Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Add another asterisk to his hame?

In a previous OLS post, we looked at how the IRS's targeting conservative and Tea Party groups leading up to the 2012 election has led some commentators to claim that Obama's victory is tainted, that it deserves to have an asterisk placed by it in the annuals of history.  Indeed, some refer to him as President Asterisk.  Well, a report out yesterday cites an insider at the Census Bureau who claims that in the months just prior to the election in 2012, unemployment numbers released to the public were manipulated in order to give the appearance that the economy was doing better than it actually was.  From an article at the New York Post:
In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington.
The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.  And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it.

Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy. And a knowledgeable source says the deception went beyond that one employee — that it escalated at the time President Obama was seeking reelection in 2012 and continues today. [Emphasis Marc Street]
President Asterisk indeed. [ht: Drudgereport]