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Sunday, March 11, 2018

The easily conned National Review

"600 Non-Steel Jobs at Risk for Every Steel Job" screamed the headline in the National Review.

Really?

If true, no country in the world would produce steel because the cost in jobs lost would be too high.

After all, the National Review told us that each steel job costs 600 other jobs.

In the United States, there are 90,300 steel and structural iron workers.

Math says that results in 54,180,000 unemployed people.

But wait a second. The government counted only 6.7 million unemployed people last month.

Where are the other 47,480,000 unemployed people hiding?

Maybe aliens abducted them.

Ancient aliens, because this claim is about as valid as anything Giorgio A. Tsoukalos says on the History Channel.

"The industries that use steel and aluminum, as well as those that support those industries, employ many more people than those that produce the metals. Per research from Brookings, the ratio is 600 to one. These jobs, which are now at risk due to the increased costs that Trump’s tariffs will yield, are concentrated in states that Trump won," the National Review reported.

At risk.

We are all at risk of a meteor dropping on our heads.

The reality is the opposite. Steel jobs bring more jobs in other businesses. The Wall Street Journal had an old school story about Granite City, Illinois, where the U.S. Steel plant is re-opening.

"Not only were hundreds of steelworkers left jobless when United States Steel Corp. scaled down its operations in Granite City, Ill., in 2015, but lunch deliveries to the plant vanished for a local diner while a shoe store’s work-boot sales plummeted. At least 26 businesses closed within a year, according to an area chamber of commerce," the Journal reported.

Mayor Ed Hagnauer told the newspaper, "We were in a deep state of depression here, and not sure if it would ever open again."

That is the reality.

But some people refuse to live in the real world because it now is a happy place where Trump is president, the economy is good, and the conservative agenda is advancing.

The National Review's headline and the story show how ignorant National Review's remaining readers are. They will believe any claim that makes President Donald John Trump look bad, no matter how ludicrous. The magazine keeps shoveling it.

Remember, these are people who believe President Trump hired hookers to relieve themselves on a bed Obama had slept in. They approve of spending millions of dollars in Mueller's witch hunt looking for those hookers and that bed.

Which is more good news because the Tin Foil Hat factory is hiring for third shift.

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24 comments:

  1. You just can't make this crap up. Oh, wait! Yes, they can. National Review: too insipid to be read on the toilet, too slick to be used as toilet paper. - Elric

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  2. National Review used to be a magazine. Today, it has all the credibility of a comic book.

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  3. Exactly Elric. I still read the occasional referenced article from some blog post but mostly to keep up with their thinking. Pure establishment toys. Those peeps used to be respected but now they’re just “out there”, wasting oxygen.

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  5. Well,for me,NatRev was the conservative "bible" for years beginning in college long ago...I swore by it and often quoted its writers.....but,alas....as of late NatRev has become....mmmm shall we say "full of $h!t'?...for lack of a better term....it died with WFB Jr

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  6. Jonah Goldberg was, at one time, my favorite scribe, I had him autograph one of his books at an event he was featured at, no more, never read him.

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    1. Goldberg went off the rails back in the oughts. He went round and round with the paleos and they tied him in knots and sat back and watched while he embarrassed himself. He was completely out of his league. I swapped a few emails with him, and he got even nastier. I've had no use for him since. He's just a boy in way over his head.

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    2. Me, too. He has been a disappointment for some time now. Still, Liberal Fascism is a solid piece of work.

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  7. National Review has decided to go down in flames rather than stop driving the nevertrumper bandwagon.

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  8. "the National Review told us that each steel job costs 600 other jobs."

    They may be correct, it's just that they may not be US jobs.

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  9. I keep the following link and list saved off just to mock the people who signed off as never Trumpers when I see articles posted by them. The National Review died as the go-to, conservative publication when WF Buckley died.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430126/donald-trump-conservatives-oppose-nomination

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    LAST NAME
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    BECK GLENN
    BOAZ DAVID
    BOZELL BRENT
    CHAREN MONA
    DOMENECH BEN
    ERICKSON ERICK
    HAYWARD STEVEN
    HELPRIN MARK
    KRISTOL WILLIAM
    LEVIN YUVAL
    LOESCH DANA
    McCARTHY ANDREW
    McINTOSH DAVID
    MEDVED MICHAEL
    MEESE EDWIN
    MOORE RUSSELL
    MUKASEY MICHAEL
    PAVLICH KATIE
    PODHORETZ JOHN
    RENO R.
    SOWELL THOMAS
    THOMAS CAL

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    FIRST NAME
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    ANDREW McCARTHY
    BEN DOMENECH
    BRENT BOZELL
    CAL THOMAS
    DANA LOESCH
    DAVID BOAZ
    DAVID McINTOSH
    EDWIN MEESE
    ERICK ERICKSON
    GLENN BECK
    JOHN PODHORETZ
    KATIE PAVLICH
    MARK HELPRIN
    MICHAEL MEDVED
    MICHAEL MUKASEY
    MONA CHAREN
    R. RENO
    RUSSELL MOORE
    STEVEN HAYWARD
    THOMAS SOWELL
    WILLIAM KRISTOL
    YUVAL LEVIN

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    1. Who are these people?

      They seem vaguely familiar.

      Good riddance of these asshats.

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  10. NR is reduced to using the same statistical falacies the left has been using for decades.

    Just change it out for gun fatalities or lives lost to global warming. Same shit.

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    1. This is such an apt insight.
      JimNorCal

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  11. I useta like those guys,but then they went nuts. I don't know if they're more nuts now, or just stuck where they were, not that it makes any difference. Bummer for them.

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  12. Really, Don! Dumpster-diving at your age!

    Make sure you wash carefully, with the carbolic soap, after rooting through NRO! Heavens, think of the diseases you might catch!

    There are already lots that have been afflicted with spinelessness, foot-in-mouth, and the dread lackoprinciple halitosis! Why, some have even been unable to climb on the short bus, so relief is unattainable.

    It's sad to see once-brilliant people reduced to such dire straits, so make sure this doesn't happen to you!

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    1. They serve as a grim reminder to political and media types all over who ignore the voice of the people.

      And the people were speaking loudly at Trump rallies on a nightly basis at the very same time that NR came out with its infamous Against Trump edition.

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  13. "Citing President Donald Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on imported steel, United States Steel Corp. has said it will put roughly 500 workers back on the job by restarting one of two idled blast furnaces and associated steelmaking facilities at its Granite City factory."

    Well, here are 500 new jobs in the steel mills. I would be interested in seeing the stats on the 300,000 jobs that is going to cost. Where are they. Or, could it be that, once again, anti-Trumpers are simply making things up because they cannot cope with reality?

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  14. You are not duped when you want to be duped. The girly men at today's National Review are just as willing as those at CNN to accept anything abour Donald Trump, as long as it's negative.

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  15. Err, marginal cost?

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  16. "600 Non-Steel Jobs at Risk for Every Steel Job"

    Crap. 100%, pure unadulterated crap.

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  17. “The easily conned National Review”

    No wonder NR is easy conned, their flagship is a rubber dinghy.

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  18. maybe a math genius can figure out how much CO2 is reduced not shipping ore, scrap, steel, furnace fuel and W/D's around and around and around the globe?

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  19. Tariffs were a tool in the early Republic, with regions and party being pro or con. There are winners and losers. If jobs are lost, towns full of no hope shuttered downtowns with Oxycontin addicts and suicides, how much does that count on the scales of NR and free marketeers?
    Our steel industry didn't die, it was murdered by unfair trade.
    And if Trump's tariff talk scares China into rethinking it's support of Nork nukes, so much the better.
    When all the economists agree, they are often wrong.

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