Denial has been a big theme in recent weeks, with Mitt Romney denying that he ever stated he would cut taxes for the rich, Todd Akin denying the science of conception, and Paul Ryan denying that he wants to cut Medicare by $700 billion. These of course fit into the general Republican denial of things like climate change, evolution, and the presidency of George W. Bush. But perhaps my favorite denial yet is the denial of the September jobs numbers.
Never mind that when W. was running for reelection this same organization mysteriously showed positive jobs numbers and never mind that conservative pundits have used the data from this same organization for months to show how poorly the president was doing. Now that the numbers run counter to their narrative, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics is suddenly in the bag for Barack Obama? Ironically these are the same people who think the government is completely inept yet they think they are smart enough to rig the employment data.
What I don’t get is why these same people aren’t pointing out the real conspiracies that are currently occurring.
Since bottoming out shortly after Obama’s inauguration the Dow Jones Industrial Average has nearly doubled, gaining almost 6,000 points. Yet once Mitt Romney officially tossed his hat in the ring for the office of the president of the United States of America, almost a year and a half ago, the Dow has only increased by about 1,000 points.
The company in charge of reporting the Dow Jones Industrial Average is owned by noted Republican zealot Rupert Murdoch. Obviously Murdoch is cooking the books to make Obama look bad. The Dow would be much higher now if it weren’t for the influence of Rupert Murdoch.
But Rupert Murdoch is a smart guy and he knew that just fixing the results of the Dow wouldn’t guarantee an Election Day victory for Mitt Romney, so he started fixing the results of other major indicators as well. In order to rain on the parade of the Democratic Convention, the Wall Street Journal cherry picked two “falling” economic indicators, one by the Commerce Department regarding construction and one by the Institute for Supply Management regarding manufacturing.
One might think that these organizations have no skin in the game and therefore their numbers should be trustworthy. However if you take a closer look you will see that the Institute for Supply Management is run by the former COO of the Association for Financial Professionals – a group that touts its universal opposition to regulations, just like those who back Mitt Romney.
But wait, you say. The Commerce Department is part of the government; surely they don’t want to upset the commander in chief. That may have been true before the president announced that he wanted to eliminate the department. Clearly the folks at the commerce department have an ax to grind with the president and are purposely rigging the numbers to make him look bad. What other explanation can there be?
You don’t need to be Jack Welch to know this doesn’t pass the smell test. Republicans are right to be suspicious – this election is being fixed and numbers are being manipulated. The Wall Street corporate overlords are stacking the deck in their favor and the American public is just a pawn in their game.