The Jury Talks Back



Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 5:01 pm

In what is rapidly becoming high comedy, once again Important People were shocked that the number of people employed in the private sector decreased for the month of March.

I’m going to quote exactly what was in the article this morning, which has since been edited (without comment, natch):

“Private payrolls unexpectedly fell in March, according to data released Wednesday. Private-sector jobs in the U.S. dropped by 23,000 this month, according to a national employment report published Wednesday by payroll giant Automatic Data Processing Inc. and consultancy firm Macroeconomic Advisers.”

I mean, come on people.  Are the people who predict these things shocked to find the sun rising in the east each morning?  That it rises at all?  That water is wet, or fire hot?  That the sun is often quite bright or that ice is cold?

Who the Holy Hell are these people, and how the Good God Damn do they get to be in a position where they are asked their opinion on anything?  I could flip a coin and have better odds at predicting employment than these numb-skulls.

“Heads, more unemployment…  Tails, more jobs…”

I’ve seen a better grasp of cause-and-effect relationships from people who stay with an alcoholic, abusive spouse.  Hell, I have a better grasp of it, and I’m an idiot.

Look, employment hasn’t risen for many months now, and the one month it did increase it was almost nothing, and due solely to season help for the Christmas holiday.  Businesses have no certainty about coming costs, and now have millions and millions in dollars in costs they never expected (the costs of the new taxation on health care under Obamacare).  Energy costs are increasing, and not only is there no sign of impending improvement, but every indication they will increase even more (Cap and Trade is not your economic friend).

And yet we’re supposed to be shocked that things aren’t getting better?  You mean that Jobs Summit didn’t do anything to create jobs?  You mean uncertainty and unwanted cost increases don’t leave businesses free to expand?

Truly, we are amongst the very dumbest of intellectuals.  I suspect that they really ARE shocked.  That they really DO think that things are magically supposed to get better, simply because The Anointed One wills it to be so.

All I have to say to them is this:



  1. […] “Unexpected” is fast becoming the most overworked word of the Obama Administration, and that’s saying something in a White House that prides itself on never-ending rhetoric. Today’s “unexpected” news is an early report showing a decline in March private sector unemployment numbers. Scott Jacobs has more on this story at The Jury. […]

    Pingback by Patterico's Pontifications » More “Unexpected” Economic News — 3/31/2010 @ 6:59 pm

  2. Scott, I have a number of friends who, back in 2008 and continuing to this day, were certain that the economy would improve merely by electing a Democrat. Didn’t seem to matter which Dem.

    It’s really hard to argue with reasoning like that.

    Comment by Some chump — 3/31/2010 @ 7:04 pm

  3. the failure of the economy to respond to the enlightened policies of Ear Leader is unprecedented, and obviously the fault of wreckers and kulaks. that you comment on it is racist and i denounce you all.

    Comment by redc1c4 — 3/31/2010 @ 9:05 pm

  4. You missed the best versions of this:





    Comment by IgotBupkis — 3/31/2010 @ 9:49 pm

  5. Double face palm works, but I liked this one, as it was clean and simple…

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 3/31/2010 @ 9:52 pm

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