Oh man, what a week. My thoughts on the debate were pretty much in line with every other two-legged creature roaming the Earth, and my reaction to the blame-game in the aftermath of the Romney victory still brings a smile to my face. Who didn’t enjoy watching Chris Matthews meltdown? I got to accurately call Barack Obama “the nation’s first ‘participation trophy’ President” and point out how he’s “conducted his presidency in bubble-wrap.”
But it wasn’t all fun. The unemployment numbers came out Friday and the rate dropped from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent. Although that sounds like progress, it didn’t happen because people actually found jobs – only 114,000 did so in September, which isn’t enough to keep up with population growth. It was because the Bureau of Labor Statistics “found” jobs that were created months ago. As the Associated Press put it, “The revisions show employers added 146,000 jobs per month from July through September, up from 67,000 in the previous three months.”
The number of actual people in the workforce is pathetic, the economy is “growing” at a slower rate than it did last year, and nothing involving real math indicates the economy is improving in any genuine way.
Reality hasn’t stopped President Obama from touting the new mythical unemployment rate like he’d personally discovered the cure for cancer. He said, “We’ve made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place.”
I get that the president is running for re-election and will spin anything he can to his advantage. That’s politics. But the president’s lies are beyond normal political spin; they border on pathology. No concerned leader would revel in the pain caused by the economy he has done so little to help.
I’ve had that thought for a while, and it reminds me of a recent conversation. A friend asked if I thought President Obama was a sociopath. It sounds crazy, which is what I thought upon hearing it. And he’s probably not. But a lot of what he does and says really made my friend wonder.