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Another look at unemployment numbers


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

I’m getting to be a little more nostalgic as I get older. I look back at the old days and think that maybe, just maybe, things were better then. Some of you might remember them as well.

Do you remember when the left was thoroughly enthusiastic about Bush, Jr.’s economic policies when the US had an unemployment rate that was less than five percent? No, I don’t remember that either, but I do recall a whole lot of lefty condemnation about a “jobless recovery.” And today the left, along with the lamescream media, are drooling over an April unemployment rate “dropping to 8.1 percent” as defined by some pretty spectacular numbers fudging by the US government. Gallup shows it to be 9.1 percent.

8.1 percent? How did the statisticians do that, since there were only 115,000 new jobs created last month. Easy, just erase 324,000 other people off the books and say “they are no longer looking.” And magically, the unemployment rate “drops.” Maryland economist Peter Morici says that, “four-fifths of the reduction in unemployment has been accomplished by...dropping (the) adult force participation rate.” Mark Twain, I believe, said there were lies, damned lies, and statistics. Well, we’ve dropped the bottom even further down in that sequence - government data.

Do you remember when our Supreme Court justices believed in the constitution and ruled accordingly? Nah, I don’t remember that far back either. But at least they used to give it lip service. They don’t even do that anymore.

Justice Ginsburg recently told Egyptians that she wouldn’t recommend that any country adopt the US constitution as a template because she thinks it is outdated. She says South Africa’s is one that is better. Some justices have also said that the court needs to look at jurisprudence beyond our shores. Such as the Muslim law of Sharia perhaps? Remember when justices actually believed in the oath they swore before taking office. Something about defending the constitution, I believe.

Remember when you could afford to put gas in the car and go out for a little Sunday drive? I liked those days, but today gas is pretty expensive even if it has gone down a little. Since January of 2009, the price of gas has more than doubled. At the end of this month I’m going fly out to California and will drive back here to Minnesota. Fuel alone will cost $600 or more.

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One Moment Please... Our readers, near and far

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

For the past month or so, on a daily basis, I have had readers of the Journal ask me why they are getting the paper on Saturdays now instead of Mondays. Well, guess what, we haven’t changed anything on our end. Instead, a mandate from the top, ..... 
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Is this really the best we can do?

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton As you know if you pay attention to national affairs, the United States faces a perfect fiscal storm at the end of this year. A confluence of deadlines and policy triggers unlike anything I can remember in a half-century of publi ..... 
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One Moment Please... A learned behavior... enabled

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

There are many times in which I write commentary pieces that never get published. I write them for the most part to formulate my thoughts on particular subjects facing our communities, our region, our state and even at a national level. In recent ..... 
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Headlines; workplace participation at thirty year low

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

There is no simple answer as to why. You would think with the recent press coverage workforce participation suddenly fell off a cliff. Not so. The participation rate peaked out around the turn of the century. There has been a gradual downward trend ..... 
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A View from the Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

The Elusive Morel I left the house as the air began to warm, after a night of rain, determined to check on every acre of our forest. With an onion bag in my pocket, I was going to train my eye, stay focused, and walk around every dying tree. I ha ..... 
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One Moment Please... What would you do with $20?

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

I think we all need a friendly reminder from time to time. We need to be reminded of the fragile foundation of our small town economies. I know because I hear directly from local business owners. I know of long-time business owners who don’t ta ..... 
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The problem with solutions

By Andrew Kingsley

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

All problems began at some point and have some reason for continuing to exist. When we recognize the source(s) of our problems, that is where solutions can be found. It seems our problem with those solutions is that they usually aren’t what we wan ..... 
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Climate Change

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

In a recent column a writer said, “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) support the evidence supported by the scientific community as well as changes advocated by Al Gore.” Really? On March 28, 2012, the IPCC released a statem ..... 
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