Sunday, February 19, 2012

Is a White Horse teathered outside the arena?

The Republican Conservatives don’t seem overly excited about any of the current slate of candidates. Many have been “King of the Hill” for a brief period of time before they either tripped and fell or were pushed off by the next “aspirant politique’’

The current point leader is Rick Santorum. He seems like a really nice guy, but do we really need a “nice guy” in the White House, next year? This leads me to the Brokered Convention. (A brokered convention is where no one seems to be a great choice and an otherwise undeclared candidate is nominated from the floor and negotiated to the status of The Republican Candidate.)

On Wednesday, it was reported that Donald Trump and Gov. Chris Christie were dining together in New York. Hmmm … do you suppose they were talking basketball or maybe Lady Gaga (Who was a nobody, until Trump promoted her.)?

Just for fun, think about this: What would happen if one, or both, rode in on White Horses at the Republican Convention ?

I have my idea … I can imaging the ROAR now!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Who's On First?

COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It's 9%.

COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that's 16%.

COSTELLO: You just said 9%.

ABBOTT: 9% Unemployed.

COSTELLO: Right 9% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that's 16%.

COSTELLO: Okay, so it's 16% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that's 9%...

COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 9% or 16%?

ABBOTT: 9% are unemployed. 16% are out of work.

COSTELLO: IF you are out of work you are unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, you can't count the "Out of Work" as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.


ABBOTT: No, you miss my point.

COSTELLO: What point?

ABBOTT: Someone who doesn't look for work, can't be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn't be fair.


ABBOTT: The unemployed.

COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.

ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work...
Those who are out of work stopped looking.
They gave up.
And, if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.

COSTELLO: So if you're off the unemployment roles, that would count as less unemployment?

ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!

COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don't look for work?

ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That's how you get to 9%. Otherwise it would be 16%. You don't want to read about 16% unemployment do ya?

COSTELLO: That would be frightening.

ABBOTT: Absolutely.

COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means they're two ways to bring down the unemployment number?

ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.

COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

ABBOTT: Correct.

COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?

ABBOTT: Bingo.

COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to just stop looking for work.

ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like an economist.

COSTELLO: I don't even know what the hell I just said!

Now you know why Obama's unemployment figures are improving, and you should now understand the State of the Union.