There’s That Word Again


The number of newly laid-off workers filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly surged last week after having fallen sharply in the previous week. The gain dampened hopes about how quickly the labor market may improve this year.

The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose by 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 473,000. Analysts expected a small decline.

It is always unexpected, isn’t it? They need a better thesaurus. How about Dictionary’s list of synonyms?

abrupt, accidental, amazing, astonishing, chance, electrifying, eye-opening, fortuitous, from left field, impetuous, impulsive, instantaneous, not bargained for, not in the cards, out of the blue, payback, prodigious, staggering, startling, stunning, sudden, swift, unanticipated, unforeseen, unheralded, unlooked-for, unpredictable, unpredicted, wonderful

The Emerald House will doubtless go with “wonderful”.

It sounds so much better.

They’ll be inventing or imagining in overtime to claim the ‘stimulus’ created even more jobs in fictitious Congressional districts to offset the unexpected.

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2 Responses to There’s That Word Again

  1. crosspatch says:

    Looks like our 401K and IRA plans might be “unexpectedly” seized by the government and converted to treasury securities in order to finance the debt.

    Then they can euthanize us if they have government health care, keep 50% via the death tax, and only have to pay out 50 cents on the dollar of whatever is left.

    Someone has to stop this fools. Trouble is it might already be too late. The debt bomb is already ticking and anything we do at this point is going to be a mess.

    More here.

    Better get your pitchforks and torches before they sell out. Tar and feathers, too.

  2. If there is one thing that those who warned that an Obama presidency would spell disaster knew from the beginning, is that every one of the consequences we are now experiencing were to be fully expected. The only thing that many of us did not expect was that a sizeable majority of the American public would be so charmed by his now fading charisma that they would actually put him in power. Mainly because most people had free access to his previous track record, and should have known that if he ever came into power we would inevitable be faced with the predicament we now find ourselves in.

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