In Defense of Authors Perceived as Behaving Badly – Part 3/3

In conclusion, an author should not argue with a negative reviewer by using the author’s opinions. Instead, the author should use positive reviews from reputable sources to counter the negative review. It is a fact, that some people will write reviews as if his or her opinion is the only one in the world that counts, but that is not true.

It also takes time to gather reputable, credible reviews. It took me four years to gather the credible and positive reviews that I have used to counter some of the negative reviews of my work.

Then after countering a negative review, I suggest that if a reader feels he or she might agree with the negative review, they take advantage of a free sample of the author’s work. For example, Amazon offers a free preview, and I offer free samples on my Websites/Blogs.

In addition, I reply to negative reviewers by saying that he or she has a right to his or her opinion and that a few may agree with that opinion, but there are other reputable opinions that do not agree and then quote from those reputable sources, because these opinions may be used as facts.

After all, they are not the author’s opinions, are they?

Now, how do you earn reviews from reputable and credible sources?

The answer is to write compelling fiction or non-fiction books and to do that, the writer must learn everything there is to know about the craft of writing. There will always be writers that are more talented who write more compelling work that sells more copies, and there will always be writers who write books that cannot compete.

For most of us, the craft of writing must be learned. For example, few, if any, are born with the knowledge and talent to be great wood workers, architects, engineers, inventors or scientists so why should this not be different for the craft of writing?

That’s why it is important to be a literate, life-long learner willing to read how-to books—in addition to reading for pleasure from those writers that have demonstrated what they are doing like Grisham, Hemingway and Paulo Coelho.

Every author, no matter how successful and talented, will have critics and reviewers that will not like his or her work, so get used to it, and disarm the damage they might do by using the opinions of credible sources that may be used as facts to prove that there are readers that enjoy what you write. Don’t use your friends, relatives, a neighbor, anonymous reviewers or paid reviewers or your own opinions to fight this war against negative reviews

As authors, we are not alone when it comes to attracting negative reviews, and I’m going to use a few examples to prove this point:

J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1)

  • Of 6,558 reviews on Amazon, ninety-five were one-star and 5,505 were five-star.
  • “I bought this book because everyone finished the entire series and all liked it. seriously I don’t like this book. no originality at all” – Wan
  • “This was the worst book I have ever read in my entire life. I have never read a worst book.” – mom

Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Of 2,377 reviews on Amazon, eighty-eight were one-star and 1,773 were five-star.
  • “I waited 52 years to read this book. I should have waited 52 more. A real snoozefest. I don’t see what all the fuss is about.” – Nick T. Francone
  • “Pretty darn boring, if it wasn’t required to read in English i would’ve burned it. This type of book isnt for everyone.” – Elizabeth A. Fager

J. R. Tolkien: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

  • Of 2,343 reviews for The Lord of the Rings, ninety were one-star and 1,867 were five-star.
  • “It was a piece of crap. This book was one of the worst books i have ever read.
    I read it once and could barely fumble through it. The charaters, as in some books, don’t lack depth, they DROWN in it. there are WAY to many PASSIVE sentinces. I mean, come on, each page is usually about 3/5 discribing the landscape and telling us useless information about what I care about and about 1/5 of the pages are used for ‘character devlopment’. This is good, and what i personally look for in the FIRST chapter, but this is used THROUGHT THE ENTIRE BOOK. I even fell asleep reading it. I mean WOW. …”  – phd_computer
  • “I’ll start by saying that I am a huge fan of Fantasy novels, but this ‘crux’ of Fantasy literature really disappointed me.”This book has a lot of faults. To begin with, it goes against the first basic rule of writing a book: show don’t tell. As you start the novel, it tells everything and nothing has been shown. Tolkein has just narrated almost everything, starting from the history to the setting, and this gives the novel a feeling as if a child has written it.”Secondly, the book is just too slow. I mean you just start the 1st chapter and you doze off after a couple of pages. The pace might have been fine for the 50’s but it’s just too slow for the double Os!”I don’t know why other people liked the plot so much, but I think the plot was really really weak. The causality in the story is almost non-existant and that is what makes the difference between a jumble of short stories joined loosely together and a good novel.

    “Lastly, the characters could have been much developed with more life in them than mere puppets bound to do the author’s bidding. The chracters are much more Archetyped than they should have been.

    “Overall, I think that it has gotten more attention than it deserved, perhaps because of the movies, and that people are liking it because of some trend or the like” – Minhaj Ali Shahid “Ibtehaj”

Did you notice that these three authors had 9,145 five-star reviews to counter the 273 (less than 3% of the total) one-star reviews? Why should the one-star reviews receive more weight than the five-stars?

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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In Defense of Authors Perceived as Behaving Badly – Part 2/3

The Guardian published a piece on How not to handle bad reviews, and quoted science fiction author Isaac Asimov who said authors fall into two groups: “Those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.”

Then Dog Star Media says, of fighting negative reviews online, that, “There are harsh rules in opinion-making. One bad review can really hurt you. There is no way to fight opinion with opinion.  The only safe answer for control is to be positive all the time, frequently and in great volume. … If the conversation is going on and you are not part of it, it is more than likely that you will be painted inaccurately.  By being part of the conversation, you can keep it accurate and begin to control the conversation by putting a greater emphasis on your opinion. … There is a saying about the basics of Public Relations. It goes like this: You can fight fact with fact but you cannot fight opinion with opinion.”

But before an author can fight opinions with facts that support the quality of his or her work, he or she must go out and find facts from reputable sources—not from anonymous reviewers, friends or family.

With review space in the traditional media shrinking, where does an author find reputable sources that do not charge to review?

The Midwest Book Review is one but Midwest reviews less than a third of the books submitted to them.  The other option is to find Blogs that review books and do not charge a dollar price to do it. I suggest finding Blogs with an Alexa ranking in the top 1%—or near it, but Blogs that review books must also earn a credible reputation, which is why I suggest only submitting to Blogs that are ranked in the top 1% by Alexa.

But how do you come up with that one percent?

Royal Pingdom.com reported December 2011 that there were 555 million Websites; 800+ million users on Facebook; 39 million Tumbler Blogs; 70 million WordPress Blogs and that there were 2.4 billion social networking accounts worldwide.

To come up with a 1% number, I use the total number of Websites, which means a Book Review Blog should have an Alexa ranking of at least 5.5 million or lower. I also look for the number of people that subscribe to that Blog as members and/or followers.

For two examples:

Peeking Between the Pages had a 1.7 million Alexa traffic rank when I checked with 384 sites linked in and 1,363 members in addition to 253 followers. The Review Policy says, “Due to the overwhelming number of requests I do get I am selective about what I pick to read and review. I will only choose to review those books which I feel I will have an interest in.”

Another Blog that reviews books is So Many Precious Books, So Little Time and it had a 4.9 million Alexa ranking with 305 sites linked in. This Book Blog has 708 members and 127 followers. The review policy says, “… I am not able to accept all review requests as I get so many. I am not able to reply to all requests …”

In addition, I also submit my work to the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Yes, it costs money to enter this contest but all entrants will receive a brief commentary from the judges that is similar to a review—that is as long as Writer’s Digest keeps this policy.

I have posted two judges’ commentaries on my Websites and you may see them by clicking on the following links.

My Splendid Concubine and Our Hart

Everyone has an opinion and that opinion should be treated with respect, but that does not mean an author has to lie down and take a beating when there is evidence from reputable sources such as The Midwest Book Review, a Writer’s Digest Judge, or Book Blogs like Peeking Between the Pages and So Many Precious Books, So Little Time that may offer a positive review building an author’s credibility to counter negative reviews.

Continued on January 22, 2013 in Part 3 of In Defense of Authors Perceived as Behaving Badly or return to Part 1

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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In Defense of Authors Perceived as Behaving Badly – Part 1/3

Self-published authors are often crucified for defending his or her work against negative Internet book reviewers on sites such as Amazon and Goodreads, but I think, under certain circumstances, that there is nothing wrong with an author—no matter how published—to stand up to negative reviewers and critics.

I have done it. In fact, it may be the duty of an author to defend his or her work against negative reviews that may only represent a few opinions but not all.

I’ll explain how I think this should be done in part 2 and 3 from this series of posts.

For example, Bill Styron “defended (his work as an author) vigorously and ridiculed the attacks (of his critics)—they utterly failed to understand the purpose of literature. He gave not an inch.” Source: Bill Styron, The Ups and Downs by James Salter, The New York Book Review of Books, January 10, 2013, Volume LX, Number 1.

However, Bill Styron was not a self-published author. In 1968, he won the Pulitzer Prize for the Confessions of Nat Turner, in addition to other awards. Then in 1980, he won the National Book Award for Sophie’s Choice (turned into a film by Spielberg that won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award).

Yet, Styron had critics that did not like his work, and he felt “they utterly failed to understand the purpose of literature.”

Styron was not alone in how he felt about some critics/reviewers.

“I have learned not to read reviews. Period. And I hate reviewers. All of them, or at least all but two or three. Life is much simpler ignoring reviews and the nasty people who write them. Critics should find meaningful work. ” – John Grisham (as of 2008, his books had sold over 250 million copies worldwide)

“Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seem to differ from their moral concepts.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Writers are lampposts and critics are dogs. Ask lampposts what they think about dogs. Does the dog hurt the lamppost?” – Paulo Coelho (Coelho has published thirty books that have sold more than 150 million copies in over 150 countries worldwide and his work has been translated into 71 languages.)

Continued on January 21, 2013 in Part 2 of In Defense of Authors Perceived as Behaving Badly

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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Nate Silver cautions, it’s about looking for the right data, not necessarily the most obvious or easiest.

 

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As the election drew near, many political and stats junkies (like me) became fans of Nate Silver, aka @fivethirtyeight, the shrewd political number-cruncher and blogger for the New York Times. His way of aggregating the most reliable presidential polls into megapolls, and factoring in those polls’ historical accuracies, was considered by some to be as revolutionary as the introduction of “Moneyball” — or use of undervalued stats — on baseball.

Like anyone who develops a following, Silver soon drew his shares of detractors. Newsmen, pundits and politicians alike scoffed at his methodology, and Silver tended to respond quite intelligently with an unrivaled grasp of statistics. Even as the news networks hyped the election as anyone’s game last week, Silver said his estimations “represent powerful evidence against the idea that the race is a ‘tossup.’ A tossup race isn’t likely to produce 19 leads for one candidate and one for…

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Sexiest Woman Alive – Really?

Who decides Esquire Magazine’s sexiest woman alive that the American media touts as the World’s hottest woman?

And who decides the Academy Awards; the Noble Prize in literature, and the Pulitzer, etc?

For 2012, the so-called sexist woman alive was Mila Kunis.

At Esquire Magazine, the final decision may have come down to one person because in most publications even in countries with a so-called free press (free from government interference but not free from corporate influence), the final decisions usually belong to the editor or publisher—one person.

The Academy Awards are televised in more than 100 countries as if these awards represent the film tastes of most if not all of humanity.

However, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), a professional honorary organization, maintains a voting membership of 5,783 as of 2012. These are the people that decide the winners of the Academy Awards.

Since its beginning in 1901, the winner of the Swedish Nobel Prize for Literature has been chosen, in accordance with Nobel’s wishes, by a five-member committee of lawmakers (all older Caucasians) elected by the Norwegian parliament, the Storting, and assisted by specially-appointed expert advisers.

Today, the population of Sweden is 9.5 million. Alfred Nobel (also known as the merchant of death) was the inventor of dynamite (he was a weapons manufacturer) and made his fortune selling products to blow up things such as people. The money he left to establish the Nobel Prizes came from inventions used to kill more people faster.

The first Nobel Prize in Literature was in 1901 and went to Sully Prudhomme (1839 – 1907).

Sully who? I’ve never heard of this guy. I Googled lucky Sully and learned he was a French poet and essayist born in Paris.

This year Mo Yan, a Chinese author, won the award and immediately received criticism from so-called Chinese democracy advocates, because Mo Yan has never protested that China should adopt an American/Western style democratic government.

Mo Yan’s literature deals with upheavals in Chinese history. At the 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair, he said “literature can overcome the barriers that separate countries and nations.”

Too bad that most Americans never read a book again after leaving high school (I’ve read this number is 80% of US adults).  If you don’t read, you cannot help overcome these devisive barriers that Mo Yan talks of. Especially if you are one of the millions that listen to talk radio shows such as Rush Limbaugh.

Then there is the Pulitzer Prize selected by a 20-member board that consists mostly of major newspaper editors and executives, along with six academics including the president of Columbia University and the dean and administrator of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The administrator and the dean cannot vote. The board elects its own members for a three-year term (excluding the dean and the administrator). Members of the board and the juries are selected with close attention “given to professional excellence and affiliation, as well as diversity in terms of gender, ethnic background, geographical distribution and size of newspaper.” Each year, the chair rotates to the most senior member. The board makes all prize decisions.

There are more than SEVEN BILLION people on the planet.  More than 1.34 billion live in China; 1.2 billion in India; 313 million in the US; more than 500 million in the 27 member states of the  European Union, 248 million in Indonesia, 205.7 million in Brazil, etc.

Do any of these countries have voting representation at Esquire Magazine, the Academy Awards, the Nobel, the Pulitzer, etc?

I think you already know the answer.

Going full circle back to the so-called Sexiest Woman Alive, half of humanity are women—about 3.5 billion.  For a few Western editors at one magazine, mostly Caucasians I’m sure, to claim that one woman is the sexist woman alive is ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ridiculous.

In fact, as one man, I often see women that beat Mila Kunis as the sexiest woman alive. That is my individual opinion of course, which doesn’t count since I am not David Granger, the Editor-in-Chief of Esquire Magazine.  I don’t subscribe to Esquire and have never bought or read a copy.

I must be really missing out!

To be more realistic, instead, Mila Kunis should be called Esquire Magazine’s Sexiest Woman Alive of 2012, and then Esquire should tell us how many people decided she was the winner of that dubious title and how many people Esquire represents: Esquire claims it has a customer base of 2,698,000 adults in 21 countries—69.6% are men and 30.4% are women; 44% have graduate degrees and 18% have a Post Grad Degree.  The median age is 44.5.

At least programs such as American Idol lets the millions of people that watch the program decide the winner.

Discover The True Value of American Idol

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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Jobs: Digging for FACTS – Part 3/3

There is a connection between literacy, income and unemployment: “Literacy and Income: More than 40 percent of adults in the lowest literacy level live in poverty …  43 percent of adults at Level 1 (lowest reading level) were living in poverty, compared to 4 percent of those at Level 5 (highest reading level). … The likelihood of being on welfare goes up as literacy levels go down. Three out of four food-stamp recipients performed in the two lowest literacy levels. … Literacy and Unemployment: Seventy percent of adults with the lowest literacy skills are unemployed or work in part-time jobs.”   Source: Policy Almanac.org

No matter the reason, dropping out of high school is a decision made by the individual. No president, G. W. Bush or Obama, forces anyone to drop out of high school or to avoid college. If a child grows up and cannot read, it is not the president’s fault.

In fact, no US president is responsible for who a child’s parents are (not counting his or her children). For example, my parents raised three children: two learned to read and one didn’t.

I earned a BA, MFA and a teaching credential on the GI Bill after I was honorably discharged from the US Marines. I also had an older brother (by fourteen years) who was illiterate and his life resembled the description in this series of posts and videos of someone that cannot read.

I have never collected unemployment or applied for welfare/food stamps, but my brother and most of his seven children are illiterate as he was, have been unemployed and have collected unemployment and/or welfare such as food stamps.

When I retired from teaching (1975 – 2005) someone was hired to replace me, but the staff at the high school where I taught did not increase. The only way new jobs would be created was if there were more students coming in and new teaching positions were needed, but that wasn’t the case. Instead, the student numbers stayed about the same or dropped. In fact, a dozen veteran teachers retired the same year I did, and we were all replaced with younger teachers, but it was not reported as an increase in jobs since those jobs already existed.

In addition, starting in 2011, about 10,000 baby boomers turned age 65 every day. About 60% of them are expected to retire—about 6,000 per day (2,190,000 annually—old jobs that will need to be replaced by hiring someone else). Source: Answers.com

If the boomers that retire are replaced (I’m sure they will not all be replaced but most will), that means about 180,000 old jobs were refilled in August 2012, the same month that 96,000 new jobs were created due to job growth. If this trend continues, that equals almost four million jobs (both old and new) that will be filled by the end of 2012.

A suggestion:  When the media reports the growth of new jobs, the news should also report how many retired that month and how many people were hired to fill those old jobs in addition to the total number of people that have jobs.

We do learn one thing about the new job numbers.  We discover that private businesses are making more money and the rich are getting richer in addition to the people seeking work that fill a new/old job. Those profits paid off for the top 1% of income earners. The average annual earnings of the top 1 percent of wage earners grew 156 percent from 1979 to 2007. In contrast, earners in the 90th to 95th percentile had wage growth of 34 percent while workers in the bottom 90 percent had the weakest wage growth, at 17 percent from 1979 to 2007. Source: Economic Policy Institute

If you want to know what happens when this level of income inequality exits look no further than the American Revolution (1775 – 1783) against the British Empire; The French Revolution (1789 – 1799), the Russian Revolution (1917) and the Chinese Revolution  (1911) followed by the Chinese Civil War (1927 – 1950).

This is what happens when too many people are out of work and/or are paid too little, are hungry and have no shelter to call home.

Return to Jobs: Digging for FACTS – Part 2 or start with Part 1

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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Jobs: Digging for FACTS – Part 2/3

The numbers I’m using to explain jobs and unemployment are there for anyone that reads and wants to use Google to find them.

What is the real reason for unemployment besides the loss of jobs in the workforce due to an inherited, damaged economy?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported unemployment by race and education (August 2012):

12% of unemployed (25 years or older) had no high school diploma (90% of welfare recipients are high-school dropouts and 60% of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate)

8.8% of high school graduates with no college were unemployed

6.6% of those with some college or an associate degree

4.1% of those that had earned a BA degree or higher

5.9% of Asian/Pacific Islander were unemployed (in 2009, the high-school dropout rate was 2.1%, and 35% were tested as functionally illiterate)

7.2% of Whites were unemployed (in 2009, the high-school dropout rate was 5.2%, and 15% were tested as functionally illiterate)

10.2% of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity were unemployed (In 2009, the high-school dropout rate was 17.6%, and 54% were tested as functionally illiterate)

14.1% of Black or African Americans were unemployed (in 2009, the high-school dropout rate was 9.6%, and 40.5% were tested as functionally illiterate)

Note: Source of literacy facts: National Center for Education Statistics

“A little known cause of illiteracy is cultural influences, children learn a lot from their environment at a young age and are known to mimic the behavior of the people around them (in fact, 90% of a child’s habits, personality/character will be formed before he or she reaches the age of six). This is why parents are encouraged to read to their children, it sets an example, showing reading as a form of enjoyment. … Parents with little desire to read or those that lack appropriate reading/learning skills themselves are more likely to subconsciously pass this trait onto their children.” Source: blurt it.com

Continued on September 9, 2012 in Jobs: Digging for FACTS – Part 3 or return to Part 1

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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Jobs: Digging for FACTS – Part 1/3

Reuters reported, “Jobs growth slowed sharply in August, setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to pump additional money into the sluggish economy next week and dealing a blow to President Barack Obama as he seeks re-election.”

This report from Reuters is very misleading as you will discover in this three part series. It all depends on how the reporter spins the numbers.

Let me explain.

Nonfarm payrolls increased (new jobs) only 96,000 last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, but in August 2012, there were 142,101,000 civilians working in the labor force while 12,544,000 were unemployed (an 8.1% unemployment rate). In addition, seven-million were job losers or persons who completed temporary jobs.

Another nine-hundred-and-forty-two thousand were labeled as lob leavers (they quit or retired).

What about the people that quit a job or retired and are being replaced—replacing people that quit or retire does not show as an increase in jobs because that job already existed and it isn’t a new job—it is an old job.

To make sense of all this, we will travel back in time to 2008.

In August 2011, there were 139,869,000 employed Americans working in the civilian labor force compared to 13,747,000 unemployed (an 8.9% unemployment rate).

In 2010, the civilian labor force was 139,064,000 and 14,825,000 were unemployed (9.6%).

In 2009, 139,877,000 civilians were employed and 14,265,000 were unemployed (9.3%).

In 2008, President G. W. Bush’s last full year in office and the year the global financial disaster exploded, 145,362,000 civilians were employed while 8,924,000 were unemployed (5.8%).

Now, let’s reverse the clock and move forward again:

By the end of 2009, 5.5 million civilian jobs were lost.

By the end of 2010, only 813,000 jobs were lost.

However, by the end of 2011, 805,000 jobs were added back to the civilian labor force and in one month, August 2012, 96,000 new jobs were created.

Even if new job creation stayed at the same rate as August, it means adding 1.15 million new jobs for 2012—another increase for the second year in a row, but 243,000 new jobs were added in January 2012; February saw a job gain of 227,000; March saw 120,000 new jobs; April added 115,000; May 69,000; June 80,000, and July 163,000.

ADD IT UP: For the first eight months of 2012, 1.113 million new jobs were added.

Someone that is stupid and/or ignorant will point at 2009, the year 5.5 million jobs were lost, the year President Obama was sworn into office, and claim, “Look what happened after he became president.  It is all his fault.”

NO, IT ISN’T!

The fact is that the 2009 budget, the financial disaster and the labor climate in the United States was inherited from President G. W. Bush. President Obama’s first budget was approved by Congress in 2010 and his stimulus package to create jobs still has not been totally implemented (and in some cases Republicans in Congress have blocked some of President Obama’s job stimulus plans). In fact, programs of this size are often phased in over several years. We will not see the results of much of what President Obama started until his second term. If he isn’t elected, any results we see in 2013 will be his—not the GOP presidential candidate.

Continued on September 8, 2012 in Jobs: Digging for FACTS – Part 2

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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