Even with years of practice, White House not good at explaining jobs numbers

Jennifer Rubin:
You would think the Democrats would get better at dealing with rotten jobs numbers. They sure have had a lot of practice. But they continue to reinforce the image of cluelessness.
Today we were assured that the unemployment rate is not 8.3 percent but 8.254 percent. No, seriously.
Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, solemnly explained on the White House Web site: “The household survey showed that the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3% in July (or, more precisely, the rate rose from 8.217% in June to 8.254% in July). Acting BLS Commissioner John Galvin noted in his statement that the unemployment rate was ‘essentially unchanged’ from June to July.” Yikes. He also relied, for the zillionth time, on the old saw that “it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report.” Actually, 41 of them have showed unemployment at 8 percent or higher.
Relying on rounding arguments and telling us we should be relieved the job numbers are essentially unchanged will, and already has become,fodder to ridicule the White House.
With an uptick in the unemployment rate House minority Leader Nancy Pelosi( D-Calif.) proclaimed that “today’s jobs report is small step in the right direction.”
Speaking today at a pseudo-campaign event, President Obama chose to plug for a tax hike on upper income taxpayers. He proclaimed, “The people standing behind me shouldn’t have to pay more just so that the wealthiest Americans can pay less.” But of course the Republicans don’t want to raise taxes on anyone; It is Obama who wants to hold the middle class hostage so he can soak the rich.
By contrast, Mitt Romney, in Las Vegas, was fiery in his denunciation of the president’s job record
The White House’s defense of the jobs numbers is the kind of delusional happy talk that drives ordinary people nuts. What would be better? Other than silence, the White House might concede reality. The numbers are bad....
There is a fundamental rule of Democrat spin.  Never take responsibility when things go wrong.  That is their story and they are sticking to it.  They pretty much have a complicit media to go along with them on their points and even construct defenses for them.


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