February 24, 2012

Steve Pomper

Call it like it is. Stop with the games.

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This election season has my head spinning with polls changing as fast as the dollars zip by when I pump gas into my Harley. Are the American people really so fickle? I understand the transitions from and to various candidates during a primary. After all, there are really very little differences between the Republican candidates this year, regardless of what some more intransigent types might have you believe.

But what about the national polls addressing the various Republicans vs. President Obama? I find these more than a tad distressing. I find some comfort in the fact that things should become clearer as people coalesce around a Republican nominee.

How are we to take the game playing involved here? I wonder about how the polls can be so skewed one way or another, then I learn so many of these polls actually stack the sample with more Democrats, or left leaning independents than Republicans or conservatives. Say what?

Speaking of playing games. We see Democratic pundits running around flouting the 8.3% unemployment rate, which is the “official” number. Official, which only in government could be in contrast with the “actual” number, which is over 15%. Again, say what?

We don’t count the unemployed people who are no longer looking for work. So, if you don’t have a job, but are looking for work you are unemployed. But if you don’t have a job, but are not looking for work you are…what, no longer unemployed. Is there another term for a person without a job?

How about we call a spade a spade for a change? Count the people who don’t have a job, not by choice, and that amount equals the amount of unemployed people. Now, I’m no math whizz, but I think even I can do that calculation. And when conducting a non-partisan poll regarding the national election we make sure the sample taken is as close to, considering the liberal-conservative-moderate makeup of the country’s voters, 33% of each group.

Or am I just being too radical for today’s politics?


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