Conspiracy Theorist

October surprise again

By Mark Luedtke

Imagine you are President Obama. You are being overrun by events of your own making. Islamic State (ISIS) is cutting off people’s heads in Iraq. So you just started a third war there and expanded it to Syria, something even President Bush wasn’t dumb enough to do. In Ukraine, you are threatening war with Russia, the country with the world’s second largest nuclear arsenal, something else even Bush wasn’t dumb enough to do. You invited Ebola into America and, no surprise, it came. You invited an unprecedented invasion of illegal immigrant children to flood the U.S., and you are spending taxpayer money to find them homes in every state and to give them lawyers. Another mystery virus, Enterovirus D68, has killed more Americans than Ebola and may be linked to the illegal immigrant children.

You’re also drowning in scandals. You coerced all U.S. personnel with knowledge of the Benghazi massacre into silence, but a group of contractors, all U.S. veterans, exposed a number of lies you and Hillary Clinton told about the event. In a brazen cover-up, the IRS continues to clownishly destroy records about targeting conservative groups. Your Secret Service director just resigned in scandal. Under constant, well-deserved fire, your closest public ally, Attorney General Holder, suddenly announced his resignation. That usually precedes a major revelation of corruption, and Holder has plenty of scandals of his own in his closet, including Fast and Furious.

In other words, you’re in deep political doo-doo and, as of this column’s writing, an election is just four weeks away. Republicans threaten to take over the Senate where Harry Reid has shamelessly provided you cover since Republicans took the House in 2010. Your former CIA chief and Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, just released a book throwing you under the bus. RealClearPolitics puts your approval rating at 43 percent. Faced with overwhelming evidence, even some Democrats have concluded you are intentionally harming the country. Not one Democrat will allow you to campaign on his behalf.

But you have one thing working for you: the bubble economy of the super-rich continues to swell, producing phony numbers that make it appear the economy as a whole is improving, albeit at a snail’s pace.

You also have the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) under your command to exaggerate the economy’s improvement for you. This is nothing new. The BLS systematically lies about the economy every month. It publishes perpetual propaganda to make it appear the economy is doing better than it really is. The economic numbers it releases to great fanfare are consistently, quietly revised down a month later. It does this regardless of whoever is in power because it promotes the power and legitimacy of the state, not just one party. But, from time to time, it goes even further than usual for the political benefit of its boss, the president, regardless of party.

Obama seriously needs the help and so it was no surprise the September jobs report released by the BLS the first Friday in October was abnormally rosy. Bloomberg reports, “A surprisingly powerful surge in hiring pushed unemployment to a six-year low of 5.9 percent in September as the U.S. labor market showed renewed vigor.” Even establishment economists, the supposed experts who continually overestimate the strength of the economy, were surprised at how much the BLS fudged the numbers to benefit Obama. Bloomberg expounds, “The drop in unemployment was the biggest surprise, exceeding all forecasts. The rate, which is derived from a Labor Department survey of households, was projected to hold at 6.1 percent, according to the Bloomberg survey median. Estimates ranged from 6 percent to 6.2 percent.” But dropping the official unemployment number below 6 percent carries a huge psychological advantage, so the BLS provided it. The BLS even did something practically unheard of: it increased the August numbers.

But, as always, the more important information was buried in the fine print. Newsmax reported, “The so-called participation rate, which measures the number of Americans employed or looking for a job as a share of the working-age population, decreased to 62.7 percent, the lowest since February 1978, from 62.8 percent a month before.”

Also, depressed wages remained stagnant and a record number of women and young, black teens aren’t working. Obama is waging economic war on the middle class, women and minorities, contrary to what the headlines would have us believe. Even the S&P just hit an eight-week low.

This is déjà vu from two years ago. In August 2012, right before the Obama-Romney election, BLS reported an unbelievable and psychologically important drop in unemployment from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent. Obama subsequently won the election despite the labor participation rate falling significantly at that time. Voters tend not to read past the headlines.

Obama is up to his old tricks. But while the Waldorf Astoria Hotel sold for a record $2 billion, making the Hiltons even richer, women, young blacks and laid off and part-time workers know this economy is only working for Obama and his super-rich cronies, not the poor or middle class.

The views and opinions expressed in Conspiracy Theorist are the views and/or opinions of the author and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of the Dayton City Paper or Dayton City Media and are published strictly for entertainment purposes.

Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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