Health Care Stopped!!! Jobs will be front and center.
When we posted the results of the first poll showing Scott Brown in the lead on January 10, the mainstream media still was not ready to get behind the idea of a possible Brown victory in Massachusetts. It was not until mid-week when some more traditional polling organizations showed similar race tightness that the media explosion took off. The Massachusetts vote became a national referendum on President Obama and his policies.
While the bill was unpopular with the majority of Americans and swept in Brown, it was also unpopular with many state legislatures and governors. They viewed it as a major usurpation of states rights. More importantly, it was filled with unfunded mandates that would put even more pressures on state's budgets. Look for the Democrats and Republicans now to quickly change the focus to jobs. Let's hope they do no more harm to a tepid recovery.
The BLS will publish year end state unemployment rates for 2009 tomorrow. Check back for the list of Best States for Jobs in 2009.