[Rushtalk] Underrrstanding government speek

Steven Laib slaib at att.net
Fri Apr 28 21:38:32 MDT 2017


Now tell me who's on first

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> On Apr 28, 2017, at 12:04 PM, Carl Spitzer <cwsiv at juno.com> wrote:
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> COSTELLO:  I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America  .
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> ABBOTT: Good Subject.  Terrible Times.  It's 5.6%.
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> COSTELLO:  That many people are out of work?
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> ABBOTT: No, that's 23%. 
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> COSTELLO: You just said 5.6%.
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> ABBOTT:  5.6% Unemployed.
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> COSTELLO:  Right 5.6% out of work.
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> ABBOTT: No, that's 23%.
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> COSTELLO: Okay, so it's  23% unemployed.
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> ABBOTT: No, that's 5.6%.
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> COSTELLO:  WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 5.6% or 23%? 
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> ABBOTT: 5.6% are unemployed.  23% are out of work.
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> COSTELLO: If you are out of work you are unemployed.
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> ABBOTT:  No, Obama said you can't count the "Out of Work" as the unemployed.  You have to look for work to be unemployed.
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> COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!
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> ABBOTT: No, you miss his point.
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> COSTELLO:  What point?
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> ABBOTT:  Someone who doesn't look for work can't be counted with those who look for work.  It wouldn't be fair. 
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> COSTELLO: To whom?
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> ABBOTT: The unemployed.  
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> COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work. 
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> 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. 
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> COSTELLO: So if you're off the unemployment roles that would count as less unemployment?
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> ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!
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> COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don't look for work?
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> ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes  down. That's how it gets to 5.6%. Otherwise it would be 23%.
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> COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?  
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> ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.
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> COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?
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> ABBOTT: Correct.
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> COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?
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> ABBOTT: Bingo. 
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> COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have people stop looking for work.
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> ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like a Democrat. 
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> COSTELLO:  I don't even know what the hell I just said! 
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> ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like Hillary.
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