I’ve said it. Others have said it. But you don’t hear it said on mainstream media outlets like ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and PBS. But this whopper is bigger than “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
It’s the unemployment numbers.
As reported on the official Gallup website by Chairman Jim Clifton, “Here’s something that many Americans — including some of the smartest and most educated among us — don’t know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.”
“Right now, we’re hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is “down” to 5.6 percent. The cheerleading for this number is deafening. The media loves a comeback story, the White House wants to score political points and Wall Street would like you to stay in the market. None of them will tell you this: If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job — if you are so hopelessly out of work that you’ve stopped looking over the past four weeks — the Department of Labor doesn’t count you as unemployed. That’s right. While you are as unemployed as one can possibly be, and tragically may never find work again, you are not counted in the figure we see relentlessly in the news — currently 5.6 percent. Right now, as many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or severely underemployed. Trust me, the vast majority of them aren’t throwing parties to toast “falling” unemployment.”Well, shuck my corn, so now who are you progressive socialists gonna get mad at? I know, it‘s just hard to believe the Obama administration would lie to you — oops, what? The Gallup CEO is lying? Yeah, I know, when the facts are presented to liberal progressives, it’s like light on vampires. But sadly, this is the truth. What we should be asking — and no, liberal progressives, you should not condemn the Gallup CEO — we should be asking, why, why is this not reported at those other “news” stations?
This is just one of the many examples of statistical manipulation by the Obama administration. We brought you the truth behind the debt and deficits just recently. We’ve shared the truth behind our energy boon — trust me, it has nothing to do with any policies emanating from the Obama administration.
The Gallup CEO writes, “There’s another reason why the official rate is misleading. Say you’re an out-of-work engineer or healthcare worker or construction worker or retail manager: If you perform a minimum of one hour of work in a week and are paid at least $20 — maybe someone pays you to mow their lawn — you’re not officially counted as unemployed in the much-reported 5.6%. Few Americans know this.”
“Yet another figure of importance that doesn’t get much press: those working part time but wanting full-time work. If you have a degree in chemistry or math and are working 10 hours part time because it is all you can find — in other words, you are severely underemployed — the government doesn’t count you in the 5.6 percent. Few Americans know this.”
“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie. And it’s a lie that has consequences, because the great American dream is to have a good job, and in recent years, America has failed to deliver that dream more than it has at any time in recent memory.”
How can it be that Americans don’t know this? How can it be that President Obama can just espouse talking points and most media outlets let them go unchallenged? It is Orwellian, as a complicit media willfully deceives the populace.
I flew back from Dallas late Thursday evening to West Palm Beach. There were two black gents sitting with me, exit row 14, seats D, E, and F. Of course it had been a long day and I was falling in and out of sleep. But during one of my moments coming out of sleep I heard the gent in the middle seat — who maybe had too much gin and tonic — talking about how great a job Obama has done. He went on about the economic recovery and how Obama is doing great protecting us.
Nah, it wasn’t worth it, so I fell back asleep. But this confirms the Gallup CEO’s point that “few Americans know this.”
“Gallup defines a good job as 30+ hours per week for an organization that provides a regular paycheck. Right now, the U.S. is delivering at a staggeringly low rate of 44 percent, which is the number of full-time jobs as a percent of the adult population, 18 years and older. We need that to be 50 percent and a bare minimum of 10 million new, good jobs to replenish America’s middle class.”
So the next time Obama carries on about 1 million new jobs, just know that’s only 10 percent of where we need to be. And when y’all who tune into MSNBC and NBC among the others hear the unemployment rate is 5.6 percent, well, you now certainly know better — or do you actually care and would rather stay in the Matrix and drink kool-aid?