1. #10041
    Quote Originally Posted by oblivionx View Post
    I prefer the Ron Paul ideas regarding our military footprint, with a little bit of Reagan mixed in to keep them honest.
    Ron actually denounced Reagan foreign policy. Iran Contra and Iraq being the top recipient of US aid, is the complete opposite of Ron Paul. It's like asking to withdraw all troops and increasing their numbers at the same time. Ron Paul mixed with even a little Reagan on foreign policy, is not Ron Paul at all.

  2. #10042
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwonline View Post
    Just as an aside, Canada created 52,000 jobs in September. Canada is 1/10th the size of the US, so it would be the same as the US creating about 520,000 jobs. Those are the numbers that the US SHOULD be putting up for a full recovery. Instead, the US gets these anemic ~150K numbers every month. It's still progress, but the slowness of the recovery just shows how weak the underlying fundamentals of the US economy really are, and how big picture things need to change in the long run.
    The Canadian economy and the US economy aren't amenable to being compared like that.

    The vast majority of Canada's growth is fueled by the oil and mining sectors in Saskatchewan and Alberta, making those provinces basically recession-proof unless something happens to resource prices.

    Here in Saskatchewan, literally 90% of our GDP comes directly or indirectly from oil or potash/uranium mining, and another 6% is farming.

  3. #10043
    Quote Originally Posted by ptwonline View Post
    Actually, I am Canadian too. Banking regulations did help Canada, but what also really helped was the Liberal government fixing the budget problems in the 1990's and carrying that forward through different economic hits like the tech bust, 9/11, SARS. But what also kept Canada up is that we are a resource-based economy and there is still demand for that, and so we keep our jobs, our tax revenues keep coming in, and our hosuing market hasn't collapsed.

    But still, the US should be producing at least twice as many jobs in a recovery. They aren't because of the policies and the corporate takeover of gov't really starting since Reagan. There are fundamental things in their economy that will have to be changed or else the next recovery will be even slower.
    I do agree, it was the tough 90's with the Liberals that fixed a lot of the issues we would have seen as well as the American's when it collapsed. I think you are downgrading the amount banking regulation actually played in this thing. I mean, seriously name one Canadian bank that collapsed because of it? None! Simply because we had no banks who had their fingers in the stock market pie.

    Yes, during a recovery it would be optimal to be making as many jobs as possible. No argument, but when you consider the size of the stimulus applied to the size of the hole and then a congress that does its UTMOST ability to block any recovery after said problem. I'm amazed he's getting jobs created right now at all considering how much of a cock-block the congress has been.

    No argument about resources, thanks to the Oil sands, Western Canada where I live has more certainly not been ailing on the economy issue. Then again, we've kinda always been a resource based economy. The interesting part will be in the next 50 years when we will have to be shifting from that economy to a more information economy with the rest of the G8 countries.

  4. #10044
    Quote Originally Posted by oblivionx View Post
    I don't know how unemployment numbers are generated and neither do you and neither does Diurdi.

    I'll just wait and see what people that actually do have to say about it.
    "I don't know how these numbers are generated and they're definitely worthless jobs and possibly being manipulated".

    Keep packing that internet with more bullshit.
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    Everyone is pro-US. They just don't know it yet.
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    A nice list of logical fallacies. In picture form!

  5. #10045
    Quote Originally Posted by Wells View Post
    "I don't know how these numbers are generated and they're definitely worthless jobs and possibly being manipulated".

    Keep packing that internet with more bullshit.
    What I don't get, is why these numbers are scrutinized, when they were compiled the same way as the bad numbers they get compared to. Unless people are saying they were generated a different way, the bad numbers were generated the same way as these.

    I did not have a problem when the same parameters resulted in negative numbers, why would I suddenly not trust them? What changed?

  6. #10046
    Quote Originally Posted by Felya420 View Post
    What I don't get, is why these numbers a scrutinized, when they were compiled the same way as the bad numbers they get compared to. Unless people are saying they were generated a different way, the bad numbers were generated the same way as these.
    Oh come on, you know exactly why.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nixx View Post
    Everyone is pro-US. They just don't know it yet.
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    Internet lives in the sky, don't need no cables for that.
    A nice list of logical fallacies. In picture form!

  7. #10047
    Quote Originally Posted by Felya420 View Post
    What I don't get, is why these numbers are scrutinized, when they were compiled the same way as the bad numbers they get compared to.
    Because the seemingly huge gap between the report of the NFP numbers and the separate Household Survey is weird. Possibly a sample that isn't representative of the population or problem with the software that does seasonal adjustments.

  8. #10048
    Quote Originally Posted by Diurdi View Post
    Because the seemingly huge gap between the report of the NFP numbers and the separate Household Survey is weird. Possibly a sample that isn't representative of the population or problem with the software that does seasonal adjustments.
    Are we comparing NFP numbers to previous NFP numbers? I think it is wierd to compare NFP numbers to Household Survey if they are generated differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wells View Post
    Oh come on, you know exactly why.
    But, that's generalizing. Diurdi responded in a way that doesn't assume the seemingly obvious.
    Last edited by Felya420; 2012-10-05 at 06:55 PM.

  9. #10049
    Quote Originally Posted by Felya420 View Post
    Are we comparing NFP numbers to previous NFP numbers? I think it is wierd to compare NFP numbers to Household Survey if they are generated differently.
    The NFP says how many new jobs were created, while the Household Survey asks people if they're employed/unemployed. "Only" 114K new jobs were created, while 870,000 more people were employed than previously. Revisions of previous periods play into this some, but a lot has to do with seasonal adjustments and stuff.

  10. #10050
    Quote Originally Posted by Diurdi View Post
    The NFP says how many new jobs were created, while the Household Survey asks people if they're employed/unemployed. "Only" 114K new jobs were created, while 870,000 more people were employed than previously. Revisions of previous periods play into this some, but a lot has to do with seasonal adjustments and stuff.
    Because they measure two different things. Why would you assume it's the result of weirdness and not the different things the two are measuring? Both seem positive as well...

    The drop from 8%+ to 7.8% is the result of comparing two time periods of the same study.

  11. #10051
    Quote Originally Posted by Felya420 View Post
    Because they measure two different things. Why would you assume it's the result of weirdness and not the different things the two are measuring? Both seem positive as well...

    The drop from 8%+ to 7.8% is the result of comparing two time periods of the same study.
    Household survey is considered to be less accurate than the NFP number. Additionally, the new jobs that were added were mostly bad (part time or government).

    The fact is that the NFP increase is lower than population growth.

    The reason the markets didn't respond enthusiastically to the report is that they mostly care about the NFP.
    Last edited by Diurdi; 2012-10-05 at 07:06 PM.

  12. #10052
    If you count all jobs filled as new jobs, you'd be counting all promotions and their fill in, as 2 new jobs. Even though only one new person got hired. The NFP and Household survey differ, because they messure two different things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diurdi View Post
    Household survey is considered to be less accurate than the NFP number. Additionally, the new jobs that were added were mostly bad (part time or government).

    The fact is that the NFP increase is lower than population growth.
    At least we can stop with numbers being wierd crap? I agree, these numbers should be better than they are. Am glad we are heading in a positive direction...

    Anyone else want to explain why the job increase in these numbers should be scrutinize now that they appear to be getting better?
    Last edited by Felya420; 2012-10-05 at 07:11 PM.

  13. #10053
    Quote Originally Posted by Felya420 View Post
    At least we can stop with numbers being wierd crap?
    They are weird. It's the biggest jump in almost a decade in that statistic. Doesn't mean there's a conspiracy behind it. It's unlikely that they actually rose that much this month, it's more likely that they were too low in earlier years and it's only revealed now. Or that some seasonal adjusting went wrong.

    Another exceptional outlier:

    Last edited by Diurdi; 2012-10-05 at 07:19 PM.

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    If the unemployment numbers were fine in the past when they were unfavorable to Obama, then they are fine now when they are favorable to him. Trying to find "problems" in them now makes the arguments ridiculous.
    The less you know, the more you believe.


    Actually, Mr. Lennon, I CAN imagine a world with no hate, religion, war, or violence.
    I can also imagine attacking such a world, because they would never see it coming.

  15. #10055
    Quote Originally Posted by Diurdi View Post
    They are weird. It's the biggest jump in almost a decade in that statistic. Doesn't mean there's a conspiracy behind it. It's unlikely that they actually rose that much this month, it's more likely that they were too low in earlier years and it's only revealed now. Or that some seasonal adjusting went wrong.
    But, all of those just confirm the numbers, not make them wierd. Why is it wierd that we had such a high statistical jump, when even your assumptions on wierdness simply make them seem more accurate?

  16. #10056
    Quote Originally Posted by cubby View Post
    If the unemployment numbers were fine in the past when they were unfavorable to Obama, then they are fine now when they are favorable to him. Trying to find "problems" in them now makes the arguments ridiculous.
    Actually, I 100% encourage people to investigate the numbers and learn how they are calculated and what they actually mean. The more educated the public is, the better.

    The one thing I would ask is that instead of arriving at the conclusion and then doing the research, do it the other way around.

  17. #10057
    Quote Originally Posted by cubby View Post
    If the unemployment numbers were fine in the past when they were unfavorable to Obama, then they are fine now when they are favorable to him. Trying to find "problems" in them now makes the arguments ridiculous.
    I'm with you, obviously. I can't argue against wanting these numbers to be better, but 'they' are arguing that the numbers are too good to be true. No, they are better than last time, but no where close to being so good that they are hard to believe. If you think these numbers are too good to believe, your standards are too low.

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    An unexpected spike certainly seems weird to me.

  19. #10059
    the release of unemployment numbers is always the same. one side sings gleefully "i told you so!" while the other discredits the process of obtaining said number. every single time. the only change is if the numbers support a different view than the time before, then offense and defense switch up

  20. #10060
    Quote Originally Posted by ptwonline View Post
    Actually, I 100% encourage people to investigate the numbers and learn how they are calculated and what they actually mean. The more educated the public is, the better.

    The one thing I would ask is that instead of arriving at the conclusion and then doing the research, do it the other way around.
    That last line is what it looks like to me. Trying to figure out if something is wrong, only after the numbers disagree with your opinion.

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