June 3, 2011

Shields and Brooks on the Week in Politics

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JIM LEHRER: And to the analysis of Shields and Brooks, syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks.

Mark, how do you read the politics of these bad job numbers today?

MARK SHIELDS: They're not disappointing, Jim; they're discouraging.

These are -- everybody knew, economists agreed this was not a strong recovery, but they thought it was a recovery. And now there's a serious question about that. Any time there's open speculation about whether -- the possibility, even, of a double-dip recession, that's a blow to consumer confidence, which is key to our economic well-being.

Most devastating figure to me is this, that 45 percent of the unemployed Americans -- there's 13.2 Americans -- million...

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