Accuracy in Media

The election of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on November 8 was not only a rejection of Hillary Clinton, based on her trustworthiness and her legal and ethical problems, it was also clearly a repudiation of Democratic policymaking, with Trump promising to eliminate or revise a number of Barack Obama’s signature achievements. But, speaking to the press in his first press conference after the election, President Obama maintained that he is leaving the White House and America in as good a shape as possible.

“As I told my staff, we should be very proud that their work has already ensured that when we turn over the keys, the car’s in pretty good shape,” Obama told the press on November 14. He then pointed to the jobs market, poverty levels, health insurance, and curbing carbon emissions. “…[M]y goal is on January 21, America’s in the strongest position possible and hopefully there’s an opportunity for the next president to build on that,” he said.

The press asked Obama questions about Trump’s temperament, rather than calling out Obama’s narrative that America is somehow better off because of his leadership. This has been a problem throughout Obama’s eight years in office. Too many in the media dare not challenge Obama’s claims of great policy successes, or of being transparent, and having a scandal free administration. They want instead, it seems, to be liked by him, to keep their access to him, plus they generally support his agenda. So they rarely contradict him.

For example, we have long pointed out that citing the falling unemployment rate creates a falsely optimistic view of the economy. Gallup argues that real unemployment is at 9.5 percent, not the 4.9 percent that the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported. “For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not count a person who desires work as unemployed if he or she is not working and has stopped looking for work over the past four weeks,” states Gallup.

However, even the higher unemployment number downplays the seriousness of the current job situation. The U.S. labor participation rate is currently at its lowest levels since the 1970s. The labor participation rate is an estimate of the share of the population actively engaged in the labor market, either employed or currently looking for work. Nearly 15 million people have left the workforce since President Obama came to office in 2009, bringing the total up from about 80 million people to approximately 95 million. Those people are no longer counted when calculating the unemployment rate, rendering the 4.9 percent rate a very poor indicator of how the economy is doing.

“The incoming administration doesn’t have to put out a huge number of fires,” said Obama at the press conference, alluding to the economic crisis that he faced upon taking office. “And that’s a testament to the tremendous work that my team has done over the last eight years,” he said.

President Obama has repeatedly claimed that he has cut the deficit. During his 2016 State of the Union address, he claimed that his policies had cut “our deficits by almost three-quarters.” However, as the Center for Individual Freedom points out, Obama’s “worst legacy, one that remains grotesquely underreported by the ‘watchdog’ mainstream media” is “by far the worst deficit record in U.S. history.”

“Over an eight-year period, that amounts to an accumulated $2 trillion under [George W.] Bush, or an average of approximately $260 billion,” states CFIF. When campaigning for the presidency in 2008, Obama called it “unpatriotic” that Bush had taken the national debt from approximately $5 trillion to $9 trillion. Today our national debt is just under $20 trillion after eight years of Obama in the White House. Far from leaving the United States in good shape, Obama is leaving it in debt-ridden shambles.

Trump has promised to roll back one of Obama’s key legislative achievements—Obamacare—which Obama claims has made the “uninsured rate” the “lowest level on record.” But, as we have reported, having insurance with large deductibles and skyrocketing premiums has hardly equated to more Americans receiving care.

The press has systematically failed to ask key questions about policies that are meant to bolster Obama’s legacy, refusing to call attention to Obamacare’s faults or expose the unsigned Iran “deal” as an enormous hoax. So it is of little surprise that the mainstream media also allowed Obama to claim the mantle of “scandal-free.”

“I am very proud of the fact that we will, knock on wood, leave this administration without significant scandal,” Obama told the press. “…I will put this administration against any administration in history.”

The press considered few, if any, of the major Obama scandals—the IRS targeting scandal, Benghazi, the Veterans Administration scandal, Fast & Furious, ransom cash sent to the Iranians—as real scandals. That is because the press has made excuse after excuse for Obama’s mismanagement or deliberate malfeasance, perennially ignoring and downplaying his scandals.

President Obama’s administration has also been the least transparent administration in history, fighting against Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to keep government business secret, and systematically targeting journalists who print leaked information. Obama has gone after those compromising national security, unless the person misusing classified information is Hillary Clinton.

Obama’s claim that he is scandal free has been echoed by the token conservative at The New York Times, David Brooks, as well as Obama’s former senior advisor, David Axelrod. As I previously argued, “The question of presidential legacy, however, revolves not around a president’s demeanor but rather his policy successes and failures, as well as his character….These scandals, and the ensuing cover-ups, have stained Obama’s reputation less publicly than in previous administrations not because of their minor importance, but rather because a corrupt media is willing to overlook massive amounts of evidence of malfeasance to benefit their allies in the Democratic Party.”

The Christian Science Monitor disagreed with my—and others’—use of the word “corrupt” to describe the media.

The Islamic State (ISIS) has expanded from JV status, as Obama told the New Yorker in early 2014, to operating in more than two dozen countries. “Since declaring its caliphate in June 2014, the self-proclaimed Islamic State has conducted or inspired more than 140 terrorist attacks in 29 countries other than Iraq and Syria,” according to CNN, “where its carnage has taken a much deadlier toll. Those attacks have killed at least 2,043 people and injured thousands more.”

There are half a million people who have been killed in Syria, which Nick Kristof of The New York Times calls “Obama’s worst mistake.”

Another part of his legacy is that Obama has left the Democrat Party in disarray. The media were assuring us that Trump was about to take the Republican Party down with him, and that it was on the verge of extinction. But, in fact, Republicans now dominate at the combined state and federal level like never before in modern times. As a result, Democrats are on the verge of choosing Rep. Keith Ellison (MN), a radical left-winger who supports the Muslim Brotherhood-front group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and who has been a harsh critic of America’s ally Israel, as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Is that the lesson that Democrats learned from this last election?




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Comments

  • M J

    The fact this man, who spent more time playing golf, vacationing, importing Muslim terrorists, making our country look like a laughing stock – WORLDWIDE – and getting our police killed by spreading hate has been a total farce for one with the title of “President”! The rear view mirror is the best place for him – and investigate where he hid trillions of our spent and not-yet-earned taxpayer money!

  • D Hall

    The cars in pretty good shape???? it’s been abused for eight years,has hundreds of thousands of miles on it.and NO maintenance the paint has worn off the tires are bald,and it is just waiting for the junk yard to open

  • WayneOvolcano

    He is a man who is truly “clueless”. A great man would not have to sing his so-called accomplishments. Guess what Barack, you lost again the Senate and House. Your legacy carried Hillary back to her “made-up” residence of New York. You will go on a speaking tour with your friend the “American Terrorist” Bill Ayers to trash the Trump Administration. An administration without Jihadists in the Oval Office.

  • KC

    OPOS’S LEGACY WILL BE THE STORM TROOPER STANDING GUARD WITH MACHEIN GUNS AT THE MALLS, THE STREET CORNERS, SCHOOLS ANYWHERE PEOPLE GATHER , BECAUSE OF HIS IMMIGRATION POLICIES ! 20 TRILL IN THE HOLE, RACE WARS, DEAD COPS, IRANS BOMB ECT ECT ECT ,,,,, THE LOST DECADE !

  • biilyjoe

    And Obama’s criminal mother-in-law, the white-hating, Chinese-degrading criminal from chicago, is robbing us on her way out the door by stealing a pension of $160, 000 per year for babysitting her 2 grand daughters. Someone needs to stop this. And finally, exorcise and fumigate that oval office/white house after demons jarrett/obama/sharpton finally are expelled.

  • David

    I would not say he is clueless. He KNOWS what he has done but he ALSO knows that history is written mainly by left-wing college professors who get their material mostly from the ‘mainstream’ press of the day. What he is really doing here is speaking in code to his followers and to his friends in the press and Academia reminding them of what to say (and what NOT say) as they write the history of his administration.

    What he is also doing is completely shameful in that he has refused to lift a finger to try and stop the radical left and their continuing protests of Trump’s victory AND has announced that he will continue to speak out against the Trump Administration after he leaves office! Both of these acts are completely shameful and show how INSECURE the man really is. Only an insecure man would feel the need to continue to try and point out his ‘successes’ and refuse to step aside when his time in the office is over. How many times did George W. Bush take to the airwaves and criticize Obama’s policies? For that matter, how often did Bill Clinton take to the airwaves to criticize Bush’s policies after he left the White House? I don’t even recall Jimmy Carter going out and criticizing Reagan’s policies at every turn. It just isn’t done! And as for refusing to tell the protesters to go back to class, that is flying in the face of the concept of a ‘peaceful transfer of power’ the US is known for throughout its history. Even after Presidents have been murdered there has been a peaceful transition. Obama should remember that we the people let him have a ‘peaceful transition’ in 2009-09 and that Trump deserves no less today.

    He is running scared. He is afraid that his friends in the media will turn on him and that his friends in the academic world will have second thoughts about his ‘legacy’ and might decide to tell both sides of the story (which would in this day and age be considered a “random act of journalism” by the press and “a random act of truthfulness” by history writers. Since the “New York Times” claims to ‘get it’ now on what they missed in the run up to the election and claim to pledge to spend more time getting to know ‘the rest of America’ he is afraid that they might actually start criticizing his policies and printing the truth. Like that’s REALLY going to happen.

  • oat21

    He’s actually the laughing stock of the world with his claims of greatness and wonderful accomplishments, with his actual 9.5 unemployment ++ rate, his 20 trillion dollar debt, his enormous health care premiums and huge deductions never seen before, the enormous Iran hoax deal, the least transparent administration in the history of our country and on and on and on, the list is way to long. My guess is the liberal media has even fudged his current popularity numbers to be at 52% or they just surveyed his adoring left wing liberal fans in hollywood and around both east / west coasts.

  • rac647

    Fact are not important to the Lame Stream media. They have been, are, and will continue to be the paid propaganda agents for the Socialist/Democratic party. Yes, that is the Socialist/Democratic party, lets start calling them by their truthful name, they have not been the “Democratic” party since before the end of the Clinton years. They are hardened Socialists and they need to start being truthful with the people of the united states, as do their press useful idiots.

  • rac647

    Not only that but it became obvious he had no respect for the office when a photo surfaced of him with his feet up on the Resolute Desk. Disgusting.

  • John Cunningham

    He will be doing that for quite a long time. He is fairly young and will make Al Sharpton look like Billy Graham. That is, unless he is in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary?

  • blbc

    Well, keeping on keeping on, I imagine. What else would we expect from him.
    We’ve just barely survived (well, at least most of us did, sigh) the past eight years.

  • efred1

    He’s not clueless, he’s truly delusional.

  • efred1

    “The car’s in pretty good shape”? He never had the oil changed, never washed it, used the interior as a dumpster, never had an alignment done, never serviced the brakes, never changed the tires, drove it WORSE than a rental car in a demolition derby, managed to dent every single body panel on the vehicle, and he calls it “in pretty good shape”?!?!?!!!

    Man, I’d hate to see what his idea of mistreating, neglecting and abusing a car is.

  • congress controls the purse. last two years of bush, dems controlled it, last two of obama, the gop.

  • victorianikolov

    I think the Obama popularity survey was done in colleges. Only left wingers would give Obama a good rating. The true 9.5% unemployment rate is outrageous. Obama’s regulations and highest corporate tax in the world, plus the destruction of the coal industry and fossil fuels in general, has created unemployment only a President Trump can turn around..

  • victorianikolov

    Congress was blocked in the Senate by Democrat Senator Harry Reid. He sat on Bill’s, wouldn’t let them go to the floor. Even when Republicans gave control, Democrats filibuster and even change the rules, (like create a nuclear option) that gave us Obamacare with a simple majority and not ONE Republican voted for it. Democrats cheat, they lie, they are criminals, to get what they want. Republicans don’t have the courage to stop democrats from their criminal activity. A Republican an goes to jail right away, because Republicans themselves clean house.

  • Lee Ryan

    When I heard O’bumble say that he did so well and had no scandles, I thought I was having hallucinations!
    Barack is clearly living in another
    Stratosphere. All the previous entry’s are completely true. I’m so proud I’m not a democrat.

  • John Cunningham

    When Obama talks like that, he is talking to his base. The media is part of that base. He knows he can say or doing anything and it would be righteous.
    He is the one who needs investigating. Hillary has done small things. Obama tried to over throw our way of life..

  • rebeccadewhirst

    You said it all……how did this man ever get elected TWICE!

  • IQ_160

    #HandCuffObama

    #HandCuffHillary

    #HandCuffSoros

    #CNNsucks

  • Bertharina Rina

    COMMUNISM DEAD ?
    ( MOTHER OF ALL LIES )
    Blogged
    Al Gore Tied to ‘Russian’ Crime Lords
    Al Gore’s past involvement in the pillaging of the Russian economy is coming back to haunt him.
    Exclusive to The SPOTLIGHT
    By Martin Mann
    A sophisticated syndicate of billionaire crime lords and its network of financial firms, money laundries, lobbyists, politicians and news organizations is reportedly the real driving force behind the direction Al Gore’s campaign has taken, not the sudden urge of the Democratic Party to assume the mantle of “integrity” and “dignity” before an indifferent and forgetful electorate.
    “Has anyone noticed that the worst blot on Gore’s vice-presidential record — his role in overseeing the criminalization of Russian society — is never mentioned in the [mainstream] press, never raised in Congress?” asked Dr. Werner Kohlmann, a seasoned journalist with a PhD. in sociology.
    There is no question that as the Clinton administration’s point man for Russia and head of the top-level U.S.-Russian committee on “democratization” and economic policy, Gore was given the key role to guide and finance the transformation of the former Soviet heartland into a “stable market society” after the collapse of communism. Finality.
    Hog: Since 1933 Roosevelt funded Communist Russia until 1945. Our USA is Communist controlled.

  • Bernice Berman Beckwith

    Frankie Davis Jr’s only legacy is implementing an 8 year holocaust across America planned and paid for by Globalist Commies.

  • stickler

    If you’re going for accuracy in media, please try to demonstrate some minimum standards yourself.
    You claim that BLS does not count people who have stopped looking for work over the past 4 weeks as unemployed. Yes, they do. Please give the entire truth.
    OK, that’s not likely, so I’ll do it, but you’ll need to use google to find the details and check my accuracy.

    BLS publishes 6 measurements of unemployment each month. They are called u1, u2, u3, u4, u5, and u6, and the unemployment numbers go higher with each of the 6 methods of measurement.
    -U6 includes the people who are not currently [w/in the past 4 weeks] seeking work – so, it is absolutely wrong to say the BLS does not include ”discouraged job seekers”. In u6, BLS does include those who have stopped actively looking for work either b/c they are discouraged, or because they are currently working part-time or temporary jobs, or b/c they are in a training program. It basically includes everyone who says they want a job but cannot find one in their field and commensurate with their training and so they have stopped searching.
    -U3 uses the ”actively searching” numbers. It has been the unemployment statistic that is most commonly cited. It is good to have a STANDARD measurement used so that figures can be compared over time or between candidates. If everyone uses a different measurement, then there is no way to compare or see trends. U3 is the median [happy medium] measurement.
    EVERY SINGLE ELECTION CYCLE, this same accusation comes up claiming that some candidate [or BLS] is HIDING the real unemployment figures. They will insist that u5 or u6 presents the ”real” unemployment picture. Each candidate presents his own U3 BASED unemployment statistic but uses the higher U5 or U6 for the opposition.
    AIM is just stirring up an old and tired debate about unemployment statistics. BLS uses and publishes [monthly] several unemployment statistics. U3 is the most used measurement, and that is important for CONSISTENCY and tracking TRENDS OVER TIME.
    It does not matter if you use U3 or U6 or any ot the other measures. ALL OF THEM show that Obama took over when unemployment was at a record high, and it has been going down steadily. It is now at the same low level as it was in 2006.
    It would be accurate to give some credit where credit is due and to stop fanning this fallacy that unemployment has remained a big problem under Obama. JOBS, JOBS, JOBS is NOT the issue America faces. With this current low level of unemployment, the issue becomes INFLATION.

  • lgeubank

    He wanders all around the world creating devastation and misery, and pats himself on the back for doing such wonderful things. He treacherously stabs Gaddafi in the back and creates chaos in the whole Middle East. He collectivizes medical care as brutally as Stalin collectivized agriculture, then congratulates himself, saying, “Oh, what a good boy am I!”

    The psychiatrists must have a name for Obama’s syndrome.

    (Please, no raving, incoherent, frothing War And Peace-length tomes in response. Who has time?)

  • victorianikolov

    Igeubank,you are right about everything. Obama also stabbed our ally Egypt in the back, making Mubarak resign, to put his pals, the UNINDICTED CO CONSPIRATOR the Muslim Brotherhood in power. He never expected the military to overthrow the terrorist regime. He gas hated Egypt ever since. He overthrew Libya, Egypt, and took the soldiers out of Iraq to cause a refugee crisis. Except, no one took in the Christian refugees. They were all killed. There aren’t any refugee camps that will take Christians. Obama didn’t call to bring any Christian refugees here. HE IS THE CAUSE OF WHAT ISLAM HAS BEEN TRYING SINCE THE CRUSADES. THE WORLD DOMINATION OF ISLAM. SWEDEN HAS 15 YEARS BEFORE ISLAM IS THE MAJORITY. THEN SHARIA LAW WILL BE IMPOSED.
    THAT IS WHAT OBAMA IS DOING TO AMERICA. EVENTUALLY, 20 YEARS TO MOST, THE MUSLIM POPULATION WILL BE IN CONTROL. OUR CONSTITUTION WILL BE FORBIDDEN, WE WILL BE POWERLESS TO STOP SHARIA LAW CONTROL. THAT’S WHAT THE USEFUL IDIOTS IN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY ALLOWED TO HAPPEN. ISLAM DOES NOT ASSIMILATE, EVER. POLITICAL SUICIDE FOR THE USEFUL IDIOTS, WHO WILL LIVE IN DHIMMITUDE OR CONVERT TO ISLAM. STUPID FOOLS.

  • victorianikolov

    Stickler, what kind of stickler are you, when you never mentioned the Labor Participation Rate, which is the most accurate way if measuring how many people ARE working. Since less than 64% of of the country IS working, what happened to the 36% not working. Did you count how many in that less than 5% unemployment rate are really part time. You can bet it’s the majority. Full time jobs are hard to find, since the UN affordable Care Act destroyed them. Please understand, the underemployed are not being counted. DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE LABOR PARTICIPATION RATE? Obama Doesn’t use the same formula for unemployment that was used in the past. He has to fudge his numbers. HE HAS BEEN LYING TO THE PEOPLE ABOUT EVERYTHING AND WHEN ANYONE POINTS IT OUT, THEY ARE CALLED A RACIST. WELL HIS POLICIES STINK, AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS RACE. HE IS THE RACIST FOR SUPPORTING THE MARXIST GROUP, BLACK LIVES MATTER. AND SUPPORTING ANY CRIMINAL, AS LONG AS THEIR BLACK. WHEN THE NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY BLOCKED WHITES FROM VOTING IN 2008, HE STOPPED ANY INDICTMENT. IF WHITES BLOCKED BLACKS FROM VOTING FOR HILLARY, THEY WOULD BE IN JAIL. THE RACIST DEMOCRATS WOULD SEE TO THAT. OBAMA IS A RACIST AND AN ANTI SEMITE. HE PUT ISRAEL IN TO THE MOST DANGER EVER. TRIED TO STOP NETANYAHU FROM SPEAKING TO OUR CONGRESS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF THE IRAN DEAL, WHEN NETANYAHU HAD AN APPOINTMENT AT THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE BEGINNING, OBAMA WENT UPSTAIRS TO EAT WITH HIS FAMILY, AND KEPT NETANYAHU WAITING FOR TWO HOURS. OBAMA IS AN ANTI SEMETIC POOR EXCUSE FOR A PRESIDENT. IT’S NOT HIS COLOR, IT’S HIS ACTIONS. IF HE WAS A WHITE, IRISH REPUBLICAN, I WOULD SAY EXACTLY THE SAME THING. IN FACT, IF YOU READ THE REAL HISTORY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, IT US FILLED WITH RACISM. THEY ARE THE KKK, THEIR OWN SENATOR, ROBERT K. BYRD, HILLARY’S MENTOR, WAS A GRAND WIZARD IN THE KU KLUX KLAN. DEMOCRATS DIDN’T VOTE FOR THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1963-64. DEMOCRATS ARE STILL THE RACISTS, KEEPING BLACKS IN THEIR URBAN PLANTATION, MAKING SURE THEY STAY POOR, WITH BAD SCHOOLS, BAD JOBS, SO THAT THEY’LL NEED GOVERNMENT. BLACKS NEED TO WAKE UP AND SEE THEIR ONLY HOPE IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, WITH HOPE OF GOOD JOBS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS. REPUBLICAN BLACKS ARE VERY SUCCESSFUL. THE REPUBLICAN IDEOLOGY IS SELF RELIANCE, EDUCATION, NO CHILDREN TILL YOUR MARRIED AND HAVE A GOOD JOB. THAT’S THE FORMULA DR. BEN CARSON USED. READ HIS BOOK, “GIFTED HANDS” THAT’S THE FORMULA ALL PEOPLE USE WHEN SUCCESSFUL, NO MATTER WHAT PARTY, OR WHAT COLOR. BIGOT DEMOCRATS WON’T TELL YOU THAT, BECAUSE YOU WON’T VOTE FOR THEM, IF YOU DON’T NEED THEM.
    BACK TO YOUR POINT, STICKLER, UNEMPLOYMENT IS WORSE THAN EVER, JUST NOT REPORTED PROPERLY. RESEARCH HOW MANY NEW UNEMPLOYED EACH WEEK. HOW MANY JOBS CREATED. AT THE END OF EACH MONTH. CALCULATE THAT. THEN COUNTRY UP ALL THE JOBS CREATED FOR THE YEAR, HOW MANY FIRST TIME UNEMPLOYED FOR THE YEAR, YOU WILL SEE HOW BAD IT REALLY IS.
    THOSE WHO AREN’T LOOKING ANY MORE, ARE NOT BEING COUNTED. YOU ARE NOT COUNTING THEM. YOU ARE NOT COUNTING THE UNDEREMPLOYED. THE UNDER 5% RATE NOW IS COUNTING PEOPLE TWICE OR THREE TIMES. THE NUMBERS DON’T DISTINGUISHE BETWEEN PART TIME AND FULL TIME. THEY ALSO DON’T DISTINGUISHE BETWEEN MORE THAN ONE PART TIME JOB PER PERSON. SO THE NUMBERS ARE SKEWED. TOO BAD YOU ARE WRONG, BECAUSE YOU WENT IN TO SOME REAL DETAIL. IT JUST DOESN’T ADD UP TO ACCURATE NUMBERS. MORE THAN ONE PART TIME JOB FOR THE SAME WORKER DOESN’T COUNT AS TWO OR THREE PEOPLE WORKING. SOUNDS LIKE THE WAY DEMOCRATS COUNTED THE DEAD SOLDIERS. IN VIETNAM, BECAUSE, THEIR MORE DEAD, THE ANGRIER PEOPLE GOT. SO 2 LEGS AND TWO ARMS, COUNTED AS 4 PEOPLE. THAT SUMS UP FUDGED FIGURES BY DEMOCRATS. IT TOOK A REPUBLICAN, NIXON, TO PUT A STOP TO THAT, AND TO END THE WAR. NIXON. A REPUBLICAN.

  • victorianikolov

    Berthed inappropriate, YOU are SO RIGHT about Communism in America. The DemocRAT party has become Socialist/Marxist. People must not give them any more power. They have been trying for to destroy our Constitution al Republican. It will happen eventually through evolution. The schools and colleges are now run and taught by mostly Marxists, and if your ideology isn’t to the left, you won’t get tenure, or will be shouted down. The young people are now so brainwashed, they are the future. Which means no future for America. They will do everything possible to block anything Trump tries to do to fix the damage. We all have to keep voting Democrats out of office. Things will only get better with a free market economy, low taxes, and government out of our face, which means fewest regulations possible. Our Constitution is there to protect US from GOVERNMENT. We must never forget that. We must hold our media accountable. When you see inaccurate reporting, no matter who, put it on Facebook and Tweet out facts. Only facts. If you are wrong only one time, you won’t be believed again. That’s my information. It’s our only hope of remaining a Constitutional Republic.

  • victorianikolov

    Bertharina Rina, in my first response to you, I don’t know where the word “inappropriate” came from, right after your name in the first row. It just appeared. I had another word, but my response was so long, I don’t remember what it was. (AN age thing, I’m sorry.)
    IF any other words don’t make sense, please understand, the computer changes my words to what it thinks it should be. So try to imagine what I might have meant, if there is a word, that doesn’t make sense, because it is not in context with the meaning of my sentence, it means the computer made it up, and I didn’t see it, to fix it. Thank You.

  • victorianikolov

    Bertharina Rina now I see what happened to your name and why the word “inappropriate ” showed up when I hit send. The computer rewrote what I had, thinking it was a typo. Your name was changed f Ryu omega Bertharina Rina to what it became. I am sorry to take up your time with explanations, but I felt bad that your name came out wrong.

  • victorianikolov

    Words were changed again. The word “from” became, “f Ryu omega” makes no sense. But I never typed “f Ryu Omega”

  • stickler

    Thankfully, I can ignore most of your RANTING because it is hysterical, uninformed, rambling, incoherent, and HUGELY OFF-TOPIC. The topic is unemployment, and I will stick with the FACTS supported by DATA.

    Firstly, you say, ”Obama Doesn’t use the same formula for unemployment that was used in the past. He has to fudge his numbers.” That is a TYPICAL and INTENTIONAL media inaccuracy/deception used to influence political opinion WITH FLAWED INFO. It is the old HALF-TRUTH PLOY. No, Obama does not use the same formula as used in the past, but OBAMA DID NOT CHANGE THE CALCULATION. IT WAS CHANGED IN 1994 AND HAS NOT BEEN CHANGED SINCE! In 1994, Congress passed an act, [begun by Bush, Sr] which cut off people who had not sought employment [or job training] for OVER 52 WEEKS. [a reasonable move, imo. If you are doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to get a job, you should not be collecting unemployment compensation.

    There is no SINGLE, perfect measure of unemployment. That is why the BLS provides multiple measures. The LABOR PARTICIPATION RATE is calculated EVERY MONTH by BLS; It has not been discontinued, neglected, or ignored. But it is definitely NOT some perfect measure as it is does not provide any picture of WHY participation fluctuates. Discouraged workers, part-time workers, underutilized workers are NOT IGNORED. They are included in U4, U5, and U6.

    Now, let’s look at the specific data for labor force participation. If you had a brain with 2 functioning hemispheres, you would have looked up the data on BLS instead of mindlessly accepting whatever you hear from the R [such as this sham ”accuracy” site]. But I don’t suppose you [or any of the other mindless sheep] bothered to do that, did you? I’m looking at the chart from Jan1, 2006 thru’ the present right now. Do you think this fell specifically under Obama, fool? It was falling like a rock under Bush, but the rate of decrease FELL UNDER OBAMA. In fact, labor participation HAS BEEN RISING for the past 15 months. [you can set the graph for whichever time period you wish, Participation has been plummeting since 2000, so only a liar or a moron is going to place the blame on Obama!]
    Now, what does that MEAN? Why is the labor force shrinking as a proportion to the total population? An obvious explanation would leap to the mind of anyone with a fully functional brain. WE HAVE AN AGING POPULATION! A little googling will show you that the drop in participation has been thoroughly researched and analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office as well as dozens of economic research groups. A full half of the drop in participation is DUE TO AN AGING POPULATION. The other 1.5% drop is accounted for by multiple factors as ”fluctuating business cycles”, downtrends in the global economy, and the fact that we are still recovering from the worst economic recession in a century.

    For the rest, you’re completely deluded and ignorant.

  • Bertharina Rina

    ANTI-SOCIAL DELEMMA
    Christian America is hopelessly in its struggle against the all-out invasion of global revolutionaries, as the sewers of the East are flushing it’s incendiaries of beneficial hatred, being infused with the Marxian perception of its vile and vicious hatred of civilized mankind. All in all, the up-coming selection is between good and greater evil. Rats and muck-divers team up astumble-turds stepping forward from individual dumpsters. George Romney is a scoundrel and monstrous sycophant. If George Romney is a Christian then HOG is a jet pilot. He possesess the feature of a professional lemmon sucker. The national gum-beaters association would not let him into it’s back door. Too, his fellow sychophants fall in line as burnt-out mud-slappers.
    This enemy within, political hacks, lurks through the halls of congress , into the most elevated realms of state. Its octopus like fangs mellow-down within all level of states, as dependencies feeding from a national corporational scheme, as rats like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, and Kasish are thrown in, while fronting for an invisible hand of individual ruthless spitefulness, as tokened hyperventing swindling; in harboring as liars ingested with genetically inherited dispositions worming quite wayward through a path via a mental disorder of psychic demeanor riveted as, “ Ineluctable Determinism.“ This self-imposed masked hysteria cultivates open political hypervented mayhem, an ugly order cultivating an unholy outlet for entertainment.
    Individual neurotic personality decadence and degeneration, orally capstoned as unique organised confusion between a fallacious hatred for STATE stability, and hostility geared to such genetic instability, snaking its way back to ancient totem-pole fascination, of which was marketed among sub-humanity in Abraham’s day. Modern day political syphilis inveigh- “ I don’t care if I’m right.” This pattern of twisted thoughtess hysterics well fit the office seeking escapading nonsense as an organized maleu of muck slingers— three stooges, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and me- too Kasish, with throwing in a wannabe hook-nosed Mitt Romney.
    From the gutter of leftism, unmanly discontents, outfitted substituted vermin, nurturing embellished suppressed idiotic behavior deliverance, as a temporally oriented organic fixation; Such mud slappers, specifically subservient to an icon–HATRED, failed as a fool’s fool. Mitt Romney, previously embalmed, arises as a left over deadbeat from a pro-socialist clam bake.
    Unfortunately, Here, we have a roost of quadrupled blockheads, as burned out odd-balls, posed as bootlicking ass kissers, subervient to devils in national office; and clowns in hock to one massive melancholia news media. More So, we have journalistic clod busters, media, hawking for 4 losers, as outhouse bandits looking for a fresh warm meal.
    Remarkable it is, that a nest of pre-bought laid- backs, four dunces, officiating office-seeking pundits, pirating for Communism, perpetuating per-porn industries and Hollywood socialists infiltration. Such knotheads toss a good man, ( Trump ), aside, in furthering some implication, that America needs a harlot for President. Apparently, The war for a national leader resonates, with the desires of a hidden-hand nestling the seed of Bolshevism, as The DistrictOf Columbia has its own commie red-light of reds in bed.
    Naturally, planting the maneuvering of 4 snatch-ups is equivalent to eventually melt into universal socialism, in using shoddy ambushing in order to gain office through political banditry, as tools of those elite; of whom intend to pull America into the ever ascendancy web of universal globalism. Indeed, through ballot-box banditry, as tools of those elite, ( 4 stooges ), cleverly intend to pull America into the web of universal globalism; to gain office through political whoredom, as tools of whom intend to grab an election as rats for hire !
    This spoken crew as hog-washing the populace covers rotary official political gangsterism—tools of a rooted elite, using idiots as useful bait, selfishly seek monetary gain, as souls–useful; intend to reroute America into an ever incipient hell, as a gang of universal globalists rabble-rousing mobs, being influenced by way of underhanded, unscrupulous bastards, ready to bargain selves–for fists full of filthy lucre. Absolutely! Rubio, John Kasish, Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney, would make good dumpster divers. Our Lord often spoke of such gullible humanity as ( dogs ), turning to consume their own vomit ). Rubio and Cruz should return to Cuba for a new start. Indeed, anyone can become president–for the Humane Society. The human dung generated by four losers should go centrifugal, as food for the political rodents previously gathered in order to be fed.
    We have four sorry scumbags in attempting to Bolshevise America. The Supreme Court is now the Sanhedrin with bums like these in tow.

  • Bertharina Rina

    Entangling Alliances THE SPOTLIGHT
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    Rep. Ron Paul
    … When we look at global situations today, the words of our founding fathers are becoming more relevant daily. We need to understand that a simple, humble foreign policy makes us less vulnerable and less targeted on the world stage. Pakistan should not be getting an “allowance” from us and we should not be propping up military dictators that oppress people. We should mind our own business and stop the oppressive taxation of Americans that makes this meddling possible. END.
    Hog is not speculating, when attempting to assure all voters that the, “ Hidden Hand “- -also known as the, “ Evil Eye “, is weighing in on two individuals that might lock hands, while national citizens follow suit to be fed some google DE gook, of loose golf-course conversation. America is absolutely in the hands of a universal elite, as fronts, for any & all political whores being salted down among our federal republic. Hog is witnessing
    the politically orientated division of our national Republic, right into arms of a politico/religious machine of global intrigue ! Indeed, through the ballot-box gutter, straight into a fifty-state slaughter pen. Satan had taken our Lord to a very high precipice, Him the whole world was offered, if He, ( Christ, would bow down to. SATAN. Our Lord refused, and denounced Lucifer. America is the final vestige, of an Alice in Wonderland. Many voters have taken sides seeking falling crumbs from the table of pseudo Democracy. Whomever swelters down within the U.S. State Department
    will surely fit right into Art.6, Sec.6 on treaties, of which was originally grandfathered into our Constitution after it was ratified. Here, the Bank of England lay the ground work, of which has brought this Republic to its president day knees.

  • Bertharina Rina

    Recently I had two professors in my home. Both of these are confirmed liberals. Indeed, most likely, both have had their brains dug out by elevated education.

  • Tbear
  • very true, sadly. it would be soooooooooo nice if the gop would grow a spine!

  • i found that to be insane. after saddam, gaddafi turned over a new leaf & started helping in the war on terror!

  • after clinton’s housing bubble, [which bush warned both dems & the gop in congress 17+ times about] blew up, yes!

  • actually carter did to everyone after him!

  • stickler

    I have no idea why you are responding to my comment on UNEMPLOYMENT statistics with misinformation on the HOUSING BUBBLE. Can you stick to a topic or are you a fan of Trump’s incoherent, rambling rants?
    As far as who caused the housing bubble/economic crisis, you are a knee-jerk partisan who reads selective, one-sided, partisan sources. The fault of the economic crisis lies with both dems and reps, including your beloved GW. Read ‘Who Caused the Economic Crisis?’ in FactCheck.org. Read it S-L-O-W-L-Y and without the ‘I love GW’ pins stuck in your eyes and blinding you.

  • edwin

    Right wingers, Republican or Democrat come off with some scary sh_t . The right wing have contributed nothing I can think of.
    What is terrifying about a Trump Presidency is not Trump himself… Oh, he’s scary, yes, but not *terrifying*. After all, I do think that there are *enough* SANE people around him… secret service, the intelligence community, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that he can be somewhat restrained from driving this country over the edge.
    It’s his FOLLOWERS! There are some seriously whacked out loonies out there… folks whose cheese has slid completely off the cracker…. who could… and probably *will* do some Incredibly Dangerous S…..tuff! Militias, “lone wolves”, Timothy McVeigh wannabes. It has been noted that during Democratic Presidencies, these groups and individuals become more active. During Republican Presidencies, things “settle down” a bit… but that’s with SANE Republican Presidents. Whatever flaws Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II had… they were, at the end of the day *reasonable*. Not likely to fly off the handle or go to pieces. Or to “inspire” ardent followers to DO Incredibly Dangerous… stuff!
    NOT SO Donald Trump! “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?!!” cried Henry II in the year 1170, and sure enough… four men took it on themselves to, unbidden directly, assassinate Thomas Becket! A disastrous result… I wonder… what will Trump say, without thinking, that may well inspire one of these ‘bent arrows’ to DOOOOO something? So yeah, Trump is scary… his worshipers, though… are definitely terrifying!

  • Meggie

    What is going on with the Obama legacy. First he installs the former campaign chair of HRC to lead the nomination apparatus of the Party, and, of course she corrupted it to favor HNC. Why would any decent person, in a party with a NEUTRALITY rule for debates and primaries, choose the flunky of an active candidate to rule over the process? Of course, that made people suspicious and angry. And now the return to Joe McCarthy tactics because the Russians may have facilitated hackers who told us what we already knew. That Democrats don’t believe in Democracy….it they did, they wouldn’t have invented the Superdelegates to overrule voters choices. I have voted for Democrats my entire life (and I am OLD). I won’t do it again unless they get some competent, fair, decent leadership. The current leadership, inclined my friends who are part of the problem, are like lobsters in a pot…so euthanized by their own power needs that they don’t even notice that the water is boiling.