The Fifth Column Treasonous Media have been working genuine miracles here in Marxist Utopian America. During the Great Depression of the 30’s, the unemployment rate reached a staggering 22 percent. Oh for those halcyon days of your when only 22 percent of the nation was unemployed. As Investors Business Daily shows us, the real unemployment rate in America, not the lies that the Obamanation Administration and the Fifth Column Treasonous Media have been foisting off on an unsuspecting American public claim, but the real unemployment rate is actually 31 percent.
Well, those data exclude a lot of people — particularly the millions of discouraged workers who have simply given up looking for a job. So the real unemployment number is bigger — a lot bigger.
In our IBD/TIPP Poll, we ask a different question: “How many members of your household are currently unemployed and are looking for employment?”
Not surprisingly, the answer we get differs greatly from the government’s data. This month’s survey, completed Thursday night, indicated that 47.9 million Americans are looking for work. No, that’s not a misprint: 47.9 million.
Out of a workforce of 154 million, that yields a gross unemployment rate of 31%. Among all households, 26% have at least one member looking for work.
We also find data on “Job-Sensitive Households” — those with one or more people looking for work plus those saying they’re “concerned” about a member of the household losing a job. That number is 31%, up from 23% as recently as April.
Our country’s labor markets, in short, are in far worse shape than you’ve been led to believe.
Government reports in recent months have shown gains of fewer than 200,000 jobs — mediocre at best. Still, experts in Washington and on Wall Street speak of a “firming.” Our data, however, show no such thing.
Our survey, unlike the Labor Department’s, reflects those Americans who have sunk so deeply into economic despair they are no longer counted by the government. This is a more realistic gauge of unemployment, and we are not alone in our findings.
The venerable Gallup Poll’s “Underemployment Rate” — measuring both the unemployed and part-time workers who want to work full-time — stood at 17.1% in September, up from 15.9% in October 2012.
The job “recovery” under Obamanomics is now in its 43rd month, the longest it’s taken since before Truman’s time for the economy to return to its previous employment peak. And we’re still millions of jobs away.
In delaying the official jobs report, the government shutdown may be doing us all a favor by exposing a truly dark employment picture that otherwise wouldn’t see the light of day.
Now, contrast the real unemployment rate 31% with Obama’s approval rate 37%.
Readers have to get halfway into the Associated Press report on its new AP-GFK poll to find this out, but Barack Obama’s job approval numbers have cratered in the shutdown. His overall job approval is now 37/53, and a majority want Obama to start cooperating more with Republicans, as 63% want Republicans to meet Obama part-way, too:
Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes. …
Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it. Congress is scraping rock bottom, with a ghastly approval rating of 5 percent.
Indeed, anyone making headlines in the dispute has earned poor marks for his or her trouble, whether it’s Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, or Republican John Boehner, the House speaker, both with a favorability rating of 18 percent.
The amusing headline in this instance is “GOP gets the blame in shutdown.” However, the data shows that plenty of blame is being heaped on all sides, by all sides:
— Sixty-eight percent said the shutdown is a major problem for the country, including majorities of Republicans (58 percent), Democrats (82 percent) and independents (57 percent).
— Fifty-two percent said Obama is not doing enough to cooperate with Republicans to end the shutdown; 63 percent say Republicans aren’t doing enough to cooperate with him.
Only 30% approve of raising the debt ceiling, clean or otherwise. And despite the best (that is to say, most malicious) efforts of the National Parks Service, more than 80% have had no impact from the government shutdown. That’s not exactly the kind of momentum Obama and the Democrats hoped to generate for pressure on Republicans, and their “no negotiations” stand is practically designed to backfire, if this poll accurately reflects public temperament.
When the history books are written about Obama’s tenure as POTUS, if they are indeed written by honest, objective scholars, then Herbert Hoover will move up a spot to be replaced by Barack Insane Obama as Captain of America’s economic Titanic. More importantly, if those historians record an honest factual and objective record of the scandals that plagued the Obamanation Administration, well then, Obamanation Administration is the exact title that they will attach to the Obama Administration. Their accounting will begin with the phrase, “No Presidential Administration in American history was more destructive, scandal prone, corrupt, incompetent or lied about by the media then the Obama Administration”.
Sadly though, the likelihood of those so called future “scholars” being honest or objective is as much in doubt, as the Fifth Column Treasonous Media renouncing their Leftist Progressive Marxist agenda and once again returning to their Fourth Estate roots and seeking to protect the Great American Experiment. American Academia is perhaps the only institution in America even more thoroughly infiltrated by Marxist subversives than the Fifth Column Treasonous Media, sheltered from reality in their Ivy Towers, they continue to indoctrinate American Youth with the utterly evil and corrupt Marxist Ideology, and are likely to continue doing so for a very long time.
Nazi Propaganda Minister Joesph Goebbels discovered a painful and insidious truth while serving Adolph Hitler. If you control the information that a nations people receive, and you repeat a lie often enough, and their is nobody to publicly refute those lies, then the majority of that nations people will accept as truth, even things they know are lies.
Benjamin Franklin, the father of America’s Fourth Estate believed that a free, honest and objective press was the cornerstone of Liberty and Freedom and that without a free, honest and objective press, tyranny was soon to follow. Joesph Goebbels on the other hand proved without a doubt, that a corrupt propaganda machine masquerading itself as a free press was the bedrock upon which stood every tyrant and dictator.