Two things happened recently that showcase Chicago corruption in the heart of D.C.
First, the more recent one: the unemployment rate of September. The unemployment numbers fell from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September. These are the government’s numbers, of course.
You would think that if the Obama administration wanted to obfuscate, they would not have been so bold with such a drop as 0.3 points. But many economists are looking at the numbers with a great deal of suspicion.
When we take into account those with only seasonal jobs (for the holidays coming up), plus those who would like full-time work but, because of the economy, can only find part-time work, plus all of the jobless who have stopped looking for work and thus are not considered part of the unemployment numbers at all, the (U-6) unemployment rate is actually 14.7 percent. This is the number that matters, even though it is not the number that is ever reported.
The government says 114,000 jobs were created in September. These are the numbers President Obama will obviously be touting in the next month between now and the election, declining to mention that 342,000 left the workforce last month. (Which means there was a net loss of 228,000 jobs.)
Now, I am not at all a professional analyst, or even an amateur analyst, but when one considers that September unemployment saw a 0.3-point drop from August’s unemployment numbers, it should mean that 939,000 jobs were added in September. But, again, the government says only 114,000 were created.
A skewing of the numbers right before Election Day 2012 is exactly what I expected to happen the moment Obama won the nomination in 2008. There will be one more jobs report from now until Election Day, and I will be shocked if the numbers do not drop then.
The second showcase of recent corruption is the fact that the Obama administration bribed defense contractors, such as Lockheed Martin, not to send lay-off notices to their employees (Lockheed Martin was considering giving lay-off notices to all 123,000 of its employees). These notices would have gone out right before the election in November and would have dealt a significant blow to Obama’s re-election bid.
So Obama’s Office of Management and Budget told these companies not to issue those notices, and that whatever costs they incur by not laying those employees off now would be reimbursed by the government; that is, by taxpayer money.
Sen. Lindsey Graham calls this “patently illegal.” Whether that’s true or not, I can’t say. But I can say that it, as well as September’s unemployment report, is patently corrupt.