Opinion: Pollster just might have a better view

Gallup Organization CEO Jim Clifton rightfully lambasted the government’s unemployment rate and the methodology used to determine it. “There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.” Americans for Limited Government tells us in deriding the official unemployment rate, Clifton points to the fact that those who have left the workforce even if they are of working age are not counted as unemployed. He points to the unfair categorization of a person trained to be an engineer working as a fry cook as being employed rather than underemployed. He worryingly notes that only 44 percent of the adult population 18 years old and older have full-time jobs (more than 30 hours a week) asserting, “We need that to be 50 percent and a bare minimum of 10 million new, good jobs to replenish America’s middle class.”

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Let’s see how the Republicans can mess this up. Mitt Romney has declined the opportunity to attempt another run at the presidency and Jeb Bush apparently and sadly – with his family’s record as an anchor – seems to be the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. Ah, but wait! Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a guy we can stomach, is making friends and serious gains on Bush’s popularity. At this point, we see him as having the tools and guts to take on the Clinton machine. Of course, he runs the risk of party leadership having him go through perfunctory spine removal surgery. We urge him to continue what brought him this far. This is far more complicated than Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., which she can have if she wants it.

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NBC managing editor Brian Williams’ self-imposed absence from the news desk and the network’s relative silence in the aftermath of his falsehoods being revealed are stunning. He made some mistakes, bad ones, and we might never know why. But, then, truth doesn’t much matter in the liberal mainstream media, does it?