At American Thinker, based on John Crudele’s report Monday evening at the New York Post:
… The real question is whether the faked interviews were skewed toward reporting jobs held. One can imagine that if there was pressure to fake the interviews, then there was also pressure to make them report more employment. But this is impossible to know without putting people under oath.
Clearly a Congressional investigation is merited.
On President Obama’s watch, we have seen fraud employed to influence the 2012 election regarding Obamacare, so it is not much of a stretch to believe that unemployment data also was faked to influence the election. This raises questions about the legitimacy of his victory.
Well, given the fact that both the seasonally adjusted and raw numbers of employed per the Household Survey went up by 873,000 (eventually revised down to 810,000) and 775,000, respectively — alltime September highs in the nearly 70 years of such record keeping — there was always reason to be suspicious that the reporting was skewed towards “jobs held.”
And I’ll have to admit that I was wrong last year, in a very important sense. I defended the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which processes the data it is given, but I didn’t consider the possiblity that the Census Bureau would manipulate its basic data collection. Now the only question is whether the bureau did slipshod work or if deliberately juiced the numbers. Given that the manipulation, according to Crudele’s sources, “escalated at the time President Obama was seeking reelection in 2012 and continues today,” the odds are clearly with the latter.
As to Lifson’s assertion that this situation “raises questions about the legitimacy of his victory,” that ship sailed long ago, for at least the following three reasons. (There are several more; the three identified are the most obvious.)
Obama’s 2012 election “victory” has already been delegitimized by the IRS targeting of tea party, conservative, and social values groups.
Obama’s 2012 election “victory” has already been delegitimized by the cascade of lies about Benghazi.
Obama’s 2012 election “victory” has already been delegitimized because his unconditional guarantee that “If you like your plan-doctor-provider, you can keep your plan-doctor-provider” has indisputably been proven false.