People that don’t count

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published the official government unemployment numbers touting that the unemployment rate has come down to only 8.6%.  Hooray. 

As a comparison, under President W, the average unemployment for all eight years of his entire presidency is 5.26%, with a low of 4.6% for the years of 2006 and 2007, and a high of 6.0% for 2003.  Headlines for Bush during that time:

The President’s Jobless Recovery
Frustrated Job Seekers Cause Jobless Rate To Drop
Economy Adds Few New Jobs
Low Jobless Rate Reflects Lost Hope
US Jobless Rate Drops But For Wrong Reasons

As compared to the headlines now for Presbo:

Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.6% Raising Hopes
Jobless Rate Drop Could Boost Obama
Obama Gets Economic Indicator He Can Crow About
Good News On Job Front For Obama
Jobless Rate Lowest In 2.5 Years

And those aren’t even the real numbers.  The government numbers don’t count people if they have given up looking for work and haven’t looked in the last 4 weeks.   They also don’t count people that are working at parttime or pickup jobs but that would like to be working full time.  Because if you count THOSE people, it would add 5.7 million people to the unemployment numbers and that would yield an actual unemployment rate of between 16 and 17%. 

So those people apparantly don’t count.  Or else the Bureau of Labor Statistics can’t count. 

In Russia, people read the government news Pravda because even if it told lies, at least they would know what is going on.  Here in the US, we watch the news to find out what the government would like to have going on.


About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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8 Responses to People that don’t count

  1. Mrs. AL says:

    Excellent, Drrick! This needs to be read by a WHOLE BUNCH of people. Oh, and we don’t count either in this government regime.

  2. drrik says:

    Corrolly to the golden rule (the people with the gold make the rules): The people with the guns make the rules.

  3. drrik says:

    The early leaders of the Jewish religion, in attempting to protect their people, tried to set up a cultural system whereby every 7 years the people would practice going out of their houses and established residences and setting up living in a tent. And all debts would roll over and be forgiven. so that the people would not have overwhelming financial ties and would be practicing semi-regularly being able to drop everything and leave. To take to the hills. As Edward Abbey used to say, there need to be wild places and hills, for honest men to run to.
    A people that can drop everything and walk away and still survive nomadically can be imprisoned. They can be shackled. But they can never be enslaved, because a slave who can and is inclined to walk away takes more energy to restrain than he generates. It becomes not cost effective. Time to consolidate debts. To go on maintainence level and to work on how to survive. Smart people those Jewish leaders.
    As Pricess Pelosi said, we have now the ability to no longer have to be keeping noses to the grindstone. Instead we can kick back and do things that are more fulfilling and worthwhile. And I can’t think of anything more worthwhile doing, messing around with boats not withstanding, than working to return power to the states and to the people and take it away from the national govenrment.
    Hoo Rahh

  4. CW says:

    Great post!

    Contrary to what some may believe, the most successful propaganda relies on the subtle tweeking of language rather than blatant lies.

    • Mrs. AL says:

      Ain’t that the truth. Worked for a man who’s one-liner to perspective clients was – “change language, change behavior.’ Well in the advertising game it can work depending on other factors lining up as well. In the political realm it’s a slam dunk!

      • CW says:

        Mrs. AL – did you work for Barack Obama?!

        During the 2000 election fight a sharp radio announcer in Denver pointed out a subtle but significant difference in the press treatment of court rulings. When the FL Supreme Court ruled in Gore’s favor, the headline was something like: “FL Supreme Court Rules for Gore.” But when the SCOTUS made their ruling, the same paper had a headline something like this: “In Split Decision, SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Bush.”

        Both rulings were 4-3. See how that works?

  5. Mrs. AL says:

    No, CW, I didn’t work for the current Resident. Trust that was a friendly jab – hahaha!

    As you to aptly noted, tweeking language is not that hard, the only hitch is you need to know your target audience. This time around, the Resident’s target audience is NOT thee and me. His target audiences are the lib/leftists and the “independents” who are left leaning. At least that is the conclusion I have drawn based upon the speeches I have heard thus far. As the title of Drrik’s post says, people (citizens) like us “don’t count.”

    Gads, sorry to babble.

  6. drrikdrrik says:

    Lies of commision.
    Lies of ommission.
    And the most subtle. telling the truth but in such a way that it is not believed. “Under my plan, energy rates will necessarily skyrocket.”

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