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LETTERS TO THE TIMES

A Growing Debate Over Job Growth

March 09, 2004

We fell far short of expectations for job growth, which does not bode well for economic recovery ("Job Growth Falls Short of Forecast," March 6). Many questions come to mind. If job growth does not occur in the near term and the numbers of unemployed and underemployed remain relatively constant, or even grow, will that not ultimately reduce what these people purchase and have a negative effect on the economy? What does this rather lengthy period of negative employment numbers indicate?

Is the current administration seriously flawed in its policy? Does it understand the dynamics of what is happening, or are jobs not a true priority? I'm curious what this administration might have done or might be doing to be more in control of the course of events. I'm also curious as to whether other priorities of this administration have had a direct or indirect effect on jobs. In either event, it appears that this administration does not have its finger on the pulse and will continually be faced with the need to react, rather than guide and manage.

Sidney Pelston

Marina del Rey

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Let's briefly address the pervasive dishonesty of the cynical Democratic political operatives when they discuss job creation. There is a great deal of trifling with the truth. Our economy is growing at the fastest rate in 20 years. The unemployment rate of 5.6% is at the same level (5.4%) as when Bill Clinton was running for reelection in 1996. The government reports that more Americans are now working than at any time in our nation's history. Personal incomes are at record levels. Interest rates are at a 45-year low. Inflation is dormant.

Public ignorance of these facts exists due to the dearth of factual information being printed by our media elite and because of the liberal dogma of economic doom and gloom that is falsely presented daily, as fact, to an uninformed public by Democrat ideologues.

A "verdict first, trial later" approach does not render an opinion a fact. The Democrats' false but popular illusions must be debunked. One can repeat a falsehood 5 nonillion times and it still remains a falsehood. I have two words for these bloviating hypocrites and their ugly and moronic hatred for President Bush: tax cuts. Life is grand.

John L. Wiggins

Las Flores

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Instead of the 130,000 jobs predicted by the Bush administration, we got 21,000. Apparently the guy who predicted the weapons of mass destruction is now making the economic forecasts.

Robert C. Mason

Simi Valley

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