Sunday, January 15, 2017

Get ready for 4 years of this shit, the thin-skinned edition

Unless you think that Trump isn't going to make it through a full term.  (I'm sure some of you have heard this speculation uttered quite often since the election.)

Trump trashes John Lewis' district: Things to know about 5th Congressional District.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1/14/2017)
The president-elect does not understand the diversity of people he has insulted with the tweets shown below.  The Fifth Congressional District includes downtown Atlanta and much of central Fulton and DeKalb counties and the northern third of Clayton. Or, to put it in the language that Atlantans best understand: The Fifth Congressional District covers the majority of the land inside the Perimeter, as well as some of the suburban communities to the south and west. It includes Buckhead and Bankhead, the Ritz-Carlton and the town of Rex, Lenox Square and Lakewood Heights -- and a lot of places in between.   [bold type added]

And the criticism wasn't limited to Democrats.

Part 2 starts here.

Reported at Trump pits his staff against the media.  (Politico, 1/12/2017)

Part 1 starts here.

Derek Thompson offers the best summary I've read to date of Trump's modus operandi in Donald Trump Says '96 Million' Are Looking for Work.  (The Atlantic, 1/12/2017)
Trump didn’t pull this particular figure out of thin air. There are 96 million Americans over the age of 16 who are not in the labor force. But “not in the labor force” does not mean they want a job and can’t get one. In fact, it means something quite different: that they are neither working nor looking for work. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 159,640,000 people in the civilian labor force.  Applying Trump's 96 million to this figure gives us an unemployment rate of 60%.  Even if you use 254,742,000 -- the civilian noninstitutional population, i.e., the civilian labor force + those over 16 not in the labor force (like me, retired) -- the unemployment rate drops to 38%.  

96,000,000 = the total population of the following states:
  1. Wyoming
  2. Vermont
  3. North Dakota
  4. Alaksa
  5. South Dakota
  6. Delware
  7. Montana
  8. Rhode Island
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Hawaii
  11. Idaho
  12. West Virginia
  13. Nebraska
  14. New Mexico
  15. Nevada
  16. Kansas
  17. Utah
  18. Arkansas
  19. Iowa 
  20. Connecticut
  21. Oklahoma
  22. Oregon
  23. Kentucky
  24. Louisiana
  25. South Carolina
  26. Alabama
  27. Colorado
  28. Minnesota
  29. Wisconsin
  30. Maryland
  31. Misssouri

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