Who’s Employed?, What’s Their Job?, I Don’t Know = The Government

Abbott & Costello

COSTELLO:   I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.
ABBOTT:  Good Subject.  Terrible Times.  It’s  5.6%.

COSTELLO:   That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT:  No, that’s 23%.

COSTELLO:  You just said 5.6%.

ABBOTT:   5.6% Unemployed.

COSTELLO:   Right 5.6% out of work.

ABBOTT:  No, that’s 23%.

COSTELLO:  Okay, so it’s  23% unemployed.

ABBOTT:  No, that’s 5.6%.

COSTELLO:   WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 5.6% or 23%?

ABBOTT:  5.6% are unemployed.  23% are out of work.

COSTELLO:  If you are out of work you are unemployed.

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

COSTELLO:  BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!ABBOTT:  No, you miss his point.

COSTELLO:   What point?

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

COSTELLO:  To whom?

ABBOTT:  The unemployed.

COSTELLO:  But ALL of them are out of work.

ABBOTTNo, the unemployed are actively looking for work.
Those  who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you  are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed. 

COSTELLO:  So if you’re off the unemployment roles that would count as  less unemployment?

ABBOTT:  Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!

COSTELLOThe unemployment just goes down because you don’t look  for work?

ABBOTTAbsolutely it goes  down. That’s how it gets to  5.6%. Otherwise it would be 23%.

COSTELLO:  Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two  ways to bring down the unemployment number?

ABBOTT:  Two ways is correct.

COSTELLO:  Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

ABBOTT:  Correct.

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

ABBOTT:  Bingo.

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

ABBOTT:  Now you’re thinking like a Democrat.

COSTELLO:   I don’t even know what the hell I just said!

ABBOTT:  Now you’re thinking like Hillary.


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