Monday, June 25, 2007

To clarify: the executive branch is not part of the executive branch

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino initially offered this explanation:
MS. PERINO: I think that that is an interesting constitutional question, and I think that lots of people can debate it. I think when we were talking about the EO from last week, we've gone over that several times. You probably don't want me to go over it again. But the Vice President -- any Vice President has legislative and executive functions.
When the dumbstruck reporters failed to move on, she offered this:
"He's not exempt from following the laws of the United States," said Ms. Perino. "He's exempt just from this reporting requirement in this particular executive order."
To sum up, the executive branch is not part of the executive branch, and they're subject to same laws we are, until they're not.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Scooter Libby has a lot of friends

The Smoking Gun prints the letters of the Friends of Scooter Libby (FoSL).

Most are from the usual suspects, but here's one from James Carville. Sure, the letter is written by Mary Matalin, but it's signed by her AND Carville.

Keep believing the Dems and Republicans are separate parties though.

Interestingly, Scooter also got support from Peter Pace - Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff committee. You'd think he wouldn't be interested in clemency for a crummy bureaucrat who compromised an intelligence officer.

James Woolsey, former CIA Director, also took the time to pen a letter. Too bad Woolsey wasn't outed while on assignment overseas.

The one guy who didn't write a letter? Dick Cheney.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

If the economy's so great, why isn't retail growing?

In a nutshell, from the BLS's May 2007 report:
"Retail trade employment changed little in May and has shown no net increase since March 2006."

If the economy is doing so great, why aren't we adding retail jobs?

More from the BLS:
"Employment in construction was unchanged in May, with no significant movements among the component industries. Since its recent peak in September, construction employment has decreased by 54,000.
All the homebuilders are writing off inventory, selling the housing they do have (also known as new construction) at massive discounts. Foreclosures are setting new record highs (see Chicago Business' Foreclosures Still Raging in Chicago Area).

Meanwhile, reporting from FantasyLand, Bernanke said on May 17, 2007:
“We believe the effect of the troubles in the subprime sector on the broader housing market will be limited and we do not expect significant spillovers from the subprime market to the rest of the economy or to the financial system,” Bernanke said.
While the rest of us are operating in the real world, we want to know this:
HOW THE HELL CAN THE BLS REPORT CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT IS UNCHANGED?

For further information on the construction jobs number, check out Mish's post: Construction Jobs Puzzle.