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October Unemployment Rate Jumps Upward ==> 10.2%! November 6, 2009

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UPDATE: November numbers are here

The economic for October predictions were 175,000 non-farm jobs lost, and an unemployment rate at or just below 10%. Just based on initial unemployment filings, I think you’d have had to count on people continuing to drop out of the system to get numbers that low.

So what actually happened? As of this morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that we lost 190,000 non-farm jobs, and that the unemployment rate has risen to 10.2%. So let’s have a gander at where that puts us on the “OMG Christine Romer and Jared Bernstein Are Teh Suck” chart:

Stimulus-vs-unemployment-october-dots

That’s pretty startling. The reason, though, is that fewer people dropped out of the labor force last month. As I’ve mentioned ad nauseam in past posts, the labor market is responding sort of oddly in this recession, with millions of people simply dropping out of the labor force. They’re not counted among job seekers or even discouraged workers – they’re gone completely from the statistics. So a more useful number, I believe, is the number of jobs remaining in the country. Here’s that graph:

Jobs-Lost-October-09

A Side Note on the Administration’s Defense of the Stimulus. The President and his economic team have claimed that the plan is working as intended, that they’re on track to save the original goal of 3.6 million jobs, but somehow, despite practically drowning in success, we’re going to have to live with high unemployment for years to come. Oh, and that everything is still Bush’s fault.

These claims have been debunked by a variety of sources, including the AP (and here), the Chicago Tribune, the Denver Post, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and blogs such as Political Math (H/T d3ft punk).

But forget the quantitative treatment for a moment and consider what the Obama team’s graph said on a qualitative level. The graph says that within a couple of quarters, the stimulus package will stop the increase in unemployment and reverse the employment trend. That was the real mission of the stimulus. Stop job loss. Get the private sector hiring again.

So no matter how convoluted and fanciful the “jobs created or saved” numbers get, we just have to remember what the point used to be, and realize how far short we’ve fallen. And whose fault that really is.

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1. car in - November 6, 2009

You know what will really get the economy humming again? Nancy’s Health Care Scheme.

And Cap and Tax.

Those dems are geniuses. I’m so glad we finally have “Smart” instead of “Cowboy” in the White House.

Good job, geoff!

2. geoff - November 6, 2009

I think that if we can sufficient buzz over this number going today, it could influence Pelosi’s health care vote tomorrow.

We’ve got to scare the Blue Dogs a little.

3. car in - November 6, 2009

I, personally, question the timing.

Can I go on record with that?

4. Joey Buzz - November 6, 2009

off the chart!! I just knew that y axis wasnt long enough.Time to overlay the dots with a bit red line with an arrow head on the top of it. G, you can substitute a triangle for the arrow head if you orient it correctly and it makes you feel better.

5. Joey Buzz - November 6, 2009

bit = big

6. Slayer - November 6, 2009

I’ll be dropping comments everywhere I can find on these figures. Let’s get to work, folks! Kudos to this blog!

7. TGSG - November 6, 2009

i’m not sure we’ve seen the end of it yet Geoff, could go higher if more foreclosed homes go on the market and crash construction.

8. Barack Obama - November 6, 2009

Anybody know where they sell turd polish this time of morning?

9. Joey Buzz - November 6, 2009

Wow big happenings on the hill….Boxer holds vote on Cap and Trade without the minority party present. Pelosi reneges on her promise to post her health care bill online for 72hrs before vote. The freaks are growing bolder.

10. Steve - November 6, 2009

Obama was lying…
Job are still dying…

Obama lied
Jobs died

11. Tushar - November 6, 2009

Thanks Geoff.

12. Hope and Change: Unemployment At 10.2% « The TOXIC Mud Pit - November 6, 2009

[...] stimulus doesn’t appear to be, er, stimulating as the White House predicted, [...]

13. Brody - November 6, 2009

You’re gonna need a bigger chart.

14. jukin - November 6, 2009

Can I please have the DUMB president back?

15. Cathy - November 6, 2009

Thanks Geoff.

16. doubleplusundead - November 6, 2009

You’re gonna need a bigger chart.

D’oh! Beaten to it.

17. name - November 6, 2009

It’s probably just statistical noise, but, in retrospect, that little blip down, from June to July, now seems eerily coincident with this Stephie-Step-On-All-Of-Us story from a few weeks ago:

Obama Economic Adviser: The Stimulus’ Impact on Economic Growth Has Past [sic]
George Stephanopoulos
October 22, 2009 10:49 AM
http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2009/10/obama-economic-adviser-the-stimulus-impact-on-economic-growth-has-past.html

An interesting tidbit from Dr. Christina Romer’s testimony before the Joint Economic Committee. Citing economic analysts she says the fiscal stimulus will have its greatest impact on growth in the second and third quarters of 2009. (Editors note – those quarters are now behind us). By mid-2010, according to her testimony submitted to the committee, the “fiscal stimulus will likely be contributing little to growth”…

In other words, these Marxist fools have shot their wad and now they’re all out of ideas.

18. Prosperity is back!; Unemployment jumps to 10.2 %. - November 6, 2009

[...] the sea levels from rising and the economy from falling, all because of his awesomeness.  From geoff at Innocent bystanders: The President and his economic team have claimed that the plan is working as intended, that [...]

19. Don’t Get Sidetracked, Pelosi Healthcare Trainwreck Vote Scheduled For Saturday « SOYLENT GREEN - November 6, 2009

[...] to vote against Waxman-Markey, was featured as waffling. He needs to be corrected. Perhaps seeing this will disabuse him of Pelosi’s deraanged notion that this is good for the economy. As Dave in [...]

20. Hot Air » Blog Archive » Unemployment hits 10.2% - November 6, 2009

[...] Be sure to read their roundup, too. [...]

21. Barack Hussein Obama - November 6, 2009

Perhaps seeing this will disabuse him of Pelosi’s deraanged notion that this is good for the economy.

Define “good”.

Heck, define the economy:

…And yet for all that poverty, there remained in their lives a discernible order, a tapestry of trading routes and middlemen, bribes to pay and customs to observe, the habits of a generation played out every day beneath the bargaining and the noise and the swirling dust. It was the absence of such coherence that made a place like Altgeld so desperate…

‘Mainstreaming’ Bill Ayers:

22. Eddie The Bear - November 6, 2009

well, Geoff, you can bet Charlie Gibson will never have heard of the economy. Can’t let facts get in the way of his agenda

23. MCPO Airdale - November 6, 2009

Wonder what the spin on this will be on the nightly network news, presuming that they report it?

BUSH’S FAULT!!!11!!!eleventy!

24. MostlyRight - November 6, 2009

Awesome how those unemployment figures managed to stay just below 10%, DANGER, CODE RED, THE SHIP CAN’T TAKE MUCH MORE CAPTAIN SHE’S FALLIN’ APART! level until the data released 3 days after election day.

I’m not a conspiracy guy, just a fan of coincidence.

25. High CSQ » Blog Archive » Oct 2009 Unemployment 10.2% - November 6, 2009

[...] management style. What is worse, the tread seems to be accelerating in the wrong direction (from Innocent Bystanders – read his text and follow the links about the Stimulus.) Also read Calculated Risk – [...]

26. Brother Marx - November 6, 2009

That’s a racist chart.

27. kmiller1k - November 6, 2009

Fascinating that this administration has no ability to step back from their perch and wonder why “stimulus” isn’t working and isn’t working quite spectacularly.

28. Job Creation FAIL, Obama Edition « eddiebear - November 6, 2009

[...] November 6, 2009 · Leave a Comment Yeah. Well nice fucking job, Captain Awesome. [...]

29. Steve - November 6, 2009

Add some more red dots. You forgotthe self-employed.

30. So, how’s that trillion-dollar stimulus working out? | And Still I Persist - November 6, 2009

[...] unemployment from reaching 9%? I left this at full size so you can see it clearly. It comes from Innocent Bystanders, via Ace of Spades.  ..bruce w.. Share and [...]

31. Iowa Tea Party Patriots Blog » Oct 2009 Unemployment 10.2% - November 6, 2009

[...] is worse, the tread seems to be accelerating in the wrong direction (from Innocent Bystanders – read his text and follow the links about the Stimulus.) Also read Calculated Risk – [...]

32. Demosthenes USA - November 6, 2009

@ Mostly Right (26) –

I don’t know. Don’t get me wrong; I’m no Obamapologist. I’m just saying that the timing of these numbers shouldn’t strike anyone as suspicious. Believing other than the “official story” would imply a belief that the administration had doctored the numbers, which would in turn imply that they had both the will and skill to do so effectively, and I just don’t feature that being the case…

…and I, for one, have never questioned this administration’s will…

33. The May Unemployment Numbers are Here, and Worse Than Predicted « Innocent Bystanders - November 6, 2009

[...] June 5, 2009 Posted by geoff in News. trackback UPDATE II: October graph posted here. UPDATE: Corrected graph available [...]

34. September Unemployment: The Job Loss Accelerates « Innocent Bystanders - November 6, 2009

[...] September Unemployment: The Job Loss Accelerates October 2, 2009 Posted by geoff in News. trackback UPDATE: October unemployment results are posted here. [...]

35. Unemployment soars into double-digits « Internet Scofflaw - November 6, 2009

[...] Democratic stimulus plan is a complete and utter disaster. Here’s the update of the graph comparing reality to the Administration’s projections (light blue is the [...]

36. Unemployment 10.2% Where is the “recovery?” « Oldhardhead's Weblog - November 6, 2009

[...] October Unemployment Rate Jumps Upward ==> 10.2%! The economic for October predictions were 175,000 non-farm jobs lost, and an unemployment rate at or just below 10%. Just based on initial unemployment filings, I think you’d have had to count on people continuing to drop out of the system to get numbers that low. [...]

37. Unemployment Hits 10.2% – Thanks Obama « FRISK A LIBERAL: The Blog - November 6, 2009

[...] Hey, remember when President Obama and his administration promised this: [...]

38. Daily Pundit » Do You Believe Their Predictions About Socialized Medicine, Too? - November 6, 2009

[...] Okay, here you go, from the guy who did the graph originally over at Innocent Bystanders: [...]

39. MostlyRight - November 6, 2009

@26 Maybe they’re not intellectually curious.

@31 I actually don’t. As long as the definitions remain constant, I don’t suspect the timing, or to mistrust the people at the BLS. Still, some journalist with the time and resources to investigate all the variables, influence and potential political interests might find it worth at least looking into. It’s not just the Executive Branch that would have had personal political interest in stifling the numbers pre-election.

40. Michael - November 6, 2009

Check out the chart that the GOP just put on its website.

41. geoff - November 6, 2009

Check out the chart that the GOP just put on its website.

Yeah – that’s the one Instapundit linked to, darn it. It’s really pretty, but it starts at 8%, and doesn’t use the actual Obama chart as its base (so I don’t think it’s as obviously credible). So…hmmmppphhh.

Not that I’m jealous or anything. Nope, not at all. Not the least little bit. No sir…

42. Michael - November 6, 2009

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

43. MostlyRight - November 6, 2009

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

Pablo Picasso (allegedly)

44. geoff - November 6, 2009

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

…stupid artists steal copies.

45. The Everlasting Phelps » Blog Archive » Funemployment - November 6, 2009

[...] off the hook, and OFF THE CHART. Category: General Phelpsism  |  Comment (RSS) [...]

46. Lipstick - November 6, 2009

I noticed Gateway Pundit doing his own version of your chart too.

47. The Infamous Obama Unemployment Graph Part 6: Funemployment is Off the Charts! « Avid Editor’s Insights - November 6, 2009

[...] a small price to pay for progress. Don’t believe those numbers? Well then let’s take a look: That’s right everybody, if you’ll notice, we are officially off of President [...]

48. senyo - November 6, 2009

yes, i know

49. Hot Air » Blog Archive » Graph of the Day - November 6, 2009

[...] touch of “stimulus swindle” in the chart.  It’s a stylized version of the Innocent Bystanders chart, which uses Christina Romer’s original graph for her completely-repudiated forecasting of the [...]

50. BizzyBlog - November 6, 2009

[...] Geoff at Innocent Bystanders, whose post deserves a full [...]

51. 10.2% Unemployment! How’s that Porkulus Workin’ for Ya? | The Great Illuminator - November 6, 2009

[...] is the latest underground Porkulus-to-Unemployment Christina Romer-modified graph, showing projections used to sell it against reality, as of [...]

52. Unemployment now tops 10%, when will democrats realize their policies aren't working? | The Lonely Conservative - November 6, 2009

[...] numbers are the worst in decades. Unemployment is now officially 10.2%, which doesn’t count those who have dropped out of the system. Anyone with a brain can understand that business owners are frightened of this [...]

53. Follow the rising red dot | PoliticalDerby.com - November 6, 2009

[...] was waiting for the Geoff over at Innocent Bystanders to plug the latest unemployment data into his chart generator so I could see how reality continues to mess with Team Obama’s predictions. So far, the [...]

54. Heck of a job, Barry! [Darleen Click] - November 6, 2009

[...] just think of where we’d be without that $789 billion [...]

55. Instapundit » Blog Archive » I DIDN’T LIKE THE EDITORIALIZING ON THIS CHART, and reader Paul Golba writes: I wanted to comment… - November 6, 2009

[...] So how about this one? [...]

56. R Swanberg - November 6, 2009

Don’t you understand? This ‘stimulus’ IS working EXACTLY as planned! Turn us all into govt serfs @ the administration calling ALL the shots.

57. R Swanberg - November 6, 2009

Once ‘beholden’ to the feds, the serfs can’t un-elect the Democrat party, hence one party rule FOREVER! MARXIST nirvana!!!!

58. Ugh: Unemployment hits 10.2% « Wellsy's World - November 6, 2009

[...] all put in stark visual contrast when you look at graphs at Innocent Bystanders (which I’ve reproduced at the top of this post) and the GOP’s website (which, as Ed [...]

59. AMINUTEMANCONSERVATVIE - November 6, 2009

I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE LOGIC…IF THE OBAMA IS TO DESTROY AMERICA AND IS ‘WORKING’ THEN WHY IS MY 401K UP 29% THIS YEAR?

60. Andy - November 6, 2009

geoff, the Zero Hedge guys improved on your chart a little …

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/rise-critical-jobs-neither-saved-nor-created-figures

61. Obama Insanity: Unemployment and Healthcare | Florida Pundit - November 6, 2009

[...] statistics with what was predicted by the Obama administration with and without the stimulus (from Innocent Bystanders via Ace of Spades and Hugh [...]

62. Rosetta - November 7, 2009

“OMG Christine Romer and Jared Bernstein Are Teh Suck” chart:

Hahahahahaha! That’s funny as a mofo.

Normally I’m not one to make suggestions on improving teh awesome but I think the data line showing actual unemployment needs a name.

We have “With Recovery Plan” and “Without Recovery Plan”. There needs to be a name for real world series.

I humbly suggest the following:

“With Saved Jobs and Powdered Unicorn Horn”.

That is all.

Hi Cathy! *smooooooooooooooooooooooooooooch*

63. Rosetta - November 7, 2009

I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE LOGIC…IF THE OBAMA IS TO DESTROY AMERICA AND IS ‘WORKING’ THEN WHY IS MY 401K UP 29% THIS YEAR?

ALL YOUR 29% ARE BELONG TO ME!!

Also, STFU. This blog sucks enough on its own. It doesn’t need you wiping your butt on it.

64. nathan J - November 7, 2009

What a winning formula for the American People. Not only did the Democrats “win” on Tuesday night as Pelosi said, but the American people are winning with higher unemployment.

That HOPE and CHANGE is really something, isn’t it.

65. Brian Macker - November 7, 2009

If you understand Austrian economics, not the pseudo-science of Keynesianism, you’d realize that all the policies being followed are going to tend to make the depression worse. They are just doing more of the same government interventions that got us into this mess. The past 20 years have been bailouts, GSEs, below market interest rates, government borrowing based on foreign debt, being the worlds policeman, and massive foreign aid. Now they are just doing it on steroids.

Tell me exactly why our central bank should have to bail out foreign central banks to the tune of $1 trillion dollars? What’s the matter, they can start their own printing presses like Zimbabwe?

I’ve known this was coming ever since the Clinton adminstration. I screamed bloody murder about Greenspans pumping up and then response to the bursting of the internet bubble. I knew that he was only pumping up a housing bubble. There were so many obvious signs he was screwing things up monetarily, for example the trade deficit.

I’m telling you now that this is only the beginning of this mess. The current administration, all the Democrats, and most Republicans too are complete economic ignoramuses. Our universities ensure that by teaching Keynesian based economics exclusively.

The current policies will only tend to reinforce disruptions to the economic fabric. As it postpones the correction it also adds to the distortions and destroys real wealth.

The ironic thing is that if they did absolutely nothing, and reduced government spending the economy would correct itself.

66. Neo - November 7, 2009

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the number of “births” or “phantom jobs” in 2009, in the Labor Department’s “birth/death model” of small business employment, have run out.
This doesn’t bode well for the “death” correction that comes in the January 2010 numbers out on Feb 5, 2010. My eyeball of the numbers says it will be 12-13% unemployment then.

67. Moby - November 7, 2009

This is too funny trying to blame Obama for 30 years of failed conservative economic policies..

68. geoff - November 7, 2009

This is too funny trying to blame Obama for 30 years of failed conservative economic policies..

Har. Never met a lib who didn’t love a strawman.

69. Rosetta the Daddy - November 7, 2009

This is too funny trying to blame Obama for 30 years of failed conservative economic policies..

Poor Obama…the Inheritor in Chief.

70. Note to Washington: Stop Helping - November 7, 2009

[...] to Innocent Bystanders, which updates this chart every month. A Side Note on the Administration’s Defense of the [...]

71. Bubba - November 7, 2009

Hey Moby

Well, weren’t we told that the oceans would recede and the wounds would heal and all of that good stuff if Obama was elected? All he seems to be able to do is act like an elementary school child and blame someone else.

Why don’t you libs tell your guy to stop whining and work his magic?

Problem is, he can’t. He is an amateur!!! Never belonged in the spot to begin with.

72. dispatches from TJICistan » Blog Archive » with and without the failed Obama administration’s borrow-and-spend plan - November 7, 2009
73. Daily scoreboard « Don Surber - November 7, 2009

[...] 4. Geoff at Innocent Bystanders continues to track the difference between Obama’s promise and the…. [...]

74. Tushar - November 7, 2009

I can haz Instalanche?

75. Michael - November 7, 2009

Glad to see Glenn Reynolds came around and published the one-and-only authoritative Geoff Chart.

76. geoff - November 7, 2009

The people have been heard.

77. Creative dude - November 7, 2009

Q1 in 2007 is when the new congress took office. What started happening to jobs and the deficit when?

78. Top Posts « WordPress.com - November 7, 2009

[...] October Unemployment Rate Jumps Upward ==> 10.2%! The economic for October predictions were 175,000 non-farm jobs lost, and an unemployment rate at or just below 10%. [...] [...]

79. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, At Least « Grand Rants - November 7, 2009

[...] Innocent Bystanders, via [...]

80. The Greenroom » Forum Archive » ObamaCare: Dithering while the economy burns - November 9, 2009

[...] reality, the stimulus has fallen well short of Obama’s promises and is filled with fraudulent numbers to boot. The stimulus argument does not even ask how adding $200 billion to one part of the economy [...]

81. Cathy - November 9, 2009

Hi Cathy! *smooooooooooooooooooooooooooooch*

*blushes*

82. Rich - November 9, 2009

You even got a link at NRO’s Campaign Spot, Geoff. I’m sure the crazy blog-money will start coming your way any minute now.

83. geoff - November 9, 2009

Yup, with Michael splitting all the proceeds right down the middle with me, we’re both heading for Easy Street. Yes sir, rolling in the dough. Raking it in hand over fist. Overfilling our wazoos.

Sigh.

84. Eddie The Bear - November 9, 2009
85. The Cloakroom - November 9, 2009

[...] (H/T Greg Mankiw and Innocent Bystanders) [...]

86. The Great Stimulus Swindle: 10.2% Unemployment and Rising | Chicago Daily Observer - November 9, 2009

[...] Read more at Innocent Bystanders [...]

87. Patterico's Pontifications » ObamaCare: Dithering while the economy burns - November 9, 2009

[...] reality, the stimulus has fallen well short of Obama’s promises and is filled with fraudulent numbers to boot. The stimulus argument does not even ask how adding $200 billion to one part of the economy [...]

88. Medidas de estímulo y desempleo en EEUU « Blog de Fernando Rodríguez - November 10, 2009

[...] Parece que las medidas de estímulo adoptadas por el Gobierno de EE UU no están dando los resultados esperados, al menos sobre el desempleo. De hecho, llama la atención que las cifras de desempleo superen incluso las predicciones que se hacían en 2008 acerca de esta variable para el momento actual en ausencia de medidas de estímulo. Más sobre el tema aquí y aquí. [...]

89. HeartlessLibertarian - November 10, 2009

“This is too funny trying to blame Obama for 30 years of failed conservative economic policies.”

Conservatives were running Congress and the Executive Branch in 1979?

Moby must be a product of the local university political science courses–they tend to be havens for those who can’t handle the complexity of introductory-level history.

90. Oh, So He Wants Job Creation Ideas, Does He? - November 12, 2009

[...] fraudulent. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate is two percent over his own economic teams’ worst forecast and may end up hitting 12 percent before we’re done. Meanwhile, the economy is repelling jobs [...]

91. El PIB de Estados Unidos crece. El paro también « Sarah Palin en Español - November 13, 2009

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92. Is the Stimulus Obama's Katrina? - November 17, 2009

[...] Here is the now-famous chart showing us Obama's silly claim. [...]

93. Bill Dupray - American Conservative - True/Slant - November 17, 2009

[...] Here is the now-famous chart showing us Obama’s silly claim. [...]

94. Pimp D - November 21, 2009

My crotch won’t stop itching…..

95. Mrs. Peel - November 21, 2009

Geoff? Got any Canadian Preparation H for Pimp D?

96. Nan G - November 21, 2009

I was astonished by this animated county-by-county depiction of our recession.

http://cohort11.americanobserver.net/latoyaegwuekwe/multimediafinal.html

97. How ‘The One™’ Will Kill The World’s Hope « Taxes, Stupidity, and Death - November 21, 2009

[...] policies that are sinking the dollar, or a $700 Billion stimulus Bill that has failed to stop the consistent rise of unemployment, and has been defended with outright false data about jobs “saved or created”, or the [...]

98. How is that Stimulus Working Out for You? « The IUSB Vision Weblog - November 24, 2009

[...] second graphic is from “Innocent Bystanders” which has some other stats and graphics from previous [...]

99. Financial Armageddon Watch | PoliPundit.com - November 24, 2009

[...] Nine months after Obama’s porkulus package, we’re still way above the 8% unemployment he… In totally unrelated news, Obama’s approval ratings hit yet another new low today. Subscribe to blog feed. « Let the Retirements Begin [...]

100. Describing Obama via Charts & Graphs « Wacki’s blog - November 26, 2009

[...] White house predictions of stimulus vs Actual unemployment (Don Surber, Innocent Bystanders) [...]

101. Gary Marchinke - December 4, 2009

Obama and the Congress only have one plan; spend, spend, spend … There is no back-up plan!!!

102. person210000 - December 8, 2009

with the recovery plan you should have graphed the line higher than without the recovery plan. And i’m not even republican. u main street media people are liars! i’m done voting democrat! u don’t include outside information.

103. Jerry Manis - December 27, 2009

We had over 11% unemployment in the 1981-83 recession caused by Reagan taking office and jacking up interest rates to 18%. 30 million American jobs were outsourced to China and other countries during George W Bush’s term. How soon the Republican hypocrites forget!

104. Matthias Wayland - January 8, 2010

I’m skeptical that the stimulus spending is going to have any long term positive affects on private sector jobs. But just to play devil’s advocate, the stimulus spending has to go through bureaucratic processes that have been in place long before the current administration took office.

For example, if the federal government intends to contract with the private sector to deliver products or to provide services, the government first has to define the requirements and specifications in a Statement of Work. A solicitation for the contractual work to be performed has to be published by the appropriate administrative agency. Time has to be allowed for proposals from potential vendors to be submitted. A Technical Evaluation Team has to be created and staffed to weigh the proposals received against the Statement of Work to decide which contractor’s proposal provides the best value to the government.

All that can take months before the contract is even signed. It may sound like a bureaucratic waste of time, but without these fixed processes and paper trails government contracting would become nothing but cronyism and corruption.

105. geoff - January 8, 2010

Yes, this has been a long-standing point, and the subject of an argument we just had on the current employment thread. You might want to go to the main page to catch up on the latest info.

106. One Year Anniversary Of The Stimulus Package « FRISK A LIBERAL - February 18, 2010

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107. BusinessWeek: 'Obamanomics' Is Working - Sportbikes.net - April 11, 2010

[...] [...]

108. Art Kernagis - December 30, 2010

Great article. There’s a lot of nice information. I wanted to let you know something though – I am running Redhat with the beta of Firefox and the layout of your blog is kind of quirky for me. I can understand the articles, but the navigation doesn’t work so great.

109. Michael - December 30, 2010

Art, I am a lawyer, not a techie. If you use the latest release of Firefox or IE as your browser, our site will show up just fine. It is hosted by WordPress, and they generally know what they are doing.

110. BrewFan - December 30, 2010

I am running Redhat with the beta of Firefox

It is very unlikely that Linux is the issue as the browser is responsible for rendering the page. My suggestion would be to ditch the beta of Firefox. There is going to be a lot of this as the browser makers try to support HTML5. I am using the IE9 beta and some WordPress blogs totally crash it (*glares at The Hostages*)

111. daveintexas - December 30, 2010

Beta releases are for people who like things all fucked up and shit.

It’s like you were begging for it, wearing that slinky browser. Just lie back and think of England.


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