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  •  Those numbers are as much propaganda as stats. (4+ / 0-)
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    tikkun, JVolvo, kyril, Blogvirgin

    When you look at how they are calculated and what they actually represent the blue sky self delusion falls apart. Jobs added are not stated as net (how many were lost?). Payroll increases are often a reflection of lost small businesses, shops and farms. The unemployment number drops those that have run out of benefits. Real wages for middle and lower income have not increased in 30 years. The after tax number is not inflation adjusted. Household wealth is calculated on nonrealized equity in an inflated market. The poverty rate is calculated against ancient benchmarks and is meaningless. Most of those 75 million own mortgages and property tax liabilties not homes. There's no easier way to bullshit the public than with statistics. Snowjobs don't put food on the table except for theives. And while you cry about European socialists, they are laying on the beach drinking wine and laughing while you work your ass off so people like you can add the bosses and your salary, divide by 2 and state how much the average income has increased. Of course, only one income actually did.

    "I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self." --Aristotle

    by java4every1 on Sat Aug 04, 2007 at 04:11:24 AM PDT

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