Thursday, May 13, 2010
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Perhaps the most overused and misused word in recent news stories has been "unexpectedly," as in "the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose again."
We're starting to wonder just who the experts are that "expect" things which clearly fly in the face of logic, and who appear to be shocked (shocked!) when the absolutely predictable happens.
Besides rising unemployment, we've recently seen that Obamacare may cause workers to "unexpectedly" lose their employer-supplied insurance because it will be cheaper for companies to pay fines to the government than to continue paying medical bills. And who could have foreseen that extending unemployment benefits might unexpectedly lead to people choosing not to apply for jobs until their benefits - up to 2 years of benefits - run out?
All in all, this administration falls prey to the "unexpected" entirely too often to be believable. Which is why a clean sweep in November will not be unexpected.