Just Stop The Spin On Unemployment – Unemployment & 1st Time Claims Trending Upward – 1.3 Million Will Lose Benefits In The Next 30 Days

Biden is simply unbelievable. The recession is over. Let us all sing, “happy days are here again”.

I’m just so tired of the Administration’s constant spinning of the economic numbers.

Look, things need to be done, now, to turn this economy around and what has been done todate isn’t working. People’s lifes are being ruined while they play politics.

The Question American’s Want Answered: Is there an improving trend in the unemployment rate.

Answer: No. In fact, unemployment and 1st time claims are on the rise.

Last month, the Administration reported, incorrectly, that unemployment had decreased from 9.5% to 9.4%. That number was later revised upward, however, the upward revision was not reported in the press. Today, unemployment is at 9.7% and is expected to top 10% before year end and not see any significant improvement until 2011, 16 months from now. Both the Congressional Budget Office and the White House have reported these statistics.

The Unemployment Trend – December 2008 to September 2009.

At the end of December 2008 the unemployment rate was 7.1%. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/empsit_01092009.pdf    1st time unemployment claims for that month stood at 524,000, a number described by the press as “astounding”, “massive”, “devastating”. http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/15/news/economy/jobless_claims/?postversion=2009011509

At the end of January 2009 the unemployment rate was reported as 7.6%.  1st time claims at 631,000.

At the end of February 2009 the unemployment rate was 8.1%. 1st time claims at 667,000.

In early February we were promised that if the “Stimulus” was passed unemployment would not top 8.4%. Quite a promise from a group of people who now claim they never read the legislation before they signed it.

At the end of March 2009 the unemployment rate was 8.5%. 1st time claims at 654,000. http://www.nypost.com/seven/03132009/business/jobless_claims_hit_654_000_159284.htm

At the end of April 2009 the unemployment rate was 8.9%.  1st time claims at 611,000.

At the end of May 2009 the unemployment rate was 9.4%. 1st time claims at 623,000. http://money.cnn.com/2009/05/28/news/economy/initial_claims.reut/index.htm?postversion=2009052809

At the end of June 2009 the unemployment rate was 9.5%. 1st time claims at 608,000. http://fidweek.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=437671&cust=mam&year=2009#top

The week ending July 11 2009 the Government reported the unemployment rate was 9.4%*, 1st time claims were at 524,000. The press did not refer to this number as “astounding”, “massive” or “devastating”. In fact, this number is now being hailed as the sign we have turned the economic  corner.  

One week later, the week ending July 18, 2009, 1st time unemployment numbers were reported as 557,000.

The week ending August 8, 2009, 1st time unemployment benefits were reported at 561,000.

The week ending August 15, 2009, 1st time unemployment benefits were reported at 576,000.

The week ending August 22, 2009, 1st time claims at 574,000 (Preliminary – prior to revision)  

At the end of August 2009 the unemployment rate was reported as 9.7%, with 570,000 1st Time Claims.(Preliminary – prior to revision). http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ui/current.htm

The unemployment trend: 2008 ended with an unemployment rate of 7.1%. Today’s unemployment rate is 9.7% and is projected to top 10% by year end and to remain above 10% for at least the next 12 months. The unemployment “trend” is still moving upward and even the White House says we should not expect improvement in the next 12 months.

The layoff trend: At the end of December 2008, 524,000 1st time claims were filed. This number grew over the next 8 weeks and “peaked” in February 2009, 6 months ago, at 667,000. Over the next 10 weeks 1st time claims slowly declined to 524,000.  NOTE: The 2009 low of 524,000 1st time claims is identical to the number of 1st time claims filed in December 2008. At no time in 2009 have 1st time claims dropped below 524,000.

Since reaching the 2009 low of 524,000, some 7 weeks ago, 1st time claims have reversed course and are on the increase, now at 570,000 plus 1st time claims in August.

Is there an improvement in the trend of layoffs? No. We entered the year at the level of 524,000 1st time claims. That number grew to 667,000 claims 8 weeks later. 1st time claims slowly declined for the next 10 weeks to that same 524,000 level we had last December – a number that rightly had people in a panic. Over the last 7 weeks the number of 1st time claims has risen again to 570,000. So, while claims are not at all times high, they are, in fact, heading in the wrong direction again. Over the last 7 weeks claims have been on the increase from 2009 lows and have returned to levels well above the levels at the end of 2008. 

8 weeks up, 10 weeks down, 7 weeks up again ….. that isn’t a trend and if it is a trend, it isn’t the one being claimed ….

The Administration may have an opportunity to brag about a significant drop in the unemployment rate next month. 1.3 million Americans will exhaust benefits in the next month and be removed from the count. That is correct, benefits exhausted, you no longer count as unemployed. Just hope these politicians don’t figure out that using their accounting techniques, if they cancel all unemployment benefit programs – they can claim full or 100% employment. I can hear V.P. Biden already, “the most prosperous time in our generation – no one is unemployed”.

*The July 11th number was later revised upward and with that revision the unemployment rate should have been reported as 9.5% – meaning no change in the rate for the month of July – not a decrease. It was simply a matter of manufacturering “good economic news” in an attempt to improve some politicians poll numbers before the summer recess – there was enough heat over the health care bill and 7 straight monthly increases in the uneployment rate, after the “promise” that the “stimulus” would hold unemployment to 8.4%, it was just to much – so they cooked the books again …..  

I’m still waiting for an explanation on how there could be 524,000 1st time claims filed in July 2009 with no increase in the unemployment rate. When 524,000 1st time claims were filed in December 2008, the unemployment rate went up from 6.5% to 7.1%. When 631,000 1st time claims were reported in January 2009, unemployment jumped from 7.1 to 7.6% and so on and so on.    

If you are wondering if the economy “created” 524,000 “new jobs” that month – the answer is no. The Government just “added” make believe jobs, jobs that just don’t exist, to the equation – they call that “adjusting” the equation …….. No wonder the Government has put us $12 Trillion into debt.

The Administration is fudging as hard as they can to prevent from posting that 10% unemployment rate until they see if the can force through this “Healthcare” boondoogle ……. the White House admits that the number is coming ….

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Obama’s Speech To America’s School Children – Obama’s History Of Politicizing The Classroom

The Story:

Obama will deliver a national address directly to students on Tuesday, which will be the first day of classes for many children across the country. The address, to be broadcast live on the White House’s Web site, was announced in a letter to school principals last week by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.In advance of the address, the Department of Education has offered educators “classroom activities” to coincide with Obama’s message. Students in grades pre-K-6, for example, are encouraged to “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.” 

Teachers are also given guidance to tell students to “build background knowledge about the president of the United States by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama.”

During the speech, “teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful.”

For grades 7-12, the Department of Education suggests teachers prepare by excerpting quotes from Obama’s speeches on education for their students to contemplate, younger students will be given pictures of Obama on pages containing “Obama Education quotes” to colour ….

Obama’s critics say the lesson plans and the president’s calls for a “supportive community” are troubling on many levels.

“In general, I don’t think there’s a problem if the president uses the bully pulpit to tell kids to work hard, study hard and things like that. But there are some troubling hints in this, both educationally and politically,” said Neal McCluskey, associate director of Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom.

Among the concerns, McCluskey said, is the notion that students who do not support Obama or his educational policies will begin the school year “behind the eight ball,” or somehow academically trailing their peers.

“It essentially tries to force kids to say the president and the presidency is inspiring, and that’s very problematic,” McCluskey said. “It’s very concerning that you would do that.”

Parents of public school students would also have to pay for that “indoctrination,” regardless of their political background, he said.

“That’s the fundamental problem. They could easily be funding the indoctrination of their children.”

After reading the Department of Education lesson plans for the speech, McCluskey said he noticed several passages that should set off “alarm bells,” including language that attempts to “glorify President Obama” in the minds of young students.

“It could be a blatantly political move,” he said. “Nobody knows for sure, but it gives that impression.”

McCluskey also noted that the lesson plans for young students contain suggestions to write letters to themselves on how they can help the president, but that suggestion is not in the lesson plan for middle and high schoolers — perhaps due to the likelihood of increased political ties at that age.

“You don’t want to see this coming from the president,” McCluskey said. “You don’t want to see this coming from the federal government.”

McAuleys World:

In John F. Kennedy famous quote, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” – Kennedy didn’t ask anyone to consider what they could do for President John F Kennedy ….. Kennedy must be rolling in his grave.

After the kids color the pictures of “Obama Quotes On Education” will the pictures be collected and bound in a “Little Red Book” – wait a minute, that has already been done by a “Great Leader”, correct.(Quotes from General and later Chairman Mao in the “Little Red Book”).

We don’t pledge allegiance to any particular politician or President in this country – we pledge to the Constitution and the concepts it represents …. the Countries that pledge allegiance to individual politicians are all dictatorships, Red China, the Soviet Union and Hitler’s Germany – where the Military was required to pledge individual allegiance to Hitler over the Country or its Government.

This isn’t the first time Obama has tried this tact, using the educational system in an attempt to “sell” his view of America directly to America’s School children. See the following post from October 2008:

Over at RealDebateWisconsin Fred Dooley was contacted by the mother of a Racine Unified School District 8th grade student in Wisconsin public schools about an outrageous thing she found in her son’s school textbook. Apparently, in this textbook supposedly teaching about literature, one of the books being pushed as a perfect example of that subject is Barack Obama’s memoir Dreams from my Father. That’s right, a book by a current political candidate for president is being pushed on our children as “literature.” It also seems probable from campaign donation records that a principle member of the publishing company is a large Obama donor.

One would think that focusing on the ideology of a politician currently running for president would be a bit over-the-top even for our extreme left leaning system of education in this country. But there it is anyway. The book even presents a photo of the Senator at a campaign rally with signs advertising his campaign website address to help better indoctrinate the kids.

Of course, the very first question that comes to mind is this: how wide spread would this story have become if it were a Republican featured in a kid’s textbook?

http://www.stoptheaclu.com/2008/10/15/obama-pushed-on-our-kids-in-grade-school-lit-textbook/

As we now know, “Dreams of My Father” is loaded with self serving half truths and outright falsehoods not to mention references to “chooming” in High School and his drug use, including cocaine, during Obama’s college years ……….. 

I’ve read “Dreams”, it shouldn’t qualify as literature in anyway but the generic use of the term….. propaganda yes, literature no.

Unfortunately one of the definitions of literature includes the following;

Literature: any kind of printed material, as circulars, leaflets, or handbills, literature describing company products.

America’s children don’t need to be sold product Obama.

Remember this from one year ago …………

or this from 70 years ago …..

The true story of that song was published here, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/MeghanCoxGurdon/Obama_indoctrination_in_the_schools_012209.html

The introduction to the song is an outright lie – it wasn’t recorded in a home, it was recorded in a school, as one can tell from the video. The article, published in January 2009, states the following, 

“Those who adore him are so wreathed in their own rapture that they seem to have forgotten not everyone shares their joy.  In some local schools, adult enthusiasm for the new president has come perilously close to indoctrination.

That’s what a friend of mine encountered at the private elementary school her child attends.  Stopping by the school one day not long ago, she happened to run into the music teacher.

“I’m so excited,” the teacher bubbled, “I’ve just composed a song for the children!”  The purpose of the song, the teacher explained, was to celebrate the results of a school wide mock election in which – surprise! — Barack Obama had come out victorious.

“And the chorus goes, “Yes We Can!” the teacher enthused.  My friend was stunned.  What was the school thinking, getting children to sing political campaign slogans?

She took her concerns to the school principal, fearful that her objections would be taken the wrong way.  After all, why would anyone complain about a cheerful, positive song? 

In the principal’s office, my friend gently pointed out that when we see schoolchildren in foreign countries chanting government slogans we call it political indoctrination.”

The parents of the school children were not contacted nor was permission sought before the children were “taught” the song at this private school ……

then there is this article from Politico from February of this year,

Obama pitches stimulus to school kids”

By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON | 2/4/09

POTUS on Tuesday showed that he will leave no stone unturned in scouring for votes for his stimulus plan, reaching out to an unlikely constituency: second graders.

Yes, 25 elementary school students at Capital City Public Charter School were treated to a story read by POTUS and FLOTUS: “The Moon Over Star,” by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Jerry Pinkey. The picture book, published about four months ago, is a tribute to the July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lunar landing and the inspiration it provides for a young girl to pursue her dreams.

On Tuesday, POTUS entered the room with an effusive “Hello, everybody,” then walked around shaking hands, remarking, “Good to see you guys.”

“We were just tired of being in the White House,” he said, taking a seat with FLOTUS.

After the reading, POTUS asked if anyone wanted to be an astronaut, and one child said yes. “‘What else do people want to be?” POTUS asked, and the answers included doctor, football player and sculptor. One boy wanted to be president. “I think you might make it,” POTUS said. One girl said she wanted to be first lady. “It doesn’t pay much,” FLOTUS observed.

POTUS talked about how great and innovative the school was and how it was a model for schools across the country. And then things turned — serious. Perhaps POTUS thought he was on the Hill? Maybe he thought the kids were Republicans?

In any case, Obama pledged that his proposed stimulus package would “provide billions of dollars to build schools and help with school construction.” 

“And so we think it’s really important for the country that we get that bill passed,” he said. (Pool reports indicated no significant opposition among the children.) “But thank you so much, everybody. Appreciate you.” http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18378.html

Never mind the fact that the “Stimulus” hasn’t delivered on any of the promises – what right did Obama have to bring politics into a class of 2nd graders.

Than there was this story …..

My son, who is in 1st grade, came home yesterday saying that he didn’t want to go back to school anymore. So I asked him why? He said that during the Pledge of Allegiance the teacher put up a large image of Obama next to the flag. I asked him if he was sure of this and I suggested to him that maybe the teacher just put up an 8×10 photo of the president. He said, “No, it is a large picture of Obama and when we are done Ms. **** turns off the image.” I also asked if they did this for Bush last year? He again said, “No.” This was my sons first day back to school since before Christmas, he was on a 5 week track break.

My wife volunteers a couple of days each week with helping out with my sons teacher doing various duties. She said that she would come in early this morning to see what was going on. She just got back and reported that this was true and then some. She said she waited out in the pod area and could see inside 3 of the 5 class rooms in this section of school. She said that when the kids stand each teacher flips on the classroom overhead and a full body image of Obama, with six U.S. flags behind him, comes up about 4 feet away from the flag that hangs on the wall. She said that the image has Obama staring straight at you with no facial expressions, just a serious look. I asked my wife if Obama had his hand over his heart? She said that she was so taken aback by this that she didn’t see it. What is worse is she said that all of the kids in each class faced Obama instead of the flag that hangs in the corner.What the heck is going on? This is happening in the Clark County School District here in Las Vegas, Henderson area.” http://www.infowars.net/articles/january2009/280109Obama_worship.htm

If you think that is unacceptable – try this on for size …. it was recorded by a foreign press organization ……

Why hasn’t this person been fired? How did she ever get certified to teach?

How surpising, Obama won a “mock election” in her classroom.

Contact your local school officials now.

K through 6 presentation Menu from Department of Education here: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/10582301/President-Obama%E2%80%99s-Address-to-Students-Across-America-September-8-2009

7 through 12  presentation Menu from the Department of Education here: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/10648471/Obama’s-Address-to-Students-Across-America-September-8-2009-Menu-of-Classroom-Activities-7-12 

Lets not forget the Obama Video Pledge – recorded for use in conjunction with the Obama speech to students.

This is the original version of the video, the one shown to students in Utah included an introduction by Obama in which he said, “”So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.” http://www.deseretnews.com/article/content/mobile/705327260/Eagle-Forum-parents-decry-video.html or here http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_13249171

While several of the goals are laudible and universally desired …. the discussion is over how to achieve the goals – pledging to meet a goal should be the objective – not a pledge to an individual – history has taught the dangers in doing the later rather than the former. What am I talking about, well lets take the issue of slavery – I certainly hope they are including the millions of people enslaved by communism and the other oppressive regimes of the world, including those currently in power in Cuba and Venezuela to name just two …… How about supporting the preservation of Democracy in Honduras ….. or the issue of Universal Health Care – when they say Universal do they mean Government run and rationed health care? Does stem cell research include embryonic stem cell research? Will getting rid of that car for a “hybrid” put more US auto workers out on the street?  …. the devil is always in the detail …. Adults need to get the details before they make a pledge…. children shouldn’t be confronted with these issues.  

OUR CHILDREN SHOULDN’T HAVE TO WADE THROUGH THIS – THEY ARE IN SCHOOL TO BE EDUCATED NOT INDOCTRINATED.

Update: The White House confirmed today, 09/03/09, that the White House did, in fact, work with the Federal Department of Education to design the materials to be used in conjunction with Obama’s planned address to America’s school children.

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