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Top Obama Economic Aide Cuts and Pastes His Statements

by Keith Koffler on February 4, 2013, 8:40 am

White House Council of Economic Adviser Chair Alan Krueger has begun his monthly statements on the nation’s employment situation with nearly the exact same sentences almost every month since November 2011, just after he was installed as one of Obama’s most senior economic advisers.

Aww heck, I guess I'll just say the same thing. Photo by Keith Koffler

Aww heck, just give 'em the same thing.
Photo by Keith Koffler

With the exception of some variation in the May 2012 statement, Krueger has mailed it in every month, not bothering to change a thing in the opening lines of his commentary on the statistic that is perhaps more important to Americans.

Krueger’s statements are released by the White House the morning the latest employment numbers become available from the Department of Labor. 

Here’s how he opened his February 1 statement on the January 2013 employment report:

While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we pursue the policies needed to build an economy that works for the middle class as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.

On December 2012 report:

While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the policies that are building an economy that works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.

November 2012:

While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the policies that are building an economy that works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.

October 2012:

While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the policies that are building an economy that works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.

You get the idea. Up until April 2012, the statement didn’t include the phrase, “While more work remains to be done,” but was otherwise the same thing.

That the chairman of the Council of Economic Adviser is comfortable purveying the same bland verbiage to his readers – the American people – demonstrates a measure of contempt for his audience. And – who knows? – perhaps it indicates a certain laziness with which he is approaching his job, which wouldn’t be surprising, given the state of the economy.

A big tip of the hat to one of our readers, Scottso, who noticed Krueger’s cut and paste approach to communicating with the American people.

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Teresa February 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

Just a reminder that there is SO MUCH to go after in the Obama Administration!

RT February 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm

And it just gets better… Most of us watched him grill you know who in a Senate hearing… As if that was not enough, a new headline:

“Oh, dear. Republican Sen. John McCain on Monday called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a “monkey.” ”

Twitter – got to love it and hate it…

RT February 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Guessing here. McCain just wanted to help Kerry have something meaningful to do his first week on the job…

Jeff1000 February 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

The American people need to just shut and comply, and it’s all George Bush’s fault. Rinse and repeat.

Just2old February 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

Way to go Scottso!

Scottso February 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

thanks. You’d think the national media or anyone who is supposed to read these reports for a living would have noticed them. Maybe they didn’t and either didn’t care or just believe it.

It proves though that the media and the gov’t don’t care.
It proves that they think/know they can keep on saying the exact same thing over and over and no one will be concerned.

In sports if you have the same awful performance game after game and season after season you’d be gone or dead.
In politics…nothing changes.

cincycinco February 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm

“plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Or, if you prefer;

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig and still it was impossible to tell which was which.” -George Orwell

I already know where this is going. So does anyone else with any sense of history, who doesn’t still think that albatross tied around their neck is dinner.

God help us all…

Michael February 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

This is hilarious, but to call him “lazy” certainly sounds racist to me! Whoops….he’s white…sorry.

The sad part is that most of Obama’s devotees don’t even care, if they even read that stuff. But it is pretty sad.

Let’s see what he says next month!

William February 4, 2013 at 10:14 am

Typical…

srdem65 February 4, 2013 at 10:19 am

Why, oh why, would a respected Cabinet member do that?
1. To see if anyone actually reads what he writes
2. Because nothing changes no matter what the Administration does
3. He’s bored with his job
4. What difference does it make?

Girly1 February 4, 2013 at 11:05 am

Srdem, I’m going with #4 – What Difference Does it Make?

Hillary unwittingly unleashed the Obama battle cry for the next four years. “What difference does it make – I won”! He is our cardboard, cut-out POTUS with a phalanx of company men. They’re all cut from the same cloth – academia. Grey Poupon, anyone?

Julie Brueckheimer February 4, 2013 at 11:12 am

I agree, #4, but I don’t think it will become the Obama battle cry: I think it will become the new conservative “you didn’t build that”, that is, the conservative rejoinder to all of Obama’s lies. My husband and I are doing it already.

Susan February 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

Good find, Scottso. Not really surprised to see a bureaucrat phony-up economic reports. The fish rots from the head down. Preezy Revenge thinks he knows everything about everything there is to know, and he’s a micromanager. He and Valjar are running the whole show. The stooges he appoints to traditional positions of responsibility will come in handy when it all comes crashing down. Just another old white man to point the finger of blame at. He’ll make a perfect skapegoat for the rampaging mobs.

Scottso February 4, 2013 at 11:05 am

This also means there is no sense of urgency to fix this issue.
There is just no vigorous effort to resolve the problems with the economy.

Susan February 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm

In my opinion, fixing America’s economy problems was never a goal of Preezy Revenge. As his hero Saul Alinksy preached, burrow into the civil system and take it down from the inside.

cincycinco February 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

“This also means there is no sense of urgency to fix this issue.” – Scottso

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” And don’t fix the one you have, as long as you can continue to use it as an excuse to erode the rule of law and concepts of private property yet more…

PS Congrats on that spot, Scottso!

owen_kellogg February 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

It must be tough ‘earning’ six figures in government these days. These are the laziest bunch of folks that I have ever seen at the federal level.

DeniseVB February 4, 2013 at 10:41 am

Another sign Obama sucks as a leader ? His whole administration seems to work for HIM, not our country. He’s picked people who are yes-men and women and their efforts seem to do and say what makes Obama happy and look really, really good.

A strong media would be able to cut through this b.s. But, sadly, they’re part of this administration too :(

cincycinco February 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Employees ALWAYS reflect the ethos of their employer. If hard work is not only not rewarded, but actively discouraged; if being the boss’s “freind” gets you further than doing your frickin’ job; if your boss plunders the corporate treasury for his own agenda and personal aggrandizement, and the board keeps him anyway – employees can take the hint.

I wouldn’t expect the Obama administration to understand very much about business, but there is an HR concept called “signalling value”. If you want ethical, hardworking employees, the boss REALLY needs to give the appearance of being ethical and hardworking himself. If he’s not, the ACTUAL ethical, hardworking employees will find somewhere ELSE to work, leaving the boss a boatload of synchophantic mini-mes.

Because of this, in any organization, the child ends up looking a LOT like the father. What, then, does THIS “child’s work ethic tell us about HIS “Father”?

Volumes. IF you care to read it. It appears, though, that since they don’t like the book, many of our fellow citizens put it down and go watch Beyoncé instead…

RickW February 4, 2013 at 10:44 am

I think one of the rules behind implementing “Group Think” is the constant restating of the same theory. Therefore, I don’t think the wording of these statements are an accident or a sign of laziness.

RT February 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Interesting observation Rick. In play for our “cut and paste criminal” du jour? Well, you can bet the administration has shared visions, shared goals, and hence, shared objectives…

Groupthink, often affectionately and inappropriately referred to as herd mentality, is indeed at play in any organization – it always is. Exacerbating the problem, as organizations become larger and grow more complex, there is an increased likelihood of bias, error, and missing data in the command, communication and control systems. Groupthink + Bad Data = Highly Probable Bad Outcome.

This whole Groupthink phenomena discussion is relevant in all organizations – civilian, governmental, and, of course, our military industrial complex. Students of “Military Engagements” certainly have an entire lifetime of scholarly fun in this specific environment – and in related study. This all gets pretty complex when propaganda and espionage are factored into the equation.

Fun Fact: As a sidebar, a recent study of 100 managers found that woman are slightly more susceptible to Groupthink, i.e., influenced by a desire to seek some measure of conformity among organizational group members. On the upside, the data also supported earlier research that female organizational members are better communicators and more effectively contribute to team outcomes than their male counterparts…

Is nothing sacred with our stereotypes! Geez, guys… Go girls!

RickW February 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I can attest to the results of the earlier research you mention, RT. We were exposed to a lot of work in these areas during my IBM management training classes. One interesting finding was that while women are better communicators in team settings, they also hold a grudge against other women who they might come in conflict with. Men, in a disagreement setting, are more prone to let it drop. And don’t get me started on “body language” analysis!

With regard to the individual Keith mentions in the story, I do not see him as a “cut and paste criminal”. Rather, I see someone who is likely paid a healthy wage (and as a male in the Obama Administration, probably higher than similar females, a clear violation of law) who is being accused of “mailing it in”. Hopefully, someone could not attain such a position if they are lazy so I was submitting the possibility the explanation for the similar press releases lies elsewhere.

RT February 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Good stuff Rick. While we voters wanna think that government employees work for “us, the taxpayer”, in reality they don’t – and never will. Just not how it works… I’ve been on both sides as many here have been.

Most here “probably” did / do / have worked in private industry, so when we stop and think about it – most government folks do what we do – work for the boss and do their best to feed the boss whatever will keep them gainfully employed. In all cases, “how” this is pulled off is dependent upon the executives expectations for their employees. The resulting range goes from the ass-kisser, to cowering plebe, to consummate bureaucrat paper-pusher, to the I’ll give-it-to-you-straight shooter – and every variation in between.

My assessment, albeit an “in the dark” assessment, is that this guy works as hard as any normal / average employee – filling his day with whatever “stuff” is required to survive. Heck, we all know folks who work 10 hours a day – going to meetings and looking busy eating donuts and frowning at “change”, “any change”… SH#@, memory clearing, just thinking about all of those days wasted trying to work past folks like this still makes me angry… Back on task, clearly this “cut and paste report” is not a top priority and has little to do with the nature of this yokels total job. I am sure one of the super sleuths here could locate the job description for him… which probably reads like the Book of Mathew… and is as long… ;)

~ RT

jay hoenemeyer February 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

Give him a break . He was busy , night and day , working with the Jobs Council .

cincycinco February 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm

How’d that go, anyway? Did someone say “Mission Accomplished”?

DeniseVB February 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

I think this story broke for a few minutes in the MSM, but more lack of leadership qualities in other Fed agencies are carefully hidden, might make Obama look bad ;)

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/52747/exclusive-top-ny-homeland-security-cop-sues-napolitano-alleges-obama-dhs-officials-anti-straight-discrimination-demands-for-oral-sex-j-no-appointed-lesbian-girlfriend-ice-chief-of-staff-hara/

Sad.

RickW February 4, 2013 at 10:58 am

Hmmmm this “top cop” better keep checking under the hoods of his vehicles for odd looking wires. Big Sis must NOT be happy……

Geoff Caldwell February 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

It’s never been about the jobs with this bunch.

Dave February 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

FUNNY!!!! I saw an interesting difference:

Jan 2013 statement: It is critical that “we pursue the policies needed to build an economy” that works for the middle class

Dec 2012 statement: It is critical that “we continue the policies that are building an economy” that works for the middle class

Nov 2012 statement: It is critical that “we continue the policies that are building an economy” that works for the middle class

Oct 2012 statement: It is critical that “we continue the policies that are building an economy” that works for the middle class

SOOOO, in Oct, Nov and Dec, we were ALREADY using policies that were building an economy that is working for the middle class. But in JAN? Well, in Jan, we will PURSUE policies? So which is it? We already have the policies in place or we will pursue them? According to the fact that Obama dissolved the Jobs Council, we are doing NEITHER!

srdem65 February 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

Good catch.
I propose a list of words and phrases that politicians (on both sides) may NOT use in the future:
middle class
growing the economy
at the end of the day
fair shot
balanced
undocumented immigrant
wingnut, gunnut, teabagger, bigot, racist, hater, nazi, birther

DeniseVB February 4, 2013 at 11:51 am

……truther, skeeter …. :D

To be fair, I hate the word “libtard”, not because I have a special needs child, but it’s an insult to our mentally challenged population and I do know a lot of normal liberals. I prefer “vile progs”, because that’s who have taken over the Democratic Party.

You probably have met a few here. They usually arrive to smack talk and blame Bush for EVERYTHING that Obama promised to fix :D

They’re mostly scared to death we’re right about Obama.

Star February 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Great Depression…worse since….deep hole…more work…we get it. We may not think it’s true–but we believe you do. Come on out to AZ and see the empty stores in the mall, the weedy yards, green pools.

Star February 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

By the way, the jobs report went from “poor” to “sturdy numbers” in the facile hands of AP and NPR. Man they are good. Say it and it shall be so!

movedtothefarm February 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm

if i were to write my monthly reports the same every time my boss would take notice – oh but wait – i don’t work for the government. unbelievable.

gracepmc February 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Good catch Scottso. Lipservice to the economy and jobs. Maybe someone will pick this up.

JP February 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Of course, the WH knows that the large percentage of the citizens of this country are just plain stupid and will believe anything.

RT February 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Good point JP.

Is this level of “knowledge” special to this administration alone? Or, maybe, might have other administrations had a hankering to adjust policy to take advantage of “us citizens”?

Sometimes, is sure does seem like we have the attention span of a gnat, no?

Susan February 4, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Bush and his cronies tried to pass amnesty for illegals in 2006, so no, he’s not alone. You also have to admit that Bush would have been tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail if he tried even half of what this demagogue has gotten away with.

“Sometimes, is sure does seem like we have the attention span of a gnat, no?”
Who is the “we” you are talking about? You got a mouse in your pocket?

RT February 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Hi Susan – Good points – the Dems tried to run Bush out of town, just missed their two chances… ;)

Mouse in my pocket? Lemme check. Yikes a mouse… Oh, the mouse is now in my hand… ;)

The “we” was just meant as we citizens – kind of an extension of JPs post. No indictment of folks here or those who are active.

JP February 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Hi RT, I disagree with your statement on one’s attention span. Oh…..what attention span!?

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