Joblessness: So which is it?

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Perhaps I am old fashioned!  Perhaps I am an anachronism!  Maybe I need to move more rapidly into the modern era!  During my morning routine – “Oh, God, I got a routine…  When the heck did that happen?”  
Anyway, my angst over finding I have a routine aside; when I was reading my morning paper, the headline of the business section this morning shouts,

June jobs outlook turns around”.
– San Ramon Valley Times Business and Technology Section July 8, 2011

Immediately, I felt pretty good.  We have all been looking for some good news – Right?  With the general irritation over the Casey Anthony trail, the wall street ups and downs, the problems with California’s fiscal health, the concerns over the rising cost of health care, the debt ceiling debacle, Japan’s nuclear crisis, Arnold and Maria, comets, global warming, the effect of sunspots –  a little good news is certainly a welcome relief – isn’t it?  Well, at least that was what I was thinking as I went into my office to login to my computer.

As I was basking in the glow of good news and logging in…

Almost immediately when I login to my PC, my glow is harshly doused. First I see,

“A dismal report showing the U.S. added the fewest jobs since September soured Wall Street’s optimism over the strength of the economic recovery, sending the Dow sliding more than 100 points on Friday morning.”

then almost immediately following,

“President Obama to deliver statement on the June employment report at 10:35 a.m. ET”

So which is it?

Is it just me, or, have we seen a constant, reversible pattern over the past few months?  Sometime we see, glowing economic statements telling us how everything is just hunky dory, only to have them followed in a day, or so, later with dismal news based on the exact same indicators.  Other times, we get the dismal news first, and a few days later, great articles about how the economy is improving so much.
All this prompts me to have a few questions:

  • It this just bad reporting?
  • Is this propaganda and good reporting?
  • Or do most just think we are all stupid?

if we all work together to help each other then, most of the big problems can get solved much easier and much, much cheaper

I am not sure myself which of the above, if not all of the above, is the right answer.  But for me this – along with a myriad of other things I now see day-to-day, from reporting (both print and broadcast), to business matters, to personal interatcions, to governmental actions (at all levels) – makes me feel like nobody really gives a darn about each other, or themselves, anymore.  If we really did care, how in the world would we allow these kinds of things to keep happening?
So now on top of the problem that I now realize I have become my father, not that he was a bad guy at all – in fact he was a great guy – and I have a routine –  mostly meaning I am getting old – I now have to worry about what the deeper cause of this growing phenomenon is.

Let’s make a deal!

I will make you all a deal!  If you agree with me and try to help me cope with the growing angst and stress, I will help you find an answer to fix what is wrong.
If we have a deal, post a comment and tell me what it is you think is the problem.  Who knows maybe someone else might have an answer along the way and they might be good enough to respond.  See, I believe if we all work together to help each other then, most of the big problems can get solved much easier and much, much cheaper.
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