The more I see and hear of Mitt Romney, the more convinced I am that, had he been in office at the time, he could have been the archetype for the character of New York City Mayor Randall M. Winston, Jr. (Barry Bostwick) in the network television series Spin City. The sitcom ran from 1996 to 2002 and focused on consistently frantic efforts of the mayor’s staff – led by Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty (Michael J. Fox) – to put the right amount of spin on Hizzoner’s innumerable and predictably clueless gaffes and missteps.
The latest (but assuredly not yet greatest) from Der Mittmeister comes on the heels of the recent economic report – cheerily announced by an orgasmic Drive-By Media – that the unemployment rate has shrunk to the lowest percentage in three years:
The United States created jobs at the fastest pace in nine months in January and the unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to a near three-year low, giving a boost to President Barack Obama.
Nonfarm payrolls jumped 243,000, the Labor Department said on Friday, as factory jobs grew by the most in a year. The jobless rate fell to 8.3 percent – the lowest since February 2009 – from 8.5 percent in December.
The gain in employment was the largest since April and it far outstripped the 150,000 predicted in a Reuters poll of economists. It hinted at underlying economic strength and lessened chances of further stimulus from the Federal Reserve.
“More pistons in the economic engine have begun to fire, pointing to accelerating economic growth. One of the happiest persons reading this job report is President Obama,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at California State University Channel Islands.
If you ask the Obamabots, they’ll tell you that happy days are here again and we are on the fast track to two free range chickens in every convection oven and a Prius in every garage. To be sure, that’s the message they’re trying to drill into the heads of the lumpen proletariat otherwise known as the electorate and I suspect that most of them (at least the ones who actually are part of the workforce) will believe it – not because it’s true, but partly because they have been conditioned to believe it and mostly because they are too ignorant, apathetic or stupid to know otherwise.
Unfortunately, Der Mittmeister can be found among that throng:
Romney will not dwell on how terrible the economy has been, his advisers said. After years of economic angst, he will not have to.
Instead, even if the jobs picture continues to brighten, Romney will warn voters against settling for a mediocre recovery, his advisers said. An unemployment rate of 8 percent or more should not be embraced as “the new normal,” a Romney aide said. Key to the candidate’s approach will be sounding as optimistic as possible while still assailing Obama’s economic stewardship.
Still, as the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent, its lowest level in three years, Republican and Democratic strategists wondered Friday what path to the presidency there could be for Romney — who is running as the master of turnarounds — if the economy has already turned around by the fall.
At three campaign stops across Nevada on the eve of the state’s caucuses, with polls showing him well ahead of former House speaker Newt Gingrich, Romney broadened his pitch far beyond jobs. He turned to other economic indicators, including lower median incomes, falling housing values and dwindling retirement savings.
“I believe the economy will come back. It always does,” Romney told a morning roundtable of eight northern Nevada business leaders. “It has taken a lot longer than it should have to come back, in part because the policies of this administration have not been helpful, they in fact have been harmful.
“They have slowed down the recovery, made it more difficult, and as a result American families have suffered, businesses have laid off people and have had a hard time rebuilding,” the former Massachusetts governor added. “For that, the president deserves the blame that he’ll receive in this campaign.”
WOW. What a street fighter, huh? Unfortunately, Willard the Clueless completely missed the perfect teachable moment that was handed to him on a silver platter. You see, the drop in the unemployment rate is totally bogus: it has nothing to do with actual jobs created and everything to do with flesh-and-blood Americans who, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, no longer exist:
A month ago, we joked when we said that for Obama to get the unemployment rate to negative by election time, all he has to do is to crush the labor force participation rate to about 55%. Looks like the good folks at the BLS heard us: it appears that the people not in the labor force exploded by an unprecedented record 1.2 million. No, that’s not a typo: 1.2 million people dropped out of the labor force in one month! So as the labor force increased from 153.9 million to 154.4 million, the non institutional population increased by 242.3 million meaning, those not in the labor force surged from 86.7 million to 87.9 million. Which means that the civilian labor force tumbled to a fresh 30 year low of 63.7% as the BLS is seriously planning on eliminating nearly half of the available labor pool from the unemployment calculation.
Romney should have jumped on this in a heartbeat and pulled back the Oz Curtain, announcing that the glorious 8.3% milestone was made possible only after ignoring the existence of 1.2 million unemployed (and thanks to almost two years of absence from the workforce) unemployable Americans who have been unceremoniously dropped from the BLS radar screen. He could have exposed the Obama Regime for the utter and contemptible fraud that it is and condemned them all with a withering fusillade of “in-your-face” criticism. Were I Der Mittmeister’s senior adviser, I would have counseled him to say this:
Today the Obama administration takes pride and comfort in a drop in the unemployment rate from 8.5% to 8.3%, making the laughable claim that, after spending 5 TRILLION dollars, Obamanomics is working and must be allowed to continue on course to get our economy thriving once more. Let’s put aside the fact that, almost four years into Mr. Obama’s first – and only term – of office, a drop of two-tenths of one percent in an unemployment rate that is three full percentage points higher than when he was elected is utterly unacceptable.
What remains is the fact that the Obama administration and its supporters conveniently ignore the inconvenient truth that over a million unemployed Americans are no longer looking for work and therefore are no longer counted among those who are officially unemployed. In effect, as far as President Obama is concerned, these unfortunate Americans no longer exist, thanks to the smoke and mirrors of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The ugly truth is that the economy is not recovering…it is continuing to shrink as America continues her decline and it is to Mr. Obama’s everlasting shame that he is gaming these numbers in an effort to convince the nation that his economic policy is anything but what it actually is: a formula for misery and destitution designed to make as many Americans as possible dependent upon the mercy of Uncle Sam.
I could go on, but there’s no point to the effort. Mitt Romney has neither the brains nor the balls to utter anything remotely close to what I wrote above. Instead, you can expect more pap, pablum and platitudes as Suit Dummy Willard continues to follow the John McCain handbook and campaign according to the rules established by the Obama Regime.
That is why, if Mitt Romney is the nominee, he will lose to Barack Obama in November.