I've known a lot of good, solid, intelligent people who are or were government workers. It's not the majority. We don't have to assume malicious intent. Wait, actually we do:
Ironically, it was Labor’s demanding standards that left the door open to manipulation.
Labor requires Census to achieve a 90 percent success rate on its interviews — meaning it needed to reach 9 out of 10 households targeted and report back on their jobs status.
Census currently has six regions from which surveys are conducted. The New York and Philadelphia regions, I’m told, had been coming up short of the 90 percent.
Philadelphia filled the gap with fake interviews.
“It was a phone conversation — I forget the exact words — but it was, ‘Go ahead and fabricate it’ to make it what it was,” Buckmon told me.
Census, under contract from the Labor Department, conducts the household survey used to tabulate the unemployment rate.
Interviews with some 60,000 household go into each month’s jobless number, which currently stands at 7.3 percent. Since this is considered a scientific poll, each one of the households interviewed represents 5,000 homes in the US.
Buckmon, it turns out, was a very ambitious employee. He conducted three times as many household interviews as his peers, my source said.
Today's consumer spending report says October 2013 spending was up nearly four percent over October 2012. The market seems to like that -- well, except for the fact that it came from the Census Bureau. What a surprise that we might be a little bit leery of their numbers.
For a few days there it looked like the certain appointment of Janet Yellen as Fed Chair with her undying devotion to QE would check the pressure on bond rates. Looks like they are creeping back up.
It's a little known fact about Yellen that she play the dwarf Doc in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves". George Carlin had a bit long ago about the drugs each dwarf used (emphasis added):
The seven dwarfs were each on different little trips. Happy was into grass and grass alone … Happy, that's all he did. Sleepy was into reds. Grumpy, too much speed. Sneezy was a full blown coke freak. Doc was a connection. Dopey was into everything. Any old orifice will do for Dopey. He's always got his arm out and his leg up. And then, the one we always forget, because he was Bashful. Bashful didn't use drugs. He was paranoid on his own. Didn't need any help on that ladder.You have to keep the boys supplied.
Sorry I got off track what I meant to talk about was Obama's polling. Yes, he is at 37% approval and 57% disapproval in the CBS poll used by Townhall. Obamacare is disapproved by 61% to 31% approved. Forget a fix. Repeal this monster.
The one I still can't believe is that 60% of the people in this country ever thought Obama was honest and trustworthy. That's what the polls showed during the 2012 campaign -- and that's why the liar won. In this latest poll, the number who think he is honest has dropped to 49%. That's still ridiculously high. Some may attribute his misleading "assurances" about the ACA to ignorance. But the fact is that he lied repeatedly and blatantly, about insurance, about the economy, and about Benghazi, among other things. If he had told the truth, his "signature" legislation, Biden's BFD, would never have gotten a vote in the Senate or the House.
Meanwhile, beware, as always, of distractions. The propaganda wing huddles in newrooms in Washington, New York and LA at this moment polishing shiny objects to pull across our screens, and nothing is as effective as a "Good War".