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Monday, April 05, 2010

Pardon Me ...

... but this makes no sense:
Jobless rate may rise as many are drawn back to labor force
By V. Dion Haynes, Washington Post

The increase in jobs highlighted in the nation's most recent unemployment report carried the sound of economic promise, but Obama administration officials said Sunday that the public shouldn't expect any dramatic improvement in the jobless rate, largely because of the effect of thousands of "discouraged" unemployed people who have resumed their search for work.

Some economists assert that the unemployment rate, which held steady at 9.7 percent in March, is likely to be driven higher as many more such people are lured into looking for work by signs of recovery. [link]
Tell me this: At what point did those who find themselves unemployed but not looking for work become not unemployed?  And I want to talk to those "economists" who "assert" that the unemployment rate might rise because the unemployed may remain unemployed.  But looking.

Has the world gone mad?  Are America's economists now picked from some reality show?  Have we dumbed down our education system to the point where ignoramuses have become the best we can do in our quest for experts in a given field?

"They're not employed.  They're out of work."

I fear for our country.

It Wasn't Supposed To Be Like This

"The president has made a very clear commitment to not raise taxes on middle-class families.

"Let me be precise. The president's clear commitment is not to raise taxes on those making less than $250,000 a year."
-- Presidential press spokesman Robert Gibbs --

"I want to provide a tax cut for 95% of Americans. If you make less than a quarter of a million dollars a year, you will not see a single dime of your taxes go up. If you make $200,000 a year or less, your taxes will go down. Only a few percent of small businesses make more than $250,000 a year. The vast majority of small businesses would get a tax cut under my plan".
Huge 25% tax hike for small businesses kills New York jobs
By John Aidan Byrne and Richard Wilner, New York Post

America's jobs growth engine is being choked to death.

A record 25 percent increase in the taxes against US small businesses -- from costs associated with new health care law, to an increased Medicare tax, increased capital gains taxes and higher state and city taxes -- is repealing any ability of these entrepreneurs to add jobs to their payroll.

By one estimate, the effective tax rate on the 26 million small businesses across the country -- which in the past have accounted for more than half of the job growth in the US -- has jumped to 50 percent from 40 percent, sucking valuable cash from the businesses.

These dollars could have been used to add to payrolls or make capital improvements -- but instead will be siphoned off by Uncle Sam, state and municipal governments.

A survey of 200 small businesses across the US by the economist found 51.5 percent of business owners in March were concerned about the viability of their businesses -- up from 49.5 percent in February. More than eight million jobs have been lost during the current 28-month recession. [link]

I wonder how many Americans applauded when Obama pledged - at the point in time when he wanted their votes - to provide a tax cut to U.S. small business.

I wonder too how many Americans listened to him and knew at the time that he was lying through his teeth.

Wanta Rethink That?

I love this kind of stuff.  The high-and-mighty dragged back down to earth:
Rush Limbaugh, Chris Matthews and the 'regime' question
By Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent, Washington Examiner

On MSNBC, Chris Matthews appeared deeply troubled by [Rush Limbaugh's use of] the word. "I've never seen language like this in the American press," he said, "referring to an elected representative government, elected in a totally fair, democratic, American election -- we will have another one in November, we'll have another one for president in a couple years -- fair, free, and wonderful democracy we have in this country…. We know that word, 'regime.' It was used by George Bush, 'regime change.' You go to war with regimes. Regimes are tyrannies. They're juntas. They're military coups. The use of the word 'regime' in American political parlance is unacceptable, and someone should tell the walrus [Limbaugh] to stop using it."

Matthews didn't stop there. "I never heard the word 'regime,' before, have you?" he said to NBC's Chuck Todd. "I don't even think Joe McCarthy ever called this government a 'regime.'"

It appears that Matthews has suffered a major memory loss.

[O]n June 14, 2002, Chris Matthews himself introduced a panel discussion about a letter signed by many prominent leftists condemning the Bush administration's conduct of the war on terror. "Let's go to the Reverend Al Sharpton," Matthews said. "Reverend Sharpton, what do you make of this letter and this panoply of the left condemning the Bush regime?"

Oops. Perhaps Joe McCarthy never called the U.S. government a regime, but Chris Matthews did. And a lot of other people did, too. So now we are supposed to believe him when he expresses disgust at Rush Limbaugh doing the same? [link]
 Can Matthews make a bigger ass of himself than he already has?  Stay tuned.  With each passing day ...

Shut Up. Listen. Clap When Instructed.

The Ruling Class in this country just doesn't know how to deal with the new paradigm.  WE THE PEOPLE now take all that WE THE PEOPLE stuff seriously.  And, let the word go forth, WE RULE.

Making weasels like Harry Reid employees and nothing more.

Rather than rock stars.  Like they think of themselves.

So how do they react to this new dynamic?
Harry Reid Cancels Speech At Mormon Church After Protesters Threaten to Show Up
Jim Hoft

Majority Leader Harry Reid canceled his speech at the Tule Springs Stake after angry calls and emails were received.

Harry canceled because protesters threatened to show up.
Independent American reported:

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was supposed to chat with some LDS folks Sunday evening but the event was called off after protesters threatened to disrupt it." [link]
Expect the mainstream press to kill some more trees and write about the incivility of the electorate, and all that.

What you won't read is the message that the electorate is trying to send Mr. Reid, which is: Get your skinny ass back to work and do the bidding of your employers, and quit trying to ruin this once-great country of ours.

We rule.  Get used to it.  Or don't.  It no longer matters.  There's the door.

Don't Screw With The Established Narrative

I read the mainstream "news" and am reminded of Baghdad Bob sometimes.

"There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!"

As M1-A1 tanks were seen rolling down the next street.
Time Publishes Melting Arctic Scare Piece As Ice Levels Dramatically Rise
By Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters

On the same day that Time magazine published a scare piece about the melting Arctic seas, a British paper reported recent findings that the amount of ice in northern waterways has dramatically increased to levels not seen in almost a decade.

"Reports about the melting ice caps are distressing" frantically began Time's "Putting a Price Tag on the Melting Ice Caps" Saturday.

Yet, moments earlier, Britain's Daily Mail reported:

"The amount of sea ice covering the Arctic dramatically increased last month, reaching levels not seen at this time of year for nearly a decade.

"Returning ice - after years of declining cover - has astonished climate scientists who blamed unusually cold weather over the Bering Sea.

"Researchers said they recorded the most ice in March since 2001 - and that the cover is approaching long-term average levels for the first time in ten years."

This on the SAME DAY Time published a piece dealing with the price of melting ice caps. [link]
I think laughter is appropriate at this point.

"We have them surrounded in their tanks"

"They're not even [within] 100 miles [of Baghdad]. They are not in any place. They hold no place in Iraq. This is an illusion ... they are trying to sell to the others an illusion."

Good grief.

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And speaking of those with their heads up their asses, we have this from an editorial in this morning's Roanoke Times:

"The science is unequivocal: Man's actions are causing global temperatures to rise, and unless greenhouse gas emissions are curbed -- drastically and soon -- the long-term results will be traumatic and widespread."

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Adjective: unequivocal ən-i-ˈkwi-və-kəl
1. Admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion

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"The science is unequivocal: Man's actions are causing global temperatures to rise"?

No doubt?  One meaning?  One conclusion?

If anything, the fact that the globe hasn't warmed one one-hundredth of one degree this century is unequivocal evidence that the opposite may be true.


See the definition of the word "unequivocal" above.

Are the kids at the Times lying? Confused? Stupid? Devious? Misled?

You decide.