Ag Secretary: Hey, the economy’s turned the corner!

posted at 12:01 pm on June 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

And the private sector is doing fine!  Barack Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture went on the campaign trail yesterday in the key swing state of Virginia, where he posed the eternal question of Obamanomics — who are you going to believe, us or your lying pocketbooks?

 The U.S. economy has “obviously turned the corner” and is improving, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said this morning in Blacksburg as he kicked off a media tour to praise the Obama administration’s assustance [sic] to rural areas.

Staffers emphasized that Vilsack was campaigning as a former governor of Iowa rather than in his current federal role.

He and Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam highlighted a number of areas where they said the Obama administration had helped rural localities, including funding expansion of broadband and supporting conservation and recreation efforts.

“Obviously”?  How obvious has the last few jobs reports been, anyway?  Investment houses have spent most of the year lowering their estimates for growth in 2012 to below 2% levels.  Yesterday, Jim Pethokoukis pointed out a JP Morgan report on job creation suggests that we may end up going negative on job creation this summer:

The government’s April Job Opening and Labor Turnover report was, in the words of JPMorgan economists, “soft, lending some credence to the view that the April-May slowing seen in the payroll report was real and not a statistical fluke.”

– The number of job openings in April fell 325,000 to 3.416 million. That’s the lowest level since November of last year.

– But here is the real red flag. Private job openings fell 282,000 — the most since early 2009 — to 3.080 million. Early 2009, if you recall, saw the economy just hemorrhaging jobs.

We’re turning a corner, all right, and it’s getting more obvious.  But it’s not the direction Americans want to be turning.


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Hamina-hamina-hamina-hamina.

Pork-Chop on June 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Does turn the corner mean “Crash and Burning”?

Oil Can on June 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

chhhhhhhhhhooooooom!
They all smoke it!

KOOLAID2 on June 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Obama really has no viable campaign surrogates at all, does he?

Biden
Clinton
Axelrod

Maybe they should pull Kerry out of debate practice and get him out there.

de rigueur on June 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Next they’ll be telling us about “the light at the end of the tunnel”.

GarandFan on June 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

It’s turned the corner alright, but it’s turned down.

DFCtomm on June 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

All he needs is a green uniform and beret, an Iraqi accent, and bingo bango the transformation would be complete.

Bishop on June 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

um……pretty sure we went spinning past that corner on the way to the cliff…

Tim_CA on June 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I guess if you go over a cliff, you have technically turned a corner. A vertical corner, but a corner nonetheless.

CurtZHP on June 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Ag Secretary: Hey, the economy’s turned the corner!

He neglected to mention the Obama driven bus hitting the economy head-on.

Physics Geek on June 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Turned the corner??? They must be following directions from Google Maps to hell.

The Rogue Tomato on June 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Delusional Ag Secretary: Hey, the economy’s turned the corner!

or

Clueless Ag Secretary: Hey, the economy’s turned the corner!

Whistling past the graveyard is more likely.

CiLH1 on June 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

And the latest soul-seller is…
Toadie Tom Sad-Sack.

Marcola on June 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Yep, It’s been turning left since 2008.

Robert Jensen on June 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

The economy has turned a corner!

And then we find out the wall was extended… hope you didn’t take that turn too quickly… it was to the left, wasn’t it?

YASO – Yet Another Shiny Object

ajacksonian on June 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Every time an Obamunist opens his idiot mouth it just makes the whole lying bunch look more pathetic.

single stack on June 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

He and Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam highlighted a number of areas where they said the Obama administration had helped rural localities, including funding expansion of broadband and supporting conservation and recreation efforts.

I’d challenge Vilsack to drive an hour from the college town of Blacksburg and tell all those unemployed people they are better off because of their new park. Nevermind there are no jobs since the factory or coal mine shut down leaving abject poverty, I guess they should be happy that more of the area is being conserved.

Happy Nomad on June 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Obama’s gaggle either believes the people are stupid or, they are hopelessly stupid. The level of mindless babble coming from the regime is beyond the pale.

rplat on June 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Vilsack’s never been too bright.

steebo77 on June 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM

“turning the corner” = getting an email reply for a long-shot application to a part-time position.

Yeah, turned the corner allright.

MelonCollie on June 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Staffers emphasized that Vilsack was campaigning as a former governor of Iowa rather than in his current federal role.

Pay no attention to the AgSec standing before you.

OK….

Kraken on June 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Vilsack == Vilsack-of-crap, of course!

The War Planner on June 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

When you need the Ag Secretary to drop what he’s doing to go and trumpet your awesomeness, you’ve lost the fight.

Go home Oblamo, where ever your home might be.

NapaConservative on June 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM

He and Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam highlighted a number of areas where they said the Obama administration had helped rural localities, including funding expansion of broadband and supporting conservation and recreation efforts.

Since I have very little money left after buying gas and groceries, I am glad to know that the admin is working hard on its “recreation efforts”. Now if only I could afford to recreate.

kringeesmom on June 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

We turned the corner and got a baseball bat in the face.

RadClown on June 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Hey Ed, how about a post on Where In the World is Debbie Downer? Have not heard her yapping in several weeks. Has the WH muzzled her? (pun intended)

Mr_Magoo on June 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Based on….

Unemployment
Household Savings
Average American’s Personal Net Worth
Housing Prices
New Construction
Retail Sales
Disposable Income

Nope.

It’s the “broadband” you idiots.

Tim_CA on June 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Funny, my sales have been dropping by double digits for the last three months.

southsideironworks on June 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Obviously?” Oblivious

Fixed

NoFanofLibs on June 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Turned a corner alright – into a brick wall with “Hope and Change” scrawled on it, along with other gangland graffitti.

NoDonkey on June 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Choom and Kool-aid work wonders….

albill on June 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

CHIP DILLER! PAGING CHIP DILLER!

pilamaye on June 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Lying POS Ag Secretary: Hey, the economy’s turned the corner!

jukin3 on June 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Just think how different the media and, for that matter, the public would be if McCain-Palin had won in ’08 and the economy was this bad.

Republicans would be afraid to show their faces out of doors, for fear of being torn to pieces by enraged mobs.

But you know what? It never would have been this bad under McCain-Palin. Because they would have been held accountable, in a way that a Democrat never will be. They would have changed course.

Democrats can be horrific in office and stay there, because of how incredibly biased our media can be.

When does the media EVER make up excuses for, or accept excused from a Republican politician? NEVER.

Whereas Obama’s entire term has been nothing but one excuse after another, along with blame for the previous administration.

NoDonkey on June 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Turning the corner, huh?

The Uhhhbama Regime must be navigating by the disasterous LightSquared GPS system.

Mmm, mmm, MMM!!! Green-tech investment is my life! (B.O.)

TheClearRiver on June 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Oh gosh, another bailout… Lets see, what was that definition of insanity again?

aposematic on June 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Ahhh, the Mitch McConnell chin - a tell-tale sign of a political eunuch.

Jeddite on June 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Hey – in his former role as Gov of Iowa the economy probably was turning the corner. Or perhaps he is experiencing this:

http://youtu.be/NzlG28B-R8Y

NeoDawg on June 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

“The economy’s turned the corner”

HA! A better phrase would be “The economy’s come out of the closet”

NapaConservative on June 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Yeah, it turned Left when it should have been Right Turn Only, and is now heading into oncoming traffic. The only choice now is to make a Bat Turn–complete with drag-chute and jet assist.

Dexter_Alarius on June 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

The corner of the cliff perhaps.

Bmore on June 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM

The largest collection by far of toadies and liars compared to any previous presidential administration. These people have no self-respect.

DaveDief on June 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Why do we even have a Department of Agriculture?

Subsidies to wealthy farmers and regulations that choke the rest?

Sounds great. Carry on!

CorporatePiggy on June 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Another soros puppet just like libfreeordie. I’m sure he’s seen a big upturn in his life as he collects his federal paycheck and watches his defined benefit pension triplle every 5 years. The only negative is that has to get bummed by obama and soros every so often. Small price to pay for living high off the government teet.

acyl72 on June 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

department of agriculture, yet another bureaucracy that needs to be eliminated along with all the payoffs and subsidies that gives them relevance

burserker on June 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Ugh, I voted for this tool once. But in my defense, I was 24 and still stupid.

Snaqwels on June 20, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I’m sure one reason for this bit of stupidity is that Vilsack’s wife is running to unseat Steve King in Iowa’s 4th district.

nkviking75 on June 20, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Well, yes, the edge of a cliff is, technically, a corner . . .

InterestedObserver on June 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM

So what has he been smoking? I mean chooming.

jake49 on June 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

It’s turned the corner alright, but it’s turned down.

DFCtomm on June 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

More like a downward spiral and that giant flushing noise, just ignore that. It’s nothing….

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Sounds like one of Joseph Stalin’s goons. My fearless leader’s (Stalin) Marxists policies are really great. Taking away all your food, your means to support your family, causing a class war, and/or just killing you outright is vital for the Soviet Union to continue. So what if 10-15 million died; this was a means to an end. The collective farm survived (although productivity was zero) and the self-sufficient farmer didn’t. Stalin ended up being nominated for two Nobel Peace Prizes. Next we will hear from Debbie Downer: Did you know that “the One” just walked on water. He told me so. It’s almost more than anyone can bear.

If the economy has turned the corner, could some government official tell me what the definition of “corner” is?

HHW on June 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Boy are you guys really wrong.Obama is the greatest President ever. also one of greatest speakers and one the the most honest people on the face of the planet.
Excuse me for a minute, time to take my afternoon meds. Ok where was I, Oh I remember BO couldn’t tell the truth if his life depended on it.Most Crooked president we’ve ever had. Thinks only of himself.

BruceB on June 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I’m sick and tired of these intellectually vacuous nitwits lying to me.

tom daschle concerned on June 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Ag Secretary: Hey, the economy’s turned the corner!

..and driving down skid row.

Joe Mama on June 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Ag Secretary: Hey, the economy’s turned the corner!

…an imbecile who doesn’t know the difference between “turning a corner” and “falling off a cliff.”

TeaPartyNation on June 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Secretary nut-sack.

Jaibones on June 20, 2012 at 6:00 PM

The economy has turned a corner, wandered into a blind alley, and been asked to hand over it’s wallet.

gekkobear on June 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM