The 2004 Irony Awardsposted by Jazz at 10/08/2004 02:49:00 PM
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Yes, it seems that on the eve of the second presidential debate, an economic report has been released by the Heritage Foundation saying that the economic numbers aren't all that bad and actually speak in Bush's favor. They also speak in positive terms about the jobs report released today, showing that 96,000 new jobs were created in September. From this report:
"Moving on, by the numbers, the economy added 96,000 payroll jobs in September, a welcome showing, and unemployment held steady at the low rate of 5.4 percent."
Well, that doesn't look too shabby, does it? That might play well for Bush tonight. Two problems crop up with this report, though. First of all, these are the "payroll" report numbers. For those of you not keeping score, the payroll report is the same one that the Bush team scoffed at many times earlier this year because it showed horrible figures. They preferred, they said, to go with the Household Survey Number, which was "the right figure" to use. Why the switch? The Household Survey number for September shows a loss of 200,000 jobs. Ooops.
Imagine that. If you do a web search on "The Heritage Foundation" and can find more than a handful of instances where is isn't referred to as "The conservative think tank..." or "right wing biased" or even "owned by Karl Rove", then you have a lot of time on your hands. But leave that aside for a moment. (Remember... PowerLine called this article "Beyond the Spin.")
Let's take a quick, snapshot look at the Heritage Foundations web site, shall we? On their front page we find such inspirational articles as, "Christianity's Southern Flank" and "Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America's Disastrous Relationship With France." That might not be good enough for you, though. Let's take a peek at the "About Us" page for this fine, unbiased economic bastion of authority. Why, there seems to be a quote here!
"Some of the finest conservative minds in America do their work in the Heritage Foundation." - Rush Limbaugh
Bias? What bias? Does anyone see some bias? You must be a communist.
And speaking of communists, in the very next entry on Power Line, they take to task one of the most horrible threats to America today... literature. Yes, those bastards at the Nobel foundation had the unmitigated gall to award the Nobel Prize for Literature to.... a communist. And one who opposes the war in Iraq, at that. So, of course, Hindrocket tears her apart. Imagine that.. writing a book. Somebody should shoot her.
You have to dig awfully deep to find a silver lining in the tornado infested dark clouds of these economic numbers. Particularly on the eve of a presidential debate, props to The Big Trunk for burrowing deep enough to find one.
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