Editor’s Note – The dismal Bureau of Labor Statistics report on unemployment Friday showed an anemic and stagnant rate of 8.2%, however, the U-6 number was 14.9%. Regardless of which number you look at, the picture is lousy. But from such numbers, we can see how the spin works, for instance:
It all depends on who is in office: when George W. Bush oversaw an economic recovery as president, liberals pointed to alternative unemployment numbers to cast doubt on his economic policies. Now that a liberal president sits in the White House conservative news sites, bloggers and think tanks point to the broader U-6 unemployment rate (which stands at 14.9 percent) and the discouraging numbers released yesterday to show that President Obama’s economic policies aren’t working. (Read more here.)
Remember, in early 2009, the U-3 rate was 7.8% – Obama’s policies are not just “not working”, they are destroying the economy. Yet, pollsters and pundits keep telling us the race is close, and people believe Obama has a plan and Romney does not. The failure appears non-existent to so many people, and ignorance rules the day!
A further comparison of how the left thinks, versus the right, the success stories of the new Republican governors elected in 2010 discussed in the article below were roundly castigated at Mother Jones in 2011:
From Wisconsin to Florida, voters are nursing a bad case of buyer’s remorse concerning the rookie Republican governors they elected in 2010.
Surfing into office on the GOP wave in the midterm elections, these first-term governors have rammed through right-wing agendas in their first months in office—attacking unions, slashing jobless benefits, pushing voter ID bills, and rejecting federal funds for popular infrastructure and transportation projects. In near-record time, voters are souring on these conservatives—and in some cases, clamoring for their recall.
Trouble is, their conclusions were diametrically opposed to fact, witness Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Rick Scott in Florida. Now we see that their policies work; here is the list:
In 2010, influenced by the Tea Party and its focus on fiscal issues, 17 states elected Republican governors. And, according to an Examiner.com analysis, every one of those states saw a drop in their unemployment rates since January of 2011. Furthermore, the average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%, compared to the national decline of .9%, which means, according to the analysis, that the job market in these Republican states is improving 50% faster than the national rate.
Since January of 2011, here is how much the unemployment rate declined in each of the 17 states that elected Republican governors in 2010, according to the Examiner:
- Kansas – 6.9% to 6.1% = a decline of 0.8%
- Maine – 8.0% to 7.4% = a decline of 0.6%
- Michigan – 10.9% to 8.5% = a decline of 2.4%
- New Mexico – 7.7% to 6.7% = a decline of 1.0%
- Oklahoma – 6.2% to 4.8% = a decline of 1.4%
- Pennsylvania – 8.0% to 7.4% = a decline of 0.6%
- Tennessee – 9.5% to 7.9% = a decline of 1.6%
- Wisconsin – 7.7% to 6.8% = a decline of 0.9%
- Wyoming – 6.3% to 5.2% = a decline of 1.1%
- Alabama – 9.3% to 7.4% = a decline of 1.9%
- Georgia – 10.1% to 8.9% = a decline of 1.2%
- South Carolina – 10.6% to 9.1% = a decline of 1.5%
- South Dakota – 5.0% to 4.3% = a decline of 0.7%
- Florida – 10.9% to 8.6% = a decline of 2.3%
- Nevada – 13.8% to 11.6% = a decline of 2.2%
- Iowa – 6.1% to 5.1% = a decline of 1.0%
- Ohio – 9.0% to 7.3% = a decline of 1.7%
On the other hand, the unemployment rate in states that elected Democrats in 2010 dropped, on average, as much as the national rate decline and, in some states such as New York, the unemployment rate has risen since January of 2011.
This is yet another example of how the so-called “blue state” model is not working.