Jack Welch in The Wall Street Journal on why he was right about the jobs report The former GE CEO who questioned last week's unemployment numbers writes in defense of what others called a conspiracy theory. "The possibility of subjectivity creeping into the process is so pervasive that the BLS's own 'Handbook of Methods' has a full page explaining the limitations of its data," he writes. "The coming election is too important to be decided on a number. Especially when that number seems so wrong."
Maureen Dowd in The New York Times on Obama's solitude Obama "wants to feel that he doesn’t owe his ascension to anyone else—not a rich daddy, not a spouse or father who was president, not even those who helped at pivotal moments," Dowd writes. "So Obama knows that he alone is responsible for his unfathomable retreat into his own head while 70 million people watched."
Clive Crook in Bloomberg View on why democracy is not enough Hugo Chavez's win in Venezuela as "an elected autocrat" proves that democracy isn't enough for a free society. "Chavez makes it easier to see how democracies can be corrupted, how important it is to arrest that decay early on, and that illiberal democracies like Venezuela are not necessarily anomalies or exceptions."