The government reports an unemployment rate of 7.2% to the public. This figure does not include discouraged workers or marginally attached workers. A discouraged worker is one who is willing, able and ready to work but has given up looking because there are no jobs to be had.
This level is currently 13.8%. During the Clinton administration, The Party decided that if you were discouraged for more than a year, you no longer counted. If these people are included, the current unemployment rate is 17.8%. This is a comparable figure to the 25% rate from the Great Depression. If you use the non-seasonally adjusted change in employment figures, the U.S. lost 2.8 million jobs in 2008. In this figure is a made up number that is supposed to account for the number of jobs gained or lost by small business. This birth/death model adjustment added 904,000 phantom jobs in 2008. This is an insult to the intelligence of all thinking Americans.
Luckily for the government, there are very few thinking Americans who care about such things. Reality is that small businesses probably lost 1 million jobs, which would make the true loss 4 to 5 million jobs. The Party will report the true numbers two years from now in a footnote after the market closes on a Friday.
Inflation was 14% in 1980. Government data cleansers have methodically used gimmicks to reduce the reported rate of inflation. Alan Greenspan spearheaded the effort to save Social Security by saying that if the price of steak rose, people would substitute with hamburger so the price didn’t really go up. If the price of hamburger rose, I’m sure a government robot would theorize that we would substitute with dog food. Further hedonistic “adjustments” were introduced to reduce reported inflation. Based on the methodology used in 1980, our current “deflationary” environment has led to a drop from 13% to 9%. Ask yourself whether your true everyday costs are up 1% or 9% in the last year.
When using the real inflation figures, you realize that we have been in a recession since 2000. This explains why the majority of Americans have fallen behind in the last eight years. The median household income was $50,557 in 2000. Using the government CPI adjusted figure for 2007, median household income had fallen to $50,233. If you used real inflation, the figure would be in the range of $47,000. Trickle down hasn’t worked as advertised. Only the rich ruling elite surged ahead. The criminals on Wall Street partied like it was 1999, while the middle class fell further into oblivion. Now that the rich are losing their shirts in the market, we have a REAL crisis. All the government information manipulators are working around the clock to spin the story in a way that will ensure permanent government control of our economy and our lives.
Freedom is Slavery, War is Peace
Party Slogan 1984
The concept of doublethink as described in Orwell’s 1984 is being used effectively by The Party in our current totalitarian state:
The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them....To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.
The Bush administration has used doublethink almost exclusively since 9/11. In both foreign affairs and the economy they have told deliberate lies, while ignoring inconvenient facts, in order to create an artificial reality. Karl Rove understood what journalist Walter Lippman noted in 1922 about the average American:
“Elites can manufacture consent because the average American is like a deaf spectator in the back row at a sporting event: He does not know what is happening, why it is happening, what ought to happen.”
The Bush/Cheney/Rove propaganda machine that convinced the majority of Americans to support a pre-emptive war against Iraq spun, scores of lies using partial facts and ignoring any fact that did not fit into their reality. Satellite pictures of mobile biological weapons labs, listening to informants (Curveball) that provided information they wanted to hear, ignoring information that didn’t fit, and creating fantasy meetings between 9/11 hijackers and Iraqi agents were all spun to keep the lie one step ahead of the truth. Orwell was clearly speaking about people like Dick Cheney and Karl Rove when he wrote these words:
“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
When Joe Wilson exposed the Bush administration lies about Iraq trying to obtain materials to build nuclear bomb from Africa, his wife was revealed as a CIA agent by Karl Rove and Dick Cheney as retribution for interfering with their reality. Only in the doublethink world created by Karl Rove could a man get shot three times, win three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star fighting in Vietnam, like John Kerry, and be declared a coward and traitor. In the meantime, his presidential opponent was protecting the skies of Texas during the Vietnam War.
Other examples of doublethink are as follows:
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