Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Dereliction of the White House Press Corp

You've heard Obama constantly intoning the mantra "yes but we've created or saved 150,000 jobs" as the numbers of unemployed swell every month...well there's a very good examination of this phony statement in The Wall Street Journal and how the White House Press Corp in its heated anxiousness to worship at the alter of "the anointed one" has absolutely been derelict in their duty to be the front line of protection between politicians and the people. It's disgusting really...

"Saved or created" has become the signature phrase for Barack Obama as he describes what his stimulus is doing for American jobs. His latest invocation came yesterday, when the president declared that the stimulus had already saved or created at least 150,000 American jobs -- and announced he was ramping up some of the stimulus spending so he could "save or create" an additional 600,000 jobs this summer. These numbers come in the context of an earlier Obama promise that his recovery plan will "save or create three to four million jobs over the next two years."...

"To begin with, the number is pure fiction -- the administration has no way to measure how many jobs are actually being 'saved.' And if we had tried to use something this flimsy, the press would never have let us get away with it."

Of course, the inability to measure Mr. Obama's jobs formula is part of its attraction. Never mind that no one -- not the Labor Department, not the Treasury, not the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- actually measures "jobs saved." As the New York Times delicately reports, Mr. Obama's jobs claims are "based on macroeconomic estimates, not an actual counting of jobs." Nice work if you can get away with it.

And get away with it he has (read at WSJ).

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