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    Why a default candidate is not enough

    Why a default candidate is not enough

    There was an unemployment report released this morning which showed the unemployment rate dropping to 8.6%.

    That’s a big plus for Obama, even though the drop almost entirely is the result of people leaving the workforce, as Jame Pethokoukis notes:

    The mainstream media pays no attention to the underlying numbers. 8.6% is 8.6%.  If anyone finds a mainstream media headline focusing on the number of people who left the workforce, please post in the comments.  I won’t hold my breath.

    Anyone who thinks a default Republican candidate will waltz into the White House in January 2013 based on the “unemployment rate” is sorely mistaken.  The unemployment number that everyone focuses on may not be as “bad” as expected, for reasons the media will ignore.

    Update:  Thanks to reader Myk for this Reuters headline.  I wonder if the mainstream papers will run it, since this link is from Reuters own website.

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    GrumpyOne | December 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    workingclass artist said,

    “Check out this graph…A picture is worth 1000 words”

    A graph can be manipulated just as much as a statistical summary, Most of those jobs are low paying sevice positions of which many are at or near the minimum wage level.

    Be sure to read the entire article at:

    http://www.factcheck.org/2011/08/texas-size-recovery/

    I’ve been a TX resident for over twenty years and while the economy here is better than most of the nation, it’s due to longstanding business friendly policies.


       
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      workingclass artist in reply to GrumpyOne. | December 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      I’m a native Texan and I live in Texas too and your argument is a fallacy.

      If Obama as chief executive is accountable through is policies and actions as executive for a failing american economy the same logic applies to a chief executive like Gov Perry for a successful economy in Texas.

      Logic is a wonderful thingy & Truman had it right when he said “The Buck Stops Here”

      During Perry’s tenure as Governor Texas has led the nation in exports for 9 years in a row with the bulk being manufacturing as Texas has diversified it’s economy. Texas has balanced it’s budget & upgraded it’s credit rating.

      I see you on other blogs making the same fallacious argument so if by your standards the executive in Texas doesn’t deserve leadership credit for a successful economy then Obama as leading executive of this disasterous economy doesn’t deserve blame & neither did Jimmy Carter. Which of course undercuts the conservative argument for replacing Obama doesn’t it.

      Perry has been one of the most effective governors in Texas history and if a big part of his job is spent keeping the legislature from enacting bonehead ideas that would affect the economy or depleting the rainy day fund to game the budget then I’m all for that too. He’s got a strong record as a conservative & facts are stubborn things.

      The facts are that Texas weathered the economy better because we continued to make smart conservative choices and as a result we are projected to maintain this trend for the next 5 years. Gov. Perry as leader of the RGA has spurred other governors to compete with Texas using their own versions of the “Texas model” and the results in every state that did this speak for themselves.

      That’s called leadership. Conservative governance works in Texas and it can work in other states.


       
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      workingclass artist in reply to GrumpyOne. | December 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      @Grumpyone

      Interesting that you link to factcheck.org

      Try this link with this data.

      http://www.willisms.com/archives/2011/11/texas_adding_pr.html


       
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      SDN in reply to GrumpyOne. | December 3, 2011 at 12:18 am

      That is a lie, and you and FactCheck are liars.

    […] Down by Going Up Posted on December 2, 2011 3:30 pm by Bill Quick » Why a default candidate is not enough – Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion The mainstream media pays no attention to the underlying numbers. 8.6% is 8.6%.  If anyone […]


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