By HERB DENENBERG, For The Bulletin
The rulers of ancient Egypt are known by the pyramids they built. The present “ruler” of modern America will be known by the pyramid he is building, but it is not one of stone; it is a pyramid of lies … not just lies, but bald-faced lies. They are too numerous to catalog here in any comprehensive fashion, but it is a useful exercise to put some of them on display together to better communicate the character of President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party that now control the Congress. We are indeed in crisis when Mr. Obama and his Democratic followers practice leadership by lies and deception.
The health-care bill, ObamaCare, the 2,000-page plus legislative monstrosity, the “legislative train wreck,” or whatever you want to call it, is being sold by one of the greatest collection of lies in the history of American political discourse. Its final form will depend on how the Senate and House bills are melded together, but there are important conclusions that can be reached about its content and the process that led to its formulation.
From the get-go, I’ve written that Mr. Obama is one of the great frauds, phonies, four- flushers, fakers, and fibbers in history, but I must say he is even outdoing my wildest expectations. He and the people working with him tell one lie after another and keep repeating them after they’ve been carefully exposed as lies seven ways to Sunday. It should be clear there is no connection between what Mr. Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chris Dodd, Dick Durbin, David Axelrod, and Robert Gibbs say and what is reality. They seem to be all disciples of the great community organizer, Saul Alinsky, who wrote that the end justifies the means. Alinsky is one of the many important influences on Mr. Obama that made him what he is today along with that infamous line-up that is headed by the racist, bigot and America hater, Rev. Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright along with many others.
For a name for this catalog of Obama lies, perhaps we should use variations of Mr. Obama’s books and their titles: Lies the Chicago Corrupt Machine Taught Me to Tell, or how about The Audacity of Bald-Faced Lies.
With December’s job numbers coming in at a loss of 85,000, that makes the year of 2009 the worst year for lost jobs since 1940. The total for the year is just over 4.1 million jobs lost in total. This despite the spending, the “stimulus” and the so called “recovery” we keep hearing about. The Business and Media Institute reports:
Unemployment shot up in 2009 from 7.7 percent in January to 10.1 percent in October before settling at 10 percent in December. Behind those percentages were more than 4.1 million people who lost their jobs during the year. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s the most job losses in a year since 1940. (BLS could only provide data from 1940-2009)
Of course, the media will spin this as usual:
ABC’s Charles Gibson called the loss of 539,000 jobs in April a “marked improvement” May 8, 2009, because fewer jobs were lost than in March. In June 2009, Gibson was talking again about “hopeful” signs in the job numbers as more Americans were out of work.
Also in 2009, CBS’s own economic “grim reaper,” Anthony Mason said the “economy’s showed signs of improving.” While NBC also found “positive trends” to discuss – specifically mentioning “2,100 new reasons” to be “hopeful” in Georgia.
The Business & Media Institute compared 2009 unemployment rates in the first seven months of Obama’s presidency to a similar period of rising unemployment under Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1982.
BMI found network mentions of the presidential administration were 13 times more negative under Reagan than Obama. The Reagan White House was connected to negative jobs data almost twice as often as Obama and identical unemployment rates (9.4 percent) were “good news” under Obama, but “all” bad for Reagan.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain made a rare appearance in central Florida along the Interstate 4 corridor Saturday morning. The wintry mix developed as a new round of arctic air spilled into the state. As the frigid air strengthens its grip on the South this weekend and increases energy demands, sub-freezing temperatures along the Gulf Coast will threaten the citrus crop and other fruits and vegetables in the region. Full Story