Today's jobs report is the best news President Obama has received in months. So naturally conservatives assume the whole thing is a giant conspiracy. For most of his presidency, the unemployment rate has been held up as the biggest piece of evidence that President Obama is a failure. When the news came today that it's finally dropped below the level the it was at when he took office, it only took minutes for the doubters to assume the entire enterprise is nothing but a lie.
The biggest name to weigh in was Jack Welch, the former General Electric CEO whose legendary management performance was known to include the occasional manipulation of financial results. The implication of his tweet is the President simply called the Bureau of Labor Statistics—one of the most trustworthy departments in all of government—and got them to lie for him.
For some, that doesn't hold water. (After all, there have been plenty of months where the BLS did him no favors.) There must be something even more sinister going on, tweeted a Senior Writer for the Washington Examiner.
I don't think BLS cooked numbers. I think a bunch of Dems lied about getting jobs. That would have same effect.— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) October 5, 2012
Think about what that would mean. Rather than assume that a friendly liberal economist fudged some numbers to help the president's reelection, Carroll thinks it's more plausible that hundreds of thousands of unemployed Democrats simultaneously lied to a survey taker to protect their favorite president. A president who hasn't helped them get a job.