Obama administration manipulated data to hide unemployment data before 2012 election
Well, surprise, surprise, surprise! It seems the Obama administration fudged the unemployment numbers prior to the 2012 election, most likely to boost Obama’s chances by making his economic policies look more successful than they really were.
from NY Post:
In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington.
The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.
And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it.
Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy.
And a knowledgeable source says the deception went beyond that one employee — that it escalated at the time President Obama was seeking reelection in 2012 and continues today.
“He’s not the only one,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous for now but is willing to talk with the Labor Department and Congress if asked.
The Census employee caught faking the results is Julius Buckmon, according to confidential Census documents obtained by The Post. Buckmon told me in an interview this past weekend that he was told to make up information by higher-ups at Census.
Ironically, it was Labor’s demanding standards that left the door open to manipulation.
Labor requires Census to achieve a 90 percent success rate on its interviews — meaning it needed to reach 9 out of 10 households targeted and report back on their jobs status.
Census currently has six regions from which surveys are conducted. The New York and Philadelphia regions, I’m told, had been coming up short of the 90 percent.
Philadelphia filled the gap with fake interviews.
“It was a phone conversation — I forget the exact words — but it was, ‘Go ahead and fabricate it’ to make it what it was,” Buckmon told me.
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Isn’t this illegal? Honestly, I don’t know because I can’t think of any precedent for it or any law on the books that specifically says the Federal government can’t manipulate data in order to boost a President’s re-election chances, but there’s got to be something illegal about it, right?
Look, anybody who reads this blog should know that manipulating employment numbers is not a new practice for the Obama administration. They do it every single month. The current unemployment number is being artificially held down by over-counting the number of people who have left the work force. However, this is occurrence I can think of where an administration official has actually come forward and admitted what we’ve all known all along.
11:33 pm • 18 November 2013 • View comments
Treasury has issued $1 Trillion in new debt since October.
The US Treasury has already issued over $1 Trillion in new debt in FY2014 which started on October 1.
Between Oct. 1, 2013, the first day of fiscal 2014, and Nov. 14—which was less than a month after Congress agreed to temporarily suspend the legal limit on the federal debt—the Treasury was forced to issue more than $1 trillion in new debt.
During that time, according to the Daily Treasury Statement, the Treasury issued $1,014,215,000,000 in new bills, notes, bonds and other securities.
The government needed this $1,014,215,000,000 to cover government obligations and expenses that exceeded the $255,080,000,000 it raked in through tax revenues during the same six-week period.
Where did that combined $1,014,215,000,000 in newly borrowed money and $255,080,000,000 in new tax revenues go?
The lion’s share went to payoff maturing securities the Treasury had sold before and had now come due.
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So the bulk of this new debt is going to pay off old debt…and when this new debt matures, we’ll have to go even further into debt to continue paying it off. It’s a slow death cycle that won’t stop until the United States begins running a budget surplus. ”Deficit reduction” (something the Obama administration likes to talk about) is utterly meaningless because it only reduces the speed at which we incur new debt.
5:25 pm • 18 November 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: MSNBC’s Martin Bashir apologizes for saying someone should defecate in Sarah Palin’s mouth
The fact that Bashir still has a TV show after what he said about Sarah Palin on Friday is a testament to how unabashedly horrible MSNBC will do. Apparently, a simple “sorry about that” is sufficient after suggesting somebody should defecate in Palin’s mouth and urinate in her eyes.
Here’s the video:
I love how Bashir said MSNBC is “a place where we try every day to elevate political discourse.” What a joke!
Obviously, Bashir did feel a considerable amount of heat, and perhaps he’ll think twice before saying anything quite so vulgar ever again (especially since doing so exposed his own massive hypocrisy), but I seriously doubt this incident will have any effect on the daily dose of leftist vitriol that seethes from his lips on a daily basis.
5:05 pm • 18 November 2013 • View comments
Trouble in Obama’s cabinet: John Kerry defies orders while on Egypt trip
Secretary of State John Kerry bucked instructions from the White House on his recent trip to Egypt, defying orders to make statements about President Mohamed Morsi pending trial. The strings at the White House are being pulled by our old friend Susan Rice who, while no longer a cabinet member approved by Congress, is running the show behind the scenes as Obama’s top foreign policy advisor.
from Daily Beast:
Before Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent trip to Cairo, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told him to make strong statements in public and private about the trial of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. On his own, Kerry decided to disregard the White House’s instructions.
The tension between the national security adviser and the secretary of state spilled over into public view in the past week, when Rice laid out her critical appraisal of the Egyptian government, which contradicted Kerry’s assessment that Egypt was “on the path to democracy.” The now public rift has been simmering behind the scenes for months and illustrates the strikingly divergent Egypt policies the White House and the State Department are pursuing.
The turf battles and internal confusion are hampering the administration’s approach to Egypt, say lawmakers, experts, and officials inside both governments.
“John Kerry doesn’t agree with Susan Rice on big portions of our Egypt policy, and he made a deliberate and conscious decision not to mention Morsi in his Cairo meetings,” an administration official told The Daily Beast. “Susan Rice wasn’t happy about it.”
Two other administration officials confirmed the Kerry-Rice rift over Egypt.
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Susan Rice holds no legal position of authority and is simply one more example of President Obama using unaccountable “advisors” to run the show behind closed doors in the White House. Susan Rice was herself first in line for the position of Secretary of State, but her role in the Benghazi coverup made it impossible for Obama to get a confirmation through Congress. She now strategically holds a position where Congress has no ability to keep her accountable short of a subpoena to appear before committee.
Last night we reported that Obama’s top advisor Valerie Jarrett, also unconfirmed by Congress, has apparently been negotiating in secret with Iran for over a year.
2:33 pm • 18 November 2013 • View comments
Keep your doctor? Nope. Thousands of doctors being dropped from insurance networks.
Another one of Obamacare’s big lies is about to impact Americans in a big way. President Obama said, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” But Obamacare’s insurance plans make it less affordable for insurance companies to have wide doctor networks and also less affordable for doctors to see patients who receive government subsidies through Medicare advantage. For this reason, thousands of doctors are already being dropped from provider networks, and unless their patients can afford to pay out of pocket, they will likely not be keep their doctor after all.
from Wall Street Journal:
UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation’s largest provider of privately managed Medicare Advantage plans, has dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks—spurring protest from lawmakers and physician groups and leaving many elderly patients unsure about whether they need to switch plans to keep seeing their doctors.
Doctors in at least 10 states have received termination letters, some citing “significant changes and pressures in the health-care environment.” The notices also tell doctors they can appeal within 30 days. That means many physicians and patients won’t know for sure who is in or out of UnitedHealth’s Medicare Advantage networks before the open-enrollment period to switch Medicare plans ends on Dec. 7.
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Many of these United Health plans are sold by AARP, a group which lobbied hard for Obamacare before its passage. There is fundamental dishonesty all the way around from Obama and the supporters of his signature achievement.
1:02 pm • 18 November 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: Small business owner in NC shocked after his health insurance costs triple under Obamacare
A small business owner and his family in North Carolina are feeling the brunt of Obamacare, something millions of Americans around the country are also experiencing. Their health insurance premiums just tripled, despite Obama’s promise that it would save American families $2,500 yearly.
Here’s the video:
Increased financial burdens under Obamacare are already starting to have a domino effect on businesses and consumers around the country. The jobs market is in the toilet because business owners have their hands tied by the skyrocketing cost of complying with the employer mandate.
Obamacare needs a full repeal. We can’t just tinker around the edges or simply delay when the mandates go into effect. Only a full repeal will lift this burden off of America’s back.
11:51 am • 18 November 2013 • View comments
New York Mayor De Blasio: “I am not a free marketeer…I believe in the heavy hand of government”
If you thought Nanny Michael Bloomberg was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet. New York’s brand new mayor-elect Bill De Blasio is making no bones about it: he wants to crush New York with “the heavy hand of governmnet.”
from NY Post:
Business leaders in the city are scratching their heads over recent remarks by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.
Describing how he plans to govern once he takes office next year, the mayor-elect declared flatly that he doesn’t believe in the free-market system.
At least Comrade Bill was being honest.
“Everything you heard about me is true. . . I am not a free-marketeer. . . I believe in the heavy hand of government,” de Blasio stated matter-of-factly during an hour-long presentation to some of the city’s biggest real-estate developers.
The meeting occurred several weeks before the election with de Blasio way ahead in the polls and New York’s business elite hoping and praying he wasn’t as much of a leftist as he said he was on the campaign trail.
Now that de Blasio’s been elected mayor with a resounding 73 percent of the vote, his comments have become a hot topic for business people trying to digest what life will be like with Comrade Bill in charge.
Attendees of the gathering with de Blasio included Jared Kushner of Kushner Properties, Stephen Green of SL Green Realty, Douglas Durst of the Durst Organization and Jeff Blau, chief executive of the Related Companies. Scott Rechler of RXR Realty, who hosted the event at his offices, served as moderator (that is, to the extent it’s possible to moderate de Blasio).
“It was startling to hear someone in this day and age boldly proclaim he’s not a ‘free marketeer,’ ” said one person in attendance.
“To be fair, [de Blasio] also said he knows that the economy must grow in order to help poor people. But he did not back off his principles.”
“Scary” was how another person with direct knowledge of the event described his statements. “People were shocked and speechless,” said another person who was there.
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If you happen to reside in New York City, and especially if you own any real estate there, it’s time to get out now while you still can. If De Blasio’s anti-capitalism policies come to fruition, the Big Apple is going to start looking a whole lot like Detroit.
11:35 am • 18 November 2013 • View comments
Photo of the day: Obama plugs his ears after crowd as basketball game greets him with boos
How much more child-like can you possibly get? President Obama had his very own, “Nanny-nanny-boo-boo” moment when the crowd at University of Maryland basketball game greeted him with boos.
from Daily Mail:
His approval ratings are at an all time low, and there is no getting away from it for the President.
An Oregon basketball crowd greeted Barack Obama and the first family with boos last night as they watched Oregon State take on the University of Maryland.
It’s a yearly ritual for the Obama family to watch the Oregon State Beavers play a Washington-area team because Michelle’s brother Craig Robinson coaches the men’s team.
And while some fans cheered for the President as he took his seat, the leader of the free world put his hands his ears amid competing boos.
His approval ratings hit an all-time low last week as the continued problems with the health care roll out have forced him to apologize once again for his administration’s mistakes.
A poll by Quinnipiac University revealed on Tuesday that 54 per cent of Americans disapprove of President Obama’s job performance while only 39 per cent approve.
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Absolutely defiant and tone deaf…like a petulant child.
Oh, you’re unhappy with Obama? He doesn’t want to hear it.
11:04 am • 18 November 2013 • View comments
Saturday Night Live Lampoons Obama over Benghazi, AP, IRS, and Obamacare scandals
Saturday Night Live blasted President Obama’s failures for the third episode in a row, this time highlighting the many scandals that have plagued his Presidency. Now that they’ve taken the gloves off, SNL is actually starting to be funny again…
Here’s the video:
They just couldn’t resist adding a little jab at the Tea Party at the end, could they? It’s ironic too because the Tea Party folks have been the only consistent voices about all of these scandals since the very beginning.
12:57 am • 18 November 2013 • View comments
Report: Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett has been secretly negotiating with Iran for over a year
If this is true, it’s huge news for several reasons. Firstly, it would mean that the Geneva talks are a complete sham. But most importantly, it would mean that Obama is using an advisor who has not been confirmed by Congress to negotiate with one of the world’s most dangerous and hostile regimes.
The Geneva negotiations between the so-called P5+1 powers and Iran are a mere “facade,” because the terms of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program have been negotiated in talks between a top adviser to President Barack Obama and a leading Iranian nuclear official that have continued in secret for more than a year, Israeli television reported Sunday.
Despite ostensible full coordination between the US and Israel over strategies for thwarting Iran’s nuclear weapons drive, the administration did not keep Israel fully informed on those talks, Channel 10 news reported, but Jerusalem nonetheless has a pretty clear picture of what has been going on in the secret channel.
The report, which relied on unnamed senior Israeli officials, said the US team to the secret talks was led by Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. Her primary interlocutor, the report said, was the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi. The talks have been taking place in various Gulf states.
In the course of the talks, the report said, the Americans offered the Iranians a series of “confidence-building measures,” which underlined American readiness to conclude a deal and undercut sanctions pressure.
It was the deal discussed in these secret talks, the report said, that the Americans then brought to Geneva earlier this month, where it was largely adopted by the P5+1 nations — the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, plus Germany.
France has indicated that it raised objections to the proposed terms, while US Secretary of State John Kerry said the deal was so “tough” that the Iranians had to return to Tehran to take a decision on whether to sign it. The Geneva talks are set to resume on Wednesday.
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We have already seen circumstantial evidence that this is true. Newsweek/Daily Beast reported last week that Obama secretly began reducing sanctions on Iran months ago. Personally, I’m inclined to believe that this report is the truth.
It might be time for Congress to subpoena Valerie Jarrett and all of her outgoing communications with Iran and any backchannels she may have used to carry these talks out. Congress is legally supposed to have oversight of matters like this, and Obama it appears is using unconfirmed advisors to circumvent the law.
We will keep looking into this story and update if any US officials or press agencies confirm its validity.
11:28 pm • 17 November 2013 • View comments
What? GOP official website claims it fulfilled its pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare…
I had to double check this and triple check it to make sure it was real. But it’s totally for real. Spotted by the good folks over at Breitbart, the GOP website is claiming that Republicans have fulfilled their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, complete with a big green check mark and a status that says “promise kept.” The website cites the passage of H.R. 2, a bill that would have indeed repealed and replaced Obamacare.
But there’s just one problem…H.R. 2 never became law! The GOP establishment’s lying here is almost as bad as President Obama’s. Do they really think their constituents are that stupid?
The page doesn’t say “attempt to repeal Obamacare.” It says “Repeal and Replace Obamacare…promise kept.” What bunch of baloney.
Come on guys…seriously…
11:13 pm • 17 November 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: Democrat Sen Kirsten Gillibrand admits “We all knew” Obama was lying about keeping your plan
The worst part about this story isn’t that Gillbrand admits that she knew Obama was lying when he said, “If you like your plan, you can keep it.” It’s that she believes taking people’s ability to choose their own plan away is the right thing to do. Obama should have just “been more specific” upfront that Obamacare would cancel people’s plan.
Here’s the video:
It would be difficult to be more of an elitist jerk than this. I find it infuriating that bureaucrat would stand up and tell me what kind of plan is best for me and my family. But this kind of mentality is typical of Democrats: you’re too stupid to choose a plan that’s right for you, and so the benevolent government must do it for you.
8:47 pm • 17 November 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: Oops! Turns out Martin Bashir is a hypocrite
Hey remember that time Martin Bashir suggested that people should urinate and defecate in Sarah Palin’s mouth because she dared to use a slavery analogy? Good times. Yeah, well, turns out that he’s used that analogy too. How about that? Hey Martin, digital is forever, bud.
Here’s the video:
You know, because those evil Republicans who are responsible for freeing the slaves and spearheading the civil rights movement want to return to slavery. Riiiight.
In any case, none of this is surprising for two reasons.
- The left, especially Martin Bashir, hate, hate Sarah Palin to the point where they lose all ability to form rational sentences when referencing her. For example, Martin one time devoted a news segment to declaring Palin’s bus’s paint job illegal. You’ve got to be riddled with PDS in order to think that that is even remotely sane and worthy of an actual news story.
- MSNBC hosts seem to have selective amnesia when it comes to things like this. Remember when Chris Matthews lit into Rush Limbaugh for referring to the Obama administration as a “regime”? Unfortunately for Mr. Matthews, thanks to a quick internet search, he could be found actually using the word “regime” to describe the Bush administration.
I suppose they’ll keep doing things like this as long as their audience lets them but as frustrating as it is to know just how far journalism has fallen, it’s fun to mock them and honestly, it makes great blog material.
4:52 pm • 17 November 2013 • View comments
Education Secretary: “White suburban moms” oppose Common Core because their kids aren’t “brilliant”
Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan showed what a pompous jerk he really is on friday, dismissing any criticism of Common Core as white suburban moms whose kids aren’t smart. Seriously, what a classy guy…
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”
Yes, he really said that. But he has said similar things before. What, exactly, is he talking about?
In his cheerleading for the controversial Common Core State Standards — which were approved by 45 states and the District of Columbia and are now being implemented across the country (though some states are reconsidering) — Duncan has repeatedly noted that the standards and the standardized testing that goes along with them are more difficult than students in most states have confronted.
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Duncan is full of horse manure. It is an indisputable fact that Common Core is reducing existing educational standards in most school systems across the country. Education experts across the country have blasted the centralized, untested, on-size-fits-all program that destroys school choice and takes the ability to educate out of the hands of teachers, not to mention creates an Orwellian tracking system of students’ personal information.
Exit question for Arne Duncan: Do you think this kid is “not brilliant?”
3:08 pm • 17 November 2013 • View comments
PAYBACK: D.C. Insurance Commissioner fired 1 day after criticizing Obamacare
Washing DC’s insurance commissioner was fired one day after he criticized President Obama’s temporary, so-called “fix” to the millions of Obamacare cancellations. He found out the hard way that one must not disagree with the dear leader.
A day after he questioned President Obama’s decision to unwind a major tenet of the health-care law and said the nation’s capital might not go along, D.C. insurance commissioner William P. White was fired.
White was called into a meeting Friday afternoon with one of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s (D) top deputies and told that the mayor “wants to go in a different direction,” White told The Washington Post on Saturday.
White said the mayoral deputy never said that he was being asked to leave because of his Thursday statement on health care. But he said the timing was hard to ignore. Roughly 24 hours later, White said, he was “basically being told, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ ”
White was one of the first insurance commissioners in the nation last week to push back against Obama’s attempt to smooth over part of the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act: millions of unexpected cancellations of insurance plans.
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It was supposed to be Commissioner White’s job to figure out how to best implement insurance regulations in Washington D.C.. It was supposed to be up to the state and territory commissioners to decide whether or not to implement Obama’s temporary bandaid. No so, in reality.
He dared to disagree with Obama, and it cost him his job.
2:39 pm • 17 November 2013 • View comments