Obama’s sta­tis­tics prob­lem

The Washington Times Daily - - Editorial -

Pres­i­dent Obama’s pop­u­lar­ity is un­der­stand­ably drop­ping like a rock, pri­mar­ily be­cause of rev­e­la­tions that he has grossly de­ceived the Amer­ica peo­ple about his heath care bill. It is ob­vi­ous that much of the me­dia is now turn­ing on him. De­spite strong, ir­refutable indi­ca­tions that there were se­ri­ous prob­lems with his cred­i­bil­ity on Beng­hazi, NSA wire­tap­ping, IRS tar­get­ing of op­po­nents, etc., he nev­er­the­less man­aged with the help of the me­dia to stay ahead of prob­lems — un­til now.

In Au­gust 2012, roughly two months be­fore the 2012 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, the gov­ern­ment re­ported a mirac­u­lous drop in the U.S. un­em­ploy­ment rate, down to 7.8 per­cent from 8.1 per­cent. Im­me­di­ately, econ­o­mists and la­bor-sta­tis­tics ex­perts ques­tioned the re­port by the Cen­sus Bureau. (In­ci­den­tally, af­ter tak­ing of­fice, Mr. Obama placed the Cen­sus Bureau di­rectly un­der White House con­trol.)

The crit­ics were lead by Jack Welch, a for­mer chair­man of Gen­eral Elec­tric. This crit­i­cism cre­ated a firestorm, with the me­dia at­tack­ing Mr. Welch and his sup­port­ers. Mr. Welch was quoted in Money mag­a­zine as say­ing Mr. Obama’s peo­ple flatly fal­si­fied the un­em­ploy­ment num­bers and “cooked” them to help his re-elec­tion. Many ex­perts say that it would have been dif­fi­cult for such a dra­matic de­crease in this data to oc­cur even in a boom­ing econ­omy — which we were not ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

Re­cently, The New York Post ran a piece about a high-rank­ing Cen­sus Bureau of­fi­cial, Julius Buck­mon, who, ac­cord­ing to the story, was told to “do what­ever it takes to fix the num­ber” prior to the elec­tion. Mr. Buck­mon’s ad­mis­sion is sup­ported by Cen­sus Bureau doc­u­ments ob­tained by the pa­per. Nu­mer­ous me­dia sources are now pur­su­ing this story.

While we all ex­pe­ri­enced the ly­ing of Pres­i­dent Clin­ton, that was en­tirely dif­fer­ent be­cause it con­cerned a per­sonal char­ac­ter fail­ing. What Mr. Obama did to get re-elected in 2012 and con­tin­ues to do with the health care de­ba­cle con­sti­tutes de­ceit, a gross vi­o­la­tion of the peo­ple’s trust. JAMES W. AN­DER­SON Tal­ladega, Ala.

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