Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sanity Sentinel Saves Millions Of Jobs

That's right, boys and girls, using the same criteria as the Obama administration, I can say with certainty that this humble blog saved a million jobs today alone!

Saving jobs is so easy, anyone can do it. And since I have a stat-tracker for this site, I know for a fact that a million people did not read this blog today. What that means, of course, is that they also did not get caught reading it at work and therefore were not fired. I can't be certain whether or not any jobs were created, but since someone at blogger.com must take my posts and make them appear for the public, I think I will claim to have created some jobs anyway.

The only danger in doing this is the fact that my little ol' blog is more likely to receive investigative scrutiny from the mainstream media than is the president of the United States. He can make any claim he pleases no matter how ludicrous, and the media merely parrots his words on the nightly news and in print. As the Wall Street Journal is reporting today:
Mr. Obama's comments yesterday are a perfect illustration of just such a claim. In the months since Congress approved the stimulus, our economy has lost nearly 1.6 million jobs and unemployment has hit 9.4%. Invoke the magic words, however, and -- presto! -- you have the president claiming he has "saved or created" 150,000 jobs. It all makes for a much nicer spin, and helps you forget this is the same team that only a few months ago promised us that passing the stimulus would prevent unemployment from rising over 8%.
Also from the same article, the following:
It's not only former Bush staffers such as Messrs. Fratto and Mankiw who have noted the political convenience here. During a March hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, Chairman Max Baucus challenged Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the formula.

"You created a situation where you cannot be wrong," said the Montana Democrat. "If the economy loses two million jobs over the next few years, you can say yes, but it would've lost 5.5 million jobs. If we create a million jobs, you can say, well, it would have lost 2.5 million jobs. You've given yourself complete leverage where you cannot be wrong, because you can take any scenario and make yourself look correct."
So it is with great pride that I can claim to be helping to save the economy and the livelihoods of millions of my fellow Americans.

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