Saturday, March 6, 2010
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There's an old joke in which a doctor tells a patient he has good news and bad news, and the patient asks to hear the bad news first:
"You have incurable cancer," says the doctor.
"Oh my God," the patient says. "What's the good news?"
"You know that cute nurse in the waiting room?" the doctor replies. "I'm banging her!"
And so it was that Harry Reid announced "Today is a big day in America! We only lost 36,000 jobs today, which is really good!" He did not mention a cute nurse, but the idea is basically the same for the 36,000 people who lost their jobs last month.
According to the government's own rarely quoted U-6 Unemployment figures (which include those who have lost hope and stopped expecting change), this brings the unemployment rate to a staggering 16.8%. Meanwhile, Washington does nothing...because while polls show that people think they need jobs, the politicians know that what they really need is mandatory government healthcare. Which will, of course, be good news for a lot of cute nurses.