Posted on | September 29, 2012 | 13 Comments
Nothing else the government tries to do really matters if no one believes a godforsaken thing escaping the Beltway orifice. The Lonely Conservative points to Hugh Hewitt pointing to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (which acronym seems more straightforward without the ‘L’) magically locating 386,000 jobs since March. Over six months, the number had slipped by a third of a million, in a way that
unexpectedly, helps #OccupyResoluteDesk look better. How could anyone doubt this?
Then there is the official deflation of the inflation statistics. The following chart shows today’s inflation calculated with tree different methodologies. ShadowStats.com holds inflation at 9% via the 1980 methodology, 5% using that of 1990, vs. the 2% leg pull now offered. For a quick bit of spreadsheetery, the good news is that BLS might hit 0 sometime in a second Obama administration:
Add to the unemployment and inflation debacles the over three years now since there was a budget, and “Zimbabwe” Ben Bernanke’s QEternity demolition of the currency, and the message is clear: Romney needs to articulate to the American people just how thoroughly jacked up our entire government stands.
It’s a time for candor, not deceit. Resolve, not platitudes. During the debates, Romney should appeal to the intellect. When BHO tries to paint Romney as alarmist, Mitt should straight up play the “Bless your heart” card, and point out that the country cannot continue on this course. No need for rancor, reprisal, or recriminations: just a sane approach.
There is an amazing tendency for people to grow up and behave rationally when treated like adults and presented with facts. In contrast, our government increasingly has treated the people as children, and isn’t honest about the disastrous results.
Update: the economic downgrade is a case in point.