August 3, 2012

Well here's some spin I didn't expect

Redefining relevance.
Unexpected. I mentioned earlier today that the White House doesn't have a lot of room to spin the jobless numbers out today. It turns out, they amount of room they had was exactly 0.046%.

Here's some spin that smacks of desperation and I really did find unexpected;

"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)," wrote Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

He added: "Acting BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) Commissioner John Galvin noted in his statement that the unemployment rate was 'essentially unchanged' from June to July."

We doubt that Republican Mitt Romney and his allies will draw that distinction.

"Today's increase in the unemployment rate is a hammer blow to struggling middle-class families," Romney said in a statement.

Other GOP members mocked Krueger for declaring the jobless rate at 8.254%.

Republican Party spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said, "23 million people struggling for work isn't a rounding error. And the White House's attempts to argue show just how out of touch they are."
That really is surprising.  If they think saying that unemployment is 8.254% instead of 8.3% is going to sway voters, they are not out of touch as Kurkowski suggests, they are really worried about the election.  Maybe those desperate calls for donations, really are that desperate. 

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