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I Blame Elsa

Filed under: General — JD @ 3:06 pm

[guest post by JD]

GDP posted at an anemic 0.1% for 1st quarter 2014. This was propped up by a huge INCREASE in healthcare spending, resulting from bending the cost-curve downward, or something. Absent that surge, it would have been negative.

The Chairman of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors blamed this recovery on winter happening. During winter.

I am kind of at a loss, because this is so mendoucheous and predictable, yet startling nonetheless. They are combating global warming, but winter wrecked the economy. A little more global warming and we would have been just fine.

Couple this with Carnie’s presser where he denied that the Benghazi political talking points for Rice were about Benghazi, and it is now clear that their strategy is simply to just lie. The bigger the better. Flood the zone.

Damn you, Elsa.


47 Responses to “I Blame Elsa”

  1. When reached for comment, The Onion said,”WTF?!”

    JD (3273b9)

  2. The Soviet Union used to have its economy wrecked every winter, too.

    Kevin M (131754)

  3. And the real “winter” is still on its way. It starts when the Fed rate starts climbing and we have to pay real interest on that debt.

    Kevin M (131754)

  4. It’s good that Ron Ziegler is dead and doesn’t have to watch this White House lie so poorly.

    Kevin M (131754)

  5. Thank goodness for global warming, or it would have been even worse!

    Patricia (be0117)

  6. We can be assured that Pinnochio will NOT be conducting any WH Press Briefings in Carney’s absence.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  7. Comment by Kevin M (131754) — 4/30/2014 @ 3:19 pm

    Robert Gibbs is deliberately not available for comment.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  8. they told me that if i voted for Romney…

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  9. Texas Sparkle had the tweet of the night a couple of nights ago, something along the lines of:

    Putin seems about as concerned with the impact of Obama’s sanctions on his economy as Obama is with the impact of Obama’s policies on his own economy.

    We are in the best of hands.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  10. America never had a harsh winter, until Obama became President.
    That’s because both Mother Nature and God hate black Presidents.
    Or something.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  11. I wonder what the over/under is on this dynamic number (+0.1%) will be revised downward in the future as most numbers from DC seem to be.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  12. Just watch. If there are poor second quarter economic numbers, they will be blamed on “pollen”.

    S.B. Yadnow (e95473)

  13. 10- Confucians, or is it Taoists, would say that this ‘Emperor’ has lost the Mandate of Heaven as a cascade of bad news descends upon his court.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  14. 12- Chuckle.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  15. R.I.P. Al Feldstein, longtime editor of MAD Magazine

    Icy (14327b)

  16. C’mon… Winter was unexpected. Spring will idle in place and then Recovery Summer!!!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  17. Since “winter” is ruining the economy, then maybe global “warming” will ultimately help the economy, right ?

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  18. Bush, winter, racist basketball team owners, ranchers, the GOP, anyone but The Dear Leader. 6+ years into office and he hans’t a goddamn clue.

    Bugg (f0dbc7)

  19. But, 57 months after the end of the Great Recession, we are only experiencing 0.1% economic growth –

    Just think how bad it would be without those 67% of BarryCare enrollees paying their first month’s premium.


    askeptic (8ecc78)

  20. Hey, I think that it’s great that the White House is moving on; I had expected them to blame George Bush!

    The slightly amused Dana (af9ec3)

  21. And, don’t forget: Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawai’i, where they don’t have winter, so how could he have been expecting it?

    The Dana who watches Jen Carfagno on the Weather Channel (af9ec3)

  22. I actually expected the Administration to play the “unexpectedly” card.

    Because I have certain expectations of them. Or whathever.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  23. It’ll take them about three quarters (9 months) to realize that Obamacare premiums are causing the slowdown.

    Sammy Finkelman (0f2215)

  24. Mr Finkelman wrote:

    It’ll take them about three quarters (9 months) to realize that Obamacare premiums are causing the slowdown.

    Thing is, they won’t. They certainly didn’t in the first quarter, because no one signed up until the last minute, so they had no real impact before that, and many people didn’t actually pay until the second quarter.

    Moreover, paying your premium is still economic activity. It might have been different spending than you would have preferred, but those premiums went to the insurance companies, and they turned around and spent it again themselves.

    The economist Dana (af9ec3)

  25. Sammy,

    The Administration can always blame the economic slowdown on a YouTube video.
    Or something.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  26. Unexpectedly.

    AZ Bob (533fbc)

  27. Always unexpectedly.

    Like the 1980s song The One is really like the 1992 Del Amitri hit always THE LAST TO KNOW.

    Bugg (f0dbc7)

  28. There is one thing for certain: If the GOP manages to retake the Senate along with the House, all of this will be the Republicans’ fault.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  29. And, in 2017, when the Republican President takes over and orders the Bureau of Labor Statistics to stop falsifying data, the sudden jump in inflation and unemployment will be the his fault.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  30. the

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  31. “It’ll take them about three quarters (9 months) to realize that Obamacare premiums are causing the slowdown.”

    Sammy – After four years they still don’t understand that Obamacare has been a drag on the overall economy. Why do you think they’ll wake up now?

    The only reason GDP growth was in positive territory in Q1 was the ginormous 9.9% growth in healthcare spending caused by Obamacare, which was “designed” to actually reduce healthcare spending. WTF.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  32. I’m just glad that Winter thingy doesn’t come around that often.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  33. orders the Bureau of Labor Statistics to stop falsifying data,

    I don’t know about the BLS, but the following statistics pertain to Mexico and are listed as originating from the CIA (yes, the USA’s CIA):

    Year…Unemployment Rate…Percent Change

    1981….0.9….-25.00 %
    1982….4.2….366.67 %
    1983….6.1….45.24 %
    1984….5.6….-8.20 %
    1985….4.4….-21.43 %
    1986….4.3….-2.27 %
    1987….3.883…-9.70 %
    1988….3.542…-8.78 %
    1989….2.925…-17.42 %
    1990….2.742…-6.26 %
    1991….2.692…-1.82 %
    1992….2.83….5.13 %
    1993….3.43….21.20 %
    1994….3.7…..7.87 %
    1995….6.23….68.38 %
    1996….5.45….-12.52 %
    1997….3.73….-31.56 %
    1998….3.16….-15.28 %
    1999….2.5…..-20.89 %
    2000….2.2…..-12.00 %
    2001….2.767…25.77 %
    2002….2.978…7.63 %
    2003….3.403…14.27 %
    2004….3.918…15.13 %
    2005….3.592…-8.32 %
    2006….3.591…-0.03 %
    2007….3.713…3.40 %
    2008….3.97….6.92 %
    2009….5.456…37.43 %
    2010….5.373…-1.52 %

    ^ Based on data like that, our neighbor to the south seems like the land of milk and honey. A veritable paradise of job opportunities galore.

    People there shouldn’t be sneaking across the border into this country. No, WE should be the ones sneaking across the border into THAT country.

    Or is this a case of “figures lie and liars figure?”

    Mark (59e5be)

  34. It’s been somewhat cold most of April.

    Some notes:

    On Tuesday, April 15, the second Seder night, someone said he thought it wss snowing. I opined that would be sleet. It was cold and windy. when I went outside around 11 pm it seemed to be only a somewhat hard drizzle.

    The next morning I discovered…it did snow! You could snow on car windows. There was even some ice in places on the sidewalk.

    At 6:35 pm on Friday, April 18, it was 47 degrees (reported on TV)

    There was some rain late in the afternoon of Tuesday, April 22, (the last day of Passover) but not really mwhat may have been predicted. It went away.

    On Wednesday, April 23, at 8:26 pm it was 48 degrees.

    The next morning, at 6:19 am it was 43 degrees. at 8:52, it was 44 degrees and windy.

    At 3:38 am on Friday, April 25 (middle of the night) it was 47 degrees.

    at 6:03 pm it was 56 degrees.

    There was some rain Saturday around 7 pm.

    at 6:54 sm on Tuesday April 29, it was 50 degrees.

    This morning, Wednesday April 30, 2014 at 9:16 am, it was 44 degrees.

    At 11:09 pm it was 49 degrees.

    It has been raining all day since the morning.

    Sammy Finkelman (0f2215)

  35. The cold weather must have been caused either by low sunspots, or by the burning of coal in China.

    Sammy Finkelman (0f2215)

  36. 33. Comment by Mark (59e5be) — 4/30/2014 @ 8:14 pm

    Or is this a case of “figures lie and liars figure?”

    Mexico has a much lower minimum wage, and I think it’s a minimum daily wage, not an hourly one.

    Sammy Finkelman (0f2215)

  37. @34

    It was 53 degrees at Kominsky Park this afternoon and it drizzled a bit on and off. The wind changed direction several times. Some fans were wearing shorts and some were in winter parkas. Shall I continue, or is this generally uninteresting to commenters here?

    elissa (712a2c)

  38. 93 in my little corner of LACo just 12 miles from the beach.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  39. I got stranded for 3 days in Cheyenne, WY, due to winter weather conditions. Sunday morning till Wednesday morning, no driving my truck. Revenue lost.

    John Hitchcock (39ff45)

  40. omg

    ME TOO

    (last year)

    except it was just two days and then I shot off to Denver like a chicken on a cheeto

    I stayed at that weirdo dual-hotel with the waterpark inside

    one side is like a La Quinta and the other side is like whatever

    and there’s a waterpark in the middle

    even in the mostest hideous apex of winter

    it was pretty gross

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  41. Sounds like that might be a “Little America” location with a Sinclair (I believe) truckstop. I was at the truckstop. The hotel was up the hill, and the restaurant prices… 20 bucks for a steak. Didn’t eat there. Ate food out of my in-truck pantry.

    John Hitchcock (39ff45)

  42. good choice Mr. H

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  43. ” They are combatting global warming, but winter wrecked the economy. A little more global warming and we would have been just fine. ”

    LOL. You’ve a probitive attentiveness for detail.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  44. 37. Any gunfire reports in the distance?

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  45. See, none of this would have happened if Elsa’s parents had taken a different approach to raising her.

    PCachu (e072b7)

  46. it is now clear that their strategy is simply to just lie. The bigger the better. Flood the zone.

    1) Worked well enough to get the useless teat re-elected.

    2) See “1” above. Especially the “elected” part. What’s the downside to them? :-S

    Smock Puppet, "Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses." (225d0d)

  47. From Bill Ritter’s blog or e-mail (WABC-TV New York 11 pm anchor)

    Health Care Debate

    “It’s run a little like a brothel you pay way more than it’s worth.”

    The surprise to me wasn’t the statement it could apply to so many things in our society of course. The surprise was who said it. It was my doctor, and she was talking about health insurance companies. Today on Facebook, after I was forced to do some math about my current state of health care coverage, I let it fly. I blasted the current state of health insurers unleashed and unabashedly raising rates and changing the game.

    It all started with a procedure routine by a long-time doctor of mine who is slapped with the label that is the bane of everyone’s bank account: Out of network.

    Her fee for the procedure – it was made famous by Katie Couric, and we thank her for that! – was 6 times what the insurance company deems “acceptable.”

    So at this rate, I will never ever meet my out of network deductible. (Unless, bite my tongue, something really bad happens.)

    And so I did the math, and between my deductibles for in network and out, plus my doubling of premiums, I could afford to buy a new car with the money I’m spending on health insurance this year.

    And I opined that it would be far far far far far cheaper to pay for my own health care and pay a fine for not having health insurance under the Obamacare reform, than to pay for my premiums and deductible. All this, again, assuming nothing bad happens just routine medical stuff. That is a risky assumption I know.

    [But maybe he could also buy catastrophic.]

    And then the discussion on Facebook by lots of folks turned to how to change all that. One of the problems is that President Obama was worried that he couldn’t get his reforms passed if the government entered the market as a “single payer” which would have forced the health insurance companies to not price gouge a public that is now required to buy insurance. What a sweet deal for them!

    Thank you all of you on all sides of this issue, for weighing in. Having everyone covered by health insurance is supposed to save us money, because those millions without insurance before used emergency rooms as their basic health care, and that cost all of us big time.

    [Wrong, wrong. That will cost money. When people are covered they get more expensive treatment, not necessarily betetr]

    Hopefully, the health care reform that has rolled in will be re-tooled and the problems that so many people seem to have will eventually be smoothed out.

    So that’s my personal back-beat as we prep tonight’s 11 p.m. newscast.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

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