Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on May 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Why is unemployment so high? According to Barack Obama, the jobless rate has skyrocketed due to one particularly hard-hit sector:

“The reason the unemployment rate is still as high as it is, in part, is because there have been huge layoffs of government workers at the federal level, at the state level, at the local level,” he said. “Teachers, police officers, firefighters, social workers– they have really taken it in the chin over the last several months. And so, what we’re trying to do is to see if we can stabilize the budget.”

Er, they have? The Porkulus bill supposedly “saved or created” those jobs. Jim Geraghty looks at the numbers and calls shenanigans:

Now, let’s look at total government employment (at all levels) for those four months:

June 2007: 22,176,000.

January 2009: 22,471,000.

January 2010: 22,376,000.

April 2011: 22,594,000 (preliminary).

Using seasonal adjustments, it’s only slightly different:

June 2007: 22,218,000.

January 2009: 22,582,000.

January 2010: 22,488,000.

April 2011: 22,166,000 (preliminary).

Even in the second set of numbers, the difference is minimal — around 316,000 off from the peak. We have 12.3 million unemployed people age 20 or older. The laid-off public workers only amount to 2.4% of the unemployed. The difference in the public sector is less than the average week’s initial jobless claims.

Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?

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Media? Mainstream press reports?

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2011 at 8:07 AM

i guess no one answered the ad for the research czar position…

cmsinaz on May 17, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Lies,Lies,Lies….Yeahhh

SHARPTOOTH on May 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Research…when spin is available???

Gohawgs on May 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2011 at 8:07 AM

that would be the right thing to do, alas that isn’t going to happen anytime soon…

cmsinaz on May 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Why tell the truth when only the lie will be reported

Gwillie on May 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM

It doesn’t matter what the truth is or is not, the Prez said it’s so and ABC,NBC,CBS, NYT,etc etc etc will blast it nonstop for two days and then you’ll see a small “clarification” of the numbers on page 35 of the NYT period.

When (IF) asked, Carney will sidestep it as well.

Move along, nothing to see here…

Tim Zank on May 17, 2011 at 8:11 AM

I was halfway hoping for a special “Newt’s Boot of the Day” or “Today’s Reason to Neut and Mute Newt.”

BuckeyeSam on May 17, 2011 at 8:11 AM

SHARPTOOTH on May 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM

nice twins reference :)

cmsinaz on May 17, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Everything out of his mouth should go directly to the White House garden.

Crusader Rabbit on May 17, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?

Ohhh Snap! That’s twice Ed has backhanded the twentysomething videogamers up there in the White House that think they all that and a bag o’ chips. Twice in the last 2 weeks IIRC.

ted c on May 17, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?

Just doin’ the bestest he can…….

BobMbx on May 17, 2011 at 8:14 AM

OT: What’s going on around here? Is Allah sleeping in now that there’s a new hire? If there’s no obligatory “Ahnuld Pumps Up the Household Help with a Love Child” thread, can’t we at least get a Headline?

BuckeyeSam on May 17, 2011 at 8:16 AM

cmsinaz on May 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM

If you think of the huge media advantage the media gives The Won, it’s amazing.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Yeah yeah it’s always the firefighters, cops, and teachers who get laid off, no mention of the public union dude working at the DMV for $27 per hour whose only duty is to hand out number tickets.

Bishop on May 17, 2011 at 8:17 AM

If you speak a lie often enough…

kingsjester on May 17, 2011 at 8:17 AM

The research is spent figuring out if the people believe the lies…or trying to get them to believe the lies.

tinkerthinker on May 17, 2011 at 8:17 AM

When will the Left discuss teenage black unemployment?

It’s a direct result of 40 years of Leftist economic policy.

Shame.

visions on May 17, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2011 at 8:17 AM

indeed CM

cmsinaz on May 17, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?

The White House? It’s not like they don’t lie all the time, where is the Fourth Estate? Not that I don’t appreciate Mr. Geraghty but it would be nice if a wider audience was getting the truth.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2011 at 8:19 AM

tinkerthinker on May 17, 2011 at 8:17 AM

ding ding ding

cmsinaz on May 17, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Doesn’t anyone whoever graduated Columbia Journalism School do research in the White House?

FTFY as it’s in the genes of leftist, Marxist garbage to do and say anything they can get away with, amongst their dumb@$$ voters.

MNHawk on May 17, 2011 at 8:19 AM

‘Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?’ Apparently not or else the speech writer decides to ignore the data and write just words that fit the Won’s subject of the day. They don’t believe that anyone pays attention.

Kissmygrits on May 17, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Related from NRE – Porkulus destroyed/forestalled 599K jobs while creating/saving nearly 450K state/local government jobs.

Steve Eggleston on May 17, 2011 at 8:26 AM

There is no Truth. There is only what is programmed into the TOTUS. That is all the Truth you people need.

Key West Reader on May 17, 2011 at 8:29 AM

OT, but could be fun. Politichoe has a poll up. If the election were held today would you vote for BHO… LOL

Nope!

Key West Reader on May 17, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?

Probably, but then they lie if the facts don’t fit the narrative. They don’t have to worry about the MSM calling them on it.

forest on May 17, 2011 at 8:33 AM

If you speak a lie often enough…

kingsjester on May 17, 2011 at 8:17 AM

It’s like we got the George Costanza presidency here.

Jerome Horwitz on May 17, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?

Why bother? So much easier just to make up whatever narrative seems to work best for Barry, then assert it as an undeniable fact. It’s not as if anyone in the MSM will ever challenge or question him. He’s their “god.”

AZCoyote on May 17, 2011 at 8:36 AM

What does ObaMao think we have been smoking?

Slowburn on May 17, 2011 at 8:39 AM

No, Ed, nobody does research in the White House because they know that nobody in the MSM is going to call them on their claims. They know that they have a free pass and so they can say whatever they want to say without the fear of having to amend their statements.

Thank goodness there is Hot Air, Fox News, Hannity, Glenn, Mark Levin, etc.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 17, 2011 at 8:41 AM

You mean it’s not true?

Darn it, I’ll have to put my parade bongos away and cancel my trip to Madison…

Fallon on May 17, 2011 at 8:43 AM

OT: What’s going on around here? Is Allah sleeping in now that there’s a new hire?
BuckeyeSam on May 17, 2011 at 8:16 AM

AllahPundit has always worked the evening shift.

itsnotaboutme on May 17, 2011 at 8:44 AM

In the hermetically sealed universe of Barack Obama, there is government and only government.

Outside that thin-surfaced bubble is a world he cannot comprehend or understand.

Nor does he care to, for that matter.

pilamaye on May 17, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Yesterday John Hinderaker at powerline blog ran a thread that summarized the findings of the Stimulus (ARRA) Bill that concluded that 450,000 jobs in the public sector were “saved” because the the federal government shifted the burden temporarily from the states. The bill cost the creation of one million jobs in the private sector.

Economists Timothy Conley and Bill Dupor have studied the effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the purported stimulus bill) with great rigor. Earlier this week, they reported their findings in a paper titled “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Public Sector Jobs Saved, Private Sector Jobs Forestalled.” The paper is dense and rather lengthy, and requires considerable study. Here, however, is the bottom line:

Our benchmark results suggest that the ARRA created/saved approximately 450 thousand state and local government jobs and destroyed/forestalled roughly one million private sector jobs. State and local government jobs were saved because ARRA funds were largely used to offset state revenue shortfalls and Medicaid increases rather than boost private sector employment. The majority of destroyed/forestalled jobs were in growth industries including health, education, professional and business services.

So the American people borrowed and spent close to a trillion dollars to destroy a net of more than one-half million jobs. Does President Obama understand this? I very much doubt it. When he expressed puzzlement at the idea that the stimulus money may not have been well-spent, and said that “spending equals stimulus,” he betrayed a shocking level of economic ignorance.

onlineanalyst on May 17, 2011 at 8:47 AM

AllahPundit has always worked the evening shift.

itsnotaboutme on May 17, 2011 at 8:44 AM

My mistake. I was under the impression that the Headlines were largely his and that he did the morning HLs in his Spider Man pajamas and fuzzy slippers.

BuckeyeSam on May 17, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?

Leftists speak to a larger truth. Therefore, they don’t need to deal with messy things such as facts.

rbj on May 17, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Essentially, all that ARRA did was paper over the fiscal mismanagement of the states and hide their bankruptcy brink by throwing federal money at the problem. ARRA spread the bankruptcy to the federal level to the tune of one trillion dollars of extra debt for a temporary “fix.”

onlineanalyst on May 17, 2011 at 8:51 AM

When (IF) asked, Carney will sidestep it as well.

Move along, nothing to see here…

Tim Zank on May 17, 2011 at 8:11 AM

My son called him sideshow Carney last night. I laughed and told him that was the best name I have heard so far :)

IowaWoman on May 17, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?

But its so much easier to simply lie.

catmman on May 17, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Just Obama trying to justify yet more and more government employment…guaranteed voter base, SEIU and other service unions and Obama…so let’s address the hard hit government employees and just forget all about the millions and millions and millions of non-government employees who have to foot the bill whilst trying to stay afloat or just barely get by.

We all work for the government, right? Isn’t that the liberal viewpoint? That old “of the people, by the people and for the people” is just one of those stupid ideas from one of those old dead racist white guys.

coldwarrior on May 17, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Musical interlude

Shy Guy on May 17, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?

This is a rhetorical question, right?

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 17, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?

“Research”.

That’s like when you click on Google twice, right?

Shy Guy on May 17, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?

Lies work better. Just ask crr6 and her group of gullible tools for the one.

capejasmine on May 17, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?

Facts can be so limiting when there is an important political narrative to push.

novaculus on May 17, 2011 at 10:03 AM

OT, but could be fun. Politichoe has a poll up. If the election were held today would you vote for BHO… LOL

Nope!

Key West Reader on May 17, 2011 at 8:31 AM

The trolls must be out today at Politico. I just went to the poll and it shows 51%-yes, 46%-no. Yeah, riiiiiiiggggghhhhtttttt.

sicoit on May 17, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Snake oil salesmen don’t need research to razzle and dazzle their audience into believing whatever they say. Mr. President has the gift!

scalleywag on May 17, 2011 at 10:24 AM

I don’t think you understand…..

This wasn’t a statement…it was a decree.

Tim_CA on May 17, 2011 at 10:52 AM

odumbo and his bevy of clowns in the WH are trying so hard to spin everything, they simply screw up. And odumbo looks like a moron. Just think what would happen if a conservative was in the WH…… unbelievable.

ultracon on May 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM

In Obama’s worldview, apparently, the private sector is just some mythical land on the other side of the rainbow. He simply cannot recognize it. People don’t count unless they’re public employees.

RebeccaH on May 17, 2011 at 11:19 AM

So, if we use the seasonally-adjusted numbers, government employment went UP under Bush (prior to January 2009) and went DOWN under Obama (after January 2009).

But don’t bother Teh Won with the facts. He “inherited” all the nation’s problems from Bush.

Repeat after me. Bush was bad. Barack Hussein Obama. Mmm, mmm, mmm. You love Big Brother.

Steve Z on May 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?

Racist! Doing research is ‘acting white’.

slickwillie2001 on May 17, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Statistics are a damn white thing, you racists. — Gregory

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2011 at 2:47 PM

The poop has not hit the fan yet.

Unlike most people who work or public employees, teachers work on contracts with school districts. These are renewed on a year to year basis. Teachers with tenure or seniority in unions usually have an automatic renewal. Point is that they are one year contracts. Newest teachers are usually the first to be non renewed.

All these teachers will be eligable for unemployment benefits at the end of the school year. Normally in most atates, teachers with contracts for the next year could not apply for unemployment during the summer when they were not employed.

It has been coming for the past two years. The first year the lost revenue from local taxes was covered by the Porklust grants. In the second year the schools survived by not replacing teachers that left teaching for any reason. This year they are encouraging early retirements and or non renewing contracts for the next school year.

How bad is it? In my daughter’s school district, 2/3 of the teachers were not renewed. Around where I am it has not been that bad, but the number is still high when you consider that for a year, those districts have not hired replacements for teachers that left the classroom.

The end result is more students in a classroom. Even with the best teachers that means more time spent on disapline than on teaching. At some point they are going to burn out and give up and just do only what needs to be done to keep going to retirement, or find something else that is not killing them.

On the bright side substitute teachers will be in high demand as those in the classroom take sanity days or just quit. Obama should be so proud that he has that SIEU purple jacket hanging in his closet. He is doing what no other communist could do, on the backs of the children he is enslaving. Maybe someday Detroit will look great with their current 50% of the population able to read.

Franklyn on May 17, 2011 at 4:32 PM

“Doesn’t anyone do research in the White House?”

Ya know a lot of people think questions like that could be coded racially-tinged language, questioning the president, the first black president, a non-research president.

s/

DSchoen on May 17, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I guess for an intellectual innumeracy is not an embarrassment? This poor child needs to go back to grammar school and learn his arithmetic. What a dunce!

{^_^}

herself on May 18, 2011 at 6:43 AM