Bush wants to call fast food "manufacturing" to hide job losses under his admin-

  1. http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/pu...cle_5355.shtml

    From AxisofLogic.com

    Instead of Admitting Economic Truth, Bush Resorts to Statistical Manipulation
    By Report on Economy
    Feb 26, 2004, 12:37

    February 24, 2004-President Bush, attempting to obscure his record as the worst economic steward since Herbert Hoover, has become so desperate that he is exploring ways to manipulate statistics.1 Just days after Bush reneged on his pledge to create 2.6 million jobs2 and said with a straight face that "5.6% unemployment is a good national number,"3 the New York Times uncovered a White House report showing that the president is considering re-classifying low-paid fast food jobs as "manufacturing jobs"4 as a way to hide the massive manufacturing job losses that have occurred during his term.

    As CBS News reports, "Since the month President Bush was inaugurated, the economy has lost about 2.7 million manufacturing jobs."5 But if the president enacts the statistical change he is considering, this number would be purposely obscured because lower-paying fast food jobs would be added to make the real manufacturing losses look smaller. Of course, fast food jobs typically pay much less and have fewer benefits than real manufacturing jobs, meaning the statistical change would also obscure the fact that, under Bush, "in 48 of the 50 states, jobs in higher-paying industries have given way to jobs in lower-paying industries."6 All told, jobs in growing industries like lower-paid service sector/fast food jobs are paying 21% less than contracting industries like real manufacturing.

    The president's efforts to manipulate statistics and mislead Americans are also getting a boost from his allies on Capitol Hill. Earlier this month, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Don Nickles (R-OK) pointed to an optimistic "household" jobs survey as proof that "we're at an all-time high in employment" and that "the employment situation has improved rather substantially."7 The problem is that Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said definitively that "payroll data" - not the household survey - "is the series which you have to follow" in order to be accurate. The payroll data shows "a loss of more than two million jobs since 2001."


    "George Walker Hoover?", 04/30/2003.

    "Bush Backs Off Forecast of 2.6M New Jobs", ABC News, 02/18/2004.

    Remarks by the President to the National Governors Association, 02/23/2004.

    "In the New Economics: Fast-Food Factories?", , 02/20/2004.

    "Building Blue-Collar...Burgers?", CBS News, 02/20/2004.

    Economic Snapshots, 01/21/2004.

    "Two Tales of American Jobs", New York Times, 02/22/2004.

  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   ernurse2244
    Let's see, sometimes I mix NS with a powder to made an injectable antibiotic...am I going to be reclassified as a "manufacturing" employee??? lol...I even get inventive about putting bandages in strange places...usually "manufacture" something from telfa, gauze and lots of tape.
  4. by   Melody48_MSNEd
    Typical liberal media! Hope they can get some Real news soon!
  5. by   fergus51
    Right, cause unemployment isn't real news....
  6. by   Melody48_MSNEd
    So you are saying what??
  7. by   fergus51
    I'm saying some of us care about unemplyment rates and consider it real news (and we aren't just crazy liberals. I don't need to be unemployed to care about it anymore than I need to be robbed to care about crime, or be sick to care about healthcare. I care that we are losing well paying jobs and gaining mcjobs and I sure hope the president does as well.
  8. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    "This message is hidden because MelodyLPN is on your ignore list."
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    Oh, gawd, will somebody PLEASE find another site for the trolls to visit?! :angryfire It's one thing for people to be opinionated; it's quite another for them to jump in here with inflammatory posts to deliberately piss somebody off.
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    "This message is hidden because MelodyLPN is on your ignore list."
    So, if you are ignoring Melody, why is this necessary? Isn't it kinda meanspirited?

  11. by   ernurse2244
    Can we get back on subject and forget Melody?
  12. by   Ted
    Quote from stevielynn
    so, if you are ignoring melody, why is this necessary? isn't it kinda meanspirited?

    i agree with steph. keep the focus on the subject and not on the poster.

  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Ted - thanks.

    Anyone can go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and get the correct information, which I will do in the a.m. when I'm less tired.

    But I will make a couple of general points here. The only thing that can be kept track of are "payroll" jobs (vs "manufacturing"). Many people who don't work for someone anymore have become self-employed and that looks like a job loss because the new self-employed job is NOT counted. My husband "lost" his truck driving job last month because he bought his own logging truck and now works for himself. All of those jobs do not show up in the stats.

    One category of "payroll" jobs happens to be in sawmills and the logging industry. And the reason those folks have lost their jobs is that loggers are being kept out of the woods by Forest Service policies. And for the most part, Democrats are behind that. So, part of the job losses can be traced right to Democrats and not President Bush.

  14. by   Hellllllo Nurse

    Bush Supports Shift of Jobs Overseas

    The loss of work to other countries, while painful in the short term, will enrich the economy eventually, his report to Congress says.
    By Warren Vieth and Edwin Chen
    LATimes Staff Writers

    February 10, 2004

    WASHINGTON-The movement of American factory jobs and white-collar work to other countries is part of a positive transformation that will enrich the U.S. economy over time, even if it causes short-term pain and dislocation, the Bush administration said Monday.

    The embrace of foreign outsourcing, an accelerating trend that has contributed to U.S. job losses in recent years and has become an issue in the 2004 elections, is contained in the president's annual report to Congress on the health of the economy.

    "Outsourcing is just a new way of doing international trade," said N. Gregory Mankiw, chairman of Bush's Council of Economic Advisors, which prepared the report. "More things are tradable than were tradable in the past. And that's a good thing."

    The report, which predicts that the nation will reverse a three-year employment slide by creating 2.6 million jobs in 2004, is part of a weeklong effort by the administration to highlight signs that the recovery is picking up speed. Bush's economic stewardship has become a central issue in the presidential campaign, and the White House is eager to demonstrate that his policies are producing results.

    In his message to Congress on Monday, Bush said the economy "is strong and getting stronger," thanks in part to his tax cuts and other economic programs. He said the nation had survived a stock market meltdown, recession, terrorist attacks, corporate scandals and war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was finally beginning to enjoy "a mounting prosperity that will reach every corner of America."

    The president repeated that message during an afternoon discussion about the economy at SRC Automotive, an engine-rebuilding plant in Springfield, Mo., where he lashed out at lawmakers who oppose making his tax cuts permanent.

    "When they say, 'We're going to repeal Bush's tax cuts,' that means they're going to raise your taxes, and that's wrong. And that's bad economics," he said.

    Democrats who want Bush's job were quick to challenge his claims.

    Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, supports a rollback of Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and backs the creation of tax incentives for companies that keep jobs in the United States. However, he supported the North American Free Trade Agreement, which many union members say is responsible for the migration of U.S. jobs, particularly in the auto industry, to Mexico.

    Campaigning Monday in Roanoke, Va., Kerry questioned the credibility of the administration's job-creation forecast.

    "I've got a feeling this report was prepared by the same people who brought us the intelligence on Iraq," Kerry said. "I don't think we need a new report about jobs in America. I think we need a new president who's going to create jobs in America and put Americans back to work."

    In an evening appearance at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina mocked the Bush administration's economic report.

    Edwards, who also supports repealing tax cuts for the richest Americans and offering incentives to corporations that create new jobs in the United States, said it would come as a "news bulletin" to the American people that the economy was improving and that the outsourcing of jobs was good for America.

    "These people," he said of the Bush administration, "what planet do they live on? They are so out of touch."

    The president's 411-page report contains a detailed diagnosis of the forces the White House says are contributing to America's economic slowdown and a wide-ranging defense of the policies Bush has pursued to combat it.

    It asserts that the last recession actually began in late 2000, before the president took office, instead of March 2001, as certified by the official recession-dating panel of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

    Much of the report repeats the administration's previous economic prescriptions.

    For instance, it says the Bush tax cuts must be made permanent to have their full effect on the economy.

    Social Security also must be restructured to let workers put part of their retirement funds in private accounts, the report argues. Doing so could add nearly $5 trillion to the national debt by 2036, the president's advisors note, but the additional borrowing would be repaid 20 years later and the program's long-term health would be more secure.

    The report devotes an entire chapter to an issue that has become increasingly troublesome for the administration: the loss of 2.8 million manufacturing jobs since Bush took office, and critics' claims that his trade policies are partly to blame.

    His advisors acknowledge that international trade and foreign outsourcing have contributed to the job slump. But the report argues that technological progress and rising productivity-the ability to produce more goods with fewer workers-have played a bigger role than the flight of production to China and other low-wage countries.

    Although trade expansion inevitably hurts some domestic workers, the benefits eventually will outweigh the costs as Americans are able to buy cheaper goods and services and as new jobs are created in growing sectors of the economy, the report said.

    The president's report endorses the relatively new phenomenon of outsourcing high-end, white-collar work to India and other countries, a trend that has stirred concern within such affected occupations as computer programming and medical diagnostics.

    "Maybe we will outsource a few radiologists," Mankiw told reporters. "What does that mean? Well, maybe the next generation of doctors will train fewer radiologists and will train more general practitioners or surgeons.... Maybe we've learned that we don't have a comparative advantage in radiologists."

    Government should try to salve the short-term disruption by helping displaced workers obtain the training they need to enter new fields, such as healthcare, Mankiw said, not by erecting protectionist barriers on behalf of vulnerable industries or professions. "The market is the best determinant of where the jobs should be," he said.

    Bush's quick visit to Missouri-his 15th to a state considered a critical election battleground-was the first of several events this week intended to underscore recent economic gains. Although U.S. job creation remains relatively sluggish, the nation's unemployment rate fell from 6.4% in June to 5.6% in January, and the economy grew at the fastest pace in 20 years during the last half of 2003. (I don't believe this at all)

    The format of his visit to SRC Automotive-one that he particularly likes-involved several employees and local business owners sharing the stage with the president to discuss their perspectives on the economy, with Bush elaborating on their stories to emphasize particular aspects of his economic program.

    Today, Bush is scheduled to meet with economic leaders at the White House. On Thursday, he goes to Pennsylvania's capital, Harrisburg-in another swing state that he has already visited more than two dozen times since becoming president.


    Vieth reported from Washington and Chen from Springfield. Times staff writers Scott Martelle in Norfolk, Va., and Maria L. La Ganga in Roanoke, Va., contributed to this report.