How bad is unemployment? The Heathen Republican, an excellent secular conservative blog, has posted easy to read charts for a number of ways to measure unemployment. Bottom line: It’s not declining by any measure, and is rising by some significant ones.
For the record, I do not agree with many of the conclusions the Heathen Republican reaches, but I recommend his blog to anyone who wishes to engage in a serious discussion of the issues. He strikes me as old school: That is, he respects facts and makes an honest effort to get them straight.
Folks like him — on all sides of the issues — are the folks who make democracy possible.
UPDATE: I regret that I must amend this post to withdraw my endorsement of the Heathen Republican’s blog. Today, he posted this:
Conservatives and progressives witness the same events but interpret them very differently. I think it’s more accurate to say that progressives interpret and conservatives observe and process the real world with no interpretation involved, but I expect someone to object to that statement.It’s pretty clear to me that progressives look beyond reality and have their own sort of religious faith. Perhaps I have my own “conservative faith” to which I am blind, although (naturally) I don’t think so. [emphasis in original]