So where does Congress go from here...

now that the debt ceiling debate is temporarily over?

If your first answer was "go on vacation", you would be right. But for the sake of argument, let's look at what they'll take up after returning. Well, if you're a Democrat, the talking points say you will be focused like a laser on job creation. Which is all well and good, but...

I'm just not sure how powerful the laser or how sharp the focus will actually be.

In addition to compiling unemployment numbers going back to 2009, Moe Lane (moelane.com/RedState.com) also did a fantastic job of providing accompanying news stories for each month. It's an entertaining and informative read, so instead of trying to include all of the commentary and links, I'll just toss in a few highlights.

http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2011/08/02/the-democrats-new-laser-like...

  • December 2009: 10.0%
  • January 2010: 9.7%
  • February 2010: 9.7%
  • March 2010: 9.7%
    President Obama signs the HIRE Act (Jobs Bill) into law.
  • April 2010: 9.9%
  • May 2010: 9.7%
  • June 2010: 9.5%
  • July 2010: 9.5%
  • August 2010: 9.6%
    Treasury Secretary Geithner pens op-ed in NYT titled, "Welcome to the Recovery".
  • September 2010: 9.6%
  • October 2010: 9.7%
  • November 2010: 9.8%
  • December 2010: 9.4%
    President Obama, Labor Secretary Solis and Nation Labor Union leaders meet on job creation.
  • January 2011: 9.0%
  • February 2011: 8.9%
  • March 2011: 8.8%
  • April 2011 : 9.0%
  • May 2011 : 9.1%
    According to the Obama Administration, the Recovery Act was supposed to have unemployment down to between 6 and 7% at this point.
  • June 2011 : 9.2%

Unemployment numbers for July will be released this Friday. Anyone taking bets?

And just in case you're still not sure about how focused this administration is on jobs, Moe included a classic Biden clip at the end of his post.

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