It’s A Dirty Job


Just about 36 hours after Governor Mitt Romney debated President Barack Obama the way Godzilla debated Tokyo, the Department of Labor released the September jobs report. To say Obama needed a win after face-planting in Denver while nearly 70 million Americans stifled a giggle is an understatement on par with “Chris Matthews might want to lay off the pipe.” And the boys at the Bureau of Labor Statistics delivered for their boss — big time. As of Friday morning, the Nation’s unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9 percent (the lowest at any point during Obama’s tenure).

But there are wins, and then there are Doug Flutie-as-time-expires miracles. Friday morning’s rather — ahem — timely jobs report is the latter. Just as Obama headed into the final month of campaign season seriously exposed, along came employment numbers Democrats can point to with a modicum of pride. Except, at second glance, the jobs numbers look less fortuitous and more like fantasy.

The magic September jobs report might indeed be a political Hail Mary completion in the end zone, or it might not. There are only two possible scenarios.

Scenario 1: The numbers are bogus.

  • The numbers don’t add up. Payrolls hit the forecast number almost to the dollar, but the employment rate shot up. Of the jobs created, 582,000 are part-time only. Either the numbers are as honest as an Al Gore “science” lecture or most of the “jobs” are what the Democratic Party itself refers to as “McJobs.” Even then, the numbers don’t match.
  • Obama’s – ahem — issues with the truth are hardly a new problem. (See also Secretaries Hilda Solis and Kathleen Sebelius and the Hatch Act, Accomplice General Eric Holder and Operation Fast and Furious, and the double-talking regarding the brutal murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his three fellow victims.)
  • Actual data indicate a real unemployment rate of closer to 14 percent. That includes the millions of Americans who have given up trying to find work in Obama’s economy.
  • Forty-seven million Americans depend on food stamps to feed themselves and their children.
  • Obama’s biggest economic achievement is the so-called “rescue” of General Motors Co., itself both a financial and industrial disaster.

Scenario 2: The numbers are real.

  • It’s a miracle! Unless you consider that the numbers mean that Obama has taken nearly four years to deliver no change whatsoever.

It’s not as if any of the casual liars in the Obama Administration will acknowledge that their man got Mitt-rolled. Nor are they likely to admit that Obama lost because he’s really a marionette whose appeal is thinner than an anorexic socialite with a coke habit. Obama’s whole campaign is the Memorex version of his 2008 campaign, itself nothing but a compilation of the race-baiting, finger-pointing and class-envy drivel that cost the Democrats control of the House in 2010.

They might as well stick with phony jobs reports and other flimsy excuses for achievement. The people whose jobs flew the coop with Obama’s promises of “change” know the difference, and they’ll remember come Election Day.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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