Cutter and Unemployment

I thought the Democrats couldn’t get any more obvious and hyper-partisan than shameless Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Then they rolled out Stef Cutter. Just wow:

I think that worker probably has a good understanding of what’s happened over the past four years in terms of the president coming in and seeing 800,000 jobs lost on the day that the president was being sworn in, and seeing the president moving pretty quickly to stem the losses, to turn the economy around, and over the past, you know, 27 months we’ve created 4.5 million private sector jobs. That’s more jobs than in the Bush recovery, in the Reagan recovery, there’s obviously more we need to do, and as I said to Mika at the at beginning of the program, I think that unemployed worker probably sees one person in this race trying to move the country forward and that’s the president.

Ignoring the insulting positive comparison to Reagan and Bush, this woman banks on the hope that you’re stupid. It takes about 15 seconds to verify the employment numbers at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (It’s part of the US Department of Labor (H/T Mike Flynn at Breitbart)) for January of 2009 and for July of 2012. Total employment, Jan ’09: 142,099,000. And July ’12: 142,220,000. For an increase of 121, 000 jobs in 42 months, for a whopping total of 2,881 jobs a month. An impact of .00009% on unemployment. Seriously.

Divide the $750 billion stimulus into those 121 thousand jobs and that’s $6.5 million for each and every job. Math is fun!

That means that while Obama’s “recovery” was creating 4.5 million jobs with one hand, it was simultaneously destroying 4.38 million jobs with the other. Great job there, Barry! And we haven’t figured the increase in population, or the folks no longer counted because unemployment benefits are exhausted, or the poor bastards who have given up looking for work altogether. But Mike Flynn has worked the figures for us. From his article:

In January 2009, 11.6 million people were unemployed. Today, 12.7 million are unemployed.

Those numbers are bad enough, but they are abysmal when you factor in population growth. We’ve added almost 10 million working age adults to the population since January 2009. The only thing keeping our unemployment rate from double-digits is that millions of people have simply given up. Since Obama took office, over 7 million people left the labor force.  If the same number of adults today were in the workforce as in 2009, the unemployment rate would be 11%.

If you torture statistics long enough, they will confess to anything. But nothing in Obama’s economic record supports even the most partisan spin of the numbers. Saying that Obama’s recovery has added more jobs than Reagan’s is pure fantasy. It is simply a made up talking point. If I were to read that in a political novel, I would shake my head thinking that, in real life, no one would have the audacity to make such a blatantly false claim. But, sadly, an objective media is the stuff of fiction today, too.

If a black hole formed nearby, Wasserman Schultz and Cutter would be excoriating Republicans for being too negative in pointing out the imminent doom, and meanwhile extolling the health benefits of gravitational skin stretching as we’re all pulled into oblivion.

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