American Elephants

The Friday Night News Dump. Terrifying Incompetence. by The Elephant's Child

Late on Fridays, when everyone is on the way home, getting ready for the weekend and not paying attention to the news is the time that the powers that be in our nation’s capitol choose to allow unpleasant news to emerge.

—Friday night news: President is sending the National Guard to Ebola Central, apparently because the Military isn’t stopping Ebola fast enough. The Military sent so far, have had 4 hours of training in preparation for possible exposure. The expedition to Ebola Central has a name now—”Operation United Assistance.”

—DHS announced that it will be extending Temporary Protected Status to nationals from Honduras and Nicaragua for an additional 18 months and is instituting a new program to bring up to 100,000 Haitians to this country. The program will allow the new immigrants to apply for work permits. The “legal authority” is “family unification” for Haitians and on a case by case basis for “urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.”

—Judicial Watch says that Obama plans to transfer Ebola-Infected foreigners to U.S. for treatment. This is one of those they have information from insiders, but no confirmation, and certainly no official confirmation.

—The World Health Organization reported a rash of cases of Ebola in Guinea on March 25th, the first ever seen in west Africa. At that time there were 86 suspected cases and reports of suspected cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The death toll was 60. Today it has claimed more victims than all previous outbreaks. The current death toll is 4,493, and the WHO fears that it could see 5,000 to 10,000 new cases a week.

—A seventh child has died from Enterovirus D68. So far we have only one death from Ebola. Unlike Ebola, CDC is not publicly addressing the spread of EV-D68. According to the latest update at least 796 people in 46 states have been sickened with the respiratory illness that can cause paralysis in the period from mid-August through October 16. It is simply not known if  the disease is being spread by the presence of tens of thousands of illegal alien children, but the virus has been found in sick people in eight Latin American countries.

—The Pentagon has released a wide-ranging plan to ensure the U.S. military can adapt to and operate in a warmer world caused by climate change, which top Defense officials say exacerbates conflicts around the world and is an immediate threat to U.S. national security. This was last week, but it is so goofy, I’m adding it to the list. There has been no warming for the last 18 full years. Over the past century it warmed about one degree, and we handled it just fine. We are now looking at the possibility of a colder world for which we are drastically unprepared as this administration keeps attempting to destroy our major power source, coal-fired power plants which provide around 40% of our electricity with nothing to replace the power.

—Pilots from Saddam Hussein’s air force are training Islamic State jihadists to fly warplanes captured from the Iraqi army. Eyewitnesses accounts have seen warplanes taking off from the al Jarrah airbase and Syrian regime airbases in Aleppo and Al Raqqa province. The planes are believed to be MiG-21 and MiG-23 models and have been seen taking off and landing.

Other than that, Saturday is not all that promising either. Take two aspirin and relax with one of our Halloween movies.

Have You Noticed the Price of Bacon and Butter Lately? by The Elephant's Child

Is there any straight talk anymore? The economy created 248,000 new jobs, slightly above the recent average of about 228,000, so the unemployment rate fell two tenths of a percent to 5.9 percent. Obama is crowing, because the unemployment rate is going down, but it is going down because 329,000 people dropped out of the labor force. There are 7.1 million people working part-time who would prefer to be working full time. How many of the people with part-time jobs hold two of the jobs?

President Obama went out to Northwestern University on Thursday to remind young voters of all the economic success he has had. The headline numbers may indicate health, but the economy simply isn’t that healthy. George Will, on last night’s Special Report with Bret Baier, was not exactly impressed.

The president went to the state of Illinois to brag about the economy. Illinois has 300,000 fewer jobs than it had in 2008. For the last four years in the state of Illinois, the number of new food stamp recipients has increased twice as fast as the number of new job recipients. He was speaking in Illinois on a college campus. He did not mention that 40 percent of recent college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed — that is, in jobs that don’t require college degrees — and one in three recent college graduates is living at home with their parents.

The jobs report is a snapshot, and provides several different ways of looking at the economy, so you can pull out the numbers that best make your case. Fewer people are participating in the labor force, and the rate remains at levels last seen in 1978. The share of the population employed is only 59 percent. Is the labor force now permanently smaller because of demographic changes and the shock of a slow growth recovery,  or can those long-term unemployed be lured back when the economy shifts into a higher growth gear that pays enough to make work more attractive than early retirement or government benefits? Real median net worth has declined from its peak in 2006 back to less than it was in 1989.

Better economic policies might be possible after the November election. Republicans have a chance to retake the Senate, which would end Majority Leader Harry Reid’s stranglehold on pro-growth measures that have passed the house only to be tabled in the Senate.

There’s regulatory relief, tax reforms like the repeal of the foolish medical devices tax, approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, and many more. President Obama wouldn’t sign them all, but he couldn’t afford to veto everything without paying a heavy political price by proving that he has been the cause of the gridlock he deplores.

We have to keep reminding people that the recession (‘the worst since the Great Depression”) technically ended over five years ago, in June of 2009. Over 58 percent of the people think that we’re still in recession. Some Recovery!

An Embarrassing White House Flashback by The Elephant's Child

“Already some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No, I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off ramps on this one.”

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