July 6, 2014

Press Won’t Connect End of Jobless Benefits With Faster Job Growth; Krauthammer Does

Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer made a very interesting and logical correlation Friday. The press has predictably failed to make the connection or even to relay Krauthammer’s point, simply because it leads to the default assumption that conservatives were right on an important economic issue.

To be clear, the point Krauthammer and National Review Online’s Robert Stein made on Thursday isn’t directly provable. But the fact that an acceleration in job growth and a significant reduction in the unemployment rate have occurred in the six months since extended unemployment benefits expired is hard to explain away as some kind of lucky coincidence — especially given the endless blather of “weather” excuses the press and the administration have made about the economy in general since early this year. Video and a transcript follow the jump.

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AP: ‘Humming’ and ‘Rising’ U.S. Economy Is a ‘World-Beater’

In the latest White House press release disguised as analysis at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, AP stenographer Paul Wiseman sang the praises of this nation’s “humming” job market and its “steadily rising” growth as the economy is “finally showing the vigor that Americans have long awaited.” Wow.

Of course, the White House — er, Wiseman — never mentioned the following (to name just a few): two straight months (April and May) of real declines in consumer purchases; the seasonally adjusted decline of 523,000 in full-time employment paired with an increase of 799,000 part-time jobs in June; April’s and May’s trade imbalance coming in worse than March’s, which was already very high; shipments of durable goods barely budging in April and May; factory orders falling in May; or May’s flat construction spending. It got worse, as Wiseman concocted five reasons why the U.S. economy is a “world beater.” Excerpts from Paul’s pathetic prose follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Revisiting ‘Freedom Summer”) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Tuesday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (070614)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Freedom demands vigilance, archbishop reminds Americans

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

From Washington:

Jul 4, 2014 / 06:40 am

This Fourth of July, Americans should reflect on the nation’s foundational principles and values, while realizing that freedom comes at a high price, said the U.S. Archbishop for the Military Services.

“The Nation’s birthday beckons our rededication to what makes us a great country while reminding us we are indeed ‘one nation under God’,” reflected Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio.

“Independence Day is an occasion for picnics and parades, family fun and fireworks, but we must never forget that Freedom comes at a high price,” he said in a statement preceding July 4.

The archbishop reminded the nation that the “price” of continued freedom is the blood and sweat of the men and women serving in the U.S. military.

He praised “the selfless dedication and sacrifice of the many Americans serving our Nation in uniform, past and present.”

The U.S. has military personnel serving abroad in nearly 130 countries. The U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services – headed by Archbishop Broglio – serves more than 220 military installations in 29 countries, as well as 134 Veterans Affairs medical centers and other federal employees serving abroad.

Reflecting on the founding of the United States more than 200 years ago, Archbishop Broglio said that the decision to “cut ties with Great Britain and set out on a new course” was a bold choice that “continues to bear fruit in our times.”

“None of the founding Fathers knew where their decision would lead, but they did recognize the importance of working together to build a new kind of nation – a nation founded on principles and centered around the essence of what it means to be human, created in the image of Almighty God with inalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The archbishop implored Americans to be “vigilant” in protecting our “way of life” against the “forces of evil.” …

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