In the May 17 letter to the editor, "Slice and Dice," Les Lagerquist disputed my debunking the stimulus created zero jobs as a lie. He said, "If you count all jobs related to the stimulus, ignore all job losses, carefully select the dates used for comparison, and invent a clever category of jobs 'created or saved' that allows you to speculate about what might have happened without the stimulus, you can show job growth."
Let's break this down.
"If you count all jobs related to the stimulus" -- Isn't this an admission that jobs were created by the stimulus?
"...ignore all job losses..." -- Consider this. A small business lays off five employees. Another small business benefited from the stimulus allowing it to hire four people. Whether you considered the job losses or not, didn't the stimulus still create four jobs?
"...carefully select the dates used for comparison..." -- Mr. Lagerquist gave no evidence of this happening.
"...invent clever categories of jobs 'created or saved'..." -- On April 19, Mitt Romney met with a hand-picked group of Pennsylvania Republican constituents. They told him without the stimulus many of them would have lost their jobs. This has happened all over the country. True you can't say those jobs were created but how else would you characterize it other than "saved." Would that be a cleverly invented category?
In a bizarre twist, Mr. Lagerquist engaged in what he accuses others -- "...carefully select the dates used for comparison..." He said, "If you look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers you will see that as of February of this year there were fewer people working than in February 2009 when the stimulus was signed into law." His conclusion -- "Looks like zero net jobs created to me." You can view this data in the BLS graph at freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2869610/posts which appears to be the source of Les' revelation. The graph has hundreds of data points from which Mr. Lagerquist carefully selected only two. Les not only underestimates but insults the intelligence of Sierra Star readers. If you look at the data points ignored, you see an entirely different picture which clearly shows jobs were created by the stimulus.
Speaking of bizarre, J.R. Froelich's opinions in the May 17 and May 31 Sierra Star followed suit. There apparently exists a parallel universe which can only be described as Bizarro World, a DC comics creation. In this universe, its residents channel Glenn Beck who doesn't let facts get in the way of a good attack and is the master of slicing and dicing.
In this netherworld, birtherism lives on. Obama wasn't born in the U.S. Obama is a narcissist, communist, socialist. Obama gave little credit to Seal Team Six for capturing and killing Osama Bin Laden. Obama is bringing back 1930s Germany. Obama tripled the national debt and on and on.
Obama produced a short form birth certificate but that wasn't good enough. Bizarro citizens demanded a long form. He produced what they wanted, a long form, but that still wasn't good enough. Then they wanted his college transcripts which may give evidence of his non-citizen status. Do you really think this would stop had he released his college transcripts? Are bizzaros really trying to vet the president or just humiliate him?
Interesting that Romney, whose father was born in Mexico, and John McCain, who was born in the Panama Canal, wasn't subjected to this.
Froelich believes Obama is not a man of good character and is a narcissist because he doesn't give credit where credit is due and "fills his speeches with "I, I, I, I, I, my."" A viral email entitled "Hubris" is circulating making this point. Google "Obama Hubris email." Sadly it was sliced and diced to exclude parts of the speech where Obama lavished praise, respect and recognition on the men and women engaged in the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden -- read whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/02/osama-bin-laden-dead17,18,19,20.
On May 3, Mr. Froelich commendably apologized to Sierra Star readers for promulgating false information about Social Security based on what he read in a viral email. He promised "to ensure this never happens again." I'm sure Mr. Froelich will try even harder next time.
Isn't it time we marginalize Bizarro World views and machinations and get back to legitimate and reasonable discussions?