I accept the fact that I’m not too bright and don’t understand a lot of things in this world. But I have been really, really confused ever since I heard Obama speak on the campaign trail early last year on how he was going to change the U.S. by implementing new entitlement programs, reduce taxes for the middle and lower income families and save money for the American people at the same time. Unlike the previous president who divided the nation, this one was going to bring the people back together.
Then he gave another speech and again contradicted everything that I thought until that time was real and fact. I was sure that enough people would hear the words to the song and not just listen to the harmonic melody. But I was wrong again and he was actually elected President of the United States of America.
That was just over nine months ago when there still was a United States of America. That has since changed. Some states are drawing up paperwork to secede from the federal government and become their own country within the existing boundaries of the U.S. Other states are becoming much stronger about the rights of the states versus the authority of the federal government.
Beyond the general idiocy that we face from our federal government in these times is the question of unemployment figures. My small mind simply can’t wrap around the nonsense that is being fed to me and all of America.
I’m told that the economy is recovering because only X,000 jobs were lost last week as opposed to X,005 the week prior. But one question that is not answered is, “How many private sector jobs were available at the beginning of each week.”
I checked the government web site for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, skimmed through their hundreds of pages of data complete with charts, pictures, maps, facts and figures. They tell how many new unemployment claims have been made. They show which employment sectors have lost how many jobs. They show that the federal government is growing as the private sector loses jobs by the thousands. Almost all the information is there. What I can’t find is the percentage of layoffs to the number of available jobs…today, yesterday, last week or last month.
Here’s how I look at it. If there are 100 available jobs the first week of October and 20 of them go away you’ve lost 20% of the workforce. The second week of October there are only 80 jobs to begin with. So, even if only 16 people are laid off, the smaller number still equals 20% of the workforce lost jobs. Is that recovery or is that deliberate statistical manipulation and distribution of disinformation to garner support for a government that is doing little other than aggravating the situation?
Another question I have is, “If private sector jobs are being lost and public sector jobs are growing, how long can it be before we have more people receiving money from the government than can be supported by the out-of-work citizens? Most people, with severely limited income, tend to spend less in the economy and produce less tax (sales tax, use tax, excise tax, luxury tax, tax-tax, etc.) for the government to misuse.
I’ve read that we have over 50% of the population now dependent on some government entity, at some level, for their income and/or well-being. That percentage includes all groups: direct and indirect government employees including military, welfare, unemployment, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, subsidized housing, disabled, transportation and on and on.
Yes, government workers also pay taxes, (Well… except for Charlie Rangel, Timothy Geithner and a lot of other elected or appointed officials.) but there is no way that government employees can produce enough taxes to recover them as wages and pay all the other entitlement programs.
Choose your candidates wisely. Watching Survivor, CSI or Oprah is an escape from reality. It will not make life better.
Listen to the lyrics, not just the melody when politicians perform for the public. Pay attention! Vote wisely!