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 Posted: Tue Mar 15th, 2016 04:35 am
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COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America .





ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 5.6%.



COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?



ABBOTT: No, that’s 23%. 



COSTELLO: You just said 5.6%.



ABBOTT: 5.6% Unemployed.



COSTELLO: Right 5.6% out of work. 



ABBOTT: No, that’s 23%.



COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 23% unemployed.



ABBOTT: No, that’s 5.6%. 



COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 5.6% or 23%? 



ABBOTT: 5.6% are unemployed. 23% are out of work. 




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


ABBOTT: No, Obama said you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.



COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!! 



ABBOTT: No, you miss his 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. 



COSTELLO: To whom?



ABBOTT: The unemployed. 



COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work. 



ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking 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 it gets to 5.6%. Otherwise it would be 23%.



COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are 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 have people stop looking for work.



ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like a Politician. 



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



ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like President Obama.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 15th, 2016 06:30 am
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So are these the actual numbers currently? 23%?

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You have a crazy uncle who spams your email with this shit too?



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I like it. I can picture them segueing into "Who's on First" out of that bit quite easily.

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Even though I'm one of those evil conservatives, that was just painful to read.



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KGB wrote: Even though I'm one of those evil conservatives, that was just painful to read.
Abbott & Costello were actually funny.  When I first saw that in my inbox, I started blocking people's e-mails. 

And Obama's not the one who invented the way unemployment is calculated.  Been a scam for many years now.  And honestly, unemployment isn't one of our bigger concerns right now.  Employment agencies are rocking and rolling the past couple of years.  There's still some degree of under-employment which will never show up in any number, and we're going to have another gigantic crash soon, but the whole premise of the joke is silly at this point, especially considering how much worse all of this was under Bush.



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srossi wrote: KGB wrote: Even though I'm one of those evil conservatives, that was just painful to read.
Abbott & Costello were actually funny.  When I first saw that in my inbox, I started blocking people's e-mails. 

And Obama's not the one who invented the way unemployment is calculated.  Been a scam for many years now.  And honestly, unemployment isn't one of our bigger concerns right now.  Employment agencies are rocking and rolling the past couple of years.  There's still some degree of under-employment which will never show up in any number, and we're going to have another gigantic crash soon, but the whole premise of the joke is silly at this point, especially considering how much worse all of this was under Bush.

Exactly.  This is essentially what I was going to say, but you phrased it much better than I could've.



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