Archive for October 12th, 2012

The following is a take off on the classic “Who’s on First” baseball routine by Abbott and Costello.

(H-T Ladd)

I.M. Kane

Abbott and Costello Discuss America’s Unemployment Rate

COSTELLO:  I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT:  Good subject. Terrible times, it’s 8.3%.

COSTELLO:  That many people are outta work?

ABBOTT:  No, that’s 16%.

COSTELLO:  You just said 8.3%.

ABBOTT:  8.3% unemployed.

COSTELLO:  Right, 8.3% outta work.

ABBOTT:  No, 16%.

COSTELLO:  Okay, so it’s 16% unemployed.

ABBOTT:  No, 8.3%.

COSTELLO:  WAIT A MINUTE! Is it 8.3% or 16%?

ABBOTT:  8.3% are unemployed; 16% are out of work.

COSTELLO:  If you’re outta work, you’re unemployed.

ABBOTT:  No, Obama doesn’t count the “Out of Work” as unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.


ABBOTT:  No, you miss his point.

COSTELLO: What point?

ABBOTT:  Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with someone who’s looking for work. It wouldn’t be fair.

COSTELLO:  To who?

ABBOTT:  The unemployed.


ABBOTT:  No, the unemployed are looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking, and if you give up looking for work, you’re off the unemployment roles.

COSTELLO:  So if you’re off the unemployment roles, you’re not counted as unemployed?

ABBOTT:  Absolutely!

COSTELLO:  And the unemployment rate would go down?

ABBOTT:  Absolutely!

COSTELLO:  The unemployment rate goes down because you don’t look for work?

ABBOTT:  Absolutely. That’s why it’s at 8.3%; otherwise it would be 16%. And Obama doesn’t want the unemployment rate at 16%.

COSTELLO:  Because it would be harder for him to get reelected?

ABBOTT:  Absolutely.

COSTELLO:  Wait a minute … you mean there are two ways to bring down the unemployment rate?

ABBOTT:  Two ways, absolutely.

COSTELLO:  The unemployment rate can go down if you get a job?

ABBOTT:  Absolutely.

COSTELLO:  And the unemployment rate can go down if you stop looking for a job?

ABBOTT:  Absolutely.

COSTELLO:  So there are two ways to bring down the unemployment rate, and the easier of the two is to just stop looking for work.

ABBOTT:  Now you’re thinking like Obama’s Economy Czar.

COSTELLO:  I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about!

ABBOTT:  Now you’re thinking like Obama.

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