The Shiny Object Test - Part 1

Relax! I'm not going to administer a test at the end here because too many might fail one. The American public is generally distracted by shiny objects and Barack Obama knows that. He, like most progressive liberals, see how easily distracted people can get thinking that all that glitters is gold. Lately with the debacle of his failed health care issues mounting he wants you to look over that way and not at what he is, or isn't as the case may be, doing.

Sometimes, many times in fact, he says lets focus on creating jobs and building a strong economy. Neither of those things does he know much about doing but it always sounds good. Or maybe his pied piper tune plays the "unemployment rate is falling" tune which is about as far from the truth as one can get. In Liberalville it is always easier to change the subject rather than face reality. So lets take a gander at the latest unemployment data to see if we can make sense of it.

He;s On The Job! You May Not Be!

Somethings should make clear how these types of figures are jiggered. There was a more robust figure just released of 204,000 jobs added in October of 2013, That is better than it has been but still not enough to meet the needs of people looking for work, or maybe not looking anymore as the case may be. At the same time the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.3% from 7.2% where it was artificially set in September of 2013. Please ignore that number. One must remember that Washington DC is now the land of make believe with President Sham Wow steering our course. As I poured over the data some significant numbers and facts started jumping out at me.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report showed that 720,000 workers left the work force. One can easily see where the math isn't working in the right direction. This pushed the labor participation rate down to 62.8%. That rate you want to go "up" and not "down." That means that one (1) out of every three (3) adults is either not working or they are not actively looking for work. We haven't seen a percentage like that since 1978. Guess who was President in 1978? That's a bonus points question.

Even more shocking is that the total number of adults not in the labor force rose by 932,000 to over 92 million. The 720,000 exodus is the largest in history so Obama has another historical first. The BLS has confirmed that furloughed workers aren't in the count so don't even try that tactic.

This is not warm and fuzzy stuff for sure. Half of the 204K jobs added were in retail and hospitality. The adult population grew by 213K so the math doesn't work there either. Jobs haven't been keeping pace with population growth under Obama's reckless tutelage. Despite the gain in jobs created overall the number of Americans with jobs fell 735K. That equates to less than 144 million Americans being productive in some manner. Percentage wise plug in 58.3% were working in October.

The picture doesn't get better as more paint is applied. I became a bit overwhelmed with my research just looking at October so I decided to give it to you straight in small bites so that you don't end up gagging.People saw that 204K figure and probably got a warm fuzzy that isn't a warm fuzzy at all. That's not to say that gaining more jobs isn't a worthy goal. No doubt it is. Despite Obama wanting you to look over the wrong way the US economy is sluggish at best. More Americans now, more than ever before in history, are giving up looking for work. The math just doesn't add up.

Now Obama wants to dangle the "illegal immigrant" shiny object in front of his adoring audience. In view of what I just presented you tell me what is logical about his contention that solving that issue will create more jobs rather than less jobs? I'm always amazed at liberal logic, if there is such a thing, so give it a whirl. Stop looking at the shiny objects he likes to pull out of his magic hat and focus on reality.

Part 2 will follow shortly and some more disturbing FACTS will come forth.

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As Always,

The Frog Prince

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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Excellent reporting of the facts TFP - haven't heard that sort of presentation anywhere in the news - bits and pieces but not the whole story - btw how many of the new 204K jobs were part time and how many full time?

Anyway guess we should be glad to live in a country where millions can leave the work force and still survive. Thank God for those who are still working...where would the rest of us be without them!

I'm all for equality - maybe when the participation rate gets down to 50% the two groups can switch positions every 6 months, then everybody would be working. I'll bet that's the plan the smartest man in the world BO has to get us to full (well fair) employment.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

I wonder how many realize they are stock holders in this country. Just like with most large companies we are stock holders who actually own a part of the country. Those National Parks they keep closing belong to us, not to the government. Those millions of acres of forests they mismanage belong to us, not to the government. Would stock holders stand for this gross mismanagement of any private company in which they owned stock? I kind of doubt it. Hell no they wouldn't, they would be screaming at the Board of Directors to fire the CEO and get someone in there that could do the job.

The unemployment numbers they publish belong in the "Fiction Section" at the public library. Remember the month that California "forgot" to report their numbers? Yet the feds did the calculations without the data from California claiming it would not change the results to any large degree. Excuse me? One of our largest states with high unemployment makes no difference to the number reported by the Feds? Try not reporting some income on your income tax and see what happens.

The logic behind amnesty creating more jobs completely escapes me. Unless they are counting on the presently illegals getting food stamps and needing more help in the grocery stores.

Creating jobs and improving the economy are a joke with this administration. They have absolutely no idea what needs to happen to improve either one of these issues.

Great hub and I will be looking forward to part 2.


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TheGroundsquirrel 3 years ago

Hey O-man! I've bought used cars before ... and that one wasn't on the lot.


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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

tsadjatko - You may find this interesting. 88% of the jobs created so far in 2013 are part time jobs. An effectof Obamacare? Surely contributes to this greatly.

http://www.ijreview.com/2013/10/86908-obama-recove...

Thank you liberals/progressives. They wrote the manual on how to wreak an economy.

Here's another snippet.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/30821...


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Guess Obama has an apology for that too.

"I'm sorry if you people "find that you" can only get part time jobs now because of what companies have done. You can blame me for what companies do...what? the teleprompter? read it? Oh uh I mean, ...let be clear... You can NOT blame me for what companies do, but I am sorry you can't find full time employment, we, oops, no not we? umm ...I mean, THEY have to work to fix that.

Off camera, Obama:"What the hell is wrong with that teleprompter?"

Former, administration advisor: " It's not the Teleprompter Mr. President, it's YOU!"


ljgonya 3 years ago

I am flying the American flag on Monday - for the veterans. Not for the government, and not for the millions who are suckered into believing everything that comes out of Washington - for those who served, suffered, and died, believing that we are inherently good people with the best possible government system in the world. I only pray that we can honor them by restoring that faith and honor.


Stu 3 years ago

Personally, I define unemployment as not having skill-appropriate full time work (or skill-appropriate part time work if that's what you actually want). The government unemployment numbers mainly focus on a widget-count of how many people are receiving unemployment benefits, which grossly underestimates the problem at about 7%. The real number is 23% and rising.

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