Better off today than six years ago

Better off today than six years ago:  10 million new jobs have been added since the Great Republican Recession lost 2 million in 2009; 54 months of the longest private sector growth streak in American history. Autoworkers are assembling almost 800,000 more cars and trucks in America each month than in 2009. Business is exporting $70 billion more than importing each month compared to 2009. Home building is running 50,000 more starts each month than in 2009. The retail economy has risen every year for the past five years and American consumers are spending $170 billion more each month than in 2009. Everything is not perfect. Business is not reinvesting consumer spending into creating new jobs at the same level of 2009. Instead corporations are raking in greater profits, passing profits on to wealthy investors, hiding money made in America in foreign markets, all the while paying less taxes than the average store clerk. Economic growth is reaching levels not seen since the 1990s, but business is waiting for more Republican tax breaks to top off what is now the world’s greatest corporate welfare system.  And, while things are definitely better than six years ago––not to mention better fuel economy, greener construction, and alternative energy that pays its way–– college graduates can no longer find jobs that will start them up the economic ladder of success. Instead of buying a new home and auto, today’s young families face huge student loan debts as yesterdays mortgage schemers charge outrageous rates for higher learning. “Better off now,” is the result of continued slow but steady growth. Just like in the nineteen fifties. “Better off now than six years ago” was brought to you by progressive leadership despite billions campaigned to defeat it. But government can only do so much. Business ethics have to change or stagnation is the future for everyone. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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