It’s that time of the month again. Time for the Obama administration to get up in front of the American people and tell half-truths, fables, and outright lies in an attempt to spin the jobs report. This week it was Vice President Joe Biden doing the honors since Obama came in late from the NATO meeting in Wales. Regardless of who is doing the talking, though, the message is the same: the recovery is still going like gangbusters, this administration has added more jobs than any other president in history, and it should only be a matter of time before we’re all swimming in pools filled with gold coins.
This month’s spin job was a bit trickier than most, because even the media couldn’t completely ignore the bad news in the Labor Department’s report. With fewer jobs added to the economy (even in the administration’s dubious way of reporting them) in August than any other month this year, Biden had his work cut out for him. He was more than up to the task, though, appearing before reporters with plenty of positivity to spread.
“Yesterday’s jobs report was another reminder of how far we’ve come. We’ve had 54 straight months of job creation. And that’s the longest streak of uninterrupted job growth in the United States’ history,” Biden said. “But an awful lot of middle class Americans are still not feeling the effects of this recovery.”
Hmm, could that be because the numbers coming out of the Labor Department and those trumpeted by the media are little more than a pack of lies? What’s far more interesting than a slight downturn in “job creation” is the report from the Federal Reserve that said only the richest 10 percent of Americans have been able to improve their median incomes under this presidency. This hardly jibes with the administration’s claim that their economic policies are aimed at helping the middle class.
According to the numbers, 142,000 jobs were added to the economy in August, substantially down from the predictions of 225,000. The unemployment rate was reduced to 6.1%. It’s easy to spin these as positive numbers even in the face of higher expectations, but that’s only because the White House has perfected the art of confusing the American public. They make no mention of the 60,000+ people who left the labor force. They don’t talk about the alternative household survey – a far better look at real employment – that says only 16,000 jobs were added in August. And they certainly don’t mention that many of the jobs lost in the recession were full-time, career positions and that many of these replacement jobs are part-time, dead end work.
Yes, Obama and friends can claim that the economy is improving, but it’s far behind where it should be by now. No amount of spin will change that.