Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Less Analyzed Megan

Megan McArdle is being stupid again but we need a break. Therefore:

Less Analyzed Megan: Here are meaningless unemployment numbers utterly devoid of context, so I can grind my little My Tribe Is Better Than Your Tribe axe.

Bonus stupidity:

So is Pethokoukis right? I'm not quite as pessimistic as he is about Obama's chances, but if unemployment really is at 8.5%, I have to think that he will at the very least face a really tough campaign battle--yea, even if Sarah Palin is his opponent.


Obama is not going to run against Palin and he certainly wouldn't lose against Palin. Palin is not a serious person by anyone's standards, which means that she is not predictable. Bush was equally unserious, but he was raised to obey his parents and their advisers. He fought their demands by drinking and screwing around but in the end he knuckled under and just did what he was told to do. Palin was raised very differently, and has never seemed to finish anything she started, from governorship to parenting. If she can't be controlled she's no use to anybody, except as a hoochie-coochie dancer in the Republican Big Top tent, getting men in the door and money out of their pockets.

Also:

The U-3 unemployment rate is the monthly headline number. The U-6 unemployment rate is the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) broadest unemployment measure, including short-term discouraged and other marginally-attached workers as well as those forced to work part-time because they cannot find full-time employment.

4 comments:

Downpuppy said...

The comments there are just too depressing.

We're in a mess. Obama hasn't done enough. The Republicans won't do anything.

Nobody there has seen a problem with that. "Yell louder" has been their responce to everything for so long they've forgotten than it makes no sense.

Spy Hill said...

Nice analysis of the difference between Bush and Palin.

KWillow said...

In the past, Dems would take over the Presidency/Congress after the repugs had stolen everything in sight and destroyed the rest, and fix it.

This time the Dem President is simply not up-to-the-job, whether it is his personality or the damage is too great, or a combination of the two... who knows? So the repugs Took Control in the midterms, to show everyone just what they'll do if given REAL control in '12.

They should have waited 2 more years.

So I think the Dems will get the presidency again - if they run anyone but Obama. Even Dem voters don't like an apparent weakling, and that is how Obama comes across: weak and conciliating. His term will be remembered with the same contempt as poor President Carter, tho with more justification.

kth said...

yea?