COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.
ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 7.8%.
COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?
ABBOTT: No, that’s 14.7%.
COSTELLO: You just said 7.8%.
ABBOTT: 7.8% Unemployed.
COSTELLO: Right 7.8% out of work.
ABBOTT: No, that’s 14.7%.
COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 14.7% unemployed.
ABBOTT: No, that’s 7.8%.
COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 7.8% or 14.7%?
ABBOTT: 7.8% are unemployed. 14.7% are out of work.
COSTELLO: If you are out of work, you are unemployed.
ABBOTT: No, Congress said you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.
COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!
ABBOTT: No, you miss his point.
COSTELLO: What point?
ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.
COSTELLO: To whom?
ABBOTT: The unemployed.
COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work.
ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.
COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment roles, that would count as less unemployment?
ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!
COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don’t look for work?
ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That’s how it gets to 7.8%. Otherwise it would be 14.7%.
COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?
ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.
COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?
COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?
COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have people stop looking for work.
ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like an Economist.
COSTELLO: I don’t even know what the hell I just said!
ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like Congress.
Your passport is the property of the issuing government. Several circumstances exist under which authorities can cancel or confiscate your U.S. passport, or the State Department can refuse to issue or renew it:
- If a federal court has issued a warrant for your arrest
- If a federal or state court has ordered you not to leave the United States
- If another country has requested your extradition
- If you owe more than $2,500 in delinquent child support payments
- If doubts arise about the legitimacy of your birthplace or naturalization as a U.S. citizen.
Even if none of these criteria apply, the list of reasons for the United States to confiscate or non-renew your passport is increasing:
- The 2012 Highway Funding Bill eventually signed by President Obama contained a provision that would confiscate the passport of anyone with a “seriously delinquent tax debt.
- In 2011, the State Department proposed a new “Biographical Questionnaire” that, if approved, you might have to complete to receive a passport. Among numerous other intrusive questions, the State Department wanted to know “if there were any religious or institutional recoding of your birth or event occurring around the time of birth (Example: baptism, circumcision, confirmation or other religious ceremony).”
The last time the Dow was this high…
•Food stamp participation was 26 million, today it’s 48 million
•Gas was $2.75, today it’s $3.80
•Gold was $748, today it’s near $1,600
•U.S. National debt was 9 trillion, today we are at $16.4 trillion
Who knew that Hunger Games would be so prophetic? Every single child in America can look forward to at least performing slave labor with a good chance that they may be forced to kill others in order to survive. They will be forced to take their chances literally with life and limb to satisfy the bloody ambitions of sociopathic criminal politicians.
H.R. 748 was introduced on February 14th, 2013 and was referred to the House Armed Services Committee the very same day! Unemployed Youths to be conscripted.
Can Texas actually secede?
The definition of “secede” is as follows: “To withdraw formally from membership in a federal union, an alliance, or a political or religious organization.” Secession is a very general term to describe a wide range of processes to achieve autonomy and self-government within a political or social context. The question then, really, is there any path for Texas to achieve autonomy and self-government? The paths are endless.
Is secession legal?
It is not illegal to withdraw from membership in the Union as no law exists which makes it illegal nor could one exist and be congruent with the fundamental construction of the Union. Were secession of a state from the United States declared illegal it would so fundamentally alter the nature of the relationship of the states that the very act of doing so would serve to end the Union.
Does Texas have a secession clause in its annexation agreement?
No. There is no explicit clause in the Joint Resolution of Annexation stating that Texas has a special right of secession. It is an understood right given to all states when they joined the Union.
Weren’t there irregularities in the annexation of Texas?
Yes. Texas was a recognized foreign nation at the time of annexation. The proper constitutional procedure for dealing with foreign nations is by treaty. The treaty of annexation, ratified by the Senate of the Republic of Texas, was not ratified by the United States Senate. The United States Congress passed a Joint Resolution of Annexation which was offered to the Republic of Texas. It was accepted by the convention and put to a vote of the people of Texas. While assent to the
agreement is consistent with the laws and Constitution of the Republic of Texas, there are those who assert that the annexation of Texas was an unconstitutional act by the Federal Government. In addition, the Supreme Court’s dicta in Texas v. White regarding “indestructible states” and the lack of a severability clause in the agreement lead others to say that any enforcement of Texas v. White invalidates the annexation agreement altogether.