That’s true. They treated him way worse.
Charles Krauthammer on “The O’Reilly Factor”
“[President Obama] said he ended the Iraq war. No. It was [General] David Petraeus who ended the Iraq war, and we won. The civil war was over. Al Qaeda was utterly defeated and indeed humiliated…
“We were in a position to conclude a strategic agreement where Iraq would have been our ally. [President Obama] had three years to do that and he failed…
“The fact is we’ve given Iraqi air space over to Iran. We’ve given essentially the running of Iraq over to Iran, because when we leave a place and we create a vacuum the bad guys come in.”
I wouldn’t care so much, if I didn’t recall so clearly what a huge hairy deal the Left made of it every time Dubya played golf or went to his ranch … esp since going to his ranch was not that expensive, since it belonged to him and was outfitted ONCE with what a POTUS needed while away from the Oval Office. BHO’s golf and five-star resort vacays are unbelievably exorbitant compared to Dubya’s, but the fawning Left just talks breathlessly about how great it all is.
Friday, January 3, 2014: The Obama Administration announced more Executive Orders to further restrict who has a right to privacy and who can own a gun.
Under the guise of protecting us from crazy people, Obamacrats are going to data mine health insurance records to identify people they can ban from gun ownership because of alleged mental health issues.
The Soviets and the Nazis used that mental health thing to justify imprisoning, torturing and killing political dissidents without trial. Remember when we had a government for the people, by the people? Good times.
“Friday news dump” announcements have traditionally been used to try to avoid media scrutiny. Not that the media will scrutinize anything remotely like this. Just the opposite. The LeftStreamMedia is all about Squirrel Journalism.
Think back on the Big Stories of the past 6 or 7 years. What do they have in common?
Personally, I am convinced the Leftocrats are doing all this so we will be too weak to step in as global playground monitor when they make their bid to take over the world.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has been calculating the Unemployment Rate every month since January 1948. During Bill Clinton’s first year in office, his administration cooked up a new category called Discouraged Workers (jobless American who want work, but have stopped looking because the job market is so bad). Since January 1994, the BLS has been EXCLUDING these jobless workers from the official Unemployment Rate.
Common sense would dictate that Discouraged Workers be tracked as a subset of the Unemployed, not excluded like they were somehow not unemployed anymore. But since when do Democrats ever use common sense? Clinton’s statistical chicanery has had a really screwy side-effect that Democrats exploit to their political benefit:
- When the economy is BAD, more people become discouraged enough to quit looking so the BLS moves them from Unemployed to Discouraged. Net result: The Unemployment Rate goes DOWN.
- When the economy IMPROVES, more people become encouraged enough to start looking for work again so the BLS moves them from Discouraged to Unemployed. Net result: The Unemployment Rate goes UP.
This allows the Lamestream Media to spin the monthly jobless reports in a way that most benefits Democrats. Since it’s been Obama in the Oval Office during our latest period of historically bad joblessness, the MSM trumpets each “improved” Unemployment Rate report as yet another sign of Teh Won’s wonderfulness.
And if you happen to mention that Obama is the first president to create more than a MILLION jobless workers too depressed to get off the couch, then you’re a dirty RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST TEA BAGGER
If the economy were to improve under Obama (not holding my breath), the Unemployment Rate would rise, at which point the talking heads would carefully explain to us at great length and with lots of experts and charts that it was because Discouraged Workers were now re-entering the job market, so woohoo Obama!
BLS: Unemployment Rate @ http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000.
The official (but faux) “total unemployment” rate used for media and political sound bytes and headlines. This statistic is reported as a percent of the employable population, which includes civilian, non-institutionalized Americans ages 16 and over, so basically not soldiers, jailbirds or children. The total employable population number changes.
BLS: Discouraged Workers @ http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNU05026645.
This statistic is reported as an actual number of individuals, not as a percent of employable population, making it very difficult to correlate with the Unemployment Rate.
NOTE: These time series pages are easy to use, but really hard to find at the BLS website. If you want to access them again, bookmark them.
H/t itooktheredpill for my bookmarks!
P.S., If it makes you angry that the tax-funded Bureau of Labor Statistics has been corrupted by Democrats, join the club.
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These are public approval polls. The media has such a lot to do with public perception that I wish there was some way to factor in the MSM’s slobbering over Obama vs. their torches-and-pitchforks coverage of Bush.
For example, all that time at the end of Bush’s tenure, when his numbers were in the toilet, the press coverage of the War in Iraq was viciously negative. All we saw in the press was Bush Lied, People Died, Blood for Oil, and Gitmo Gitmo Gitmo (where no one had been waterboarded in more than 5 years and … oh wait, Nancy Pelosi had signed off on that after seeing a demonstration of waterboarding).
Yet WE WERE WINNING THE WAR IN IRAQ. Violence was way down. Deaths of soldiers and civilians were way down. People were having free elections.
When was the last time the MSM’s corrupt0listers even mentioned the fact that soldiers and civilians are still dying in Obama’s War in Afghanistan or that Gitmo is still open? Not to mention drones, kill lists, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, IRS, ObamaCare, rampant violations of our civil liberties and THE DEBT?