the stimulus (remember that $1B expense) wsa supposed to nip the job losses in the bud. It failed. Normal growth should be at least 150,000 jobs per month. It's not. But the spinners want you (and it worked) to believe that as a result of Obama, positive things are happening. They are not. Does any president have that much control, in a free market, to increase the rate companies hire? Nope. But adding regulation, expenses, and taxes certainly makes your average business owner batten down the hatches and decrease the rate of hiring. Changing the size of the available labor pool also makes your unemployment numbers look better. I have a firend with a masters degree working as a life guard. Is that properly employeed? Nope. But it adds to those 80,000 jobs for May. And being able to 'check the boxes' does not indicate that the plan will work in the long term.