Too bad no one else has. But watch the establishment press stop talking about “stimulus.”
The fact that they feel they must flush “stimulus” down the memory hole is proof that: a) it’s unpopular; b) it’s widely perceived not to have worked (because it didn’t); and c) the President’s “big ideas” for generating jobs is more of the same with a different name.
Shown here, it claims that the economy lost 300,000 in the 24 months after the recession ended in June 2009. Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicate that according to the Establishment Survey, the one used for reporting job growth, the economy really added 554,000 seasonally adjusted jobs during that period. That’s still be the worst performance among the recessions charted.
To sort-of bail Romney out (excuse the charity), I’ll note that the Household Survey, the one used for reporting the unemployment rate, shows 644,000 seasonally adjusted jobs lost during that period.
Romney could still turn out to be right by the time the next comprehensive revision gets done. We’ll be getting a preview of the impact of that revision on September 29, and the final result in February or March of 2012. The last two revisions, all of which can laid at the feet of the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy aka the Fear-Based Economy, were -378,000 in 2009 (covering March 2009 to December 2010) and -902,000 in 2010 (covering March 2008 to December 2009).
“Arab Spring” Update: “Jihadists plot to take over Libya; U.S. steps up surveillance of suspects among rebels.”
Given what’s happened with Gunwalker (see next item), “surveillance” would appear to mean: “We’ll watch ‘em take over and do nothing about it.”
It also looks like there was a Gunwalker-like operation in Indiana (should we now call it “Gangwalker”?):
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has acknowledged an Indiana dealer’s cooperation in conducting straw purchases at the direction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Exclusive documents obtained by Gun Rights Examiner show the dealer cooperated with ATF by selling guns to straw purchasers, and that bureau management later asserted these guns were being traced to crimes.
Bob Owens at Pajamas Media:
what Codrea has dubbed as “Gangwalker” appears to be another attempt to provide guns to criminals in order to generate more gun crime and then more calls for gun control.
The biggest difference between the two operations at this early date only seems to be that Gangwalker is a purposeful attempt to create the deaths of American citizens in order to pursue the administration’s fanatical anti-gun agenda.
American deaths, for political gain.
Think about that claim for a minute, and what that would mean.
But according to election prognosticator Allan Lichtman, Obama will get reelected, partially because (Point 9 of 13) “The administration is untainted by major scandal.”
It’s one thing to claim lack of “taint” owing to the establishment press’s failure to cover Gunwalker/Bombwalker/Gangwalker, the Sestak buyoff attempt, and so many other very real scandals. It’s another thing for Lichtman to claim, as he did to US News, that “This administration has been squeaky clean.”
That’s objectively delusional. Hopefully, despite his track record, so is his prediction.