…and tell me it’s raining!
Unemployment: If you listen to the White House and the mainstream media puppets you’ll think unemployment is trending down and at 8 percent as of February 2012. Too bad the numbers are cooked (FYI all administrations cook) and are quite misleading…okay not “misleading” but flat out lies. Gallup offers real unemployment numbers;
REAL UNEMPLOYMENT IS 19.0 PERCENT
If you want to compare the numbers the White House uses then Gallup determined that rate to be 9.0 percent;
I am reading a book titled The Science of Fear (book review to come soon) and was struck by a recent op/ed in our local paper that hit on the essence of the book. Pittsburgh has suffered under the “Smokey City” label for years even though most of the steel mills and major industry has been long gone. My mother tells of the days when she had to change blouses twice a day because of the soot in the air. Pittsburgh is not that city any more, but many folks behave and advocate as if it is and groups use the historic image to bash the area while seeking stricter and stricter regulations on air emissions. It is as if some of these groups cannot accept that things are way better.
“Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shade of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field; that, of course, they are many in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little, shriveled, meager, hopping, though loud and troublsome, insects of the hour.
In their attempt to cover all scenarios with regulations governments never seem to learn from their mistakes and always creates unintended consequences. This is quite a dilemma for government as they certainly want to give the perception of fairness and create a set of rules that will achieve their goals and cover all of the bases. Rather than simplifying things they increase the complexity and you end up with 2000+ page bills. I would estimate that for each page of law you probably get 250 pages of regulations. We should keep in mind that by creating this bureaucracy they also provide cover (i.e. covering their butts) for themselves when/if the spit hits the fan.
There is perhaps nothing government likes better than getting in your business. I am mostly thinking of government “leaders” and elected officials. Having worked off and on in government for many years I rarely have seen the vindictive low level government bureaucrat of the stereotype that many talking heads like to vilify. I don’t doubt that many exist and I have only worked in one segment, but it is a regulatory agency where one would think the vindictive would flourish. What many people forget is the process…elected officials pass laws, the laws require that regulations be adopted, lawyers and politicians help write the regulations, many policies have to be developed to explain the laws written by lawyers and politicians, people then have to adhere to these edicts. Like them or not, government workers are often in the middle and seemingly in your business.
In this series I choose a current news article and you decide via a multiple choice format which terms were used and whether others would have been more accurate…….
WASHINGTON — In the end, it’s only a beginning.
The __________ (comprehensive, far-reaching, power grabbing, socialist) new banking and consumer protection bill awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature now shifts from the politicians to the technocrats.
The legislation gives regulators __________( latitude, unlimited power, control, plenty of campaign contributions) and time to come up with new rules, requires scores of studies and, in some instances, depends on international __________ (approval, loans, agreements, scorn) falling into place.
Part 6 – Innovation
It has been a while since my last installment of this series, but a recent demonstration that I attended reminded me of one of my topics…Innovation.
When I started in my current job I became aware of a project where the federal government was planning to remove sediment from a small recreational lake which was estimated to be 80% full of sediment. This was in 2001 and the schedule was to have the project completed by 2004.