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January 7, 2014 - 9:05 am

The official unemployment rate stands at about 7.2%, with the unofficial estimate much higher than that. The Obama administration has spent the past few years claiming that the economy is in “recovery” or on the rebound, poised for strong growth, all that. Remember the “summer of recovery”? The economy doesn’t.

But President Obama’s major effort right now is to extend unemployment benefits for about a million chronically unemployed.

If the economy is poised for a rebound, ready to roll with strong growth, then why are there chronically unemployed people at all? Why is it necessary to extend their already long two-year benefits farther? President Obama said today that these Americans are out there looking for work. Why, in his recovering economy, do they need more unemployment payments?

The Obama administration spent the last campaign assuring Americans that “al Qaeda is on the run.” That the terrorist army has been defeated or is on its way to defeat, it’s a spent force, etc.

Yet at the same time, the National Security Agency was turning its omnipresent gaze on the American people more and more every day. It has been scooping up our metadata, scoping on our online lives, invading our privacy with unprecedented technology in unprecedented ways.

But if al Qaeda, the enemy we are supposedly using the NSA to protect ourselves against,  is truly “on the run,” then why was the NSA spying on us?

Upon returning from his lavish vacation in Hawaii, President Obama said the following about Republicans: “Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job. Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire…”

Republicans may have “gone home for the holidays,” but Barack Obama jetted off to the beach at taxpayer expense at the same time. That’s better than going home to spend time with family and meet with constituents — i.e., citizens? If what the Republicans did was bad, what Obama himself did was worse. Leaving the First Lady there in Hawaii as a birthday present, which will necessitate sending an empty Air Force One to get her at great taxpayer expense, is somehow Barack’s personal present to Michelle? Only if he believes that he and the state are one and the same.

The media could call Obama on all of his various contradictions in thought and word versus action, but mostly won’t.

It is a fact that one cannot have reasonable negotiations with a man who is so blatant about not meaning a thing that he says. His words say one thing, his actions say something else entirely, and taken together, they leave no room to believe that he will ever do anything that he says he will do. His promises have expiration dates, mainly because he never once intended to fulfill them.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Actually, the official numbers are damning.

The U-6 number is a more accurate representation of unemployment, and it's been 13-15% since early in his administration. Same with the workforce participation, which is a lousy 63% or so. It's gone down steadily since his election in 2008 - http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS1130000

But I labor the point. The data is there. Just once, when they crow about what a good job they are doing, I'd like to see someone call them out on the real numbers.

Most people know this intuitively. Someone once said a recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when it takes them a long time to find another one. At a true 7% (U-3) unemployment number it doesn't take the two years that it's taken most of my friends to find jobs.
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He might mean some or all of the things he says. But with someone whose life is built entirely on lies, how would anybody ever know?

Isn't the definition of of a sociopath somebody who lies effortlessly about everything, one who does it so routinely that it's impossible to tell what is truth and what is lies, and who has absolutely no remorse about the damage that the lies do?

I don't think obama even knows himself when he is lying. In his delusional world, whatever he says is the truth, by definition.
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Yep, if the economy recovers any more, we'll all be out of a job.

Obama's accomplishments to date: wrote 2 autobiographies, made health insurance more affordable by raising premiums and deductibles, fixed the economy by putting everyone on unemployment compensation. And that's just on the domestic side. His accomplishments in foreign policy are even more impressive.
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Possible correction - the authorship of his first "auto-hagiography" is still very much open to question. A lot of research was done all the way back in 2008 using the algorithms of choice of professors looking for plagiarism in term papers. It identified the writing style of Bill Ayers in his first one. Ayers has confirmed this on a number of occasions, some in jest but others in apparent seriousness, including one where he says it was at the request of Michelle.

The few existing (or at least released) examples of Obama's earlier writing have been found to be mediocre at best. Suddenly he supposedly wrote this marvelous written book which he claims complete authorship of, with no ghost.

Right.
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Well, it's a good thing that he means well. After all, what evidence is there that he isn't trying to tell the truth...but just was misinformed by underlings...or worse, they simply didn't warn him at all?

If that was not the case, he would be a liar. Heaven forbid that we ever dare to go out on THAT limb.

Better that we water down the response so that it is hesitant and halting and diluted.

Or so some say. After all, if the leftists are struggling for an alibi...they almost always can count on our timid "concerned" to provide one.
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Why is Caesar Augustus Obama doing this? Simple: politics. He wants a three month extension now, another in three more months, and another a few months before the 2014 mid-terms. He wants a convenient cudgel to use to beat the GOP - figuratively and literally. By being his self-indulgent, narcissistic self he sees a win-win situation. If the GOP gives him an extension with no off-sets, he gets a major win. If the GOP says no, unless there are off-sets, he gets to blame the lack of an extension on the GOP - win. Oh, and we can look forward to more of this with the budget battles, the debt limit ceiling, and so on. Anything, anything at all, to get the spotlight off Ocare. Since the media is 110% behind Commander Zero, and ditto all of the TV networks which slavishly broadcast each and every one of this orations [remember that they refused to do that for GWB], if the GOP thinks they can win in November solely on the back of Ocare I believe they better take another look at the political battlefield, and do it now!
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Bryan, I think you may be absolutely wrong, or positively right, depends on whether you consider 'fundamentally transforming America' a promise or a threat
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Actually, the official numbers are damning.

The U-6 number is a more accurate representation of unemployment, and it's been 13-15% since early in his administration. Same with the workforce participation, which is a lousy 63% or so. It's gone down steadily since his election in 2008 - http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS1130000

But I labor the point. The data is there. Just once, when they crow about what a good job they are doing, I'd like to see someone call them out on the real numbers.

Most people know this intuitively. Someone once said a recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when it takes them a long time to find another one. At a true 7% (U-3) unemployment number it doesn't take the two years that it's taken most of my friends to find jobs.
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