Epic FAIL

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to 424,000 last week from a revised 414,000 in the prior week, pointing to a painfully slow improvement in the nation's job markets.

Unemployment line

The Labor Department on Thursday revised the prior week's claims number up from an originally reported 409,000.

(Liberal)Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast that claims last week would decline to 400,000, rather than rise.

The four-week moving average of unemployment claims, considered a better measure of trends since it smoothes out weekly variations, eased slightly to 438,500 from a revised 440,250.

Last week marked the seventh straight week in which claims topped the 400,000 level, indicating that payroll growth is soft and may continue to be so for some time. A department official said there were no exceptional factors to account for the rise in last week's claims.

Sure there is, we have an exceptionally incompetent President backed by exceptionally stupid Democrats.

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TomC
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written by TomC , May 27, 2011

We have an administration that has no idea how private-sector jobs are created; no idea how wealth is created beyond wrongly thinking it is done at the Federal Reserve's printing presses; and have no ideas beyond taxing the rich how to fix our broken entitlement system.

Jimmy Carter's well known misery index is high and due to get higher. That index would be higher still if prices were looked at more realistically and were a more accurate reflection of inflation.

The administration that has minimal private-sector representation and significant union and academia representation is ill-equipped to deal with any of our significant and real domestic economic problems. The unions invariably take a communistic approach to all problems and the academics restrict their thinking to ideals and scenarios that do not exist.

Dems in Congress--both house--continue to play political games. Hopefully the electorate--dumb masses though they are--will see through the smoke screens and kick these Democrats out, sending Harry Reid to join Pelosi in insignificance.



Woody
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written by Woody , May 27, 2011

Well Tom and Bart this iis the GOP's big chance to grab the bull by the horns and do something to improve the economy before the 2012 elections and run away with the show if things are currently as dire as you make it appear. I've mentioned before that the GOP will not do anything at this point to improve the economy out of fear that this will actuallty result in President Obama getting re-elected. This is what I've called the GOP putting party before Country. This little piece I ran across by Robert Shrum kind of emphasizes this point.

http://theweek.com/bullpen/column/215713/whats-the-real-gop-agenda-for-the-economy



TomC
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written by TomC , May 27, 2011

Robert Shrum's comments are based on is the false assumption that the world will collapse if the debt ceiling is not raised.

Conversely, I would contend that after a short (< 6 months)shock period of pain and much gnashing of teeth and much rhetoric, some government shrinking with layoffs would occur and the economy would take off.



TomC
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written by TomC , May 27, 2011

One other point from the Shrum article and to every media myrmidon mentioning the NY26 district's new Democrat representative, she won 47% of the vote. The Republican and the (non-)Tea Party candidate won 52% of the vote.

Davis, as the Tea Party candidate, bled off 9% of the vote to allow Hochul, a hard left Democrat, through to represent this relatively conservative district.



Woody
media myrmidons
written by Woody , May 27, 2011

I've seen them out there too Tom and they're running around saying "Mediscare" in response to the NY-26 election results. Republican analysts are saying that Democrats scared seniors to win this election. If that isn't the pot calling the kettle black; remember death panels and pulling the plug on grandma? It may not be the first time that a split in the Republican party results in a Democrat being elected. Watch for this if Mitt Romney is nominated. Not that the Democrats need a split in the party to win the Presidential election in 2012; just sayin..


jk noreen
Pot, meet kettle, kettle, meet Woody
written by jokin , May 27, 2011

"Death panels" were proven to exist in the origninal Obamacare legislation and the language was altered, but basic economic facts, which apparently elude Obama, will still end up in rationing, which is just euphemistic jargon for death panels.

BTW, I'm sure you are a big fan of the latest Youtube video starring "Paul Ryan" and his "Grandmother":



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGnE83A1Z4U&feature=player_embedded



Barthélemy Barbancourt
"Mandatory End of Life Conseling"
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , May 28, 2011

The left whined that Sarah Palin was lying while the Senators quickly removed that language that laid out the specifics of how "end of care" discussions would be mandated by Obamacare.

When the government mandates that you have an end of life discussion with the very same government that is paying for your care, it's easy to see how they might decide the time has come to cut costs and end grannie's life.



Woody
Lets factcheck this "Death Panel" claim by ex-Governor Palin.
written by Woody , May 31, 2011

http://www.factcheck.org/2009/...th-panels/

BTW, would it be too much to ask of her to bring this claim out in to the open and discuss with reputable news sources rather than posting this nonsense on Facebook and scurrying away? This is how teenage girls communicate not people with Presidential ambitions.

P.S. Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend.



jk noreen
Factcheck? Well then, CASE CLOSED... LMAO!
written by jokin , May 31, 2011

Lets factcheck this "Death Panel" claim by ex-Governor Palin.
written by Woody , May 31, 2011

"http://www.factcheck.org/2009/...th-panels/

BTW, would it be too much to ask of her to bring this claim out in to the open and discuss with reputable news sources rather than posting this nonsense on Facebook and scurrying away? This is how teenage girls communicate not people with Presidential ambitions."

If you are going to debate an issue, you do your case no good in citing such biased sources as "factcheck.org", which is in reality a leftist fact-spin-machine, funded by the same Foundation that funded the epic-fail Chicago Annenberg Challenge that Obama and his "just a guy in the neighborhood", domestic terrorist buddy, Bill Ayers, headed.

The facts were reported without spin for all to see if they cared to look:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/08/13/politics/main5240198.shtml




Woody
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written by Woody , May 31, 2011

Thanks for the additional reference jokin. You'll see in the CBS news piece that end of life care revisions are VOLUNTARY and the end of life care provision was dropped from the legislation in oerder for the bill to pass due to the furor created by critics passing along misinformation as ex-governor Palin has done with her "death panels" claim. Palins claim: Case Closed as it is impossible to get her to comment on any of her Facebook information releases. Credibility for the ex-governor; nil at best. Still on about the Bill Ayers thing jokin or are you polishing this up for 2012 LOL!! Attached below is the final paragraph from the CBS news article.


A health care bill passed by three House committees allows Medicare to reimburse doctors for voluntary counseling sessions about end-of-life decisions. But critics have claimed the provision could lead to death panels and euthanasia for seniors.

The Senate Finance Committee is still working to complete a bill. UPDATE: the bill is completed and the Affordable Care Act is now law.



Barthélemy Barbancourt
An unconstitutional law
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , June 01, 2011

This law will soon be overturned by the supreme court.

I noted that the death panels were taken out of the final bill due to Palin pointing them out.

You may want government lackey's deciding if you or your kids live or die, but I don't.



Woody
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written by Woody , June 01, 2011

What part of VOLUNTARY end of life counseling don't you understand Bart? Your vision of government lackeys deciding whether my family lives or dies is both misinformed and disturbing.


jk noreen
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written by jokin , June 01, 2011

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written by Woody , June 01, 2011

"What part of VOLUNTARY end of life counseling don't you understand Bart? Your vision of government lackeys deciding whether my family lives or dies is both misinformed and disturbing."

Your Kos-Spin-the-Truth talking points and blind acceptance of seemingly anything that Democrat-sponsored government imposes on you is beyond misinformed and disturbing and puts your "vision" in Faithful-Member-of- People's-Temple-Pantheon-Status.

What color is the Kool-Aid in your world, Woody?




Woody
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written by Woody , June 01, 2011

I had intended for Bart to defend his comment. Thanks for sharing though. My favorite kool aid is probably lime or maybe grape. Get over me jokin....


Barthélemy Barbancourt
What part of changed don't you get
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , June 02, 2011

The original language didn't have voluntary in it.

Also, what is the government's definition of voluntary when they are footing the bill?

The government has a long history of turning voluntary into mandatory, just look at seat belt laws and smoking bans.



Woody
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written by Woody , June 02, 2011

Seat belt laws and smoking bans are quite different than end of life decisions.



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