During the 14 months from December 2007 through January 2009, the total number of mass layoff events (seasonally adjusted) was 25,712, and the number of initial claims (seasonally adjusted) was 2,632,336. (December 2007 was the start of a recession as designated by the National Bureau of Economic Research.)
The national unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in January 2009, seasonally adjusted, up from 7.2 percent the prior month and from 4.9 percent a year earlier. In January, total nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 598,000 over the month and by 3,500,000 from a year earlier.
I didn't pull these numbers out of some liberals ass, they come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When these rebellious Republican Governors refuse to take stimulus money for their states, especially money for food stamps that return $1.39 to our economy for every $1.00 in food stamps used, or money to extend unemployment benefits so that families can feed their kids and buy medicine, or to keep civil servants from getting laid off, (police, firemen, first responders, teachers, etc.) then the Governors choosing ideology over the needs of the people should be impeached.
It is also incumbent on the President to make sure that his Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is not dragging her feet, and starts to immediately fund shovel ready infrastructure jobs. I see no sense of urgency from the left or the right as 20,000 jobs are being lost every month. Americans are hurting and they really are in trouble, and it seems like the no one gets it. Especially the Americans at the top percentile of wealth.
I thought by now there should have been at least a few ground breaking ceremonies that would be signaling the start of the rebuilding of our country.