Exhibiting refreshing honesty Gallup CEO Jim Clifton called press and Obama Administration reports on unemployment the BIG LIE today.
This appraisal by Clifton is easy to verify or debunk. The headline chart, showing the percent of Americans with any type of job including part-time based on government statistics we found at an independent source is a verification of his claim. That chart from government data makes things look much better than they are, even though it does make the Obama Years look like a total failure for jobs.
Clifton will explain below why they above chart is highly inflated. AUN-TV will look into the jobs data more and the motives for destroying jobs below this Gallup article. First the Gallup article:
The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment
Here’s something that many Americans — including some of the smartest and most educated among us — don’t know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.
Right now, we’re hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is “down” to 5.6%. The cheerleading for this number is deafening. The media loves a comeback story, the White House wants to score political points and Wall Street would like you to stay in the market.
None of them will tell you this: If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job — if you are so hopelessly out of work that you’ve stopped looking over the past four weeks — the Department of Labor doesn’t count you as unemployed. That’s right. While you are as unemployed as one can possibly be, and tragically may never find work again, you are not counted in the figure we see relentlessly in the news — currently 5.6%. Right now, as many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or severely underemployed. Trust me, the vast majority of them aren’t throwing parties to toast “falling” unemployment.
There’s another reason why the official rate is misleading. Say you’re an out-of-work engineer or healthcare worker or construction worker or retail manager: If you perform a minimum of one hour of work in a week and are paid at least $20 — maybe someone pays you to mow their lawn — you’re not officially counted as unemployed in the much-reported 5.6%. Few Americans know this.
Yet another figure of importance that doesn’t get much press: those working part time but wanting full-time work. If you have a degree in chemistry or math and are working 10 hours part time because it is all you can find — in other words, you are severely underemployed — the government doesn’t count you in the 5.6%. Few Americans know this.
There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.
And it’s a lie that has consequences, because the great American dream is to have a good job, and in recent years, America has failed to deliver that dream more than it has at any time in recent memory. A good job is an individual’s primary identity, their very self-worth, their dignity — it establishes the relationship they have with their friends, community and country. When we fail to deliver a good job that fits a citizen’s talents, training and experience, we are failing the great American dream.
Gallup defines a good job as 30+ hours per week for an organization that provides a regular paycheck. Right now, the U.S. is delivering at a staggeringly low rate of 44%, which is the number of full-time jobs as a percent of the adult population, 18 years and older. We need that to be 50% and a bare minimum of 10 million new, good jobs to replenish America’s middle class.
I hear all the time that “unemployment is greatly reduced, but the people aren’t feeling it.” When the media, talking heads, the White House and Wall Street start reporting the truth — the percent of Americans in good jobs; jobs that are full time and real — then we will quit wondering why Americans aren’t “feeling” something that doesn’t remotely reflect the reality in their lives. And we will also quit wondering what hollowed out the middle class. Source: http://www.gallup.com/opinion/chairman/181469/big-lie-unemployment.aspx
The chart below from Gallup shows that not only, as they pointed out above, that only 44% of working age Americans have real jobs today, it shows things are getting worse not better as it was 45% in mid 2012.
How does America compare to the world? Wikipedia using another model compares all countries together. We provide their spreadsheet below. It shows that the USA was one of the best in the world in terms of employment rate before Obama and is today, six years after Obama’s policies, one of the worst in the world. America under Obama not only has not recovered from the 2008-9 recession as almost every other country has, as you can see, it is making all time lows since women joined the workforce in large numbers in the late 1970s.
Countries like Sweden and Brazil and all of Europe as a region completely recovered jobs quickly, while America under Obama not only did not recover, it made new lows. Russia was making new highs by 2012 at 69% while the USA was at 58.6%.
Note Click on Chart for a HD version Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employment-to-population_ratio
The only other developed country that stands out as a dismal failure on the above chart is the same country that Obama said he was going to use as a model for the American economy, Spain. Spain has (since Obama said he would copy them in 2008) become a major failure, with 9% fewer jobs today than in 2008, it has dropped from 65% employment to 56% in 2012. Click on the chart if it is hard to read for a high def version.
This makes sense, because Obama followed the Spanish model of massive increased government intervention in the economy and the “creation” of government “green jobs”. Those government created green jobs were seen by free market economists as phony jobs that would depress the Spanish and USA economies and jobs. The free market economists have been proven to be right. Spain and Obama have been proven wrong in the last 6 years.
This is Pain and Failure for the USA, But is this Pain and Failure for Obama?
Lets look at the price that Obama has paid for this failure. As the Gallup CEO indicated in his article the press has been censoring the truth and reporting that things are good instead of at historic failure levels.
The American People have been hurt by Obama’s failure, but it is hard to see any price that Obama has paid for it. He is still living a billionaire’s life of luxury and excess. He got reelected 4 years into this 6 year failure. What price has he paid? One might say the 2014 election. So other Democrat politicians have been hurt. But how has Obama been hurt?
Before exploring that more, does self interest and conflicts of interest effect human behavior? If you do not think so you will never understand the world and human behavior. We will humorously illustrate that with a snip of the Fritos Super Bowl ad here:
It is hard to see any price at all for Obama. But there are benefits for Obama. He wanted to give amnesty to illegal aliens before the 2014 election but was unable to do so because, as he said, it was illegal and unconstitutional for him to do it as a dictator. Now he has done just that as a dictator and got away with it.
Do Democrats in general pay a long term price for failure? Lets look at their failures, cities they have controlled and destroyed. Detroit, South Chicago, Flint, North Philadelphia, etc. Jobs have been destroyed, neighborhoods destroyed, families destroyed. These areas under total Democrat control and policies, are hellish zones of despair, hopelessness, violence, murder, and joblessness. They did not start that way. Detroit had the highest wages for workers in the world and full employment the last time Democrats did not control it in 1961.
In 2015 Detroit is nightmare failure with homes so worthless they are being bulldozed down. The UN sees Detroit as so desperately backwards in regards to its running water availability, they plan to get involved. http://aun-tv.com/2014/07/detroit-a-third-world-country-without-running-water-un-plans-to-step-in/
So voters rejected the Democrats after the appalling failure they turned Detroit into? No the opposite. The worst things got the more voters turned the Democrats. The most hopeless and murderous parts of Detroit vote over 90% Democrat today, far better for the Democrats than before their policies failed miserably. But since it is so beneficial for Democrats to destroy jobs, neighborhoods, families and people lives did they really fail in Detroit? No they succeeded, they did what is in their best interests.
So what reason is there for us to think that Obama is not just as aware as Democrats in Detroit that destroying jobs will help the Democratic Party nationwide? There is no reason to think Obama is so ignorant as to not be aware of this conflict of interest.
From The Keystone Pipeline to destroying tens of thousands of energy jobs to highly destructive new regulations for job creators and on and on if one keeps in mind that destroying jobs is good for Obama and Democrats, it becomes quite easy to explain his polices.