Showing posts with label unemployment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label unemployment. Show all posts

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Solid Jobs Report Spawns Crackpot ‘Job Truthers’ Movement | TPM2012

Solid Jobs Report Spawns Crackpot ‘Job Truthers’ Movement | TPM2012

The leader of the “job truther” movement: former GE CEO Jack Welch. “Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers,” he said on Twitter. He had some friends in Congress too. Rep. Allen West (R-FL) tweeted “I agree with former GE CEO Jack Welch, Chicago style politics is at work here.” He added on Facebook that the jobs report was “Orwellian to say the least and representative of Saul Alinsky tactics from the book ‘Rules for Radicals.’” FOX News’ Stuart Varney apparently sensed where his audience was going. Within minutes of their release he told viewers that “there is widespread mistrust of this report and these numbers.” “How convenient the rate drops below 8% [for the] first time in 43 months, five weeks before the election,” he added later. CNBC host Jim Carmer said he was pilloried by viewers for defending the BLS report’s integrity. “This is very hot. You believe the number, you must be a card-carrying Communist”

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http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/10/job-truthers-jack-welch-bls.php?ref=fpb

Nixon's Jew count: the whole story! - Slate Magazine

Nixon's Jew count: the whole story! - Slate Magazine

It was the last recorded act of official anti-Semitism by the United States government. Boy, was it ever recorded! On Sept. 24, the presidential recordings program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs released transcripts of Nixon White House tapes concerning the unauthorized publication in the New York Times and the Washington Post of the Pentagon Papers. Some of these conversations were previously transcribed by the nonprofit National Security Archive, but many were not. Among the previously untranscribed conversations is President Nixon’s historic inquiry into a topic unrelated to Daniel Ellsberg's leak: How many Jews were employed at the Bureau of Labor Statistics?… [furnished the] memo traffic concerning the Jew count, including a never-before-published memo by White House personnel director Fred Malek confirming the planned transfer of three Jews to less-visible jobs and the effective demotion of a BLS deputy with a Jewish-sounding surname.

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http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/chatterbox/2007/09/nixons_jew_count_the_whole_story.single.html

Friday, October 5, 2012

An economist debunks the job truthers - Salon.com

An economist debunks the job truthers - Salon.com

First, if you know and understand the BLS and its structure — its statutory structure and its employment structure — you understand this simply isn’t how things happen. The BLS is independent of the Department of Labor. If you go to the BLS website, you won’t even find a picture of the Secretary of Labor there. It’s completely firewalled. The one exception to this would be the Commissioner of the BLS. The president appoints a BLS commissioner, but for most of this administration it’s been a Republican. When his term ran out, Congress refused to confirm Obama’s appointee. So the current commissioner is in fact a career guy from within BLS, and if you know the institution at all, the BLS is an institution of nerds, by nerds.

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http://www.salon.com/2012/10/05/an_economist_debunks_the_job_truthers/
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