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The Economy and Unemployment Benefits

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I haven’t had an opportunity to talk about the fact that the “War on Poverty” has just turned 50. Instead, I’d like to spend some time talking about the economy. Towards the end of this post I will talk about unemployment benefits. Today we got the much-anticipated jobs numbers. Sometimes the jobs numbers are little hard to digest. This month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 74,000 jobs. If you think that number is somewhat low, you are in excellent company. The unemployment rate dipped to 6.7%. I don’t believe any of it. This number (74,000 jobs) is a three-year low. Last month, the month that should’ve been hit extremely hard by the government shutdown, the economy added 241,000 jobs. I’m not sure about that number either.

I have been following the labor statistics fairly closely for nearly a decade. There seems to always¬†be¬†one or two numbers that come out either extremely high or extremely low that are revised over the coming months. All of the economic indicators that we’ve seen over the last two or three months seem to show that the economy is continuing to pick up steam.

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By |2014-01-11T23:36:18-04:00January 11th, 2014|Economy|Comments Off on The Economy and Unemployment Benefits

Injured Vet can't get benefits

I have worked at a VA. This is retardedly common. Injuries that you and I would think would be obviously covered by the VA. Not so much. They aren’t covered. The other thing that the VA does is try to figure out how much are you disabled or how much are you hurt. These are 2 stories of Vets who any American from a distance of 1000 miles could see that they should be 100% service connected.

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From CNN.com:

Ty Ziegel peers from beneath his Marine Corps baseball cap, his once boyish face burned beyond recognition by a suicide bomber’s attack in Iraq just three days before Christmas 2004.

He lost part of his skull in the blast and part of his brain was damaged. Half of his left arm was amputated and some of the fingers were blown off his right hand.

Ziegel, a 25-year-old Marine sergeant, knew the dangers of war when he was deployed for his second tour in Iraq. (more…)

By |2007-11-17T19:28:35-04:00November 17th, 2007|Bush Administration, Military|Comments Off on Injured Vet can't get benefits

The benefits of Dan Rather's Lawsuit

Dan RatherIf we put aside the $70 million price tag for a second and look at this suit, I think that we will find a gold nugget at the end of the rainbow. Remember that Dan Rather was fired or put out to pasture because of a story on 60 Minutes II that Rather did on Bush’s National Guard Service. The old question on whether or not George Bush completed his Texas Air National Guard service has never been completely answered. Rather produced documents that seemed to show that Bush wasn’t performing well. Immediately, I mean, during the broadcast, there was an instant cry of foul. Soon, the documents authenticity was questioned. CBS originally backed the story then started to waffle then caved. Dan Rather was taken off the Evening News and placed on 60 minutes II. He really wasn’t used much and he quit. This brings us to the present.

Questions remain because some documents about Bush’s past seem to have been misplaced. Many believe that Alberto Gonzales had something to do with those documents disappearing but this is just speculation. So, what happened and why do we care? I don’t think that most Americans do care. It is water under the bridge. On the other hand, clear answers may help round out a picture of George Bush that many liberals have of him. He is not and never was a good ole boy. He went to Andover (one of the most elite prep schools in the country), Yale and Harvard. Good Ole boys don’t usually go to those places. What the Dan Rather lawsuit may do is bring out many details of President Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard. If it does that then it will be worth more than $70 million to many liberals.

As an added benefit we may be able to view how the Bush administration and the network executives worked hand and hand to control stories in the post 9-11 world. If it does that, I’ll bring the popcorn to enjoy the show.

By |2007-09-28T16:48:15-04:00September 28th, 2007|9-11, Bush Administration, Media|Comments Off on The benefits of Dan Rather's Lawsuit
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