Imagine a country where challenging the ruling authorities—questioning, say, a piece of data released by central headquarters—would result in mobs of administration sympathizers claiming you should feel "embarrassed" and labeling you a fool, or worse. Soviet Russia perhaps? Communist China? Nope, that would be the United States right now, when a person (like me, for instance) suggests that a certain government datum (like the September unemployment rate of 7.8%) doesn't make sense. Unfortunately for those who would like me to pipe down, the 7.8% unemployment figure released by the
Jack Welch takes you through his thinking on Obama's strange unemployment number.
One take away is that there are 3 million less workers working or looking since Obama took office. This tends to artificially tweak the unemployment number. These people no longer count. Also the number of people on disability has been leaping upward. Sometimes the increase is more than the increase in employment. That can twist the unemployment number. Another thing to notice is that this a poll. They call people. I have gotten wary of polls for some reason. And lastly Jack Welch says that there is no sign of sudden economic activity to produce a .3% drop in unemployment.
The kindest thing that can be said is that this was a statistical fluke.
If anything, they managed to get to this number on the backs of part-time workers -- people forced to take low-paying jobs with no benefits just to have something.
FOX last night was quite clear on this: employers are not going to hire full-time people with benefits in this climate, where you don't know what the government is going to hit you with next...a mandate, a tax, an OSHA requirement, etc.
Mr. Welch has performed a great public service by exposing this latest gibberish from the Obama Administration. In the words of William W. Watt, "Do not put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say."
Jack Welch is not running for any office, does not have to kiss DNC or GOP butts and is, therefore, free to state the facts. That freedom of speech hasn't been ripped away from us yet, but it is definitely on Obama's Marxist Menu. .... I even heard some scolding from the GOP regarding Jack's article, but those reprimands come from the usual 'turn the other cheek' crowd.
Why would ANYbody believe the 7.8% story from the same president who reported that because some unknown person created some unknown video which 'hurt the feelings' of Muslims, our U.S. Lybian embassy was attacked and the ambassador murdered .... along with 3 other Americans?
Not only is the I-Won emperor naked, but he has called wolf one too many times.
Jack Welch's final reason for the Big Lie is absolutely right on. There isn't enough economic activity to support a .3 drop. No growth. Not even a glimmer of growth. Not a long glimmer of growth. It's going to take Romeny some time to get that unemployment number down. It will start as soon as Nov. 7, but until Obamacare is repealed no one is going to be satisfied. That albatross is a job killer.
This isn't some schlub saying this. Jack Welch was one of America's most competent CEOs. He knows numbers, and he knows when they don't smell right. These numbers stink.
And for me the real scandal here isn't just that this corrupt regime tried to cook the books, since many of us predicted this would happen. No, it's that the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses a friggin SURVEY (!!!) to confirm the state of the world's largest economy. Jeez, they might as well use darts or a Oujah Board or Magic 8-Ball. Even if the survey questions and questioners were legit, this method seems absurdly inexact. How about using, you know, actual company-filed personnel action reports?
I’ve been observing Jack Welch from afar for many years. He’s one tough, smart cookie. He doesn’t mince words, suffer fools gladly, tell it like it isn’t or enter, much less win, any Mr. Congeniality contests. Compare his pragmatic words with the bilge water that oozes constantly from Obama and his power-at-ANY-cost cohorts; Axelrod, Gibbs, Jarrett et al. Need I say more? Nope!
#6 Yes the Dems accused the same thing about Republicans. But you see here's how it works. The Dems make an accusation that they know is just a political lie. They keep saying it over and over. Over time many of the Democrats forget that it was a just a lie in the first place. Then the Democrats start to justify their own behavior against the way they believe the Republicans are and not take into account that their perceived characterization of Republicans was a made up lie. Now the Dems cheat at something and say to themselves that well it's cheating but not as bad as the Republicans cheat. But they have compared their action against a lie they created. And the end result is their cheating is much worse than anything the Republicans ever even thought of doing.
Example: Nixon thought of using the IRS to investigate some political opponents in a private rant one day. His subordinates knew it was just a rant. They didn't do it. A few days later he told them it was correct not to do it. But the Dems characterize the action as if he actually followed through on that notion. So the Dems regularly use the IRS to investigate their opponents and justify it in their mind that at least it is not as bad as Nixon.
When this bogus jobs report floated by the administration's bureaucratic puppets made it to FOX News, I watched Mrs. Tree's reaction. At first her brow furrowed and eyes narrowed... then she started laughing.
It occurred right then that Axelrod had made another of his stupid mistakes. Cheating comes so naturally to him he seems to start doing it before the game begins. And if Mrs. Tree is laughing at his clumsy manipulation, so are a million other women.
Of the low level government clerks charged with checking a box on their forms after an interview, what percentage do you think are avid Obama supporters? 90%...95%? Do you think they know and/or have been informed that decreasing unemployment numbers at this critical stage of the election process accrue to zer'O's benefit? What checks are in place to guard against such jiggling of the numbers in a collusive workforce "adjustment?"
This job report and the Libyan run-around are exactly what you get when a bunch of socialists are put in power. I hope and pray we clean house (along with the aiding and abetting education system and the lamestream media) before it's too late.
What is really scary is when the next President is decided in November by December the "adjusted" unemployment rate will skyrocket to 11%+ and the new "adjusted" Cost of Living Index will also be double digits. Rick Santelli will blow another gasket because at the same time the stock market will be heading south.
Just think how many working age people had to leave the work force (reduce the Participation Rate) to produce this drop in the Unemployment Rate. The last time we saw this great a reduction in a work force in so short a time is when the "Black Death" was ravaging Europe during the Middle Ages.
This BLS Unemployment Rate only proves Mark Twain's observation that, "there are lies, damn lies, and statistics."
Has any one noticed that the Bureau of Labor Statistics is run by an appointed Obama political hack from California who just happens to be a socialist and a good party member... how could she "cook" the books and why? /s
Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy — their health care tab is not going to soar next year. The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue a ruling that says the government can continue to make a contribution to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides, according to several Hill sources. A White House official confirmed the deal and said the proposed regulations will be issued next week. Just Wednesday, POLITICO reported that President Barack Obama told Democratic senators that he was personally involved in finding a solution.
The Obama administration is set to unveil new procedures that will greatly expand the government’s ability to verify the income of Americans who seek government subsidies under the federal health care law. “We’re going to be sampling 100 percent. There’s new information,” Gary Cohen, deputy director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday. He made his assurances after Chairman Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, aired concerns that enrollees in state health exchanges will self-certify their income. The administration would have to cross-check
As they prepared to head home for summer vacation, House Republicans fired off three subpoenas Thursday seeking more information from the State Department on the terrorist attack last year in Benghazi, Libya, and on the science the Environmental Protection Agency used to impose new clean air regulations. The parting shots come amid a week of bitter partisanship that saw both the House and Senate fail to pass transportation spending bills, and saw each side point the finger at the other in arguing that Congress is broken.
Lost in all the rancor among Republicans over the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs has been this: A similar ideological divide has been exposed in the Democratic Party that could pose even more political difficulties for President Obama. Several Democrats from the party’s civil liberties wing — the mirror image of the Republicans’ rising libertarian strain — met with Obama and Republican lawmakers Thursday at the White House to discuss concerns about the NSA’s phone data collection program and elements of the administration’s broader surveillance effort.
A group of House Republicans led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor has agreed on a revision to the food stamps portion of the farm bill that Cantor believes will broadly unite the GOP conference. A senior Republican aide tells National Review Online the group has found a relatively limited change to food-stamp work requirements that could net $20 billion in savings, doubling the spending reductions of the overall bill. As part of welfare reform in 1996, able-bodied adults without dependents (i.e., kids) are required to engage in work activities for at least
Unburdened by the Constitutional requirement to obtain a search warrant, those nice people at the National Security Agency (NSA) have teamed with Apple, Google and Microsoft to take time out of their busy day to capture all your party pictures from college, intimate letters with your lover and financial activities of your business in order to build a "permanent file" for leverage against you at a later date. These are just the latest depressing revelations about the rise of the military-industrial complex from whistleblower/traitor Edward Snowden
Washington has been abuzz for months over the fear and loathing that Congressional staffers have for Obamacare. Many staffers and employees on Capitol Hill have been saying they´ll have to quit Washington if they are forced into Obamacare. Now the President is promising to fix it all for them. At the very beginning of his closed-door meeting with Senate Democrats, the President addressed staffers´ worries that Obamacare will force them to quit working in Washington, promising "I´m on it." Currently congressional staffers have 75 percent of their healthcare insurance paid by taxpayers, but
Congress began to react angrily to news that Russia granted temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden and allowed him to finally leave the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. “Americans in Washington should consider this a game changer in our relationship with Russia. Mr. Snowden has been charged with serious crimes and has put American lives at risk at home and abroad,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said. “Today’s action by the Russian government could not be more provocative and is a sign of Vladimir Putin’s clear lack of respect for President Obama,”
It may not fully make up for President Obama’s gutting of America’s manned spaceflight program, but for now it will have to do. Star Trek’s Galileo, the fiberglass shuttlecraft featured on the “The Galileo Seven” episode of the classic ’60s sci-fi series, was officially unveiled Wednesday at Space Center Houston, the official museum/visitor center of NASA´s Johnson Space Center, where it will remain on permanent display. If nothing else, the Galileo development program proved far less costly than NASA’s $9 billion next-generation space program, Constellation, which fell victim to Mr. Obama’s budget ax in 2010.
President Obama, who extolled the value of middle-class construction jobs during nearly five years of recession and recovery, has changed his tune to borderline contempt for the blue-collar jobs needed to build the Keystone oil pipeline. In a speech in Chattanooga, Tenn., Mr. Obama actually chuckled derisively Tuesday when he mentioned that Republican lawmakers are promoting the pipeline project for the thousands of jobs it would create over two years. “They keep on talking about this — an oil pipeline coming down from Canada that’s estimated to create about 50 permanent jobs,”
Two New York Times reporters recently posited for President Obama this grim scenario: Low growth, high unemployment, and growing income inequality become "the new normal" in the nation he leads. "Do you worry," the journalists asked him, "that that could end up being your legacy simply because of the obstruction ... and the gridlock that doesn´t seem to end?" Obama´s reply was telling. "I think if I´m arguing for entirely different policies and Congress ends up pursuing policies that I think don´t make sense and we get a bad result," he said, "it´s hard to argue that´d be my legacy.
A military court Tuesday convicted Army Pfc. Bradley Manning of violating the Espionage Act for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, a verdict that legal analysts say likely will have a chilling effect on others considering revealing government secrets. While Manning, 25, was acquitted of the most serious charge — aiding the enemy, which carried a penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole — he still faces up to 136 years in prison when he is sentenced at Fort George G. Meade, Md. The sentencing hearing, which starts Wednesday
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
Mark Levin, who hosts one of America´s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people´s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the "oppressive power" of the federal government. The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, "The Liberty Amendments," out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama´s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy
The former commander of special operations in Northern Africa told a closed-door briefing today that he was largely detached from events the night of the Benghazi attack as he was traveling at the time. The testimony of Col. George H. Bristol, USMC, Former Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Africa, had been eagerly anticipated by members of Congress. Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last
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The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."