By Alden L. Benton
On every automobile side mirror, you see the phrase “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” This warning sticker is the result of the nanny-state fear factor that drives the Left’s compulsion to regulate every detail of our daily lives.
One thing they don’t regulate, however, is their obsession to change the truth to fit their agenda.
Most of us call that lying.
This goes beyond the usual political gasconade and hyperbole. Its purpose is to obscure the truth or deflect blame in their opponents’ direction. The Democrats have elevated this crass obfuscation to an art form.
A case in point is the so-called economic “recovery.”
The unemployment rate at the beginning of 2011 was 9.4 per cent, down from a 2010 high of 9.9 per cent and persistent monthly rates above 9.5 per cent. The rate dropped steadily, falling to 8.8 per cent last April, only to climb back to 9.2 per cent in July 2011, according to tradingeconomics.com.
The unemployment rate crept down to 9.1 per cent, then down to 9.0 per cent, and finally falling to 8.6 per cent in November, the last figures available.
A national average unemployment rate of over 8.6 per cent is not a recovery. Yes, fewer people are unemployed, and that is good. However, the growth in new jobs and growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) have been anemic at best.
One must also consider the way the government cooks its unemployment figures.
- If a person runs out of unemployment benefits and has not found work, they are not counted as unemployed.
- If a person gets discouraged and stops looking for work, they are not counted as unemployed.
- The numbers also do not take into consideration the people who are underemployed or are looking for their first jobs.
When the data underlying the drop in the unemployment rate are examined more closely, the recovery lie becomes obvious.
Obama’s chief economic advisor, Alan Krueger, acknowledged that about half of the unemployment drop last month was attributed to 315,000 people leaving the labor force. Many of them were women who were probably discouraged by poor job prospects.
The Times article continued stating
Seizing on that number, the Republican National Committee issued a statement saying that the U.S. had enough discouraged workers “to fill a city the size of Pittsburgh.” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said “the jobless rate in this country is still unacceptable” — above 8% for the last 34 months.
This is a recovery?
The other recovery lie is about the income of those people who do work.
According to The Weekly Standard, a Census Bureau report states,
… the median American household income has actually fallen during the “recovery.” Not only that, but it has fallen even more than it did during the recession.
“Real income fell by 3.2 percent during [the recession]. And during the recovery it went down by 6.7 percent.” So “income [has] declined twice as much in the recovery as in the recession itself.”
So in the deluded fantasy world of the president and his economic advisors, more than 300,000 people leaving the work force and the incomes of those who do work declining at double the rate that they did during the recession, is a recovery.
If you believe that, I have some ocean-front property in Colorado you might want to buy.
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