There's no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.His dream of the press reporting the real numbers will only come true when a Conservative is elected President.
And it's a lie that has consequences, because the great American dream is to have a good job, and in recent years, America has failed to deliver that dream more than it has at any time in recent memory. A good job is an individual's primary identity, their very self-worth, their dignity -- it establishes the relationship they have with their friends, community and country. When we fail to deliver a good job that fits a citizen's talents, training and experience, we are failing the great American dream.
I hear all the time that "unemployment is greatly reduced, but the people aren't feeling it." When the media, talking heads, the White House and Wall Street start reporting the truth -- the percent of Americans in good jobs; jobs that are full time and real -- then we will quit wondering why Americans aren't "feeling" something that doesn't remotely reflect the reality in their lives. And we will also quit wondering what hollowed out the middle class.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment
This is probably the most egregious sin of our government. However, the issue is not that they've been hiding the methodology used - anyone can found out how they arrive at these numbers. The really big sin is that CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC news have glossed over this fact. And they are accountable to no one.