Monthly Archives: January 2015

Q4 GDP boosted by Obamacare spending, Obama lies economy dies, Market Watch orwellian version vs Zero Hedge reality, Healthcare largest expenditure, Economy in ruins as food stamp usage soars for labor force dropouts

Q4 GDP boosted by Obamacare spending, Obama lies economy dies, Market Watch orwellian version vs Zero Hedge reality, Healthcare largest expenditure, Economy in ruins as food stamp usage soars for labor force dropouts

“two-thirds of the “boost” to final Q3 personal consumption came from, drumroll, the same Obamacare which initially was supposed to boost Q1 GDP until the “polar vortex” crashed the number so badly, the BEA decided to pull it completely and leave this “growth dry powder” for another quarter. That quarter was Q3.”…Zero Hedge December 23, 2014

“One of the CBO’s most intriguing estimates is that by 2017 there will be 2 million fewer full-time jobs on the market than there would have been without Obamacare, and that figure could climb to 2.5 million by 2024.”…Market Watch February 4, 2014

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

The fourth quarter GDP was lower than forecast at 2.6 percent.

It would have been lower without the higher costs of healthcare brought on by Obama and Obamacare.

Here is the Orwellian spin from Market Watch.

“The U.S. economy slowed a bit more than expected in the fourth quarter after expanding at the fastest pace in eleven years during the fall, according to data released Friday.

Gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services produced by the U.S. — grew at a 2.6% annual clip in the fourth quarter, the government said Friday. That’s below the 5.0% pace recorded in the July-September period.

Economists polled by MarketWatch forecast GDP would grow by a seasonally adjusted 3.2% in the October-to-December period.”

“Consumer spending was a major positive in the fourth quarter, expanding 4.3%, the fastest pace since before the financial crisis.”

Read more:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/economy-downshifts-to-26-rate-in-the-fourth-quarter-2015-01-30

“Consumer spending was a major positive”????

And talk about Orwellian.

From Market Watch January 30, 2015.

“White House says economy grew 3.9% using a different measure of growth”

“On the surface this gives the appearance that the economy hit a sizable soft patch.Read full MarketWatch report.

But White House chief economist Jason Furman noted that all of the swings in the fourth quarter came from two notoriously volatile sectors—net exports and government spending.

In a blog post, Furman noted that the economy increased at a 3.9% rate in the October to December period, applying an alternative measure of GDP that strips out these volatile sectors. That figure is only a tad slower than the 4.1% rate in the third quarter.”

Read more:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/white-house-says-q4-gdp-was-pretty-steady-at-39-rate-2015-01-30?link=MW_home_latest_news

(Refer to the numerous “1984” quotes on this site for the proper decoder ring settings)

Now for the reality from Zero Hedge January 30, 2015.

“Thanks Obamacare: This Is What Americans Spent The Most Money On In Q4”

2014Q4 spending GDPobamacare

“If readers need clarification on what was the primary source of spending-based “growth” for the US economy in the fourth quarter, the same source that bumped up final Q3 GDP from 3.9% to 5.0%, please ping us: we will gladly explain the chart below. And just in case it is still unclear what Americans are spending their “gas sasvings” on, here it is one more time.”

Read more:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-30/thanks-obamacare-what-americans-spent-most-money-q4

From Zero Hedge December 10, 2014.

“The spin continues:

It’s a fair bet that most of the reduced energy costs are going to show up as added spending by consumers somewhere,” said James Hamilton, an economics professor at the University of California, San Diego.

Here’s the thing, Professor Hamilton is spot on. The only problem is what this added spending will be used on. Sadly, it is neither trinkets, nor gadgets, nor BigMacs, nor even surging cell phone and home internet bills. Unfortunately for the proponents of the “oil crash is unquestionably bullish for America” (as an aside, the falacy of a statement is directly proportional to how “unquestionable” it is), where the bulk of “savings” for those Americans who have to spend on gas (primarily those Americans who commute to work, i.e. the middle class) is… on Obamacare.

Here is confirmation that in a centrally-planned economy, it is the unintended consequences that always prevail in the end:

Example 1:

Iowans are feeling the heat from Obamacare’s rising premiums, especially Wellmark customers with Blue Cross Blue Shield.

 

As of January 1, 2015, Blue Cross Blue Shield customers will experience a 14.5 percent increase in premiums, while Wellmark Health plans will see a 11.9 percent increase.

Example 2:

Hundreds of thousands of consumers nationwide who bought insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act will face a choice this fall: swallow higher premiums to stay in their plan, or save money by switching. That is the picture emerging from proposed 2015 insurance rates in the 10 states that have completed their filings, which stretch from Rhode Island to Washington state.

 

In all but one of them, the largest health insurer in the state is proposing to increase premiums between 8.5% and 22.8% for next year, according to a Wall Street Journal review of the filings. That percentage represents the average rate increases for all individual health plans offered by that carrier

Example 3:

Aetna has said it is likely to seek rate increases of more than 10% for individual marketplace plans in 2015, according to a note from Citigroup analyst Carl McDonald. An Aetna spokeswoman said that with health-law fees, generally increasing health-care cost trends and other factors, “that level of increase would not be out of the realm of possibility,” but it was too soon to say what it would request.”

Example 4:

Americans increasingly have to dig into their own pockets to pay for medical care, a shift that is helping to curb the growth in health spending by employers and the government.

 

The trend is being accelerated by the Affordable Care Act because many private plans sold by the law’s health exchanges come with hefty out-of-pocket costs, which prompt some people to delay or put off seeking care. For the exchanges’ 2015 policies, which went on sale last month, “bronze-level” plans have an average deductible of $5,181 for individuals, up from $5,081 in 2014, according to a November report from HealthPocket, which publishes health insurance market analyses. Bronze plans generally cover 60% of consumers’ medical expenses.

And that ignores the fact that the average deductible for workers who get employer health coverage has shot up 47% to $1,217 from $826, and that one in three Americans said they or a family member delayed medical care because of costs in 2014.”

Read more:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-10/what-americans-will-spend-their-whopping-380-low-gas-price-savings

 

 

 

 

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Initial claims lowest in 15 years?, Look at percent of population working!, Get rid of enough employees and claims go down, Citizen Wells challenge to Orwellian and low information reporters in media

Initial claims lowest in 15 years?, Look at percent of population working!, Get rid of enough employees and claims go down, Citizen Wells challenge to Orwellian and low information reporters in media

“The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed in September at 7.1 million. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.”…US Labor Dept. September 2014

“11.4%: What the U.S. unemployment rate would be if labor force participation were back to January 2008 levels.” …James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, June 2013

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

You are reporting that initial claims were the lowest in 15 years with a straight face and  you are not on drugs , you really believe it and you are not part of the Obama camp Orwellian media.

How about giving the public the damn truth!

Just this morning I wrote.

“NC labor force participation rate plummets 5.3 percent since May 2008, Reason for unemployment rate drop, Reason for drop in claims, No more employees left to lay off, NC ninth most populous state”

“Do not be fooled by low information biased media.

Those folks dropping out of the labor force are not mostly older baby boomers.

They are younger people who have given up on finding jobs.

Many of them are not drawing unemployment pay and are not counted in the unemployed numbers.

They also cannot be laid off.

NC is the ninth most populous state and is representative of what is taking place in the US.

Many states have been hit even harder.

From Citizen Wells January 15, 2015.

“Forget the unemployment rate. If you remove enough people from the labor force you will achieve full employment and a low unemployment rate. We have that scenario now. In fact one state, West Virginia, has a labor force participation rate below 50 percent yet the unemployment rate is 6.3 percent.

See what I mean?

Old Abe Lincoln once said “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.””

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/nc-labor-force-participation-rate-plummets-5-3-percent-since-may-2008-reason-for-unemployment-rate-drop-reason-for-drop-in-claims-no-more-employees-left-to-lay-off-nc-ninth-most-populous-state/

The plummet of the labor force participation rate in NC, other states and the US is big news and should be more widely reported.

The percentage of the population working is also important and in some ways more significant.

Since the big news today was the lowest so called initial claims number in 15 years let’s go back to January 2000 and compare the employment to population percent from then to now.

US

Jan 2000     64.6

Dec 2014      59.2

That’s a plummet of 5.4 percent!

NC

Jan 2000     65.1

Dec 2014      56.5

That’s a plummet of 8.6 percent !!!

So much for the improved economy and jobs situation.

I warned you we were in the age of Big Brother and “1984.”

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NC labor force participation rate plummets 5.3 percent since May 2008, Reason for unemployment rate drop, Reason for drop in claims, No more employees left to lay off, NC ninth most populous state

NC labor force participation rate plummets 5.3 percent since May 2008, Reason for unemployment rate drop, Reason for drop in claims, No more employees left to lay off, NC ninth most populous state

 

“Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is part-time work,”…Keith Hall, former BLS chief

“The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed in September at 7.1 million. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.”…US Labor Dept. September 2014

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

Do not be fooled by low information biased media.

Those folks dropping out of the labor force are not mostly older baby boomers.

They are younger people who have given up on finding jobs.

Many of them are not drawing unemployment pay and are not counted in the unemployed numbers.

They also cannot be laid off.

NC is the ninth most populous state and is representative of what is taking place in the US.

Many states have been hit even harder.

From Citizen Wells January 15, 2015.

“Forget the unemployment rate. If you remove enough people from the labor force you will achieve full employment and a low unemployment rate. We have that scenario now. In fact one state, West Virginia, has a labor force participation rate below 50 percent yet the unemployment rate is 6.3 percent.

See what I mean?

Old Abe Lincoln once said “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

From Market Watch January 14, 2015.

“The only state where less than half its civilians work”

“West Virginia quietly passed the ignominious milestone of having less than half of its adult, civilian population in the workforce in November.

State data compiled by the Labor Department shows that West Virginia’s civilian labor participation rate has fallen to 49.8%, from 50% in October. The national rate in December was 62.7%.

The Mountain State is the only state in the history of the series, which goes back to 1976, to have fallen below 50%, though Mississippi at 50.8% isn’t far behind.”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/us-economy-on-verge-of-collapse-workers-not-buying-labor-markets-recovery-forget-unemployment-rate-record-low-labor-force-participation-rates-wv-drops-below-50-percent-national-debt-exc/

From Citizen Wells January 9, 2015.

“You are being bombarded by the “good news” about employment from the Orwellian mainstream media, low information market news reports and I am certain the White House.

Now for the truth.

The real employment news.

The unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent and jobs are being added? Right?

From the US Labor Department data:

There were 456,000 more people not in the labor force in December!

There were supposedly 111,000 more people employed in December???

Hardly cause for celebration, if true, especially with the numbers of part time jobs.

The drop of .2 percent in the labor force participation rate accounts for the .2 percent drop in the unemployment rate.

The  labor force participation rate has plummeted 3 percent since Obama took office.

The number of people who could only find part time work is up 756,000 since Obama took office.”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/real-employment-news-from-us-labor-department-january-9-2015-non-orwellian-version-truth-from-citizen-wells-and-zero-hedge-456k-more-not-in-labor-force-labor-force-participation-drop-of-2-percen/

From Jim Clifton Chairman and CEO of Gallup

“The U.S. now ranks not first, not second, not third, but 12th among developed nations in terms of business startup activity. Countries such as Hungary, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Israel and Italy all have higher startup rates than America does.

We are behind in starting new firms per capita, and this is our single most serious economic problem. Yet it seems like a secret. You never see it mentioned in the media, nor hear from a politician that, for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the total number of new business startups and business closures per year — the birth and death rates of American companies — have crossed for the first time since the measurement began. I am referring to employer businesses, those with one or more employees, the real engines of economic growth. Four hundred thousand new businesses are being born annually nationwide, while 470,000 per year are dying.

Until 2008, startups outpaced business failures by about 100,000 per year. But in the past six years, that number suddenly turned upside down. There has been an underground earthquake. As you read this, we are at minus 70,000 in terms of business survival. The data are very slow coming out of the U.S. Department of Census, via the Small Business Administration, so it lags real time by two years.

Net Number of New U.S. Firms Plummets

Business startups outpaced business failures by about 100,000 per year until 2008. But in the past six years, that number suddenly reversed, and the net number of U.S. startups versus closures is minus 70,000.

My hunch is that no one talks about the birth and death rates of American business because Wall Street and the White House, no matter which party occupies the latter, are two gigantic institutions of persuasion. The White House needs to keep you in the game because their political party needs your vote. Wall Street needs the stock market to boom, even if that boom is fueled by illusion. So both tell us, “The economy is coming back.”

Let’s get one thing clear: This economy is never truly coming back unless we reverse the birth and death trends of American businesses.

Dead-Wrong Thinking

It is catastrophic to be dead wrong on the biggest issue of the last 50 years — the issue of where jobs come from. Our leadership keeps thinking that the answer to economic growth and ultimately job creation is more innovation, and we continue to invest billions in it. But an innovation is worthless until an entrepreneur creates a business model for it and turns that innovative idea in something customers will buy. Yet current thinking tells us we’re on the right track and don’t need different strategies, so we continue marching down the path of national decline, believing innovation will save us.”

Read more:

http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/180431/american-entrepreneurship-dead-alive.aspx?utm_source=WWWV7HP&utm_medium=topic&utm_campaign=tiles

 

 

 

Ted Cruz eligible for presidency?, Ted Cruz natural born citizen?, Cruz a patriot?, Ted Cruz advisory opinion from FEC, Natural born citizen not citizen, Naturalized citizen Abdul Hassan not eligible

Ted Cruz eligible for presidency?, Ted Cruz natural born citizen?, Cruz a patriot?, Ted Cruz advisory opinion from FEC, Natural born citizen not citizen, Naturalized citizen Abdul Hassan not eligible

“Why did Obama employ Robert Bauer of Perkins Coie, to request an advisory opinion on FEC matching funds that he was not eligible for?”…Citizen Wells

“Why has Obama, since taking the White House, used Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense,  to avoid presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells

“Moore said he’s seen no convincing evidence that Obama is a “natural born citizen” and a lot of evidence that suggests he is not.”…Judge Roy Moore interview by WND

 

 

To be president of the US one must be a natural born citizen, not just a citizen and not a naturalized citizen.

Is Ted Cruz a natural born citizen?

Based on my understanding the answer is no.

Ted Cruz was born in Canada and had only one US citizen parent.

Is Ted Cruz a patriot?

I believe so.

For the good of the country I am requesting that Ted Cruz, at the earliest possible moment, request an advisory opinion from the FEC about his eligibility for Federal Matching funds and therefore the presidency.

The FEC will be compelled to provide an advisory opinion about whether or not he is a natural born citizen.

This will be important for two reasons.

Ted Cruz needs to know early if his efforts are worthwhile and not counterproductive.

We need a ruling on this. Every government entity that should provide guidance on the definition of natural born citizen has passed the buck, including the US Supreme Court. The courts and congress have shirked their constitutional duty.

There are 2 important instances of an advisory opinion from the FEC on matching funds.

1. Attorney Robert Bauer of Perkins Coie on behalf of Barack Obama in 2007.

From Citizen Wells January 23, 2012.

“WHY DID OBAMA REFUSE MATCHING FUNDS IN 2008?

PART 4

Obama, attorneys and Democrats control FEC

The devil himself could not have come up with a more devious plan.

Robert Bauer, of Perkins Coie, on February 1, 2007 requested an advisory opinion to keep Obama’s option for matching funds open. Bauer knew full well that Obama, not being a natural born citizen, was not eligible for matching funds. The FEC advisory opinion from March 1, 2007 responded in the affirmative.Ellen L. Weintraub, former staff member at Perkins Coie, was a Democrat appointee of the FEC at that time. She remained well beyond her scheduled tenure with the help of Barack Obama.
Obama, Robert Bauer, Democrats interaction with FEC timeline.
February 1,2007

Advisory Opinion Request: General Election Public Funding

From Obama attorney Robert Bauer to FEC

“This request for an Advisory Opinion is filed on behalf of Senator Barack Obama and the committee, the Obama Exploratory Committee, that he established to fund his exploration of a Presidential candidacy. The question on which he seeks the Commission’s guidance is whether, if Senator Obama becomes a candidate, he may provisionally raise funds for the general election but retain the option, upon nomination, of returning these contributions and accepting the public funds for which he would be eligible as the Democratic Party’s nominee.”

“cc: Chairman Robert Lenhard
Vice Chair David Mason
Commissioner Michael Toner
Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky
Commissioner Steven Walther
Commissioner Ellen Weintraub

Note, in the above advisory opinion request, Robert Bauer was a Perkins Coie attorney and Ellen Weintraub was a former Perkins Coie staff member.
March 1, 2007

FEC advisory opinion

From Robert D. Lenhard to Robert Bauer

“The Commission concludes that Senator Obama may solicit and receive private contributions for the 2008 presidential general election without losing his
eligibility to receive public funding if he receives his party’s nomination for President, if he (1) deposits and maintains all private contributions
designated for the general election in a separate account, (2) refrains from using these contributions for any purpose, and (3) refunds the private
contributions in full if he ultimately decides to receive public funds.””

June 19, 2008.

“Obama to Break Promise, Opt Out of Public Financing for General Election”

“In a web video to supporters — “the people who built this movement from the bottom up” — Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, announced this morning that he will not enter into the public financing system, despite a previous pledge to do so.”

“In November 2007, Obama answered “Yes” to Common Cause when asked “If you are nominated for President in 2008 and your major opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election campaign, will you participate in the presidential public financing system?”
Obama wrote:

“In February 2007, I proposed a novel way to preserve the strength of the public financing system in the 2008 election. My plan requires both major party
candidates to agree on a fundraising truce, return excess money from donors, and stay within the public financing system for the general election.”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/obama-ga-ballot-challenge-natural-born-citizen-status-judge-michael-malihi-why-did-obama-refuse-matching-funds-in-2008-part-4-obama-attorneys-democrats-control-fec/

2. Abdul Hassan, a naturalized citizen, requested an advisory opinion in 2012.

From Citizen Wells March 11, 2013.

“From the FEC March 11, 2013.

APPEALS COURT ISSUES PER CURIAM ORDER IN HASSAN v. FEC

WASHINGTON – The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today issued its Per Curiam Order inHassan v. FEC (Case 1:11-cv-02189-EGS). The text of the Order may be found here: (http://www.fec.gov/law/litigation/hassan_ac_order2.pdf).

Background.

From Citizen Wells October 1, 2012.

“From the FEC October 1, 2012.

DISTRICT COURT ISSUES OPINION IN HASSAN v. FEC

WASHINGTON – The United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday issued its Memorandum Opinion and Order in Hassan v. FEC (Case 1:11-cv-02189-EGS). The text of the Memorandum Opinion may be found here (http://www.fec.gov/law/litigation/hassan_dc_memo_opinion.pdf) and the text of the Order may be found here (http://www.fec.gov/law/litigation/hassan_dc_order2.pdf).

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

http://www.fec.gov/press/press2012/20121001_Hassan_v._FEC.shtml

Exerpts:
“Hassan’s challenge to the Fund Act rests on his contention
that the natural born citizen requirement has been implicitly
repealed by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. The Court need
not repeat the thorough and persuasive opinions issued by its
colleagues in at least five other jurisdictions, all of whom
determined that the natural born citizen requirement has not
been implicitly repealed by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.”

“Moreover, the Supreme Court has consistently held that the distinction between natural born citizens and naturalized citizens in the context of
Presidential eligibility remains valid.”

“Because the natural born citizen requirement has not been explicitly or implicitly repealed, Hassan’s challenge to that provision, and the Fund Act’s incorporation thereof, must fail.””

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/abdul-karim-hassan-vs-federal-election-commission-march-11-2013-u-s-court-of-appeals-per-curiam-order-hassan-not-natural-born-citizen/

This is important.

I urge you to contact Ted Cruz with this important information.

 

Obama hustles and lies in state of union speech, Obama the hustler, Obama devastates US economy, middle class young and students, Rush Limbaugh nails it, More businesses failed during Obama 6 years

Obama hustles and lies in state of union speech, Obama the hustler, Obama devastates US economy, middle class young and students, Rush Limbaugh nails it, More businesses failed during Obama 6 years

“I didn’t like Obama from the beginning, I thought he was a hustler and I think he still is.”…Bartle Bull, lifelong Democrat and civil rights activist, July 1, 2010

“I mean, yeah, he’s got a lot to brag about here, doesn’t he? Is he gonna brag about 92.8 million Americans not working? Is he gonna brag about the absolute mess that HealthCare.gov has been from the get-go? Is he going to brag about all the states he has sued who have attempted to pass legislation in those states to enforce already existing immigration laws? Is he gonna brag about how he has stopped deporting almost anyone except the most hardened criminals? Is he gonna brag about getting to the bottom of the IRS targeting of the Tea Party? Is he gonna brag about getting to the bottom of what happened at Benghazi? Is he gonna brag about finally finding out what happened with the VA scandals and straightening that out?”…Rush Limbaugh January 20, 2015

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

I did not watch the State of the Union speech for the same reasons that Rush Limbaugh didn’t watch.

Obama is a hustler and a liar.

He has destroyed the US economy, health care system, businesses and jobs.

From Rush Limbaugh January 21, 2015.

“Why I Didn’t Watch the Obama State of the Union Show”

“I never thought, I mean, I thought I might get close to it. I never thought the day would come where I did what I did last night. I did not watch. I did not turn it on. I didn’t have the State of the Union on with the sound down. I didn’t have a channel on where you could see the State of the Union. I today am a proud member of the low-information crowd. I didn’t watch it.”

“And now look. Look at how far Obama has actually fallen, just in that measure alone, how many people have no interest in listening to what he has to say. And that was it for me. I literally had no interest, because I knew what was gonna be said, and more than that, I knew how it was going to be said. I knew that I was gonna be insulted. I knew the things I believe in are gonna be insulted, with a gloating air about it, and I just didn’t want to put up with it.

I’ve got enough other things going on in life now that are far more deserving of my attention than that, particularly when I knew there wasn’t gonna be any real news in this thing last night. There wasn’t gonna be anything unexpected. There wasn’t gonna be anything brand-new. There wasn’t gonna be anything real meaningful as far as that concerned, other than continued obfuscation.”

Read More:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/01/21/why_i_didn_t_watch_the_obama_state_of_the_union_show

From Rush Limbaugh January 20, 2015.

“Now, you know presidents, when they go to the State of the Union show, they try to list and rattle off their accomplishments from over the last year or during their presidential terms. So what will Obama point to as his accomplishments since the last State of the Union show? Is he gonna brag about the rise of ISIS? Is he gonna brag about how we’ve lost Iraq and we’re the on brink of losing Afghanistan?

Did you see that ISIS killed 13 young boys because they watched a soccer game? Yeah, so is Obama gonna talk about how he has stopped the rise of ISIS? Is he gonna brag about how we’ve lost Iraq, gonna brag about we’re on the brink of losing Afghanistan? Is he gonna brag about freeing dozens of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay? Is he going to brag about trading five of the worst of them for a man who may have deserted his post, that would be Bergdahl? Is Obama gonna brag about swapping five Cuban terrorists, a couple of whom were actually convicted of murder, for some American hostages the Castros were holding for bargaining chips?

I mean, yeah, he’s got a lot to brag about here, doesn’t he? Is he gonna brag about 92.8 million Americans not working? Is he gonna brag about the absolute mess that HealthCare.gov has been from the get-go? Is he going to brag about all the states he has sued who have attempted to pass legislation in those states to enforce already existing immigration laws? Is he gonna brag about how he has stopped deporting almost anyone except the most hardened criminals? Is he gonna brag about getting to the bottom of the IRS targeting of the Tea Party? Is he gonna brag about getting to the bottom of what happened at Benghazi? Is he gonna brag about finally finding out what happened with the VA scandals and straightening that out?

Or is he gonna skip listing all of these accomplishments and just move on to listing even more ways he wants to buy votes for Democrats in the future? Again, a study out today by a couple of scholars that reports that Obama actually has the second worse State of the Union success rate for any president over the last 50 years, and that would be Gerald Ford, who wasn’t even elected.

Look at what Gerald Ford faced. Gerald Ford faced a country and a media still wallowing in Watergate. Ford’s success rate was 28%, Obama’s is 30, 30% of what Obama has proposed has actually happened, and it’s going to be probably more of the same tonight. And don’t forget that for two years of his tenure, Obama even had a Democrat-controlled Congress, which makes this 30% success rate somewhat unimpressive. ”
“This is an interesting. I’ve been holding this story for couple of days. It’s a Reuters story. “Barack Obama enters the final two years of his presidency with a blemish on his legacy that looks impossible to erase: The decline of the middle class that he has promised to rescue.” What is this from Reuters? A little truth here? Right here, that open is exactly why the State of the Union is being done the way it’s being done tonight and why all of these talks of tax increases on the rich are taking place.

Obama has fixed it so that the only way the middle class benefits is via the redistribution of wealth (and that means government benefits) instead of going out and working and getting jobs. “Barack Obama enters the final two years of his presidency with a blemish on his legacy that looks impossible to erase: the decline of the middle class he has promised to rescue.” In reality, it is impossible to erase. It is what it is. But that’s what tonight’s gonna be about: erasing this and making it look like things have never been better.

Frankly, folks, I don’t want to be lied to about it. Things are not looking better than ever. There’s nothing Obama has done that sets this country up for vast growth and improvement. It’s the exact opposite. “The revival of middle-class jobs has been one of Obama’s mantras since he took office in 2009 fighting the worst economic crisis in generations. It was a major theme of his last State of the Union address and is expected to feature in the one scheduled for [tonight].”

Read more:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/01/20/who_cares_about_the_state_of_the_union_it_s_just_lies_and_empty_promises

From Jim Clifton Chairman and CEO of Gallup

“The U.S. now ranks not first, not second, not third, but 12th among developed nations in terms of business startup activity. Countries such as Hungary, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Israel and Italy all have higher startup rates than America does.

We are behind in starting new firms per capita, and this is our single most serious economic problem. Yet it seems like a secret. You never see it mentioned in the media, nor hear from a politician that, for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the total number of new business startups and business closures per year — the birth and death rates of American companies — have crossed for the first time since the measurement began. I am referring to employer businesses, those with one or more employees, the real engines of economic growth. Four hundred thousand new businesses are being born annually nationwide, while 470,000 per year are dying.

Until 2008, startups outpaced business failures by about 100,000 per year. But in the past six years, that number suddenly turned upside down. There has been an underground earthquake. As you read this, we are at minus 70,000 in terms of business survival. The data are very slow coming out of the U.S. Department of Census, via the Small Business Administration, so it lags real time by two years.

Net Number of New U.S. Firms Plummets

Business startups outpaced business failures by about 100,000 per year until 2008. But in the past six years, that number suddenly reversed, and the net number of U.S. startups versus closures is minus 70,000.

My hunch is that no one talks about the birth and death rates of American business because Wall Street and the White House, no matter which party occupies the latter, are two gigantic institutions of persuasion. The White House needs to keep you in the game because their political party needs your vote. Wall Street needs the stock market to boom, even if that boom is fueled by illusion. So both tell us, “The economy is coming back.”

Let’s get one thing clear: This economy is never truly coming back unless we reverse the birth and death trends of American businesses.

Dead-Wrong Thinking

It is catastrophic to be dead wrong on the biggest issue of the last 50 years — the issue of where jobs come from. Our leadership keeps thinking that the answer to economic growth and ultimately job creation is more innovation, and we continue to invest billions in it. But an innovation is worthless until an entrepreneur creates a business model for it and turns that innovative idea in something customers will buy. Yet current thinking tells us we’re on the right track and don’t need different strategies, so we continue marching down the path of national decline, believing innovation will save us.”

Read more:

http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/180431/american-entrepreneurship-dead-alive.aspx?utm_source=WWWV7HP&utm_medium=topic&utm_campaign=tiles

And sending more Americans to college will not help either.

We do not have sufficient jobs for current graduates.

Inflation lies continue from Government media Big Brother, No inflation unless you eat food use water live in a house, Best investment strategy is food

Inflation lies continue from Government media Big Brother, No inflation unless you eat food use water live in a house, Best investment strategy is food

“The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon.
And since the party is in full control of all records, and in
equally full control of the minds of it’s members, it follows
that the past is whatever the party chooses to make it. Six
means eighteen, two plus two equals five, war is peace,
freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.”…George Orwell, “1984”

“Your government keepers will continue to drown you in propaganda and misinformation. But the average person should know they are being lied to. They see how much money they have left over at the end of every month. If any.”…The Burning Platform January 16, 2015

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

Welcome

To

The

Age

Of

Big Brother

 

I began warning you in early 2008.

We are living “1984” by George Orwell.

In almost every way that Big Brother lied to the people, we are being lied to.

From The Burning Platform January 16, 2015.

“NO INFLATION UNLESS YOU EAT FOOD, USE WATER, LIVE IN A HOUSE OR APARTMENT, HEAT YOUR HOME, GET SICK, TRAVEL, PAY CAR INSURANCE, GO TO SCHOOL, MAIL LETTERS, OR DO YOUR TAXES”

“Government data reports are so funny. The blaring headlines today tells us that prices dropped in December. We are all saving billions from the drop in oil and gas. Hallelujah!!!

The corporate MSM never digs into the numbers to get the real truth. These reports and their distribution to the sheep are designed to keep you sedated and calm. Facts are not necessary. How this data pertains to your everyday life is not important to the .1% who control the flow of information.

Here is a link to the detailed inflation numbers by category. We already know they massage these numbers to achieve a happy ending, but even the massaged numbers tell an entirely different story than the one peddled to the masses by the government and corporate media.

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.t07.htm

Below are the annual price increases for items that might impact your life on a daily basis:

Food at home – 3.7%

Food away from home – 3.0%

Meat – 12.7%

Fish and seafood – 5.6%

Eggs – 10.7%

Milk – 5.2%

Fruits & vegetables – 4.1%

Coffee – 4.2%

Butter – 22.5%”

“The credibility of their numbers is highly questionable in that they say health insurance accounts for .75% of a person’s annual budget. They actually have the balls to say health insurance fell by 0.5% over the last year. I’d love to hear from anyone out there whose health insurance premiums fell in the last year. Mine went up by 20%.

Your government keepers will continue to drown you in propaganda and misinformation. But the average person should know they are being lied to.”

Read more:

http://www.theburningplatform.com/2015/01/16/no-inflation-unless-you-eat-food-use-water-live-in-a-house-or-apartment-heat-your-home-get-sick-travel-pay-car-insurance-go-to-school-mail-letters-or-do-your-taxes/

From Citizen Wells December 30, 2014.

“For weeks I have been preparing articles on the real state of the economy, the non dumbed down, non Orwellian information about jobs, incomes and our national debt crisis and subsequent impending doom.

If I do, how many will read and comprehend it?

It continues to be frustrating, why bother.

Afterall, as I have been reporting here since early 2008, the real problem is our society, dumbed down and spoon fed what to think by our Orwellian government and media.

Orwell nailed it.”

Consider this from “1984.”

“‘Comrades!’ cried an eager youthful voice. ‘Attention, comrades! We have glorious news for you. We have won the battle for production! Returns now completed of the output of all classes of consumption goods show that the standard of living has risen by no less than 20 per cent over the past year. All over Oceania this morning there were irrepressible spontaneous demonstrations when workers marched out of factories and offices and paraded through the streets with banners voicing their gratitude to Big Brother for the new, happy life which his wise leadership has bestowed upon us.”

Read more:

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/the-zombiefication-of-america-aka-orwellian-thought-control-all-news-information-and-entertainment-controlled-by-six-monolithic-corporations-mind-programming-turns-many-into-virtual-zombies-1984-li/

From To Market News January 8, 2015.

“Best food investment strategy for average person”

“The average person in the US today is struggling to pay bills and from recent reports is unprepared for an emergency.

One paycheck away from being homeless in many cases.

So for many people, the concerns about where to invest money are nonexistent.

But one of the best investments today is one that requires purchasing or growing one of the necessities of life.

Food.

From Stellar Solutions for Business, IT, Energy and Home January 8, 2015.

“What is your best investment in today’s scary financial markets and economic circumstances?

The answer may be food.”

“My food investment strategy is as follows:

1. I keep a many months supply of food.
2. I purchase as much “free” food as possible. I stock up with buy one get one free and especially buy 2 get 3 free. Hard to beat free food.”

Read more:

http://tomarketnews.com/2015/01/08/best-food-investment-strategy-for-average-person-best-return-on-investment-free-food-at-grocery-3-strategies-to-save-money-and-improve-your-familys-health/

 

Thanks to Zero Hedge for the heads up.

 

 

 

US Economy on verge of collapse?, Workers not buying labor market’s recovery, Forget unemployment rate, Record low labor force participation rates, WV drops below 50 percent, National debt exceeds GDP

US Economy on verge of collapse?, Workers not buying labor market’s recovery, Forget unemployment rate, Record low labor force participation rates, WV drops below 50 percent, National debt exceeds GDP

“Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is part-time work,”…Keith Hall, former BLS chief

“The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed in September at 7.1 million. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.”…US Labor Dept. September 2014

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

I am an optimist by nature and I love and believe in this country.

I have heard Rush Limbaugh echo this attitude.

A friend recently asked me what I thought about the prospects for this country in 2015.

I paused for a moment and said I could not see much good.

The realist in me, the mathemetician, the businesman and the person paying close attention to facts, is very concerned about the US Economy.

For starters, the US debt, which exceeds the GDP, is a concern.

We are at best case scenario debt interest rates now and we are not paying down the debt and instead are rapidly adding to it. The interest service on this debt will increasingly be a burden on our budgets and economy.

The employment situation in this country is scary.

Record numbers have dropped out of the labor force and consequently record number are receiving government assistance.

Forget the unemployment rate. If you remove enough people from the labor force you will achieve full employment and a low unemployment rate. We have that scenario now. In fact one state, West Virginia, has a labor force participation rate below 50 percent yet the unemployment rate is 6.3 percent.

See what I mean?

Old Abe Lincoln once said “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

From Market Watch January 14, 2015.

“The only state where less than half its civilians work”

“West Virginia quietly passed the ignominious milestone of having less than half of its adult, civilian population in the workforce in November.

State data compiled by the Labor Department shows that West Virginia’s civilian labor participation rate has fallen to 49.8%, from 50% in October. The national rate in December was 62.7%.

The Mountain State is the only state in the history of the series, which goes back to 1976, to have fallen below 50%, though Mississippi at 50.8% isn’t far behind.

See interactive map of participation and unemployment rates.

The troubles that have befallen West Virginia have been well publicized, notably the diminished demand for coal.

At 6.3%, West Virginia doesn’t have close to the worst state unemployment rate, with Mississippi, California and Rhode Island each having jobless rates above 7%, and 11 other states with unemployment rates in the 6% range that are worse. But it’s a state where many have given up trying to find a job.”

Read more:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-is-the-only-state-where-less-than-half-its-citizens-work-2015-01-13?dist=countdown

From Market Watch January 13, 2015.

“Workers not buying labor market’s recovery”

“The U.S. labor market had a strong 2014 — the economy added the most jobs since 1999 and the unemployment rate fell, according to government data released last week.

But a Tuesday report hinted that workers don’t completely believe in the solidity of the recovery, with many still wary of quitting their jobs.”

“One trend that workers may find encouraging is the drop in competition for jobs. There were about 9 million unemployed people in November, translating to 1.8 potential job seekers per opening, the narrowest ratio since January 2008, early in the recession.

“In a stronger economy, the ratio would be smaller, but we are definitely moving in the right direction,” Gould said.”

Read more:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/workers-not-buying-labor-markets-recovery-2015-01-13?dist=countdown

Jobs, jobs, jobs being added.

Many of these jobs are low paying and part time.

From Market Watch January 15, 2015.

“More job openings, but many of them are low-paying”

“The job openings and labor turnover survey has been attracting increasing attention from economists lately – both because Fed Chair Janet Yellen has called it one of her favorite indicators of the U.S. labor market’s health, and because recently it’s been signaling some real signs of strength in the long-feeble American job-creation scene.

As with much employment data, however, the headline results of this gauge – which measures the nation’s job openings, hirings, and voluntarily and involuntary job separations – tell a happier story than the details. In fact, industry-by-industry JOLTS figures add to the evidence that too many of the jobs and job opportunities being created during the current still-disappointing recovery are in sectors where wages can barely support individual workers, much less working families.”

“Based on these aggregate figures, it looks like good news that professional and business services accounted for 27.2% of the growth of job openings from January-November 2013 to January-November 2014.

But inside this part of the economy is a big group of very low-wage industries called the administrative and support services sector. Its jobs accounted for nearly 46% of all profession and business services jobs in September. The call-center workers, employment-office staffers, janitors, landscapers, waste collectors, and security guards who belong to this category make much less per hour ($7.83 in November) than the lawyers, architects, management consultants, computer systems designers, engineers, and scientific researchers who also come under the professional and business service heading.

Yet the JOLTS data doesn’t show how many openings were created in this industry’s very lucrative segments and in its much less lucrative segments.

If, however, low-wage professional and business service sectors generated a proportionate percentage of total job openings, the low-wage share of these opportunities would stand at nearly one-third as of November. And closer examination of other major employment categories, like health care, educational services, and social assistance; and the miscellaneous services category, would reveal other large low-wage sub-sectors.”

Read more:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/more-job-openings-but-many-of-them-are-low-paying-2015-01-15?dist=afterbell

All of the above reports were from Market Watch.

You can bet that if they are reporting at this level of negativity, the reality is much worse.