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Jobs. We need MORE Jobs

News Roundup

We received surprising job numbers last Friday. The unemployment rate dipped to 7.7%. The economy hired 236,000 workers last month. I will continue to argue that we have to do better. Over 9 million Americans are still out of work. We need to create 9 million jobs just to get back to where we were in 2007. These jobs numbers are good, but we need better. Also, this jobs report comes out before the cuts of the sequester. I suspect, over the coming months, these jobs numbers will begin to fall.

Just a couple days ago the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a new high. Remember as you’re reading this that Republicans have told us that Obama is bad for Wall Street and bad for business. (Psst, corporate profits are up.)

Washington, like a punch drunk fighter, keeps swinging at the wrong target. Deficits are not the problem. The problem is a lack of jobs. The problem is a stagnant wage. The biggest problem in the United States is the fact that the middle class is drowning in quicksand. They are simply not getting ahead. Until we fix this problem, America is going to be stagnant.

I can’t even talk about Paul Ryan’s new budget plans. I suspect it is going to be more of the same.

Three-year-olds should not be around guns because bad things happen.

Prisoners at Guantánamo Bay are staging a hunger strike. Is this 2005 or 2006? Why is Guantánamo Bay still open? Oh, yes, I remember, Republicans freaked out when we talked about closing it and moving prisoners to maximum-security prisons here in the United States.

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Tiger Woods played some outstanding golf over the weekend to win at the Blue Monster, Doral. The man has the desire to be the number one golfer in the world, again. It appears that he has put in the time to correct his swing. If he can tighten up his drives just a little bit, he is ready to seriously contend in the majors. To win the majors, you have to keep the ball in the fairway. It should be noted that Rory McElroy, who pulled out of a tournament last week citing an “aching tooth,” really played well on Saturday and even better on Sunday. It looks like he has figured out whatever was wrong in his swing.

Finally, keep your eye on Jordan Spieth, who finished tied for second at the Puerto Rico Open over the weekend. This guy is 19 and he is really stroking the ball well. If he can keep his head on straight, he could be amazing.

Golf shots of the week –