Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Inflation Is Already Here With Us

in government statistics

Many of us are now quite familiar with a highly inflated number of jobs "created or saved" by the administration's stimulus package. Boston Globe did a review of the cases in Massachusetts where "Organizations that received stimulus money miscounted jobs, filed erroneous figures, or claimed jobs for work that has not yet started."

If you would like to refresh your memory where the stimulus money (your tax money) is going (down the drain), here's my post from July 2009 "Will Stimulus Money Create Jobs As Biden Says?"(We know the answer, don't we?) It has a list of "projects" to be funded by the stimulus.

Not to be outdone, now CDC says more than 4,000 people have died from H1N1 "swine" flu. That's almost quadruple the number that they have been saying (1,200). What's going on?

Well, not really, but you see, CDC has decided to count all the deaths that may have been related to H1N1 flu, such as pneumonia and bacterial infections, organ failure, cancer, heart attacks, etc. (basically anything that they can remotely connect to flu). Compared to "regular" flu of last year and year before, not enough people have died of this "pandemic" to justify force-vaccinating a middle-schooler with the help from two armed guards. (See my previous post, and please protect your children, don't run away.)

CDC also says "many millions" of Americans have been infected with H1N1. How do they know? They don't. The test to find out whether one has H1N1 flu apparently gives so many false positives and false negatives that it is practically worthless, and besides CDC stopped counting the flu cases back in July. They are just throwing big enough numbers, "many millions". This is from CBS news, which by the way has a very good investigative report on H1N1:

"In late July, the CDC abruptly advised states to stop testing for H1N1
flu, and stopped counting individual cases. The rationale given for the CDC guidance to forego testing and tracking individual cases was: why waste resources testing for H1N1 flu when the government has already confirmed there's an epidemic?"
I found one deflationary number coming from the government: number of Americans without health insurance. When they started hyping this health care "reform" (deform) way back when, the number of Americans without health insurance was over 50 million. As time went by, the number went from 50 million to 46 million, then 40 million, then 35 million, and that's about where it stands "officially" now.

However, eliminating people on temporary insurance between jobs (Cobra), people who don't want insurance and pay out of their own pockets, people who already have access to government program (Medicaid) or free programs and don't need insurance, and eliminating illegal immigrants, the estimates have been done to show there may be less than 10 million people (3% of the U.S. population) who cannot afford health insurance. (Here's an article on this topic that appeared in in July. There are others.)

So, it may well be that the U.S. taxpayers are being asked by their government to fork out $1.05 trillion (minimum, I am afraid) to cover less than 10 million people. $105,000 per person. That's about the level of "bang for the buck" a la the federal government.


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