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Data and Crisis
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Author:  TinaBlack [ Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Data and Crisis

I read an interesting comparison yesterday.

Of course, you know that GWB removed food and fuel from the inflation index.

By his count, inflation is 4 %.

By the count used during the Clinton years, inflation is currently 8%; and by the measures used by Reagan, inflation is currently 11%.

Remember, also, that "unemployment" does not count anyone whose unemployment *payments* have expired, whether or not they are looking for work. The real unemployment rate is a lot closer to 9% than it is to less-than-5&.

When your data is intentionally misleading, it's hard to do much about a problem. It's been all lies from Jr. for 7 plus years. Yes, inflation is getting a lot worse -- and food and fuel lead the spiral upward. The drive to make ethanol instead of methanol is aggravating both factors.

Author:  JamesGifford [ Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Data and Crisis

TinaBlack wrote:
The drive to make ethanol instead of methanol is aggravating both factors.

It's not the production of ethanol, precisely, it's the use of corn - and corn grown on formerly food-producing land - to produce ethanol that is a staggeringly idiotic move. Let us not even speak of the government subsidies to do so.

I think that the ethanol follies will be mentioned in the same breath with Teapot Dome by future generations - assuming (viz: ACC) there are any.

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