Obama Boasts, While Numbers Belie His Fantasies

For May, US Department of Labor announced the lowest number of non-farm new jobs created since September 2010 - 38,000. Meantime, President Obama, on his "legacy tour" in Elkhart, IN, bragged, “The notion that somehow America is in decline is just not born out by the facts”. Clearly, the man lives in an alternate universe.

The 38,000 new jobs created were less that one quarter of the predictions and 140,000 below the average for the Jan - Apr period. It is estimated that the US economy needs 350,000 new jobs per month to get back to full health. Now, let's guess: did the official unemployment rate go up or down? If you hooked up a lie detector to the Obama regime, it would blow a fuse.

The purported unemployment rate dropped to an almost statistically-perfect 4.7%. Yup. A huge decline. So why aren’t happy days here again?

That’s because an additional 500,000 folks stopped looking for work. They gave up so they’re not included in the math.  The labor force participation rate sank again to 62.6%, the lowest since 1978. The total is now 94.7 million Americans who want to work who can’t find work. 

Meantime, Obama is telling us everything is rosy. 

    • Obama: “America’s economy is not just better than it was eight years ago — it is the strongest, most durable economy in the world.” Actually, China’s economy is far stronger, growing by an estimated 6.9 percent in 2015 — more than double the U.S. rate.

    • Obama: “We’ve seen the first sustained manufacturing growth since the 1990s.” Actually, manufacturing employment has declined by 35,000 in 2016, and it’s still down 2.2 percent from when Obama took office.

    • Obama: "Today, the average family’s health insurance premium is $2,600 less than it would have been if premiums had kept on going up at the pace before Obamacare.” Actually, there has been a decade-long slowdown in the growth of employer-sponsored health care premiums, and how much of it is attributable to the health care law is in dispute.

I am distressed by the lack of truth coming out of the Obama regime, and Washington in general. Now, we learn that the State Department edited an official record to cover up a lie, as did the Whitehouse with a statement by spokesman, Josh Earnest. I hope and trust the American people are watching and listening. I believe they are.

Posted on 04 Jun 2016, 12:33 - Category: Jobs & Economy

13th Healthcare Co-Op Goes Down

Here’s another sign Obamacare is entering its death spiral: Ohio’s InHealth Mutual co-op announced that it will shutter ahead of the 2017 open enrollment period. This failure will abandon nearly 22,000 consumers, the majority on individual plans, who will now have 60 days to “re-locate”.

InHealth received $129.2 million dollars in government loans, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Under Obamacare, CMS offers low interest loans to these non-profit groups for set up and maintenance. CO-OP loans are only made to "private, nonprofit entities that demonstrate a high probability of financial viability". Right.

So far, 13 of the 23 co-ops set up under this program, with 739,000 enrollees, have gone broke. They received $1.3 billion in government loans, and leave behind an approximately equal amount in other debt. The total of 23 co-ops received $2.4 billion in government loans.

In Maine and New Hampshire, Maine Community Health Options was awarded $132 million. Early enrollment approached 71,000. As of December, it had lost $17 million in the first 9 months of 2015 and suspended individual enrollment.

Like abortion, universal healthcare has long been the holy grail, the sacred alter of the progressive left. Various versions have been constantly in the works behind the scenes, bubbling up from time to time, e.g. HillaryCare in the ‘90s. The ACA version got passed, shielded by lies (“You can keep your doctor”), celebrated by gloating ("Call it the stupidity of the American voter…”), without one Republican vote.

The failures of the co-ops doesn’t faze the left at all. How come? Chellie Pingree is tickled pink. In press release after press release, she has proclaimed nothing but rosiness. My staff couldn’t find one misgiving or criticism of ACA in her record. Pingree asserts: “[The] bill is paid for in part by cutting out waste, fraud, and abuse from the health care system”. I didn’t know she did stand up comedy.

To understand the situation, understand that the outcome so far is considered a success by the liberals. The ACA, as passed, is only a step toward a full single-payer system. The closing of another co-op is mission accomplished along that road. The people in Ohio are supposed to be frustrated, put out and unnerved. Then, they can blame the private sector. Then they can beg Obama to fix it. 

Posted on 03 Jun 2016, 20:35 - Category: Healthcare

Your Electric Bill Up 30% Now For .03F Temp Saving By 2079?

Kudos to the Texas Public Policy Foundation for their series of infomative videos addressing myths about air pollution and the effects of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. I've embedded one video below for your convenience. You can see them all here.

Posted on 03 Jun 2016, 10:59 - Category: Global Warming

So sad... Alaskan Bear Tragedy

Mt. McKinley National Park: This is a very sad story about a formerly well-balanced wild bear...   Everybody should heed the warnings not to feed wildlife... because they  become dependent... and don't forage for themselves any longer.   It is such a tragedy to see what has been done  to our country's wildlife. The  U.S. Forest Service photo below captures a disturbing trend  that is beginning to  affect U.S. wildlife. 

Animals that formerly were self-sufficient are now showing signs of belonging to the ultra-liberal wing of the Democrat Party.  They have apparently learned to just sit and wait for the government to step in and provide for their  care and sustenance. This photo is of a black bear in Alaska turned progressive liberal Democrat. He's nicknamed Bearack Obearma.  It is believed that he has become a campground organizer.

Posted on 12 May 2016, 17:31 - Category: State We're In

Suicide Rates Follow The Economy

The Portland Press Herald this morning reported on an increase in suicide rates for Mainers age 45-64 noting a 37% increase since 1999 and a 48% increase nationwide for the same period. As a professional in the field, this is indeed tragic news, but the article points only to the increase in opioid addiction as a “possible contributing factor”. This is unprofessional.

As so often happens, leftwing media fails to point out all the facts. During periods of high unemployment (94 million Americans are out of work) and poor economic indicators (low job growth, near flat GDP) suicide rates rise! It is likely true that the increase in opioid abuse is a risk factor for suicide but it is not causal. The rate increase is more likely secondary to the overall loss of hope and accompanying anxiety and depression that comes with the myriad problems associated with the country’s economic malaise.

Suicide rates have trended with the economy since the Great Depression. Suicides increase when the country’s economic outlook is poor and decline when Americans are employed and filled with optimism. Those are the facts. However, the communications division of the Democrat party does not want to tie the failed fiscal policies of the progressive liberals to these very painful negative outcomes. Progressive liberals and reality, never the two have met.

Posted on 01 May 2016, 15:48 - Category: State We're In

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