Sunday, February 12, 2012
Cooking the Numbers
Now that it has proven futile for Republicans and conservatives to poo-poo last month's jobs' report, the only logical alternative is for them to accuse the Bureau of Labor Statistics of cooking the numbers to make them look better than they actually are for the President.
First it's the liberal media that's in the tank for Obama; now the Department of Labor. There's a clinical term for people who constantly believe that everybody is out to get them and only they know the truth. It's called paranoia, and the Right is loaded with it. If you doubt me just check out the speakers at this year's CPAC. OMG, it was like a giant Sci-Fi and 9/11 Truthers convention all rolled up into one.
Anyway, while reading through the comments from my last blog I happened to come upon what I think is the best take on this whole non-issue: an article written in The New Yorker. No doubt its author will be accused of being an elitist intellectual progressive snob - you know the kind who can think and doesn't believe that that should be a crime - but so be it. It's a cross all of us have to bear these days.
No sense trying to dissect it or splice pieces of it into my post. It deserves to be read in toto. My only gripe is when he says "some Republicans and conservatives." Other than that, I think he nailed it pretty effectively.