Did you hear the good news? Unemployment finally has dropped below 8%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we now stand at a 7.8 unemployment rate. Good news right? Wrong! According to conservatives at least. For you see, this is part of an Obama administration conspiracy.
Apparently, after a bad debate performance, all it takes is a phone call and POOF, the jobs reports says whatever you want it to say.
Forget the utter lack of proof of any of these assertions. Forget the actual methodology that the BLS uses to attain the unemployment rate which includes a random sample of 140,000 businesses and 60,000 households. The numbers don’t say what they want them to say. Therefore, a governmental conspiracy is afoot.
“Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers,” –Jack Welsh, CEO of GE–
“Somehow by manipulation of data we are all of a sudden below 8 percent unemployment, a month from the Presidential election.” –Congressman Allan West of Florida–
“Frankly I am not enough of an economist to question those numbers. I wouldn’t put anything past this administration” — Senator John McCain from Arizona–
It’s not totally surprising that conservatives would go this route. I mean these are some of the same people that were crying that all of the polls were wrong since it didn’t show their guy up by 10 points. Clearly the the liberal media and liberal pollsters are cooking the books to make conservatives feel bad about themselves.
But let’s get back to this so called conspiracy. Let’s assume for a moment that we live in the Bizarro world and one could manipulate BLS data. If it were that simple, why not do it every month? If a phone call were all it took, why not start the whole process in January if not earlier? Make it a slow progression. That way progress would be shown every month and you’d totally hamstring the Romney campaign’s main message.
What am I thinking? Conspiracy theories are immune to things like logic.
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