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EDITORIAL: Obama’s bogus jobs data

The Washington Times Feb. 3, 2012

The White House hyped the news Friday that January payrolls had risen by 243,000. The hitch is the Bureau of Labor Statistics  (also dropped 1.2 million from the calculated workforce. Somehow this net loss of a million workers in a single month was transformed into an improvement in the unemployment rate. As the old saying goes, figures don’t lie, but liars can figure.

“Job growth was widespread,” the BLS reported, but most Americans sense that something isn’t quite right with the numbers. The most important change was the deep decline in the workforce. While the overall population jumped an 1.6 million in January, the workforce declined a record-setting 1.2 million. This figure represents those who out of sheer frustration or for other reasons have dropped out of what the government defines as the active labor pool. They are worse than simply unemployed; they are both jobless and hopeless.

The good news for Obama administration statisticians is that these unfortunates don’t factor into the official unemployment rate, which only counts those thought to be looking for work. So while five people drop out of the system in despair for every new job created, the official unemployment rate declines and the White House enjoys a good news day.

“The recovery is speeding up,” President Obama declared. However, the broader measures tell a different story. The employment-to-population ratio, the most comprehensive jobs number, remained flatlined at 58.5 percent, around where is has been for at least a year. The number lacking jobs has likewise remained steady at 41.5 percent. The overall participation rate, the percentage making up the workforce in the population, accelerated an already steep decline to a 30-year low of 63.7 percent. In short, the recovery is not speeding up - people are simply giving up.

The participation rate is a subjective measure and highly subject to manipulation. The lower it goes and the more people are dropped from the unemployment equation, the better the numbers will look for the White House. This figure has been dropping sharply since Mr. Obama took office.

Last month, an analysis at the Zero Hedge financial website noted that by extending the logic of reporting progressively fewer labor-force participants, “America will officially have no unemployed when the Labor Force Participation rate hits 58.5 percent, which should be just before the presidential election.” Maybe that’s the plan.

A year ago, there were 99 million people either officially unemployed or otherwise not working, and the official unemployment rate was 9.1 percent. Now, unemployment reported by the government is down to 8.3 percent, but the number without jobs has topped 100 million.


The disconnect between increasing joblessness in America and the rosy White House official statistics should be the subject of a congressional investigation. Something does not add up.

Latest Congressional Budget Outlook For 2012-2022 Released, Says Real Unemployment Rate Is 10%

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Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger on Charity, Disease and Sterilization

The Pivot of Civilization (Margaret Sanger) ^ | 1922 | WPtG


Organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease. Those vast, complex, interrelated organizations aiming to control and to diminish the spread of misery and destitution and all the menacing evils that spring out of this sinisterly fertile soil, are the surest sign that our civilization has bred, is breeding and perpetuating constantly increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents and dependents. "The Pivot of Civilization", Page 108
It [charity] encourages the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant. "The Pivot of Civilization", Pages 116-117
The most serious charge that can be brought against modern “benevolence” is that it encourages the perpetuation of defectives, delinquents and dependents. These are the most dangerous elements in the world community, the most devastating curse on human progress and expression. "The Pivot of Civilization", Page 123
It now remains for the U.S. government to set a sensible example to the world by offering a bonus or yearly pension to all obviously unfit parents who allow themselves to be sterilized by harmless and scientific means. In this way the moron and the diseased would have no posterity to inherit their unhappy condition. The number of the feeble-minded would decrease and a heavy burden would be lifted from the shoulders of the fit. “The Function of Sterilization,” The Birth Control Review, October 1926
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As Obama Crows, The Real Story Is 10.5 Million Jobs Deficit

IBD ^ | 02/04/2012

Obama Is 'President Zero - Zero Economic Expansion, Zero Jobs, Zero Ideas'

Of course it's good news that 243,000 new jobs were created in January, shaving the unemployment rate to 8.3%. But thanks to massive policy errors by the White House, we're still way below where we should be.

President Obama, speaking in Arlington, Va., immediately took credit for the bullish report, crowing that "altogether, we've added 3.7 million new jobs over the last 23 months."

According to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the economy is just 0.7% above its previous high. Usually at this point in an expansion, it's 13.5% above the last peak. In other words, thanks to Obama's policies, we're missing about $1.8 trillion in GDP — or roughly $5,760 for every man, woman and child.

Far worse for most Americans is the jobs depression that has accompanied Obamanomics. As the chart shows, we've suffered a jobs implosion greater than any since World War II.

The president went on to say: "We can't go back to the policies that led to the recession. And we can't let Washington stand in the way of our recovery."

"Our" recovery? And "We can't go back to the policies that led to the recession"? The cause of the recession was, in fact, housing policies put in place by President Clinton and aggressively supported by Democrats in Congress, including former Sen. Barack Obama.

How soon we forget. These were the policies that led to the housing meltdown, the financial crisis and, ultimately, the deep recession we're still climbing out of.

Yet Obama's "blame Bush" theme will be the Democrats' strategy for the 2012 campaign. So get used to it.

Truth is, by now we should have created millions more jobs than we have.

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Barack Obama is giving away oil rich Alaskan islands to the Russians

coachisright.com ^ | MARCH 5, 2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer


The Obama Administration is looking to give Russia seven oil rich Alaskan Islands that were discovered and claimed for America by American explorers according to Alaska Republican 2010 Senatorial candidate Joe Miller. “I think the bigger concern here is what natural resources are being lost to Russia,” says one commenter who deplores the secrecy involved with Obama and his SOS Hilary Clinton gifting Putin with United States land.

Miller blew the whistle on this island give away of billions of off shore oil deposits and rich sea beds in an interview with World Net Daily that literately has cyberspace dripping in anger at this present administration.

But when I called the office of GOP AK long time Senator Lisa Murkowski, her aides told me it’s George Bush the father’s fault, and Obama’s people are just cleaning up long standing agreements. I was given this direct email address which came back failed three times: matthew_felling@murkowski.senate.gov when I tried to get them to go on the record.

Miller and blog researchers state that “the purported Agreement for the island give away WAS NOT and IS NOT a ratified treaty according to public record. . .and this Agreement was negotiated COMPLETELY IN SECRET!”

Famed naturalist John Muir was a member of the U.S. landing party of the U.S. Revenue Marine Ship fleet Thomas Corwin along with other American explorers who were awarded Gold Medals by Congress for their valiant discoveries and exploration of the following Islands which already have been given Russian names: Bennett Island, now Ostrov Bennetta; Wrangel Island, now Ostrov Vrangelya; Hennrietta Island, now Ostrov Genriyetty. Remaining land give away gems are Herald and Copper Islands and Sea Lion Rock and Sea Otter Rocks.

“It breaks my heart. I feel so helpless. infuriated me,” ….

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The Debunker: Obama really is the non-energy president

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 OilNatural gas
Private & state lands+14%+12%
Federal lands-11%-6%

Source: IER Analysis: Oil and Gas Production Declines on Federal Lands in FY2011, Feb. 23, 2012

As Secretary of the Interior (in charge of oil leases on federal lands) Obama appointed Ken Salazar -- who, as a Democratic senator from Colorado, on July 31, 2008, had stubbornly refused to assent to any drilling on America’s outer continental shelf -- even if gas reached $10 a gallon.

Immediately upon taking office, Salazar rescinded 77 leases in Utah, charging that the Bush White House had pressured Bureau of Land Management officials into making the sales. (Upon investigation, the Inspector General found “no evidence to support the allegation.”)

Following the Gulf oil spill, Obama asked an expert panel for recommendations; although that panel strongly opposed a drilling moratorium , the White House misrepresented the panel’s views to justify a six-month moratorium. After a U.S. District Court overturned the moratorium as “arbitrary and capricious” (a ruling upheld on appeal), Obama defied the court, issuing a second moratorium -- which he then expanded to five years (for which the administration was found in contempt).

As a result of Obama’s moratorium, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, crude oil production on federal lands in the Gulf of Mexico fell 15 percent in 2011.

All in all, a predictable performance for a President who, as a candidate, told the San Francisco Chronicle on January 17, 2008, “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”



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War on Jobs:   Obama  "Personally Lobbied" Senate Democrats to Kill Keystone

By Guy Benson 3/10/2012


...To Kill Keystone Again, that  headline  should read, as we all recall President Stimulus unilaterally  axing the  plan a few months  back.  This time around, with  Republicans rightly  pressing the issue in  Congress, The One had to  dial up  his Senate allies to ensure they  would drive a  dagger  through the heart of the  project:

President Barack Obama, seeking to head off an   election-year  showdown over energy policy, has been calling   wavering Senate Democrats  to lobby against a Republican measure that  would  force approval of the Keystone  XL oil pipeline from  Canada,  according to a Democratic aide.   Ahead of a  vote expected as soon as  today, the president has made   personal appeals to Democrats from  Midwestern states, where many  of the  jobs would be created by  building TransCanada Corp.'s  pipeline from Canada's oil  sands to  refineries on the U.S. Gulf  Coast, according to the aide, who spoke on   condition of anonymity to  discuss the private   conversations.

Just as a refresher: The Keystone pipeline would  have   exploited increased oil production from a friendly nation and  created 20,000  US  jobs.  Good thing high gas plrices and  chronic unemployment  aren't plaguing the countre these days, or else  this  double kowtow to  hardcore greenies might have rankled a lot of  Americans.   The most  galling element of Obama's extremist stand  is his White House's  insistence  that he really wants to  approve the pipeline -- honest! --  it's  just that these darned  Republicans keep "rushing" the process and ruining    everything.  Never mind the fact that Keystone has already been   subjected  to three years' worth of studies, and was   given  the green light for production.  (If only this White House  had  been this  cautious about Solyndra, which involved piles of  taxpayer money,  unlike this  pipeline). Ultimately, Senate Democrats  were forced to  filibuster a bill in the  chamber they control because  their own members  were splintering off to side with  the GOP.   Eleven Dems stood with a  united Republican  caucus to break the  filibuster, but fell four votes  short.  One brave,  brave  Democrat -- "moderate" Sen. Mark Warner of  Virginia -- said he  supported  the pipeline, but voted against it because  of the  Republicans.

Sen Mark Warner (D-VA) on Senate floor says supports   Keystone  XL Pipeline but will oppose GOP amendment pushing its    construction.

There's an Obamaesque profile in   courage, if ever  there was one.  In light of the political  storylines  of the last few weeks,  I simply must ask: Why must  these Democrats  continue to wage this War On  Jobs?(For two excellent  responses to Democrats' insidious  "war  on women" nonsense, read Michelle Malkin and Jonah   Goldberg).

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UPDATE - I've been traveling the  last   few  days, so I figured I'd use a quick update to play  catch-up on a  few  major  stories:

(1) We already know that Obamacare is enduringly unpopular and that HHS    Secretary  Kathleen Sebelius hasn't a clue as to whether the law   is   already breaking its chief promoter's promises left and  right  (spoiler: it is).  Now we also know exactly how dearly a vote in favor  of   the  president's signature "accomplishment" ended up costing  members of  his  party at  the ballot box in  2010:

Consistent with the earlier research, we found that those House Democrats who voted in favor of ACA ran around six  points   behind  those Democrats who voted against it in the  2010  midterms.  We conducted  thousands of simulations  and found  that, in the majority of  simulations,  Democrats  retained at least 25  additional seats if they had  all voted  against  ACA. That's enough  for them to have held the   majority.

Gosh, I wonder why a majority of Americans    consider  this presidency a failure?  Panic pander time.

(2) As this president continues to scratch his tax "fairness" itch by pushing the so-called Buffett Rule, a major Buffett enterprise continues to battle the Treasury    Department  over unpaid taxes.  Why won't they happily pony up   their  "fair share"? IRS DEMAND PLAYMENT FOR $320 MILLION IN   BACK   TAXES


US Budget Deficit Hits All   Time   High  In February

For a global economy that is "improving" we sure  are   getting  a  whole lot of records in the won't  direction in the  last  two days.  Yesterday it  was Japan  which printed a record  current account  deficit (yes,  the most  indebted country in  the world was  once  upon a time supposed to export its way out of   debt). In February the US will report  its largest budget deficit  in history, as   the  Keynesian floodgates open full  bore, and  as Zero Hedge has  noted repeatedly, tax revenues just  refuse to come in at    anything close to the pace of accelerated  spending, forcing   the US  to borrow 54 cents for every dollar it  spends (not  the often cited 42  cent number which does not  take  into  account  tax refunds). We would  comment more on this, but frankly the chart speaks for itself. And now that the  US has to fund an additional $100 billion due to the taxcut extension this means  that things are only going to get worse, fast.


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Obama Approval Continuing to Decline

Obama Approval Continuing to Decline

By Katie Pavlich 3/12/2012



Margaret Thatcher: "El socialismo dura hasta que se les acaba el  dinero de otros"

Winston Churchill:  "El socialismo es la filosofía del fracaso, el credo de los ignorantes, el  evangelio de la envidia y su virtud es el reparto igualitario de la  miseria."

Last week, we showed you 50 percent of Americans see President Obama's first term as a failure, but apparently the negative numbers didn't stop there.

Obama’s approval rating on the deficit hit an all-time low, with a slender 32 percent giving him positive marks. Among independents, 70 percent disapprove here, also a new high. Even on foreign policy — a onetime strong point — Obama’s ratings look worse. For the first time in nearly a year, as many Americans disapprove as approve of his handling of the war in Afghanistan. On Iran, a slim majority now disapproves of how he is dealing with the possibility of the country obtaining nuclear weapons.

High gas prices are finally taking their toll, despite old media doing everything they can to downplay the situation:

On energy issues generally, almost half the country gives Obama negative marks. Fifty percent of Americans see the Obama administration as having the power to do something about the cost of a gallon of gasoline.

Considering the President personally lobbied to kill the Keystone Pipeline project and as we watch solar company after solar company propped up by taxpayer loans go bankrupt, I doubt his approval numbers on energy will be going up anytime soon.



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Abortion's Slippery Slope: When  People  aren't "Persons"

By Rebecca Hagelin


Culture Challenge of the  Week:   The Temptation to Say Nothing

Decades ago, when Roe v. Wade was  decided,  conservatives and many religious folks predicted that the country  had begun an  inevitable slide towards a murderous future: a time when  certain people-in  addition to unprotected pre-born children-- would be  declared less valuable than  others, their killing justified.

Back then, liberal voices jeered at warnings of the  slippery  slope ahead. But those fears have become real. Medically  sanctioned starvation  and death-inducing dehydration are passed off as a  "peaceful death" for the  terminally ill or elderly. Our own President could  not bring himself to vote,  as an Illinois State Senator, to protect infants born  alive after an  abortion (they were simply left to die-which was what their  mothers  wanted, after all).

obama cartoon life birth abortion by refreshed

And now, the advocates of  death  have stepped up the tempo. A new generation of ethicists has begun  making the  case in favor of so-called "after birth abortion." Like  Princeton's Peter  Singer, they believe that infants are not "persons"  entitled to the right to  life. Why? Because infants, while human, are not  "self-aware." And these  ethicists assert that human beings who lack  self-awareness are not "persons"  and, if they are not persons, then they  have no independent moral status, no  automatic right to life, and no claim  to the protections of  law.

The question of whether a newborn child would be   allowed to live or die, the "ethicists" argue, would depend solely on the  wishes  of their parents. The same reasons that might 'justify' an abortion  at three  months gestation would justify an "after-birth abortion"---i.e.,  the parents can  kill a child who is inconvenient, disabled, the "wrong"  gender, or simply  unwanted.

This new thinking shreds  the  quality-of-life façade that's often used to justify the abortion of  a  handicapped child: the only "quality of life" that matters here is that  of the  parents. If a child's life portends financial burden or stress for  the  parents---or cost to the state-that would be reason enough for parents  to snuff  the life out of their own offspring.