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Sunday, May 13, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Lying To Military Families? How About 3.9% Unemployment?




Check out this CNN Headline:


Trump misleads about military pay raises

"Misleads? 

When media reports on Trump's daily lies via headlines which fall well shy of the full scope of Trump's words, media enables Trumpism.  Trump doesn't mislead; Trump lies, and he does so as a matter of fact as he breathes. 

Over the course of the week leading up to Mother's Day, Trump offered a shameful lie to military mothers and military families.

We sought a shorter version of the Trump and wife charade which follows, but we are forced to post this 10-minute version. The version captures opening remarks from Trump's wife while setting the stage for the supreme carnival barker equipped to ready-to-roll lies about military pay increases.  



Utter over-the-top lies which could not have been offered with support from the Defense Department. 

As you would expect Trump's "Man in the House", Paul Ryan, joined in the charade. Well, actually Ryan attempted to fix the Trump lie with a quick tweet with fats regarding the Trump statement. 
Proud to watch as @POTUS signs this legislation into law, giving our men and women in uniform their largest pay raise in 8 years.
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tus/940628241848643584 
The facts are: the US military troops and families have received one percent increases every year for the past 30 years. The 2018 2.4 percent increase is the largest increase in the past eight years.

Let's spend a few minutes with Politifact vi Tulsa World dot com.

Fact-checking

Says the 2018 defense authorization bill includes raises for the military "for the first time in 10 years."

— President Donald Trump.



Here is a link to the full Tulsa World dot com (Politifact) piece.


Will the nation ever grow tried of Trumps daily lies or we becoming desensitized and accommodating regarding the lies?
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While on the topic of "misleading" we all witnessed the perfect example of Trump misleading the nation via comments following the April Jobs Report. Trump and his Chief of Staff along with every Trump talking head CNN has on contributor contract played fast and loose with the 3.9% unemployment rate. The lowest unemployment rate since prior to the Bush Administration noteworthy to put it mildly. The subterfuge comes forth when the April figures are tossed around like a badge of praise without acknowledgment of how the rate is now compared to the rate in early 2009. 

Take a quick look at how the post-Bush Sub Prime Bubble resulted in increased unemployment.

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A glance at job losses after the Sub Prime Bubble burst.

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From the two charts until Trump was inaugurated something about US History took place which led to an improved US economy and a cessation of Job losses at 450K to 750K per month. The Obama Economy ran for virtually eight years commencing with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (The Stimulus)

Before we move to dealing with Trump's rhetoric regarding the 3.9% unemployment rate, we should remind ourselves the GOP member of Congress almost tot he seat were against the Stimulus. The request for $1.2 trillion in Stimulus funding was cut to $800 million before passing into law mostly due to GOP resistance to the measure.

Since the day of the April Jobs Report release, Trump and his cadre of talking heads have bantered the 3.9% as if solely responsible for the improved numbers.

As the Obama Administration whittled away at the Bush economy and thousands of monthly job losses. Trump over the full course of the Obama Years peppered us with remarks meant to deflate the significance of an improving economy. Steve Benen recently published a piece regarding Trump and the April Jobs numbers, but first, let's remind ourselves of how Trump would comment when he heard or read good job numbers via Obama.
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Time magazine this week:
“We have a real unemployment rate that’s probably 21%. It’s not 6. It’s not 5.2 and 5.5. Our real unemployment rate – in fact, I saw a chart the other day, our real unemployment – because you have ninety million people that aren’t working. Ninety-three million to be exact. If you start adding it up, our real unemployment rate is 42%.”
Benen's piece included the following chart.  We have also excerpted a few paragraphs from the piece. It wouldn't be possible for Trump to banter the unemployment rate during his 16 months in office without significant trending (often drastic trending) from Obama's policies and subsequent economic improvement.
MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Blog
WHY: President Donald J. Trump’s historic tax cuts, deregulation, and pro-growth policies are creating jobs and restoring confidence in America’s economy.
There are a few relevant angles to this. First, a 3.9% unemployment rate is great news for the country and American workers, though the metric does come with some caveats. For example, the rate’s most recent drop was the result of discouraging developments, not encouraging ones.
Second, and more important, is the fact that Trump claiming credit for the news is a stretch. This is a great example of someone being born on third base and thinking they hit a triple: the jobless rate has been steadily declining since President Obama ended the Great Recession in his first term. It’s great that the trend has continued over the year and a half Trump has been in office, but no one should try to make the case that the Republicans’ tax breaks and deregulation crusade are somehow responsible for creating the trend that began in 2010.
Or put another way, looking at the above chart, Trump would have Americans believe he deserves credit for the red line, but his predecessor deserves no credit for the blue line. It’s a tough sell.

As  Trump's World Turns: The lie as part of everyday life.

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