Roundup: Unemployment, Sebelius, Philly, Spiders

Posted: March 4, 2011 by socklessjoe in Fucking Markets, Funniest End of Civilization Evah, Liberal FAIL, News, Obama's Fault, Random Crap, WTF Is Wrong With PA

(1) WSJ informs us that the unemployment rate of 8.9% is after adjusting for the reduced size of the labor force.  If we assume the same size labor force as we had before the recession, we’d be looking at 11.5% official unemployment.

(2) Sebelius more-or-less admits to double-counting the Medicare cuts in Obamacare:

(3) WTF is wrong with Philly?  The Philadelphia Republican committee is not even bothering to put up a RINO for mayor, and they are chasing down a genuine Democrat instead.  I guess we’re beyond the “In Name Only” stuff.  C’mon, guys…

(4) Mazda is recalling 2009 and 2010 model Mazda6’s because –get this– “a certain type of spider” that “may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line and this may cause a restriction in the line.

  1. nyp10025 says:

    It is a little hard to get the thread of the dialogue since the Republican Congressman gives Ms. Sibelius so little time to respond and cuts her off, but she appears to be saying that reductions in the growth of the wasteful Medicare Advantage program cut the Medicare growth rate and thus extend the solvency of the fund. It is true that as an accounting matter under unified government accounting the full amount of trust fund savings cannot be counted towards the cost of funding healthreform. That is why the official CBO cost estimates for healthreform do no such thing. They don’t engage in any “double counting.” Even Representative Paul Ryan admits that:

    So the accusation about “double counting” goes to past Democratic political rhetoric, but has nothing to do with the official cost scoring of the healthcare reform law.

    Perhaps if the Congressman had given Ms. Sibelius enough time to explain that would have come out in the testimony. But getting the soundbite for use in the echo chamber was too important for that.

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