1.7 million illegals suddenly added to job pool — but the unemployment rate drops?
1. Nonsense; humbug.
2. A deception; a swindle.
3. To swindle; cheat.
Well, now. What do we have here?
Back there on June 15, 2012, there was a considerable commotion involving President Obama as he made an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House.
On a nice, sunny day the President suddenly appeared in front of the carefully assembled White House press corps to announce that he was granting amnesty to undocumented immigrants. After running through his highly controversial reasoning — critics hotly charged that he was wrongly using an executive order to end-run Congress for the sake of election year politics — the President said (bold emphasis mine):
Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.
Which is to say, as the Pew Research Center noted here, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, somewhere around 1.7 million new workers were abruptly dumped into the U.S. job market.
Remember the kerfuffle over Neil Munro?
The Daily Caller reporter who angered the President by trying to ask a question about all of this? The President claimed he was being interrupted, then kept reading — and finally finished, stalked back to the Oval Office with Mr. Munro’s lone voice echoing as the President’s back receded?
To refresh, take a look here at this clip from Hannity in which the clip is replayed and Munro is interviewed.
What was the very last question that Mr. Munro shouted at the departing President’s back?
That’s right. As reflected in the official White House transcript, it was this question:
Q. What about American workers who are unemployed while you import foreigners?
Now flash forward to last Friday’s highly controversial announcement from the Obama Department of Labor that the unemployment rate has dropped under 8% (to 7.8%) for the first time in 44 months. Amazingly, the dip below 8% came with just a little over a month to go before Mr. Obama’s fate is decided by voters. The announcement was immediately derided in this fashion by legendary ex-General Electric chairman Jack Welch, who Tweeted:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online