Saturday, October 01, 2011

Fudging The Numbers

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  Or so they say.  It is also the reason so few of us trust anything the government says.

The September jobs report is due out this coming Friday and according to Reuters the numbers are due to show some improvement. Like 60,000 new jobs. That is no where near enough to put a dent in unemployment, but never-the-less, they'd have us believe there is progress.

But is there?  I think not.  It seems included in that figure are 45,000 striking Verizon workers who returned to work!  Is it fair to consider strikers unemployed?  When they strike of their own volition?  Or their union bosses volition? Absolutely not!

I'm sure there are 45,000 unemployed out there that who would have loved to have had a crack at those jobs with a promise not to strike.  The Verizon workers went back to jobs they left on a temporary basis to gouge their company for more.  And they wonder why so many people are anti-union.  Especially in this day and age of fierce unemployment.  Just like the union targeting Ford for a strike because they didn't take bailout money and, thanks to the President, they own a hefty part of the other two of the big three.

Trust government to be straight with us? I don't think so.

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