cycles and the forces of AGW [anthropogenic global warming] – by the way, these folks claiming that global warming is causing severe cold is like the kid on the playground who doesn’t get his way and takes his ball home. The fact of the matter is the forecast that was made by this forecaster three years ago that we we’re going to start seeing these things because of this and it opens up the big debate – are the natural cycles taking over and are we going to see cooling over the next 20 to 30 years? You see, we started measuring temperatures with satellite at the end of the last cold cycle in the Pacific. We had nothing but warm in the Pacific and warm in the Atlantic. What’s going to happen to the temperatures if the oceans are warm? Now that they’re cooling let’s see what’s going to happens in the next 20 to 30 years.”.”

  7. paul wenum December 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    Neil, I’m also for planning and I always think worst case scenario. That said, I don’t think we can plan for the worst on either scenario because to this day we don’t know. It is cyclical and natural.

  8. NEIL F. AGWD/BSD December 22, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    Of course you can’t plan for everything, but I’m thinking things like, for example, if it gets warmer, make sure air conditioners are available for the elderly, and other people that would be more susceptible to heat injuries. And if it cools make sure there is enough salt and snow plows, and that people have heating systems with the capacity needed. Things along those lines. Those are just some things off of the top of my head, but surley these so called great minds in the guvment could come up with more than that.
    But again, that is not what is going on here with Mr. Napolitano. This is a task force without a real task! Here I’ll figure out what Homeland Security can do if the climate changes. If it gets warmer DRINK MORE WATER!!!! If it gets colder, BRING A JACKET WITH YOU!!!!!!! DUH!!!!! See problem solved:-)

  9. paul wenum December 22, 2010 at 11:45 pm #

    That is what we as humanitarian people are to do anyway. It does not take big brother to dictate exactly how, why, when and where. I oversee my mother-in-law as well as my elderly neighbors. That’s how I was taught since I was a child. It doesn’t “Take a village” to do the right thing, just simply people that care and are willing to put in the time and effort. Simple common sense and the family clan mindset I have. Something that I see missing nowadays. Maybe you are right, let the goverment (Big Brother) to be our grandfathers, fathers, childrens Master going forward? I doubt you want that but I see your connundrum and possible needs that may have to be addressed someday? When if ever? We won’t know will we? By the way, we are not discussing Katrina nor Hurricane’s. We are discussing an unknown. There is a difference.


    • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD December 23, 2010 at 6:15 am #

      I agree. Good points all.

  10. Jerk A. Knot December 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    I have Got to agree with Paul here. Planning is not a problem. What the Feds need to plan for is Katrina like disasters. Or the Gulf Oil Rig disaster. When the BP rig blew up the Feds sat on there rear ends for weeks. What I saw in the artical was focused on helping small villiages in AK… WHAT???? AK is in prety good shape and can probably handel a small issue like a flood in a small village. I can understand playing the What if game on what we need to do if Federal offices get flooded by rising ocean levels…. Really. Like it is going to happen overnight??? I think we have years to plan for that. If it is even a valid concern.

  11. Rob N. Hood December 25, 2010 at 8:21 am #

    So when something bad happens you EXPECT the Federal Government to jump to it and interfere with a private business??? But in the case of GM you people feel just the opposite…??!! Hmmmmm. Strange disconnect.

    • Jerk A. Knot December 25, 2010 at 11:21 pm #

      WHAT??? You make Zero sense here….. Where did I advocate interfering with a Private Business? Are you eluding to the Gulf Oil Spill? I don’t see the connection???

  12. paul wenum December 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    You know nothing about why our governemt exists do you? To protect and to serve. Not entitle!

  13. Rob N. Hood December 26, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    You DON”T see a CONNECTION??? The Oil “spill” came from Private Business! What is it about that you don’t understand? Only when it benefits a corporation do you want Government assistance- but God Forbid the other way around! You people are bizarre.

    Obama saved GM. It is still a private corp. He also saved BP by not holding it criminally culpable, or even wholey fincancially responsible. He also saved the Big Banks- and what are they??? Privately owned NOT Govt. owned!!!! Obama is as corporate freindly as you can get.

  14. paul wenum December 26, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    Rob N Hood has no clue regarding business. GM filed Chapter 11 and the Obama’s administration changed the rules that govern companies in bankruptcy leaving secured lenders holding the bag as well as others. Oh, that’s right the union contracts were kept in place and they received more benefits than others and now are an equity owner? Try that as well as other anomalies that Obama did with GM and under the bankruptcy Act a normal company and their attorney would have had the bankruptcy dismissed as well as the attorney sanctioned. As to BP, it was an accident and they are funding the expense. You have no knowledge about business and the legalities and it definitely shows in your posts. Suggest business law 101.

    • Jerk A. Knot December 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

      You are correct Paul.

      He has no clue about anything he writes about… Funny thing is that we don’t know anything in his view. My comment was basically about the FEMA (a part of DHS) and EPA response to the Gulf Oil Spill. If there is a fire the Fire Department comes. If there is a Robbery the Police Come. If a Ship goes int distress the Coast Guard comes. If there is a national disaster FEMA comes……Private business or no they are suppose to be there. DHS has a poor track record. Don’t even get me started on the EPA. It ought to be named EEA for The environmental extortion agency…… oh boy Rob is always on the other side of every issue just stirring the pot.

    • Rob N. Hood December 27, 2010 at 8:22 am #

      All I can say is Wow. You guys twist not only what I say but what you say. You believe only what you want to believe. As far as GM filing bankrupcy… who should pay for their mess? You/me the taxpayer? Why not the “secure lenders”??!!!

      And IF the union retained its benefits following the filing of Chapter 11, it may the first time in history for that because many companies have filed Ch. 11 as a way to break the backs of unions. So for Once the other way is not only over-due but hardly even fair considering all the union members who didn’t get that in our history. And why is it WRONG for them to become “equity owners” if indeed that is true?? Maybe it would actually Help GM. Obviously they need to try something new. The POINT is Obama is not Socializing anything. And if you believe that then you will believe Anything.

  15. Hal Groar December 26, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    I may sound cold…but why does the federal government have to handle things like Katrina? I think we all knew about the levee’s in Louisiana 10 years ago. They were too small and everyone knew it. There were documentary’s filmed about it years prior to the hurricane. Yet nobody did anything about it. People were warned a week in advance that a major hurricane was lining up to their doorstep, yet people stayed. I am sorry, but if you stayed, your on your own. I know the Army Corps of Engineers built the levee’s but once they figured out the size they needed it should have been taken care of by the state, not the feds. I ask you, does Minnesota rely on the feds to plow our blizzards? I know they helped out with emergency funds for the floods (which I don’t agree with) we are supposed to be able to take care of ourselves. I hate how encompassing the feds have become!

    • Jerk A. Knot December 26, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

      I generally agree. If it is not in the Constitution as a granted Power they should not be doing it. BUT, If they are doing it with our money (taxes) I am going to hold them accountable for producing results.

    • Rob N. Hood December 27, 2010 at 8:11 am #

      It takes money to do something about such tings as the levees. The report you cite landed on Bush’s desk and then into the garbage from there apparently. No money no fixing. What is it that is hard to understand?

      And yes it is VERY cold to say that the people who stayed deserved what they got. You are talking about poor, old, and disabled, even people were left in hopsitals, nursing homes etc. The poor had not way to go and no where to go. You on the Right do thend to be very cold, even though many of you claim to be religious. I find that strange.

    • Rob N. Hood December 27, 2010 at 8:32 am #

      ACTUALLY States are receiving much less asistance from the Federal Govt. Thus your asseertion is incorrect. States by themselves, especially, certain ones, do not have the resources to do certain things without help. Thus it is pooled, much like insurance is. It has been a very effective method in our history. But as a way to break the back of Federal spending on such silly things as levees, bridges, etc. Thus levees break, bridges fall, and people die. That’s progress the Republican way.

      • Jerk A. Knot December 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm #


        Where have you been???? on mars??? Who has the power of the purse? What Article of the Constitution grants that Power? The Dems have had control of the Congress for most of our worst years. And to say the States are getting less money now is crazy. Why do you say these things that are so easy to find and refute. Jim Douglas is the “State Stimulus Czar” paying out Billions to states.

        Also show me where Bush could have done anything for levies that were built before he was even the Gov. of Texas. Just one article please.

  16. Rob N. Hood December 28, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    OMG. Really? This is truly infantile. YES the levees were built before Bush. ummmm Duh. HOWEVER, a report on the need to repair them was given to BUSH while he was Prez and he refused to do anything about it. Ok? Ok. (P.S. levies are something else). The result of this inaction and negligence (criminal really) is a sad occurrence in our history.

    And the FACT that States are receiving less money from the Federal Govt. thus requiring counties and States to INCREASE taxes on the middle class is FACT. FACT. FACT. It has provided COVER for politicians especially Repubs who say they are lowering Federal taxes and decreasing Federal government. This is TRUE- they have been accomplshing that THUS transferring that burden to the States which the States (example, Gov. Pawlenty) transfer to the counties. Where have you been? Jupiter?? Do you simply believe everything you hear on Fox or from Rush?

    • Jerk A. Knot December 28, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

      Ok mars is too close. Sorry try Uranus. That is where you are. Boy does that shoe fit. I have quoted and referenced many sources on here and I have never used either Fox or Rush as a source. Yet I have never seen you cite a source. You copy and post with out ever giving credit but you never ever back up your facts with a reference. I am sorry Rob. Your word is not good enough. Just because you say it is fact does not make it so. For instance. According to this web site (not Fox or Rush) intergovernmental transfers are up. I drilled down and went back. There is not a single category where the transfer was less this year than last year. That is a fact. That is how you present facts. Now refute it with a solid fact that can be backed up with an independent source. What is so god about this source is they link you to there sources so you can check there numbers.
      Rob the issue with you I have is that you wont do the research to back up you assertions. That is why I ask you things like where have you been. There is very little that you have said that I can find any supporting data for. To use a phrase one of my old bosses used to say to me when I was trying to convince him I was correct. Rob you have to walk the dog with me. I don’t believe what you are telling me and until there is evidence that it is true I am not changing my mind.
      Here is an article (not from Fox or Rush) that lays out the Congressional issues prior to Katrina.
      Yes Bush cut money that was requested specifically for the levees. But LA received much more pork that it thought was more important. Remember Bush can only recommend a budget Congress passes it. The good old Dems from LA could have gotten the $$ for the levees. If they cut other projects. Also The levee project was built to with stand a CAT 3 storm not a CAT 4. I hate that one person died there. I have family that died in Mississippi. So the magnitude of the disaster it was is not lost on me. So when I say this don’t go all ballistic on me. Local officials made the decision to sit tight in NO. There were over 300 school busses sitting in a parking lot when the storm hit. They were all full of fuel. They could have gotten at least 90% of the people out. If you want to know more just Google the Katrina after action report and dig in it. Your world will be rocked at what you will find out. If they had just evacuated when they were told to do so by the Corps of Engineers then the flood would have just tore up the superdome with out anyone in there.

  17. Rob N. Hood December 31, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    “If they had just evacuated when they were told to do so by the Corps of Engineers then the flood would have just tore up the superdome with out anyone in there.”

    I don’t know what you mean by this. Please explain. Then tell me who exactly is to blame for the “waiting” and for the lack of action to fix the levees in the first place. Or not. You could list all sorts of people and many you couldn’t know like county commisioners etc. That is too easy though, to spread the blame until now one is to blame. Did anyone receive any criminal charges? No. Why? Is it because it was ultimately up to the very top people, such as Bush. Bush never took the blame for anything while he was Prez. He was an empty headed empty suit. He only helped the rich get richer.

  18. paul wenum December 31, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    Suggest that you read history. The Mayor was Ray Nagin. Over 700 plus buses sitting idle as he did without making a decision knowing the storm was on the horizon. The Governor was Blanco I believe. Where should the finger be pointed??? In an emergency you act, not react after the fact.

  19. Rob N. Hood January 1, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Not sure about that. Sounds like right-wing revisionist history to me.

  20. Rob N. Hood January 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Maybe the point should be that the Army Corp of Engineers knew there was a problem, knew that if a big hurricane hit something bad would happen- and no body was willing to pay for preventative measures, or be a true leader and just get it done. THAT is the effing point!

    As for the other stuff- I don’t believe it. Doesn’t make sense and I don’t remember it that way when I was watching it on the news. It was a confusing time and W was at a baseball game. Probably still trying to read My Pet Goat. That boy needs himself some Special Ed!

  21. paul wenum January 2, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    I believe you may have had the wrong channel on and you were reading the wrong book. Suggest that you research further before you post dribble and inaccurate information. Facts speak, BS weeps. Are you crying or rersearching?

  22. Rob N. Hood January 2, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Thems the facts Jack.

  23. paul wenum January 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    “Thems the facts Jack”? You must have been reading Jack & Jill? Suggest you check further.

  24. Rob N. Hood January 3, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    How about That’s the Fact Jack? Like that better? What is it about certain Facts that you people turn a blind eye? Is that intelligent?

  25. paul wenum January 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    You never answered the question. Back to school you go until you answer with clarity. Quit dithering around and address the question asked.

  26. Rob N. Hood January 5, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    What question?? Am I “crying or researching”? That one? Really Paul you want/need me to answer that question???????

  27. paul wenum January 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Like talking to a dog chasing his tail.

  28. Rob N. Hood January 6, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    I answered the questions above with soome of my own, and in a manner that is usually considered, by most sane adults, to be appropriate debating style. It is always humorous when you attribute your actions to me. It’s “projection.”

    I did answer your question. You just like chasing your own tail.

    Besides: in REALITY, if Mayor Nagin had done anything blatently wrong causing several deaths, if not more, he would be facing charges. W.Cheney and his henchmen would have JUMPED at the chance to blame someone, ANYONE, for that mess.

  29. paul wenum January 7, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    My God, you actually investigated/researched other than a left wing liberal post! I’m extremely proud! Nagin was negligent in his duties pure and simple. His boots were on the ground, Bush/Cheney’s weren’t. There is a major difference. That said, discussing with the blame people like you is like pee… “into the wind”. Waste of time when you already know the answer. Malfeasance by Nagin and the Governor pure and simple. In my opinion as well as others. Only history and time will tell.

  30. Rob N. Hood January 7, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    Ahh… the word from on High. All bow before thee and thy wisdom.

    I guess Bush couldn’t pull himself away from that baseball game….

  31. paul wenum January 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    You research. What game and what was the score? Let me know Nagin’s Score on the buses as well. Waiting.

  32. Rob N. Hood January 10, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    I don’t just make stuff up. You look it up if you don’t believe it. Remember My Pet Goat? Is your memory faulty or just selective?

  33. paul wenum January 13, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    I’ve been there. Have you?????

  34. Rob N. Hood January 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Of course you have Paul. You’ve been everywhere that comes up in discussion, magically. But even it is it true that you travel a lot, you seem to assume that you gain some kind of special knowledge because of it. Well, I have to say, I don’t see any evidence of knowledge, special or otherwise.

  35. paul wenum January 15, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    Sir Knot would understand as well as anyone who has traveled to untold countries and seen/experienced the different cultures etc.. Have experienced things that will not go into that may repulse you. There is book smarts and then there is dealing with and living in the real world as it exists, not in what you assume or want it to be. No explanation needed as to knowledge special or otherwise. Experiencing is worth 10,000 words. Suggest you do same. All it takes is determination. You up for it? Go for it!

  36. Rob N. Hood January 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    How’s Hawaii? Off to the next hot spot are you? I would do that too, if I had the money to do so.

  37. paul wenum January 17, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    Yes, Eau Claire, Wisconsin is next on my list. Water Street is neat!

  38. paul wenum January 18, 2011 at 3:51 am #

    You still have purposely avoided/ducked the original question about Mayor Nagin and the Bus problem. Let’s cut to the chase. Simply answer the question. We are all waiting. Specifically me. You have the world in front of you called the net and you cannot answer? Even an “Old Man” like me can research. I have been impatiently waiting for your researched reply.

  39. Rob N. Hood January 18, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    I have responded. There’s no way in hell anyone would have held up any bus/buses for any sane reason other than he was ordered to for some reason or other by the Feds. But I’m not saying that is what happened. I don’t believe what you are saying. There’s no proof of it at all. There were HUGE logistical problems of all kinds during that time that you apparenlty cannot even comprehend. My point supercedes yours anyway. It all could have been avoided in the first place and wasn’t taken care of under the Bush Admin. Even if it occurred under Clinton I would blame him- that is if he hadn’t done anything to even try to get the money to fix the levees. It was Bush’s call not to even try. Correct me, logically and with evidence, if I’m wrong about that and then I will change my stance.

  40. paul wenum January 19, 2011 at 4:31 am #

    I suggest that you research further. All we hear from you is your biased opinion. Bring us facts my friend. Then we can have discourse. Absent that, there is no need for further discussion.

  41. Rob N. Hood January 19, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Oh, and you do anything different? I don’t post “facts” on here much anymore because you all simply disregard whatever it is automatically. So thru logic and reasoning I try engage in dialogue, with added grist for the discussion at hand. Isn’t it also you who usually demands from me things that aren’t cut qand pasted? Isn’t that so? But then when I do just that you turn around and ask me for “facts.” Isn’t that simply a way of pushing me into some kind of corner where I won’t be a bother to you and your right-wing buddies? Come on, admit it, be honest…

  42. Rob N. Hood January 19, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Paul, do ever get the urge to stomp on my head?

  43. paul wenum January 20, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    Do I ever get an “urge to stomp on your head?” Not at all. I deal with people like you daily. In fact you are a “lightweight” compared to people/companies I confront on a daily basis.

  44. Rob N. Hood January 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    Did I just detect a verbal stomp on the head there Paul? Seems like it… Freudian slip I guess… Or maybe the quotation marks are there for a reason…???

  45. paul wenum January 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    In my business you would be a non-factor. We pursue the hard core. You would be on the curbside holding a sucker in your hand on a tricycle as we drove by in our pursuit.

  46. Rob N. Hood January 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Um… ok Paul, if you say so. Gosh, I would think you could find the time to stomp my head, just once. Just for the sake of appearances if nothing else.

  47. paul wenum January 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    I don’t like parades.

  48. Rob N. Hood February 7, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Oops, more inconvenient reality:

    The Labor Department released its employment data for December, showing that the U.S. economy ended the year by adding 113,000 private sector jobs, knocking the unemployment rate down sharply from 9.8 percent to 9.4 percent — its lowest rate since July 2009. The “surprising drop — which was far better than the modest step-down economists had forecast — was the steepest one-month fall since 1998.” October and November’s jobs numbers were also revised upward by almost 80,000 each. Still, 14.5 million Americans remain unemployed, and jobs will have to be created much faster in coming months for the country to pull itself out of the economic doldrums.

    Responding the jobs report, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) noted that President Obama and the Democratic Congress have created “more jobs in 2010 than President Bush did over eight years.”

  49. paul wenum February 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    You didn’t read the complete report did you. 9.9% unemployment. Suggest you research further. Pelosi has too much botox to even talk clearly. When you have the real facts post the results. Until then, go back to feeding your family and be damn glad you are employed.

  50. Rob N. Hood February 8, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    Wha??? Ok then… Another bitingly razor-sharp rebuttle from sage Paul.

    The actual unemployment rate is closer to 25%. They stop counting people who have stopped looking for jobs or otherwise been magically wisked away and off the books. This practice of hiding the real unemployment rate has been going on for years. I believe it started with the great and wonderful W. But doesn’t matter, Obama has coninuted the deceptive practice. The whole sham of American-style capitalism will implode taking down the world economy with it. After that, who knows? The angrier and/or stronger nations may decide to strike, sick of American imperialism. When will all this happen? Who knows. Sooner probably than later.

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