Thomas Wictor

Can we stop lying about everything?

Can we stop lying about everything?

I’m not political. Not in the slightest. But I hate liars. So even though I’m not a conservative or a liberal, I’m going to debunk this ridiculous piece of garbage that someone sent me. The sender has only himself to blame. I want everyone to stop lying. If that means I gore your ox, too bad. I’m not beholden to a single group on the planet.

Here’s what I was sent.

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I hated the Occupy Bowel Movement. It was one of my worst fears realized: mass insanity, mass stupidity, and mass debauchery. People by the millions behaving like moronic swine, fornicating and defecating in public. This is my favorite image from the Occupy era.

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Open up and say “ah,” Liz!

The whole Bowel Movement was nothing but lies, from beginning to end. It was based on lies, and the protesters lied about what they really wanted. Mostly, I hated that hideous zombie “mic check” chanting.

No, I’m not a Romney supporter. He’s no “vulture capitalist,” but he’s a deeply silly person. In the 2012 election he utterly destroyed President Obama in the first debate. It was the most masterful, gentlemanly political disembowelment in the history of the United States. Romney was exactly right about everything he said, and the president was exposed as the fraud he is.

And then Romney and his handlers felt bad for being mean to the black man. They backed off, and President Obama rightfully won reelection. The US is still not ready to judge all people by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin. Until we reach that day, we get the government we deserve.

Now for the stupid lies I was sent.

“Last Bush year, unemployment was 7.2 percent, but today it’s 5.1 percent.”

Unemployment was not 7.2 percent for all of 2008. What you have to do is average out the months. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here is 2008.

unemployment_rate_2005-2015

The unemployment rate was 7.3 percent for one month of 2008, not for the entire year. The average unemployment rate for 2008 was 5.8 versus today’s 5.1. It took President Obama from 2009 to September of 2014 to get back to the average unemployment rate that we had for 2008. I don’t see any 4’s in President Obama’s record, and guess what? The unemployment rate doesn’t count people who’ve given up looking for work and are now being supported by the state in one form or another.

“Last Bush year, a gallon of gas cost $3.24, but today it costs $2.31.”

Again, a gallon of unleaded gasoline didn’t cost $3.24 for all of 2008. Here are the numbers per month, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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It averages out to $2.92 per gallon, versus the lie of $3.24. Today it’s at $2.31. When President Obama took office, gas was $1.79 per gallon, so he’s raised the price by 53¢.

“Last Bush year, the uninsured rate was 15 percent, but today it’s 9.2 percent.”

Yup. And because of Obamacare, the cost of health insurance is skyrocketing.

President Obama sold his law as a means to spare people from “double-digit premium increases year after year.”

Instead, his “inartfully” named — and drafted — Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has made the situation worse, with insurers asking for the double-digit premium increases the president promised to do away with.

My own health-insurance premiums have doubled, and I lost my doctor, who was forced into retirement. Because of the new regulations, I now have to see three doctors instead of one. My general practitioner prescribed my five medications; that’s not allowed anymore.

Also, Obamacare is creating an acute shortage of doctors.

A survey this year by The Physicians Foundation found that 81 percent of doctors describe themselves as either over-extended or at full capacity, and 44 percent said they planned to cut back on the number of patients they see, retire, work part-time or close their practice to new patients.

At the same time, insurance companies have routinely limited the number of doctors and providers on their plans as a way to cut costs. The result has further restricted some patients’ ability to get appointments quickly.

Welcome to socialized medicine, idiots. You’re gonna love it!

“Last Bush year, 11 million oil barrels[sic] imported, but today it’s 4.5 million.”

I guess the blockheads who created this stupid pro-Obama meme meant barrels of oil imported per day, not the whole year. American oil imports fell for a while due to new technology: fracking. It had nothing to do with President Obama’s policies. But imports are rising again. In August of 2015, we imported 8 million barrels of oil per day. The reason is contango.

Tango

No, contango.

When the current price of a commodity, such as oil, is lower than prices for delivery in the future, the market structure in industry jargon is known as “contango”. This means it is attractive for traders to buy oil now at cheaper rates, store it, either on land or at sea, and sell it in time to come for higher prices and make a big profit. They lock in the profits by buying physical oil and selling forward on the futures market.

Since the price is low, oil imports are going up, in anticipation of a future price hike.

“Last Bush year, teen pregnancies were 40.2 per 1000, but today they’re 26.5 per 1000.”

Teen pregnancies began declining dramatically in 1992.

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It’s not a mystery why. That’s the year this started.

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Nobody’s been in the mood since 1992.

“Last Bush year, there were 19,000 Iranian centrifuges, but today there are only 6000.”

The Iranians admit to having 19,000 centrifuges. Nobody knows how many they actually have. Since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed upon by the P5 +1 nations, the EU, and Iran hasn’t been signed or implemented, Iran has as many or more centrifuges today as it had in 2008.

“Last Bush year, GDP growth was -0.3 percent, but today it’s +3.7 percent.”

Yes, in 2008, GDP growth was -0.3 percent. Look what it did under President Obama.

US_GDP

Holy smokes! That last Bush year looks pretty good in comparison. As for today’s growth of +3.9 percent, here’s why it’s happening.

The US Commerce Department said the economy expanded at an annualised pace of 3.9%, rather than 3.7%.

The growth in the economy overall was due to strong consumer spending, business investment and residential construction.

Point to a specific White House policy that stimulated consumer spending, business investment, and residential construction. I’ll wait. Oh, and President Obama has the lowest first-quarter GDP growth rate ever tallied.

“Last Bush year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 10,355, but today it’s 16,271.”

Well, here’s where the Dow went after President Obama was inaugurated.

Dow_Jones_February 2009

Bush’s 10,355 became Obama’s 7062. And here’s where we were in February of 2015.

Dow_Jones_February_2015

We’ve lost almost 2000 points since then.

So save your infantile, cultish memes. I don’t fall in love with politicians.


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