Rick Moran, at 1 pm, blogging at his own website:
It must be a sad life living as a right wing nutcase. The entire world is against you — the media, the government, liberals, the New York Yankees (I have it on good authority that the Yankees manipulate coverage of ESPN so that they are always the lead story.)
Now, we can add to that enemies list the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS vomited forth the latest jobs numbers today and despite the fact that the number of unemployed and underemployed Americans remained the same from August, the “official” unemployment rate dropped from 8.1% to 7.8%.***
All of these paranoids have made a classic error in logic; they have put the cart before the horse by adopting an assumption — cooked books — without any evidence that would buttress and undergird that assumption. Instead, they have substituted an outcome — large decrease in unemployment rate — to “prove” the assumption is correct.
Yes, but they “know in their gut” that the numbers are cooked. “I wouldn’t put it past Obama” is another bit of fancy that passes for “evidence.” I am perfectly willing to believe that the numbers are cooked — just as soon as someone shows me how it was done. Or even how it could be done. The BLS publishes reams and reams of data along with the numbers. Show me where the data is falsified. Show me where their computations are goofy. Show me where there is the slightest whiff of collusion between the BLS and the Obama White House. Show me one tiny piece of evidence that your paranoia is justified.
Rick Moran, blogging at the most poorly named website on the planet, the American Thinker, letting the “paranoids” update his post:
As usual with this number, the real unemployment data is hidden away inside the BLS report. We’ll update this blog as deeper analysis becomes available.
Update from Thomas Lifson:
Jack Welch is tweeting what many are thinking: that “these Chicago guys” are fudging the numbers. In the short run, there is probably no way to determine if there has been corruption of the BLS data.If this is a top-down effort to manage the data, then if next month’s data goes below the level when Obama took office, that would fuel a powerful media narrative that we’re back ont he way up. The old “stay the course” argument.
Bruce Johnson adds:
Thin Air is on Obama’s Side. So many events originate in the thin atmosphere that seems to miraculously benefit Mr. Obama.
This September employment data counters the debate performance and eviscerates much of Romney’s argument.
Ta da! Magically, after the poor debate performance, we get the largest leap in home survey jobs in nearly 30 years. The employment rate drops to 7.8%.
Now the “no President has ever won reelection with unemployment over 8%” rule is out the window. Additionally, this short circuits all the small business and jobs points made by Romney on Wednesday night.
What wonderful timing.
If I were Rick, I don’t know if I’d be more pissed or embarrassed. Don’t worry about Rick or his integrity, though. He’ll shake this off, as cognitive dissonance is his biggest strength.
Plus, I’m sure he can whip up a “DEMOCRATS ARE WORSE” post to ease his conscience.