One year ago President Obama oversaw the attempted capture and death of Osama bin Laden. What was a unifying moment, in which the president performed well and was given credit even my his opposition party, has turned into a bitter patrician football. Can't we all just be good Americans and celebrate a true "mission accomplished?"
More than one in ten returning vets remain unemployed six months after returning home, despite federal law that says employers have to rehire you. The ongoing slow recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression complicates matters, along with changes in work force needs. Unemployment among National Guard and Reservist sits closer to one in five, as experienced workers come back over qualified for jobs where the pay has gone down. In addition Reservist and National Guard remain subject to recall,which has employers nervous about training them as employees. More than a quarter of a million reservist and Guard members have returned home over the past year. Civilians also do not seem to understand returning vets, fearing PTSD where there is none, scheduling Guardsmen and reservist on their drill weekends. Complicating things has been the expansion in Right-to-Work states or similar legislation where employers do not legally have to provide cause to hire or for termination.
Obama's policies are why 23 million Americans are unemployed, when the recession hit during the Bush administration ans was the result of over thirty years of policies by presidents and congresses of both parties. Yet they blame, and the sound bites resonate, it's Obama's fault.
The BBC this morning compared the US to England and Europe. We are strong, growing rapidly considering the anchor weight of the international marketplace we cannot isolate ourselves from not matter what people may think. Our Gross National Product is not only the best in the world, but three times that of China. We have a robust stock market, steady growth in job numbers and retail is improving. This is despite the Republican dictated government layoffs that are not hitting hard, with a strong impact on women. They blame Obama for unemployed women, despite the layoffs being made by the policies and actions of Republican governors and legislatures, with the strongest impact on education.