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What a Difference a President Makes

...to media coverage.

With George Bush President:

Productivity Slows to a Standstill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The productivity of American workers slowed to a standstill in the summer, while wages were rising at the fastest clip in more than two decades - a combination likely to raise inflation concerns at the Federal Reserve.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, showed no change in the July-September quarter, while labor costs rose by 3.8 percent. For the past year, wages and other labor costs are up by 5.3 percent, the fastest increase since 1982.

While rising wages and benefits are good news for workers, they raise concerns about inflation especially at a time when productivity is slowing. If companies decide to pass on their higher payroll costs by boosting the price of their products, that could translate into increased inflation.

But if Clinton where still President it would have gone something like this:

Wages Rising Fastest in Over 20 Years

In another sign of the robust Bush Clinton economy, the American workers' wages are rising at the fastest clip in more than two decades according to the Federal Reserve.

Even more impressive, employeers are doing so well they are paying workers more even as productivity remains unchanged from the July-September quarter.

"This is another sign my economic planning is working" said Bill Clinton at a stop in Podunk today, "I had a woman walk up to me the other day and say 'Mr. President, I just wanted you to know that not only do I have a job today but my boss offered me a pony.' and we cried together at how wonderful I am."

Yep, what a difference the President makes.


Comments (34)

If the MSM is so liberal, h... (Below threshold)
Robert:

If the MSM is so liberal, how do you explain their made-up WhiteWater scandal and their War against Gore in 2000 (which put a moron in the White House and led to the Iraq debacle)?

Rapidly increasing wages is... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Rapidly increasing wages is a negative - highly inflationary. Doesn't matter who is in the White House. Flat productivity on top of increasing wages suggests that the economy is weakening faster than expected.

Fox News.... (Below threshold)
Chuckg:

Fox News.

Gee, for a made-up scandal,... (Below threshold)

Gee, for a made-up scandal, Whitewater certainly put enough people in jail.

And I seem to recall a big, wet, sloppy kiss for Gore, along with several October Surprises aimed at Bush. (Such as his DWI arrest, for one.) Did we both see the same campaign, Robert?

J.

Good God almighty. The Kerr... (Below threshold)
Hugh:

Good God almighty. The Kerry story has run its course. So the righties have nothing of any consequence to talk about.
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"Oh yes we do!!!!! Bill Clinton!!!! MSM MSM MSM"

"We can whine and rant about him all we want and that's what we're going to do. Not fair, he gets better coverage than Bush. Not fair."

You folks can be so incredibly pathetic sometimes. You sound like my squabbling 5 and 7 yo grandchildren. For god's sake take your blankies and go to bed.

I do have to admit however,... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

I do have to admit however, that Bill Clinton does "rise" fast and usually it makes for a good news story.

Look at my house of cards!!... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

Look at my house of cards!!! Isn't is beautiful? Lets make it even taller.

http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/pm117

http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,440054,00.html

Yep, you hit the nail on th... (Below threshold)
steak111111:

Yep, you hit the nail on the head Paul.

But why is KKKlinton not in jail yet?

Good God almighty. The K... (Below threshold)
Eric:

Good God almighty. The Kerry story has run its course. So the righties have nothing of any consequence to talk about.
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"Oh yes we do!!!!! Bill Clinton!!!! MSM MSM MSM"

Do you really expect the left to treat Bush any differently after he leaves office? He is routinely blamed now for the most inane things. I fully expect that he will be the left's boogeyman for 20 years.

muirgeo,I am genui... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

muirgeo,

I am genuinely hoping that you will learn about the sites you are linking to -- EPI's slogan about a "broadly shared prosperity" is what all communists use (in similar language) as their goal. In other words, the sites you are reading are COMMUNIST sites. Please, I am really concerned for your welfare. That and your sister is a whore.

Is this post strictly a 'th... (Below threshold)
suhnami:

Is this post strictly a 'this would probably happen if...' post? If so, yawn....
If no, then I guess I'm very dense and don't see the evidence of the claim.

Bill Clinton! Bill Clinton!... (Below threshold)
Scott:

Bill Clinton! Bill Clinton!

The impeached former president was here in San Francisco last night with Nancy Pelosi at a fundraiser. I'm sure they raised lots of money.

Had this event, with these two people, taken place in inland California, there would have been 12 people there.

And yes, I'm tired of Billy. I really wish he'd do what other former presidents used to do when they are out of office. Write his memoirs and shut up.

But, of course, Billy has no class. Never did.

Off topic, but did you see ... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

Off topic, but did you see the latest poll for Montana? It has Burns down only one, 46 - 45. This one's in the bag. Burns is like Bernardini making a move at the eighth pole. He can coast on a hand ride and still win against Tester the mule.

By the way, the above is cu... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

By the way, the above is currently available for view at realclearpolitics.

Now the dim's start their s... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Now the dim's start their same old dirty works. Today they complained about a voting program set up over the past two years to all the military to vote by Email or FAX. Again they are trying to prevent the military members from voting. Wait until 5 days prior to the election and then try to squash the program. Guess the dim members of congress slept for a year and 360 days, woke up and realized the military now hate the rest of the dim's as bad as they do Hanoi John. Shades of 2000.

Today law enforcement agenc... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Today law enforcement agencies from the Fed, State and locals announced they rounded up 10,733 fugative criminals (Mostly sex offenders) in the past week.

I'll give you one guess who is complaining it was too close to the election. Guess they lost another sure thing 10,733 votes.

Ok, make the guess easy, Answer: Democrats.

Boy, Paul... You really go... (Below threshold)
John:

Boy, Paul... You really got everybody going, but neither of these two are legitimate news articles.

How about "Flying Monkeys Come From Ann Coulter's Butt. Will the Left Ever Recover Their Godless Supremacy over the Liberal Media?

Nice strawman.

Jumping Jesus on a pogo stick. I hope people don't get there news here.

John

Who in Houston Tx was buyin... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Who in Houston Tx was buying votes with $15-25 flu shots for free at the polls? Could it be a democratic mayor? Violation of federal law to give/receive anything in exchange for a vote.

The law enforcement agencies from the Fed, State, and Local governments missed some criminals in the roundup. Maybe the sex offenders are less dangerous than the dim's politicians. Thousands of democratic politicians are eligable for arrest.

Flu shots??? OMG. Well, at... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Flu shots??? OMG. Well, at least the lefties are bribing people with some "respectable" incentives this year. Wasn't it a few years ago they were promising crack and cigarettes? Geeze. The things you gotta do to get the people to vote for the dems. And they still lose!

Sad.


...a "broadly shared prospe... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

...a "broadly shared prosperity" is what all communists use...


Posted by: nehemiah

So you don't believe in a prosperous and fair economy???? You call that communism? I call it democracy. And I'm NOT talking about equal outcomes.

Here's the logic;

1) Business CAN NOT operate without government.

2) We ARE the government (not corporations, not businesses...we the people)

3) We set the rules for business democratically.

That's NOT communism or even socialism. But markets and governments that are beholden to money interest and NOT the will of the people ARE NOT democracies but either Aristocracies, Plutocracies or Corporatist Fascist states. Got it....Lets here you astute informed and educated reply. Oh and how much did you have to pay my sister?


I think the government set up you are looking for is what they have in Mexico...low taxes, single party rule, no middle class, consolidated wealth in the ruling class, no regulation and rampant corruption....oh and no abortions or family planning and rampant overpopulation. Maybe you should go live there a while and make sure its what you want for our country because if you ask me IT SUCKS.

The only good thing about it is if you guys get your way it will solve the Mexican immigration problem because eventually we'll look just like them and they'll stop coming.

>Boy, Paul... You really go... (Below threshold)
Paul:

>Boy, Paul... You really got everybody going, but neither of these two are legitimate news articles.

WRONG. I forgot the link but google is your friend.

Funny, the first one is so bad, you assume it is fake but it is true. That -should- tell you somehthing.

So sayeth Lee on Nov 2, 200... (Below threshold)
Paul:

So sayeth Lee on Nov 2, 2006.

"Rapidly increasing wages is a negative - highly inflationary. Doesn't matter who is in the White House."

GREAT LEE!!!! Fantastic!

Glad to know you agree with Republicans on Min wage. -- So the next time Ted Kennedy pipes up you'll be sure to cut him down.

Welcome to the right side on at least one topic!

No, Paul, I was pointing ou... (Below threshold)
Lee:

No, Paul, I was pointing out that your assumption that rapidly rising wages is a good thing is incorrect. Don't change the subject -- a minimum wage increase is a pittance compared to just a fraction of a percent increase across the board for all american wage earners.

You said: "In another sign of the robust [Bush] Clinton economy, the American workers' wages are rising at the fastest clip in more than two decades according to the Federal Reserve."

It isn't a sign of a robust economy, Paul. It's highly inflationary. Talk of the minimum wage in the context of inflation is a strawman argument. If the price of french fries at McDonald's goes up 5 cents because the minimum wage is increased does anybody (besides Jay Tea) really care? Is that an infaltionary"concern? No.

Paul, we are on the same wa... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

Paul, we are on the same wavelength. I have been so frustrated that even though almost all economic indicators are sky high, that polls show the public is dissatisfied with Bush's performance on the economy. It is insane, but who can blame them when they hear doom and gloom constantly from a dishonest media that can't even report economic figures without spinning positives as negatives.

>Boy, Paul... You really... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

>Boy, Paul... You really got everybody going, but neither of these two are legitimate news articles.
WRONG. I forgot the link but google is your friend.

I found the first one, but not the second.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8L4V9PG0.htm

oh and no abortions or fami... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

oh and no abortions or family planning and rampant overpopulation
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Muirgo,
communist countries have strict family planning, even forced abortions to control the population. Perfect for your preference. You will be free of the evil big corporations which will here for a long time in AMerica. When are you going to move to a communist utopia of your choice?

Dow hits record high even s... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Dow hits record high even surpass Clinton record. Wow liberals must be celebrating since this economy is real compared to the internet bubble of the Clinton years.

No Jay Tea. We didn't see ... (Below threshold)
Robert:

No Jay Tea. We didn't see the same election.

The one I saw, had the MSM running with RNC talking points about Gore being a liar.
That's why the MSM invented stories about Gore like "He said he invented the internet", when he said no such thing.

Nor did I see the MSM question Bush's "funny math" claim or look into his AWOL ststus from the National Guard (except 1 article in the Boston Globe--how many articles did you see this week about Kerrys joke?).

I also remember them saying Bush "won the debates" because he didn't embarass himself.

Don't worry about it. Thanks to how "liberal" the MSM is, Bush won the Presidency, the MSM cheerleaded Goofus Khan's war of choice (leading to thousands of casualties), our Treasury surplus has been handed-over to war profiteers, torture has been legalized, our moral standing in the eyes of the world has shrunk considerably, and the rest (i.e. the nation) is history.

Robert, poor Robert. Go to ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Robert, poor Robert. Go to the official government records and show me one year that the national debt didn't increase during the Slick Willie fiasco. It's not there and there is no way you can have a surplus if you don't pay the bills and you debt keeps increasing. I entered an extra $100,000 in my checking account but the bank bounced my checks. Said I didn't have a surplus. You must be one of ten people in the world that don't know there was no surplus, the other nine are in a mental institution.

Poor old boy (Robert) must be a graduate of the failed education system. Did you fall for the tales of Algore about what a great investment Worldcom was and lose your life savings, or maybe you fell for Slick Willie's sleep over buddy from Enron and got taken to the cleaners (lost your a**) there.

Thanks Lee and Muir go for ... (Below threshold)
Mark:

Thanks Lee and Muir go for posting Stupid shit arguements here so the comments are balanced.

Scrap, We had th... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

Scrap,

We had this issue come up before; So since you brought it up here are the real deficit numbers.


Clinton

Year Billion
94 $282
95 $281
96 $251
97 $189
98 $113
99 $130
00 $ 18
01 $133


Bush
02 $421
03 $555
04 $600
05 $554
06 $616

TOTAL Clinton debt in 8 years; $1.4 trillion

TOTAL Bush debt (to date) $2.7 trillion

So if you're a fiscal conservative why are you voting Republican?
Anyone?

Thanks Lee and Muir go for ... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

Thanks Lee and Muir go for posting Stupid shit arguements here so the comments are balanced.

Posted by: Mark


Thanks Mark for clarifying you have no significant rebuttal.

>No, Paul, I was pointing o... (Below threshold)
Paul:

>No, Paul, I was pointing out that your assumption that rapidly rising wages is a good thing is incorrect.

I assumed no such thing. Reading is your friend.

I was remaking on the way the media would have covered it.

And you want to argue that market based wage increases are bad but artifical wage increases are OK....

Yeah, that's about a sane as anything else you've said on Wizbang.

The news people can twist e... (Below threshold)
John S:

The news people can twist economic reports any way they want. Fortunately for our side it's not yet obvious to the average voter, but the economy is deteriorating. Look at the stories on Chrysler and Walmart this week. GDP growth was around 1.4%, 3rd quarter. That will be revised after the election to 0.9% and 4th quarter will be close to zero. The recession could be official by Q2 2007. House prices will drop nationally this year for the first time since 1931, which will make many of Americans debt ridden *and* technically insolvent. That won't bode well for consumer spending the next few years. Business spending can't save us because all their investment dollars (and our jobs) go to China. And you don't even want to see what happens when the oil traders try for $4 a gallon next year. The Dems don't really want to inherit this mess, but a Peloski freak show in the House would be a convenient scapegoat for the Republicans.




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