Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fun With Statistics

I was perusing some articles on MSNBC (don't worry, I took a shower before I wrote this) and came across a statistic from this article:

a deep recession that has cost 7.2 million jobs over the past two years.

Every source I found said the country lost 2.6 million jobs in 2008. Using just the calculator on my computer, nothing fancy here, I come up with this simple calculation:

7,200,000 - 2,600,000 = 4,600,000

So we had 2.6 million jobs lost in 2008, when Bush was President, and 4.6 million jobs lost in 2009, when Obama was President. Or, according to MSNBC, 7.2 million between them. Aren't statistic fun?

Now I know people are saying that some of these are Bush's fault because they were right after Obama took office. I say that those people can piss off. Bush had to take credit for the recession Clinton left him, Obama got the economy the moment he stepped into the White House.

13 comments:

HoosierArmyMom said...

Well Chuck, a wise man told me long ago that the biggest joke on earth is that a current President is responsible for the current problems our country faces. When policy is enacted and acted upon by Congress, it will be approximately 10-15 years before we feel the effects of it. The President has traditionally only responsible for what he influences as far as law and policy (executive orders, laws signed off on or vetoed, influence with key Congressional people, etc.) The real indicator is what did the Senate and House do, how did the SCOTUS rule, etc. Most of the problems a President faces goes way back to another decade or so. But with this White House and Congress, the "controls" have disappeared, really, really bad decisions have been made monumentally and then propagandized. I think we will feel the effects of these decisions within a year or two. What are your thoughts on this Chuck????

HoosierArmyMom said...

Sorry... above should read "current President ISN'T responsible"... typo queen here!

Chuck said...

I think some of the decisions he has made are already being felt. More than that, I think we will feel them for years to come.

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

They're using the New Math, silly.

Chuck said...

PCC, being taught in all of the schools

MK said...

"...Obama got the economy the moment he stepped into the White House."

The other thing the leftists need to be reminded of is that no one forced obama into the top job, he volunteered for it and he did it knowingly.

If he didn't know what it entailed, then that's not our problem, that too falls on his dumbass.

Chuck said...

MK, agreed. Finally if his economists didn't know how bad the economy was before they took office, we need to wonder about them.

Always On Watch said...

Bush had to take credit for the recession Clinton left him, Obama got the economy the moment he stepped into the White House.

Exactly.

The blame-Bush meme is fading in its effectiveness, IMO. Mature people grow weary of whining.

Chuck said...

AOW, word is the Dims are going to step up the attacks on Bush. Why not? It worked so well in NJ, Virginia, and Mass?

Miss T.C. Shore said...

From a purely political standpoint, the whole issue is perception. It doesn't make any difference whether the recession has been caused by Bush or Congress or mistakes made by banks or overbuying of housing. It doesn't make any difference whether the current Congress or Obama's polices have helped or hampered the natural recovery process that occurs in any economic cycle.

From the standpoint of politics, all that matters is what you can pin on one party or the other in the minds of the more independent votes. They are the ones who really decide elections.

It is the little things like this that plant ideas into the minds of the electorate, many of whom do not stop to analyze what numbers REALLY mean.

You and I know how the unemployment numbers rose AFTER Obama took office, and I don't think that was lost on most people. We may have our opinions on why the numbers rose when they did. But we don't have the influence of MSNBC or CNN or the other major news outlets.

You can bet that all three of their viewers are blaming Bush for these numbers.

Chuck said...

TC, all 3 of their viewers is right. They can shill for Obama but they have lost the middle so they are just speaking to the choir now

Miss T.C. Shore said...

One more comment on this one. I just heard the news that the new unemployment figures for January are due to come out tomorrow, with an unexpected jump in unemployment by 430,000 more lost jobs. With the touting of a successful stimulus package and a proclamation of the end of the recession, these numbers are going to be difficult to explain with the usual "It's all Bush's fault." (Not that I don't expect them to try.) The American people are going to see these numbers, and perhaps for the first time, most people are going to understand that these are Obama's numbers, not Bush's.

Expect MSNBC and the other leftists to blame it on the election of Scott Brown, Fox News, Bush, Cheney, Bush deficits, etc....

Chuck said...

It's a good point TC. With him making all of these pronouncements that they have rescued the economy, it is effectively his now.