Free Markets, Free People
Excuse me while I ramble.
–Are the unemployment numbers “cooked”? Well, let’s put it this way, the math required to make such a drop possible doesn’t seem to be supportable. IBD did a little of it for us:
The economy created just 114,000 jobs in September, yet the number of people employed somehow rocketed up by 873,000 and the number of unemployed plummeted by 456,000.
Point? There weren’t 873k jobs created in September. But the BLS did manage to find 360k new jobs that somehow weren’t counted, according to them, between March of 2011 and March of 2012. How convenient.
There may very well have been 456k who were dropped from the unemployment rolls. In fact, there may have been more. But the combination of the two numbers is a 1.3 million job swing. That “swing” is what it would take to drop the unemployment rate that much. Now it is entirely possible 456k or more were dropped from the unemployment rolls. It’s that first number you need to question.
–Have you ever seen a more pathetic performance by a side that lost a debate? Instead of admitting their guy sucked that night, it turned into a “he lied” or “he cheated” montage that seemed as though every pundit on the left, both on line and off line got one of two alternating sets of talking points.
Look, Obama was terrible that night. Like I said, I’ve gotten the distinct impression that Obama loves the perks of the office, but isn’t real crazy about the job. He loves to campaign, but as political Barbie would say, “governing is hard.” He has no problem accepting accolades, but simply doesn’t believe he should have to do anything to earn them. And finally, he’s worse than a 3rd grader about trying to blame everyone or everything else for his shortcomings.
That all caught up with him the other night. For the first time in his life, he had to stand there and face the music about his record. He was shown how much of a failure he was in no uncertain terms and, frankly, I think he was stunned into a lethargic performance.
2nd debate? Oh he’s going to be a tiger in that one, but will it matter? Over 50 million tuned in to watch this last one. My guess is they’ll be lucky to get half that for the second (I think the VP debate – the anticipation is just, well, overwhelming – will draw more viewers). The 1st debate was the critical debate. That is where the undecided went to decide. Mitt Romney got to talk with them unfiltered by the media. And of course, the media then had to deny that was the “real” Mitt Romney because they had spent so much time over the intervening weeks building a different one in their narrative.
–Is there more of a scandal right now (Fast and Furious is an ongoing one) than the Benghazi Consulate murders? We’re fed a line about the attack there being about a video when those of us with more than two brain cells to rub against each other knew, upon hearing even the sketchy early details, that it had nothing to do with a video. For heaven sake it was 9/11 on the year that Osama bin Laden had been killed. AQ was going to do something and like all organizations with even semi-competent leadership they knew to pick on a place that was incredibly weak. Thus Benghazi.
We get all sorts of denial from the administration, sticking with the narrative about the video, while it became more apparent as every new detail leaked out that it was anything but a spontaneous demonstration. Finally, when they could deny it no more, they sorta, kinda admitted it was a terrorist attack. Well some of them did. Others weren’t sure.
Benghazi had asked the State Department a reported 13 times for extra security … and been denied. It was about as secure as your house. It was full of sensitive information. And all of that has to be assumed to have been compromised (why such information was kept in such an unsecure location remains a mystery, because the media won’t ask).
Finally, the administration sends in the FBI, weeks after the incident and the FBI team stays there a total of 12 hours. 12 freakin’ hours. You think that bunch is at all interested in getting to the bottom of this?
And don’t forget, this next debate is going to be about how strong Obama is in foreign affairs.
His Middle East initiatives have crashed and burned, China’s feels it can bully our ally Japan and Russia is all but thumbing their nose at us as pertains to Iran, and this is his strong point?
Hate to see his weak point …oh, wait … we’re living it.