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The April unemployment rate in the county dropped to 7% from 7.7% in March as the 2800 jobs were added, according to the California Employment Development Department. The rate for April a year ago was 8.6%, as the county gained 25,100 jobs in the period. Leisure and hospitality gained 2400 jobs from March to April. Employment in food services and drinking places rose by 1200. San Diegans may be toasting a bit of an economic turnaround, but remuneration in hotel-motel, food and drinking is generally poor.

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Anon92107 May 17, 2013 @ 1:06 p.m.

If republicans and their SuperPAC bosses would stop exporting American manufacturing and jobs the unemployment rates in San Diego, California and across America would be a lot lower.

Greed is the only thing that can destroy American Democracy and the republicans are the greediest in the world regardless of consequences to present and future quality of life that they are destroying by shutting down American Democracy in Washington today.

GOP RULE #1: Republicans are against Made In America so they can maximize their greed.


Don Bauder May 17, 2013 @ 4:26 p.m.

Anon92107: In the 1980s, when American companies began massively sending jobs offshore to low- and slave-wage nations, the seeds of our current difficulties were planted. During the same period, the mentality of American business turned completely toward greed. Companies had once believed that they had many constituencies: employees, communities, vendors, customers. In the 1980s, the notion that the only constituency is the shareholder became embedded in corporate board rooms and, tragically, in the law. In earlier decades, companies had worked and planned for the long run. As the greed set in, even reputable blue chips began cooking the books, and thinking only as far as the next quarter, and how to jack up earnings per share so Wall Street will be appeased and the stock will go up -- thus permitting outrageous top management pay. Greed has been around for centuries, but it has this country in its grasp completely now, similar to the Robber Baron days. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 May 18, 2013 @ 4:48 a.m.

Excellent history lesson Don, we must never forget the lessons of history, however it is an entirely different thing for societies to try and prevent the mistakes of the past from continually destroying our future as population, poverty, global warming, politics of hate and other factors overwhelm the declining numbers of opportunities we may have left.

I hope that scholars and communicators such as yourself can educate and motivate us to turn things around before we lose too many opportunities.

Maybe San Diego intellectuals, including all the social scientists at our universities and colleges in San Diego, can figure out a way to meet all the challenges of rapid changes we are experiencing and show the rest of the world how to make the right things happen.

It's time some group started proving Homo sapiens really have evolved emotionally beyond our Pan troglodyte ancestors.


Don Bauder May 18, 2013 @ 5:56 a.m.

Anon92107: Trouble is, the mentality that I described has been taught in business schools for three decades. This mentality is destroying capitalism, and is at the root of crony capitalism, but anyone who suggests reform is considered dangerous. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 May 19, 2013 @ 3:41 a.m.

Don, very good description of our greatest cultural threat. The Golden Rule never had a chance to save us from ourselves as long as the paramount cultural value practiced and preached by our educational aristocracy is Greed. That continues to be one of the greatest lessons in history that we never learn, even when we at most peril of another decline and fall as we are again today.

Thank you for your efforts Don, hopefully enough of us in San Diego will heed and act upon your warnings.


Don Bauder May 19, 2013 @ 7:25 a.m.

Anon92107: Capitalism, which I believe is the only viable economic system, is on a self-destructive path. It also was on such a path in the late 19th and early 20 centuries, but Progressives and Populists rose up, with Teddy Roosevelt providing the leadership, and the system was reformed and ultimately saved. But when today's Americans rose up in the Occupy movement, they were violently crushed by police. And there is no Teddy Roosevelt in sight. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 May 19, 2013 @ 12:50 p.m.

Thanks again Don, many times over for your excellent reality checks. I agree that capitalism is the best economic system in history but oligarchs and politicians keep putting it into the decline and fall mode with their destructive greed so we have to work very hard to save it.

It's time for another Paul Samuelson, you might do capitalism a favor by producing a special blog (maybe on the Reader to start with San Diegans first) to inform us about historical perspectives and warnings, and motivate us to fight back to protect American capitalism and democracy for future generations.

I know that's a hell of a huge request, but there is no one else making the right things happen in America today and we desperately need a new champion to help us save ourselves from us (Pogo said something like - we have seen the enemy and he is us).



Don Bauder May 19, 2013 @ 8:04 p.m.

Anon92107: The suggestion is appreciated, but there are many excellent writers specializing in economic history. I am not one of them. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 May 20, 2013 @ 12:30 p.m.

Don, you're the only one I know that FIGHTS BACK and can inspire others to fight for our rights.


Don Bauder May 20, 2013 @ 2:15 p.m.

Anon92107: There are many others who fight back. Some don't make as much noise as I do. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 May 20, 2013 @ 3:39 p.m.

Don, I've been communicating with you, studying and thinking about our historical failures and our failures to evolve emotionally beyond the chimpanzee for over a decade now, and in my entire lifetime which includes WWII I have never seen American politics so chaotic and destructive. There is absolutely no such thing as compromise in Washington today, and politicians are controlled by the power of money that is destroying the latest, greatest democracy in history.

The culture of hate that dominates politics and society today is beyond belief, we have totally failed to take advantage of the best education, economic opportunities and quality of life in history and we are destroying the future because we have totally failed to heed the lessons of history and continuously fail to meet the challenges of change even though many historians, philosophers and social scientists have warned us over and over again.

At this point in history, greed is not the main problem, HATE is the problem that is making it impossible for the human race to survive in this new century, in an age of out of control overpopulation, degrading resources and accelerating climate changes.

Print media is dying because people don't want to spend time reading and thinking and solving problems, educational institutions have failed to improve our society because they too have been subverted by the power of money, and there are so many thousand Christian denominations and sects that even Jesus would give up on us because we totally failed to even practice what he preached in his Sermon on the Mount, so many social hatreds throughout our history remain today are still destroying us from within.

I can't see any solution at all.


Don Bauder May 20, 2013 @ 5:01 p.m.

Anon92107: Print media are suffering for many reasons, one of which is electronic competition, but you are correct in saying that people are less interested in our problems, and also feel they don't have time to read and master examinations of recondite problems. People don't have long attention spans anymore. Instant self-gratification gets in the way of analysis. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 May 21, 2013 @ 1:01 p.m.

Yes, and the culture of hate gets in the way of solutions even when we analyze the problems that continue to destroy our future.

Nothing has changed since Jesus was crucified for preaching morality to us, nor since Socrates took hemlock because they would not allow him to search for truth and morality.

There is no solution, even the best of us died trying to protect us from the most destructive consequences hate, and Congress has as much destructive hate today as any time in American history (including our Civil War which still affects us today).


Don Bauder May 21, 2013 @ 9:07 p.m.

Anon92107. In the Civil War, something like 2% of the U.S. population died. Now that's hate. I don't think we are there yet. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 May 22, 2013 @ 6:28 a.m.

Republican political rhetoric is heading us that way again.

The GOP has already declared war on Obama and civil rights.

And a lot of red state congressmen are acting like they are willing to go to war against American Democracy so they can create a GOP Tyranny.


Don Bauder May 22, 2013 @ 6:37 a.m.

Anon92107: The politicians hellbent on thwarting any Obama initiative are kowtowing to constituencies that hate Obama. This is all rooted in racism. Best, Don Bauder


MURPHYJUNK May 18, 2013 @ 7:39 a.m.

No way for these figures to include all the jobs paid under the table ( cash). that would be a real eye opener.


Don Bauder May 18, 2013 @ 10:27 a.m.

Murphyjunk: The headline unemployment statistics miss a lot of things. A person may have a job, but it pays much less than his or her prior job. This is reflected in income figures. For example, you have to look elsewhere to find that in the first two years of the purported recovery, the average net worth of the richest 7% rose 28 percent while the average net worth of the other 93% dropped 4%. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh May 18, 2013 @ 8:56 a.m.

This sharp drop in the unemployment rate is likely a measurement issue, and not real. The feeling out on the street is that jobs are still scarce, those that are available often pay so little that they are hardly worth taking, and that the trend is not really improving. I'll expect the rate to be up again at the next measurement.


Don Bauder May 18, 2013 @ 10:29 a.m.

Visduh: All economic statistics are subject to the caprices of number-crunching. People get all excited about a rise or a fall of a certain statistic, but in many if not most cases it is noise. Best, Don Bauder


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