Ralph R. Reiland | Managing the Non-Recovery

Where are the jobs? That’s the first question we should be asking in what’s now become the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression — or, more precisely, the longest non-recovery since the 1930s.

“More than 23 million Americans are either unemployed, underemployed, or have given up looking for work,” reported the Bureau of Labor Statistics in July, the federal government’s principal fact-finding agency regarding unemployment, economics and statistics.

Here’s the second question: Why hasn’t President Obama met with his Jobs Council for seven months?

A similar question was asked by a reporter at the White House press briefing on July 18.

Reporter: “On the Jobs Council, obviously they’ve reported to haven’t met formally or publicly for six months. Why exactly is that?”

After White House Press Secretary Jay Carney answered with a non-answer, the reporter tried again.

Reporter: “So there’s no reason they haven’t met publicly?”

Press Secretary Carney: “No, there’s no specific reason except that the president’s obviously got a lot on his plate.”

And that’s no lie. There’ll be broiled chicken and green beans on Mr. Obama’s plate at a fundraiser in Florida, followed by a plate of chicken and broccoli in Iowa, and then a plate of chicken and mashed potatoes in Ohio, etc., etc., etc.

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