Framing the Dialogue

News Briefs – Nothing But the Half Truths

I am going to shock you…

  1. Politicians lie!
  2. The main stream (old media) covers for them…at least the Demoncrats.

Brief 1: July’s jobs report came out and Obama hit the stump bragging about how many private sector jobs were created that month.  Apparently we are heading in the right direction;

“That means that we’ve now created 4.5 million new jobs over the last 29 months, and 1.1 million new jobs so far this year. Those are our neighbors and family members finding work and the security that comes with work.”

No mention of job losses.  The Department of Labor reported that 163,000 private sector jobs were created in July, however the unemployment rate went from 8.2 to 8.3 percent.  Mr. Obama never mentioned that fact and the old media certainly decided not to highlight it either.  Two facts are worth pointing out to make Obama’s half-truth the full truth.  University of Maryland’s Professor Peter Morici stated that, “nearly the entire reduction in unemployment since October 2009 has been accomplished through a significant drop in the percentage of adults participating in the labor force – either working or looking for work.”  If you are unemployed and stop looking you are no longer “unemployed.”  Funny numbers!  Morici also stated that the U.S. economy “would have to add about 13.3 million jobs over the next three years – about 370,000 each month – to unemployment down to 6 percent.”  Maybe the Demoncrats have it figured out.  If enough Americans, you know our neighbors and family members, just give up we may have full employment (around 5 percent) soon.  That seems to be the trend.

Brief 2:  One of the favorite planks in the Demoncrats platform is to attempt to create divides within America.  One of the favorite of the favorites is to point to the evil rich.  This is especially funny as almost all politicians are part of the rich including Obama.  Thomas Sowell put things into perspective recently with an article that will never see the light of day in the old media;

 “Perhaps the biggest lie of this election year, and the one likely to be repeated the most often, is that the income of “the rich” is going up, while other people’s incomes are going down. If you listen to Barack Obama, you are bound to hear this lie repeatedly. But the government’s own Congressional Budget Office has just published a report whose statistics flatly contradict this claim. The CBO report shows that, while the average household income fell 12 percent between 2007 and 2009, the average for the lower four-fifths fell by 5 percent or less, while the average income for households in the top fifth fell 18 percent. For households in the “top one percent” that seems to fascinate so many people, income fell by 36 percent in those same years.”

 Professor Sowell actually called a lie a lie.  Good for him.

Brief 3:  What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what the hell happen in Nevada in 2010?  How could the citizens of Nevada re-elect Harry Reid to the U.S. Senate?  I guess that’s their choice, but the rest of the country has to suffer with him as the Senate Majority Leader.  Besides suppressing votes on Republican legislation, including passing a budget as they are Constitutionally required to do, he has used the Senate chambers to take partisan politics to a new low.  Reid used his position to claim that Mitt Romney hasn’t paid taxes in ten years.  Reid claimed that he was told by a source, but would not reveal that source.  He said that only by releasing his tax records could Romney prove that he was lying.  Much has been written about this so you can read other sources, but politicians should not be allowed to make baseless claims without repercussions.  They should not be allowed to be protected.  A lie is a lie.  The Demoncrats are DEAPARATE to get Romney’s tax records.  I don’t think they believe that there are any irregularities, they just want to point out how much Romney is worth.

Brief 4:  “On his first full day in office, Jan. 21, 2009, President Obama issued a presidential memo on freedom of information, telling agencies: ‘The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails.”  A politician lying is no surprise and particularly so for this president.  What is surprising is that it was the Washington Post calling him out on his record;

“In its first year, the Obama administration vowed an increase in transparency across government, including through the Freedom of Information Act; the proactive release of documents; and the establishment of a new agency to declassify more than 370 million pages of archived material. Three years later, evidence suggests that administration officials have struggled to overturn the long-standing culture of secrecy in Washington. Some of these high-profile transparency measures have stalled, and by some measures, the government is keeping more secrets than before. Media organizations and individuals requesting information under FOIA last year were less likely to receive the material than in 2010 at 10 of the 15 cabinet-level departments, according to an analysis of annual reports of government agencies by The Washington Post.”

 Perhaps Obama was talking about leaking classified documents as his administration seems quite transparent in that respect.

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