Sometime I wonder why I try. I understand that newspapers rely on wire services to fill their pages, but I really don’t understand how Pittsburgh’s “conservative” paper can include drivel from the Associated Press on their pages. The headline (with link);
So really this is an anemic amount of job growth which they can only muster a description of “decent” adjective by the writer. The real story is that the unemployment rate rose “slightly”. Here is the mother of all kickers and I’ll quote straight from the article here;
So what took the media, at least some mainstream media folks, so long to call what the Obama Administration is doing a “Lie?” This “news” story by Gallup is hardly new. In case you haven’t heard, Gallup discovered that the Administration’s unemployment number of 5.6% may not be true! My God! This would be shocking if economists hadn’t been saying this for years…literally years. Here are some key phrases for your entertainment (I cannot say enlightenment as most conservative folks knew this);
“The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.”
You get three guesses about which of these headlines/statistics will appear prominently in the lame-stream media…Oh and the first two guesses don’t count.
I am going to shock you…
- Politicians lie!
- 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.”
…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 hesitate to call my list “news stories” because many of them have not been covered by the Obama-media because they would make the liberal administration look like the miserable failure that it has been. On with the list.
- The Economy: If you look past the cheerleading reporting that the recession is over and jobs are being created, and a falling unemployment percent, you might just see how bad things still are. I don’t remember a time where I have sweated my employment for so long. I am not consumed, but the gnawing feeling is always there in the background. As of November 2011 the U6 Unemployment (U-6 = Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force) rate is 15.6 percent.
The liberal, mainstream media is all a twitter about the latest unemployment numbers coming out of the Department of Labor. Yes our unemployment rate is now a healthy 8.6 percent and that number grabbed many headlines along with the pronouncement that that is the lowest rate since March 2009. Unfortunately that is all that most of the American public will hear going into the weekend. Left out of most news blurbs was some rather important facts;
- You’ll hear that payroll increased by 120,000 jobs, but probably will not be told that most of those jobs are temporary, holiday seasonal positions which should make for some somber January 2012 numbers.
Kiplinger writers Martha Craver and Michael DeSenne have done the impossible and uncovered 10 hot jobs in an era of high unemployment. Even more unlikely one of the professions, and number four no less, is my profession. The “jobs” are ranked by the number of job seekers for every position open environmental engineers only have 1.15 active job seekers per opening according to Kiplinger. I was happy to see the 10-year growth projection at 31 percent though I don’t see a move to another employer in my future.
As I was doing some research on unemployment numbers I came across a gem of a news story. This economist was disparaging the President about his U6 unemployment numbers,
“U6, the broadest measure of unemployment and underemployment from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (No data available before 1994.) You can still argue that presidents really don’t have that much influence on the economy. But…supporters eagerly claimed that downward stretch…coinciding with the worst excesses of the housing bubble.”
“When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position,”
“we actually were willing to shun science and become a party that was antithetical to science. I’m not sure that’s good for our future and it’s not a winning formula,”