We shouldn't be talking about deficit reduction with 10.2% unemployment

There's a potential disconnect between the Obama administration, the unemployment rate and the deficit, and I hope there's some sort of resolution or else you and I could be looking at high unemployment for some time to come -- not to mention a backslide on the greenshoots and economic growth we're beginning to see.

The unemployment rate jumped to 10.2% last month, the first time unemployment has breached 10% since 1983. While monthly job losses are significantly declining since early this year, 10.2% is still a scary threshold.