Jobs are being created, but no one's noticing:
An Associated Press survey of 788 registered voters conducted Monday through Wednesday shows that while they may be gaining confidence in the economy and Bush's performance, 57 percent said the nation has lost jobs in the last six months. The Labor Department has reported just the opposite - nearly 1.2 million jobs gained in half a year....
Funny thing is, this type of assumption of the negative is self-fulfilling. Confidence says a lot in a market economy, if individual people don't realize growth then they tend to asct in ways that hold it back.
Of course, then there's people who are just partisan hacks...
"The jobs are being created for college students at McDonald's," said Barbara Mulkey, a Democratic voter from rural Floyd County, Ky. She said jobs had been lost, then didn't budge on her opinion of Bush when told she was wrong.
"college students at McDonald's"?
Perhaps Barbara would like to explain what would make a difference, if in fact Bush's economic policy is only creating low-wage jobs. Last I checked, hiring was a private matter, the unemployment rate counted unemployment and not "under-employment", college students weren't supporting families on their pay on a regular basis, and federal policy wasn't directly traceable to immediate results.
At least others realized DC doesn't have a button marked "make jobs":
Michelle Blundy initially said U.S. jobs had been lost and called herself a "probable" Bush voter. Informed about the jobs gain, the Grand Rapids, Mich., woman said she would vote for Bush - and chalked up her original skepticism to Michigan's poor economy.
"They're going to say all the jobs in Michigan are going here or there, whereas there may be jobs created in Colorado that of course we don't know about because we're not there," she said.
State policies matter too. Remember the uproar when some states promptly ate up the tax relief enacted on the federal level by raising their own taxes? Somehow I doubt that was recieved well...