I know I said I was too busy to blog but this has to be done. As seen on J-Walk and countless other sites today, VP Dick Cheney says that the unemployment figures in the US don’t take into account the fact that “Four hundred thousand people make some money trading on eBay.”

Ok, Dickie. I don’t quite buy the validity of that statement (is everyone who sells on eBay unemployed?) but let’s assume that your figure is accurate. Then it would only stand to reason that John Edward’s response has to be figured into the numbers as well. When told of your statement he said “If we only included bake sales and how much money kids make at lemonade stands, this economy would really be cooking”. So, what is the actual unemployment figure now – 2 1/2?

8 thoughts on “TOO GOOD TO AVOID

  1. You have to admint though, there is a big difference between someone selling $50,000 worth of merchandise per month and a kids bake sale. In fact I personally have a friend who’s made eBay into a full-time business, and I just bought from another company which recently hired their 20th employee, and all they do is eBay.

    I don’t know about the 400,000 number. It may be way high, but than again, I don’t dispute something until I have facts otherwise. For all I know, there could be 400,000 people making eBay a business.

  2. Oh, and don’t get me wrong. I dislike Cheney, but his statement was at least based on a newspaper article, whereas the attacks against it had no basis whatsoever.

  3. True, I know people who make a pretty good living on eBay as well but I think the vast majority of sellers are ordinary people who are using it as an online garage sale. My point was more on the spin aspect. The glass isn’t half empty, it’s 3/4 full sort of thing that the administration is so good at.
    Hyperbole isn’t exclusive to the Republicans, Edwards’ comments were full of it as well. In the end though, there’s no denying that job creation during the Bush regime has been dismal and it should be a major point in the Democrat campaign. That Kerry prefers to keep hammering the military service aspect is probably going to cost him the election and that scares the crap out of me.
    Perhaps war against Iran will be good for the economy.

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