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The reason unemployment is so high -- according to TROTUS*

In the midst of a flurry of Wiffle Ball® questions directed his way on yesterday's "Today" show by rookie hurler Ann Curry, the *Teleprompter Reader Of The United States revealed the White House's official explanation for the suckitude of the US economy and a 9+% unemployment rate.

No, he didn't blame Bush this time.

It's all the fault of -- ATMs.

Yup. The networked cash dispenser, which has been around in one way, shape, or form since the days when TROTUS was majoring in naptime in an Indonesian kindergarten, unexpectedly emerged Dalek-like from the impenetrable shadows beneath bank security cameras to ex-ter-min-ate 11,000,000 US jobs between January 2009 and January 2011.

"There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don't go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you're using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate."

Got that, sports fans? Those 11,000,000 folks standing in the unemployment lines are all former bank tellers and airline check-in counter agents.

Add the above quote to such nuanced gems as

"What they'll say is, 'Well it costs too much money,' but you know what? It would cost, about. It. It. It would cost about the same as what we would spend. It. Over the course of 10 years it would cost what it would costs us. All right. Okay. We're going to. It. It would cost us about the same as it would cost for about hold on one second."


"I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."

and tell me again what a being of superior intellect he is.

I double-dog dare ya.


Since you already said it, I won't. No sense in covering the same real estate twice.

Seriously, I like Captina Kirk's line Start Trek II, "I'm laughing at the superior intellect." Too bad it isn't a laughing matter.

There just ain't no "there" there.
There's an irony here that relates back to one of John's previous posts about the VA healthcare system,  ObamaCare, and healthcare reform.

Obama was actually making a good point that technology and computers have allowed us to automate many work tasks to the extent that we've made some jobs obsolete.

But in his statement, he's blaming business leaders (evil Big Business) for embracing these technological advances in the selfish interest of efficiency and labor costs, and thereby putting people (the proletariat) out of work.

The irony here, of course, is that he and other government bureaucrats are making the same "efficiency" and "cost-saving" arguments under ObamaCare in its focus and incentives toward achieving universal, computerized, electronic health records.

Think of all the medical transcriptionists, records file clerks, insurance customer service and claims personnel, and other healthcare providers who will lose their jobs under ObamaCare and fully digitized EHRs/EMRs.
Lunacy. Pure lunacy. Maybe the full moon made him talk like that. No....wait...he always talks like that. So, the full moon shone a light on his lunacy... 

How much you wanna bet that the rest of The Populace is too busy watching teevee to notice the stupidity of what he said whle on the teevee...
"So, the full moon shone a light on his lunacy... "

Except there was a total lunar eclipse yesterday.....
 You can have jobs or prosperity, pick one. 

You want a hole for your new swimming pool? Two guys will show up with a truck, trailer, and backhoe. You will have your hole this afternoon.

You want full employment? Twenty guys will show up with shovels and you will have your hole in a few days.

Backhoe operators are paid pretty well, shovel guys not so much. The backhoe guy can afford a swimming pool.
There's an irony here that relates back to one of John's previous posts about the VA healthcare system, ObamaCare, and healthcare reform.

The other irony is that Obie used the VA system as an example of the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and quality of service produced under a gummint-run health care system. The only people who swallowed that argument were those who never spent a day in uniform.
But in his statement, he's blaming business leaders (evil Big Business) for embracing these technological advances in the selfish interest of efficiency and labor costs, and thereby putting people (the proletariat) out of work.

And Fred gets it in one.

I prefer the ATM, not only because I'm borderline-autistic and thus get along better with machines than I do with people, but also because I get along better with people who are like me than with people who are unlike me. 

At my bank, it is very rare to find a teller who is pale, and a native speaker of the English language. Pace Boq, I am almost entirely descended from British Protestants who were here before the Revolution (a maternal great-grandmother cheated and got here aboard a (spit!) steamship in the 19th Century)

I am still trying to figure out how to reconcile being a White Nationalist with being a Christian Libertarian.  Is that even possible?
Yepper! Fred has something other than empty space between his ears.
JTG - I'd just focus on getting up every morning and not worry about the rest.
 OOOoooo,  a Dr.Who reference.. +1

As for the ATMs taking jobs.. I agrees with him, and it also pisses me off I can't find a affordable good quality buggy whip any more...
OOOoooo, a Dr.Who reference..

My first inclination was to go with a Tardis sucking jobs into another dimension, but given TROTUS' slant that ATMs were capitalistically evil *and* given my first experience with one...
Sigh.  This harks back to the time that Hillary was the smartest woman in the US for making $100,000 in cattle futures.  ATMs fired all those people?  He *might* have a case if he were talking about the Post Office.  Since the internet and the advent of email, the USPS has turned into a branch of UPS.  They rarely carry letters any more, are bleeding red ink and have a huge work force that is unionized, and will possibly need a bailout.  However, even the USPS doesn't hire *that* many people.

He is so out of touch and thinks people will still vote for him because he spouts this nonsense.
This is a being of superior intellect compared to a...
Darn.  I can't.  Even amoebas split according to a pattern.  so does algae and so forth.

You win.
Waytago, Bill.  You've put Cricket in the sanitarium for depression.
 TROTUS!?!?!?!? I love it. Only thing better would be his vacating the White House!!!
The evil ATM Daleks! Thus the earth will be conquered.

Best laugh in days!
Cricket, I recommend that you do as I do, and cultivate a Zen-like indifference to Western Civilization coming down around our ears. Of course you can't do that, being the mother of a family.  Owhell. Canned food and ammo?

Yes indeed.  I still have that loud bang-kick-thing to deal with every time we go shooting, but I am overcoming it.  

Canned food?  Well, yes, to include organic seeds.  I don't think Western Civ is crashing down as long as there are people who believe in the Constitution and will support it instead of gutting it for an agenda.
You've put Cricket in the sanitarium for depression.

You couldn't depress Cricket if you dropped Mount Rushmore on her...

Gads.  Is it that obvious? 

I guess I am in a good mood because the garden is actually thriving, and we are eating pretty well as a result. 

G'night, all!
Now, as for me, I seem to be spring-loaded toward depression. It's Mah Celtic(or North British, anyway) Timp-rah-mint.  Don't worry, folks, it's not the suicidal kind, it's more like having a terrible pain in all of the diodes down my left side.