Beyond “Spin”

25 Jan

Spin, spin, spin,…. yeah,– that’s politics.

So,… this is the tough thing. When does spin stop being spin, — and become a straight-out lie.

I suppose every individual makes that determination about any given statement or viewpoint themselves.

I don’t try to hide the fact that my view is that I see republican leadership as lieing all the time,– every time.

Paul Krugman has this example of that in his blog  today. Dealing with Mitch Daniel’s republican rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union speech last night. For my part,— I just try to get it out there to more people.

From Krugman today:

January 25, 2012, 7:58 am

Mitch Daniels Doesn’t Read the New York Times

From the Daniels reply to the State of Union:

Contrary to the President’s constant disparagement of people in business, it’s one of the noblest of human pursuits. The late Steve Jobs — what a fitting name he had — created more of them than all those stimulus dollars the President borrowed and blew.

From Sunday’s Times:

Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, few are. Almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year were manufactured overseas.

Apple employs 43,000 people in the United States and 20,000 overseas, a small fraction of the over 400,000 American workers at General Motors in the 1950s, or the hundreds of thousands at General Electric in the 1980s. Many more people work for Apple’s contractors: an additional 700,000 people engineer, build and assemble iPads, iPhones and Apple’s other products. But almost none of them work in the United States. Instead, they work for foreign companies in Asia, Europe and elsewhere, at factories that almost all electronics designers rely upon to build their wares.

Steve Jobs designed great products. It’s very, very hard to make the case that he created large numbers of jobs in this country. Obama’s auto bailout, just by itself, saved a lot more jobs than Apple’s US employment.

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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Economy, foreign affairs, Politics


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