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Is the Obama Administration "cooking the books" on unemployment to give the appearance of an improving economy?

KoAm 2012/05/12 02:28:12
Is Obama cooking the books???  Is the Pope Catholic?
No, the economy really is getting better.  Really, it is.  CNN and MSNBC say so, so it must be true.
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  • Howler 2012/05/12 03:25:56
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    Howler
    +10
    I believe book-cooking, propaganda, and corruption to be the Obama admin's life blood.

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  • dave s Uranos7 2012/05/12 15:21:19
    dave  s
    +1
    his stimulus was intended as pay back to various people and organizations including the unions
  • debora 2012/05/12 12:55:49
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    debora
    +5
    Smoke & mirrors.
  • dandieselonian 2012/05/12 12:54:39
    No, the economy really is getting better. Really, it is. CNN and MSNBC say ...
    dandieselonian
    +1
    the conservatives have the best recipes for book cooking
  • relic dandies... 2012/05/12 13:19:32 (edited)
    relic
    +5
    You mean "Honesty"? ...You have a strange twist in your thinking.
  • Diane S... relic 2012/05/12 14:20:58
    Diane Spraggs Yates
    +1
    Obama's Lemming!!!!
  • dandies... relic 2012/05/13 00:26:50
    dandieselonian
    conservatives are a bunch of lying MFers who manipulate most aspects of our economy except sometimes it backfires .
  • relic dandies... 2012/05/13 01:19:59
    relic
    Oh... YOU are a conservative from that description. Sorry, I guess I assumed you a LibTard when I recognized you had your head up your arse.
  • dandies... relic 2012/05/13 10:55:07
    dandieselonian
    I love to hear conservatives bitch , thats a good indication that they are scared of the upcoming election , so live in fear MFers.
  • Diana dandies... 2012/05/13 03:11:47
    Diana
    That is so funny.
  • lm1b2 2012/05/12 12:50:04
    Uh ... what?
    lm1b2
    +2
    Over the years both Republicans,and Democrats have "cooked" the books on unemployment,this is just another reason not to trust our government!
  • Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2012/05/12 12:33:33 (edited)
    Uh ... what?
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +1
    The government has been cooking the books for a long time. Its not just Obama. Clinton, Bush, and Obama all benefited from redefining a discouraged worker - a redefinition that now is cutting massive numbers of people out of the official numbers. They all benefit from Greenspan's product substitution principle that helps lower the official inflation rate from 9% to 3%. Many presidents also benefited from trust funds being used to decrease the deficit. Clinton was able to pretend we had a surplus using this trick, when in reality we did not.

    Statistics also tend to leave out factors like the length of unemployment. They love to mention the amount of jobs created, but not in relation to the growth of demand for job (as an example, if 1000 jobs are created, but the society needs 1200 to accommodate for population growth, that is still a shrinking economy).
  • dave s Dan ☮ R... 2012/05/12 15:23:05
    dave  s
    true. I believe that we need to add between 110,000 and 160,000 jobs each and every month just to keep up with new potential employees entering the job market
  • Mark P. 2012/05/12 11:35:45
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    Mark P.
    +2
    The department of labor is trying to change the way unemployment numbers are done. The only numbers given will be the ones they give.
  • The Judge 2012/05/12 11:27:01
    Uh ... what?
    The Judge
    That's a cute statement but does not hold water.
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/05/12 11:25:15
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    +2
    The statistics are "Election Season-ally Adjusted" to remove millions who've lost Hope, $$, and Change on their way to finding a job and have given up.. and given Obama a way to paint this dismal economy as if it were improving day by day (until November).
  • The Judge DS in O... 2012/05/12 11:28:14
    The Judge
    +1
    So you have millions of people walking around homeless? How exactly have they stopped looking?
  • American BadAss! 2012/05/12 07:26:19
  • TheTruth1313 2012/05/12 07:26:12
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    TheTruth1313
    +3
    Of course the lying socialist and his little left biased media stooges are skewing the numbers. The actual U4 numbers show that the true unemployment numbers are much worse then what Odumbo is trying to sell us.
  • XZQZQ 2012/05/12 07:09:35
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    XZQZQ
    +3
    Just ask unemployed people in the Central Valley, in CA.
  • Mack 2012/05/12 06:23:47
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    Mack
    +3
    People know that nothing has gotten better. Only the sheeple and the obamabots actually believe that the messiah saved us.
  • gldynmd BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/05/12 06:22:50
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    gldynmd BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +3
    I trust nothing coming out of the white house.
  • Mr. T gldynmd... 2012/05/12 11:23:05
    Mr. T
    +3
    Truest statement on SH. How can anyone trust a pathelogical LIAR.
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2012/05/12 05:49:35
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    +5
    The current employment rate is about 60%, that would make the real unemployment rate about 40%. How they get 8% is from the Book kitchen where their doing lots of cooking. These employment rates do not consider all those that went on Social Security early (putting a strain on SS) because they couldn't find work.

    Europe uses Employment Rates instead of Unemployment rates. A more honest indicator.

    These are deep depression numbers.
  • Mack Pedro D... 2012/05/12 16:43:21
    Mack
    +1
    Unfortunately, you are correct.
  • ronbo 2012/05/12 05:47:49
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    ronbo
    +4
    He,s working on book of recipes for the books as we speak.
  • Theresa 2012/05/12 05:21:41
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    Theresa
    +5
    Of course. Everyone is looking at rates when they should be looking at total employment figures!
  • AL 2012/05/12 04:47:49
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    AL
    +4
    The real 14% of ALL the unemployed already know the real truth anyway! Yet these bogus numbers- are only ment as a dog and pony show to get the rest of us to vote for Obama anyway!
  • RicardoCabeza 2012/05/12 04:38:55
  • Franklin Ricardo... 2012/05/12 11:33:06
    Franklin
    +1
    battle cry of the liberal loon - "they all do it , so its OK for my guy to cheat+lie + steal" ...to bad you evidence of the other side doing this is always a pipe-dream and your chants about it being "all of them" always come in the face of FACTS that stack up against your liberal leaders - Jimmy carter pulled the same BS and for the same record and reasons.
  • Ricardo... Franklin 2012/05/14 23:35:11
    RicardoCabeza
    Who said it was okay, and who is my guy?, I evidenced both sides of the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum parties, as there is nobody else involved in politics save for a few Libertarians here and a few Green Partiers there... I am saying that the Reagan Admin created the skewed interpretation of the unemployment rate and the Bush, Clinton and Obama Admins continued in the stupid policy of counting only those who are collecting unemployment checks. All of the afore mentioned Presidents and Administrations are clearly Liberal upon adequate scrutiny of there creation of policies, and You link me into the Liberal label without knowing what I believe... I bet you could not determine the criteria for what comprises a Liberal or Conservative.
  • Ricardo... Franklin 2012/05/14 23:48:30 (edited)
    RicardoCabeza
    The only Loon here is the one jumping to the conclusion that I support the Obama Administration in the acceptance of the Reagan Administration's introduction of the skewed determination criteria for what constitutes an "Unemployed Citizen". Truth be known I thought Reagan was a Liberal, as were the following Bush and Clinton Administrations, with G Dubya Bush winning the foolish Liberal of the century award next to Woodrow Wilson, and I think President Obama is just a continuation of the ruinous policy concepts that were manifest upon the country in the Bush Admin. The true unemployment rate is up around 28% and it is on the edge (<180 days) of another big increase as the US dollar is replaced as the world reserve currency, and the Federal Government's stimulus borrowing from the Fed will come to an end, as will the current lifeblood of Wall Street's taxpayer borrowed funds. Foolishness is imparted upon us by both Libs and Cons and if you believe otherwise I have some credit default swaps I want to sell to you...
  • dominic garcia 2012/05/12 04:34:45 (edited)
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    dominic garcia
    +4
    It is all too obvious that Obama and his administration are crooked as can be. I will never believe a single thing that they has to say. How very sad, but I am not the only one who feels this way!
  • Mr. T dominic... 2012/05/12 11:24:21
    Mr. T
    +3
    MANY people feel this way.
  • Mechelle 2012/05/12 04:25:40
  • Mechelle Mechelle 2012/05/12 04:27:36 (edited)
    Mechelle
    +4
    At least here in Washington State where I live. Not to mention they are making it impossible for people who need Social Security to get it. American Citizens anyway.
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/05/12 04:23:40
  • Randice 2012/05/12 04:05:29
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    Randice
    +3
    Of course. As more fall off the books, the unemployment job claims fall. Tada!
  • Donna 2012/05/12 04:05:27
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    Donna
    +2
    He can cook the books all he wants. We'll see what happens when they cut unemployment & the tax base plummets. What will his excuse be then ? Maybe he can collect the difference from his followers.
  • goatman112003 2012/05/12 04:05:12
    Is Obama cooking the books??? Is the Pope Catholic?
    goatman112003
    +2
    Their cooking of the books make Madoff look like an honest man.
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2012/05/12 04:03:58
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