by Charles Hugh Smith
Of Two Minds
Memo to the D.C. Beltway/mainstream media apologists and propagandists: the 25 million Invisible Americans are no longer buying your shuck-and-jive con job.
For the bottom 90% of American households, the “prosperity” of the “recovery” since 2009 is a bright shining lie. The phrase is from a history of the Vietnam War, A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam.
Just as the Vietnam War was built on lies, propaganda, PR and rigged statistics (the infamous body counts–civilians killed as “collateral damage” counted as “enemy combatants”), so too is the “recovery” nothing but a pathetic tissue of PR, propaganda and lies. I have demolished the bogus 5.3% “increase” in median household income, the equally bogus “official inflation” body counts, oops I mean statistics, and the bogus unemployment rate:
What’s the Real Unemployment Rate? That’s the Wrong Question (September 14, 2016)
Could Inflation Break the Back of the Status Quo? (August 5, 2016)