1785- CASTRO SPEAKS
Right after yesterdays post on the economy- CBO put out some numbers- they were even worse than what I had written.
CBO [congressional budget office] estimated growth for the year at about 2.2%.
I used another estimate that said 2.5%
As I watched the talking heads go about their spin- one said that we are now in the 3rd year of the Recovery.
What? The last recession we had [before the so called Great recession] top unemployment hit just under 7 %.
Yes- the worst was under 7.
We are now supposedly in the 3rd year of the recovery- and the number is 8.5 [most say the actual number is over 10- when they do these numbers they don’t take into account those who have given up in despair].
Yesterday the president was at some campaign stop and he was talking about how all the high tech companies can’t find enough qualified workers- he went on and on about all these U.S. companies just pulling their hair out because they have so much business demand- and yet not a single unemployed person to fill the spot.
Why say this? Why try and portray a false image like this? Because if you can somehow convince the public that this last year of Obama’s term- that everything is turning around- that the recovery summer has finally arrived- then you persuade the public that all is well and the Consumer Confidence picks up.
During the question time a woman said ‘my husband is in this industry- an engineer- and he has been unable to find work in 3 years- his friends as well’.
The pres was taken aback some- he inquired exactly what type of engineer he was- and he said ‘that’s strange- because all the high tech people I talk to keep telling me the business and economy are roaring- so much that they can’t even scrub up a single employee to take the job’ [paraphrase- want to be honest here!]
He than directed the woman to send him her husband’s resume- you know- to prove how these people were mistaken- and he will prove that by getting him a job.
Now- what are the odds that this guy won’t get a job? Which high tech business person- who supports the president- maybe has given a few million to the campaign- will he tell Obama ‘no- can’t fit the guy in’?
The point is the scenario that this election year spin will be is one in which everything is turning around- all the numbers are on the rise- businesses can’t find enough people to put to work.
But in the real world that is not the case- and it’s important that we ‘live’ in the real world- not in the spin world of the media- the Right- the Left- or any other group.
Yesterday morning on MSNBC- the Joe Scarborough show- they had a guest on- a political guy for the Politico. He spoke about the election in Florida- he referred to the Southern White vote as ‘Crackers’.
This from a network that was incensed that Gingrich said ‘Food Stamp President’. Yet the slang term for ‘White Trash’ is totally acceptable- it plays into their story line.
The line that says those in the South who vote against Obama are primarily White Confederate Flag nut jobs- who are all racists.
The other day I was watching Al Jazeera news [you know- like Bachmann said when she worked for the I.R.S.- you need to know the enemy!]
Yes- they had on a serious report- no joking or anything- and it was a statement from former Cuban dictator Castro- his comment was on the Repub debates and the U.S. political scene right now- he said ‘this is the biggest competition of idiocy that I have ever seen in my life’.
I fear he may be right.
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