Czar of lies 10

Oh-oh, czar of fraud and czar of blight,

Czar of lies as black as night!

Why would Obama want to appoint a political ally to head the Bureau of Labor Statistics?

An unsurprising explanation comes from PJ Media, by Richard Pollock:

On the eve of the 2012 election, the White House is pushing to politicize the impartial U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The administration is also trying to bypass the congressional oversight that protects the independence of the neutral agency.

The BLS is the nation’s premier nonpartisan statistical agency reporting on the state of the American labor market. For more than a century, both political parties have considered BLS to be independent and politically untouchable.

The BLS monthly unemployment data is a key factor contributing to the president’s unpopularity.

Over the last year, the administration has refused to fill the two top BLS positions. …

The labor secretary and deputy secretary … made it clear that they wanted someone of their choosing from outside the existing career cadre. …

This has led to speculation that the White House is trying to circumvent the Senate so as to appoint a deputy whose position does not need Senate confirmation, and who would defer to the White House and to politically aggressive Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

One source told PJ Media the president would like to install Betsey Stevenson as the deputy commissioner. Stevenson is a Princeton academic and loyal political ally who worked as chief economist for Solis. Stevenson would be rejected by many in the Senate, which has regarded political allies as inappropriate for running the nonpartisan BLS.

Although the meddling with the BLS has received little coverage, economists and Republicans in Congress are decrying the effort. Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor under the Bush administration, called the administration’s tactics “outrageous.” She told PJ Media that meddling with the BLS personnel process could be a prelude to eventual tampering with unemployment surveys and results. …

In a November 29 letter to Secretary Solis, Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) — ranking Republican on the Senate Labor Committee — expressed alarm over the administration’s handling of personnel at the bureau. He warned it would be counterproductive to try to politicize the bureau through appointments that circumvent Senate confirmation: “To have credibility, an agency must be free — and perceived to be free — of political interference and policy advocacy.” …

The administration’s job description for the deputy position illustrates the administration’s politicization effort — rather than emphasize the independent status of the post, it states the deputy commissioner will be “assisting the Secretary of Labor in presenting the Department’s interests and policies to Congress, other government agencies, and the public.” In other words: instead of an independent official, the deputy commissioner would be an advocate for administration positions.

To be plain, the appointee would be a Czar of Lies.   

 

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According to this report and analysis by Tom Blumer, the manipulation of figures has already started in the Census Bureau:

The Census Bureau’s recently created “Supplemental Poverty Measure” (SPM) looks like a ruse to artificially show economic and poverty-reducing improvement in time for the 2012presidential election. Longer-term, it appears to be a rigged mechanism for demonstrating how ObamaCare … is a resounding success.

SPM radically redefines what it means to be “low income,” in the process adding almost 40 million more people to that category in 2010 compared to the number in the bureau’s official income and poverty report.

The only problem that matters to Barack Obama and his reelection team is the political impact of the official poverty rate. During the supposed era of Hope and Change, the rate has stubbornly and sharply increased. In 2007, the year before the arrival of what I have been calling the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) economy since mid-2008, that official rate was 12.5%, about the same as the previous four years. After increasing to 13.2% in 2008, it zoomed to 14.3% in 2009. When it hit 15.1% in 2010, it meant that the administration’s supposedly brilliant set of Keynesian policies had essentially taken us back to where we were in the early 1990s. The official poverty rate seems virtually assured to increase yet again when the bureau releases its results in September 2012, at which point the rate will likely be higher than at any time since the mid-1960s.

To be clear, the problem from Team Obama’s perspective isn’t that more and more people are living in economic misery. … The real problem is that the American people have learned that more and more of their fellow citizens are economically miserable. Even worse, they will have that message reinforced less than two months before Election Day 2012 — unless something is done about how poverty is measured and reported.

For years the left wanted figures to show as many poor people as possible.

Now suddenly they want the numbers to go down.

Enter SPM. The irony of its creation is more than a little hard to take. After decades during which leftists ridiculed conservatives and others who validly criticized official poverty measurements for excluding obvious items like the value of non-cash government benefits such as food stamps and traditional welfare from available resources, all of a sudden effective in 2009 the administration tasked the Census Bureau with developing SPM, which incorporates those and similar items into its measurement base.

But SPM … arbitrarily deducts a number of expenses from income to arrive at a new “resource measure” …  then compares that new “resource measure” to a clearly higher poverty threshold than the bureau has officially used for almost 50 years … [so] when next year’s SPM report comes out, millions of Americans will no longer be “low income” under its framework. I can imagine the campaign verbiage already: “Barack Obama … singlehandedly moved millions into the middle class … undoing much of the damage of the past decade’s misguided policies.”

As to the ObamaCare gambit: State-run health care will very visibly and quickly remove most medical out-of-pocket expenses from millions of Americans. In return, of course, we know from experience in other countries that they’ll have longer waits for care, be subject to rationing, receive lower quality care, and see a virtual end to medical innovation. But those things won’t be as immediately visible. Thus, ObamaCare will in its early years appear to almost painlessly move millions more from SPM’s “low income” category into the middle class. Again, thanks to artifice, Obama will look like a hero.

It must be nice to be able to create your own customized measurement to arrive at the conclusions you want.

As Mark Twain said that Disraeli said, there are three degrees of lies:  Lies, damned lies, and statistics.

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  • Jillian Becker

    Don L – 

    Thanks for the Brain Studies you’ve brought us.  

    When we find we can read them easily we feel wonderfully smart. 

    Does the ego good. 

    Should also help to stop commenters worrying when they make a typo. 

    Hppay New Yaer! 

    • Don L

      7H475 FUNNY!

      H4PPY N3W Y34R 7O YOU 7OO

      I’ll stop!  LOL

  • Liz

    I thought they were already tampering with the numbers on unemployment, by removing the people who are still unemployed, but gave up looking for work. 
    Disraeli had it right – boy are socialist bureaucrats predictable!

    • Don L

      Hi Liz,

      Predictable?  In 1893, before any nation/country had ever adopted socialism…just as it was being discussed as a “viable” idea (ugh…how wrong) this guy Eugen wrote a sci-fi book about what living under socialism would be like…30 years beffore anyone tried it.  get it here for free: Eugen Richter ” Pictures Of a Socialist Future:  http://mises.org/books/socialisticfuture_richter.pdf

  • Don L

    “The BLS is the nation’s premier nonpartisan statistical agency reporting on the state of the American labor market. For more than a century, both political parties have considered BLS to be independent and politically untouchable.”

    This has never been true. If it were truly an unbiased/independent finder of fact, there wouldn’t be a minimum wage law; because the data shows it is a primary reason for chronic unemployment.

    It’s purpose is to support labor…the corrupt and ant-american labor movement…the unions. The data is always a lie…they change the name, the included/excluded componets are changed.

    The unemployment rate does not measure unemployment. It counts those receiving unemployment checks. Unemployed and under-employed are estimated to be around 17%…not the 8.6 presently touted. Indeed, very few economic measurements actually mean anything. If they did, the 2007 crash would have been seen.

    All economic statistical analysis is a fraud. It is the ludicrous attempt to generate numbers by which to manage the economy. Sans full explanation…it can’t be done because the economy is based on humans and there’s no measuring our actions.

    Can you name any mainstream economist that has ever been right? So much for statistics and labor or any economic activity. Only Austrian economists have proven to be correct time-sfter-time….Austrian economics is predicated on human action within a free market capitalistic system. Once you know it…you SEE the consequent of violating the human free market system.

    If you haven’t seen it…watch the mainstream folk make fun of the Austrian guys…they use statistics…the Austrians use rational and resoned knowledge:

  • Ralph

    I give up. I can’t even spell ” statistics”.

    • Don L

        Thanks for being conscientious…My kingdom for a spell checker in this disqus. Here’s a brain twister that proves spelling doesn’t count: Can you raed this? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. If you can raed the floloniwg, you hvae an anazmig mnid!I cdnutol blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. Bcuseae of the phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sltil raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh?And I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

      • Ralph

        I have no problem reading this. It looks like my spelling.
        Thank you for your reply.

        • Don L

          This is the “timing ‘OOOH” category:

          Out of no where, a friend emails this to me:

          Good example of a Brain Study: If you can read this you have a strong mind:7H15 M3554G3 53RV35 7O PR0V3 H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5! 1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5! 1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG 17 WA5 H4RD BU7 N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3 Y0UR M1ND 1S R34D1NG 17 4U70M471C4LLY W17H 0U7 3V3N 7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17, B3 PROUD! 0NLY C3R741N P30PL3 C4N R3AD 7H15.And, just before that… a friend from FL emailed me this bit of humor:”Went int a mens room at a local tavern…on the stall wall, someone had written, with a ball point, ” I believe in ESP!”.Just below that, with a flair pen in a different handwriting, someone wrote, ” I knew you were going to write that!”.Infinite monkeys and infinite time theory…LOL.

  • Ralph

    “Justice is truth in action.”  Benjamin Disraeli.

    When truth is distorted by statics or any other means there will
    be no justice or liberty.