America received some good news this morning, as the newest jobs report showed the unemployment rate decreasing from 8.1 to 7.8 percent.
But to conservatives and Republicans, this is obviously a grand conspiracy orchestrated by the Obama administration in order to improve his chances for re-election. A long list of public officials and talking heads have channeled Rand Paul’s favorite conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, saying that the non-partisan career bureaucrats at the Bureau of Labor Statistics are obviously cooking the books in a nefarious Liberty-plundering plot (just like all of those pollsters showing Obama ahead with their skewed polls). All of which happens to a paranoid ludicrous fantasy.
Speaking of people with a loose grip on reality, what does Rep. John Yarmuth’s opponent Brooks Wicker think?
In a message to supporters, Wicker said he is “sick of political games” being played by the president and his opponent, Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth.
“The math is simple, and the jobs numbers just don’t add up. We deserve better than politicians ‘revising’ numbers, solely concerned about their own re-election. We need to fix the problem of Washington politicians. I will not compromise my integrity to win an election. We need to govern for future generations and fix this mess Yarmuth helped create,” he says.
Wicker, who is an accountant, also questioned the math used by the BLS and said the numbers do not add up.
“How do we account for the other 342,000 people who didn’t find a job? These are people who gave up looking for a job,” says Wicker. “Disheartened, they fell from the ranks of the unemployed, not because they found a job, but because there wasn’t a job to be had.”
That’s right, Yarmuth is in on it, too!
Anyway, Republicans like Wicker amplifying the great news from the
giant conspiracy theory of the arithmetically challenged jobs report might not actually be the smartest strategy we’ve ever heard of.