Showing posts with label reality. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reality. Show all posts

Jim Clifton: The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment

Official lies from government.        Here's something that many Americans -- including some of the smartest and most educated among us -- don't know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading. Right now, we're hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall    ... MORE

Record 92,898,000 Americans Not In The Workforce

by Caroline May. But no worries, government also says unemployment rate drops to 5.6%. A record 92,898,000 Americans 16 years and older did not participate in the labor force last month, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS defines people not in the work force as people 16 years and up who are not employed and      ... MORE

Carl Sagan Wanted An Honest Drugs Debate 24 Years Ago

by Matt Ferner.     His questions remain spot on. Carl Sagan, a titan of scientific thought and communication, assumed many different roles in his life -- from science's "gatekeeper," to television star on the original "Cosmos," to marijuana user and advocate. Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, recently posted a handful of Sagan's letters  ... MORE

VIDEO: Shake It Off - Just Deny Reality!

Minimum Skills Translate To A Minimum Wage

by Abdul-Hakim Shabazz.  Whenever I read an article about fast-food workers demanding $15 an hour I have to double check and make sure I am not getting my news from the Onion or some other satirical website. You’ve seen the headlines as of late. A group of low-skilled, usually low-educated, workers are demanding $15 an hour just   ... MORE

IBD: The Worst Job Stat Continues To Get Even Worse

by Jed Graham. Amid all the focus on boosting the minimum wage and legislating living wages, virtually no one seems to have noticed what is happening to the workweek in low-wage industries. 

Since December 2012, private industries paying up to about $14.50 an hour have added, on net, 972,000 nonsupervisory jobs with an average workweek of a mere 17.7 hours, an IBD analysis finds. 

That doesn't mean new employees are being hired for such few hours. Rather, it reflects a combination of reduced hours in existing jobs and   ... MORE

Most Want to Criminalize Pre-Teens Playing Unsupervised

by Lenore Skenazy.   A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that. What's more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside  ... MORE

Why Gun Owners Oppose Universal Background Checks

Building the gun owner database.     Gun control groups (including the Obama White House) have been pushing hard for new laws and restrictions on firearms. One of their biggest dreams is to have what is known as a “universal background check” (UBC). The gun control groups see this as a panacea to stop violence. They believe that if they   ... MORE

Alexander Bolton: Is Rand Paul Plausible In 2016?

Can principles also be practical?  Can Sen. Rand Paul really become the 45th president? His curly hair and slight frame aren’t a Hollywood casting agent’s idea of a commander in chief. But the freshman Republican senator from Kentucky rejects established norms; he’s on a declared mission to redefine the presidency and his own party.  ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: The High Cost Of Liberalism - Part One

Liberals advocate many wonderful things.      In fact, I suspect that most conservatives would prefer to live in the kind of world envisioned by liberals, rather than in the kind of world envisioned by conservatives. Unfortunately, the only kind of world that any of us can live in is the world that actually exists. Trying to live in the kind   ... MORE

Voting Is A Lousy Way To Express Yourself

by Sheldon Richman.      By now we’re used to MSNBC’s adoration of government, expressed not only on its programs but also through in-house promotions. These are often heavy-handed, such as Rachel Maddow’s spots asserting that only governments can accomplish “great things.” Sometimes, however, the promos are more subtle,    ... MORE