Using Hokey Statistics to Abandon Jobless Americans

congress on vacation“It goes back to the fundamentals,” intoned a Wall Street analyst, “the economy is improving.”

Improving for whom? By “fundamentals,” he means the high-flying stock market, booming corporate profits, and top executive pay. Those are signs of an economy that is top-heavy, not healthy. In fact, our economy is teetering dangerously, because it’s not sustained from below by a strong middle class.

Economist Paul Krugman notes that, far from “improving,” our economy remains in “a low-grade depression.” Of course, that thermometer zooms to high-grade if you’re among the millions of Americans who’re jobless, working for low wages, or able to get only part-time, temporary employment. Yes, the unemployment rate has ticked down – but not because of any jump in job creation. Rather, the dismal lack of hiring has become so discouraging that many people simply give up the hunt, which magically removes them from the ranks of the unemployed.

Most congress critters clearly don’t care about America’s middle-class jobs depression. The White House cares, but doesn’t treat it as the crisis it is, so nothing happens. The only jobs push we’ve had is the stop-gap effort by the Federal Reserve to pump enough money into the economy to keep unemployment from worsening.

jim hightowerBut rather than push harder, Ben Bernanke, head of the central bank, recently sounded retreat. He, too, uses the faulty unemployment statistic as a crutch to claim “improvement” – the jobless rate, he says, could drop to seven percent next year, so the Fed’s stimulus will no longer be needed.

That’s shameful. Even if that was the true rate, seven percent equals 11 million unemployed Americans, and many millions more who’d still be underemployed. From Bernanke to Congress, all government officials who shrug their shoulders and give up on helping that many Americans should themselves be made jobless.

Jim Hightower
America’s #1 Populist

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


  1. JoeWeinstein says

    “The White House cares, but doesn’t treat it as the crisis it is, so nothing happens.”
    OK, so in what operative sense is it true that ‘The White House cares’?

  2. Kevin says

    What is really shameful is here is a guy advocating for open borders and amnesty for illegal immigrants with absolutely no thought given to the impact this has had and will have on millions of America’s most vulnerable workers, and yet, has the gall to claim he is somehow on the side of labor in this country. If we had an immigration policy the was designed to help the American citizen and not the immigrant and the corporatocracy, we wouldn’t need more QE/stimulus. What a hypocrite. . .

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