Unemployment is down, and the GOP is not happy about it. Team Romney was really hoping for the numbers to be up, further solidifying the GOP’s cry for necessary change. Fortunately for the GOP, gas prices also spiked today, so perhaps they can continue to spread a message of gloom under the current administration.
I always have to offer a disclaimer when tossing political science into the interwebs: I’m no party fanboy for either side. I just find it highly comedic that Mitt Romney’s, and the official GOP response to the encouraging jobs report: “This is not what a real recovery looks like.”
Many GOP supporters launched their outspoken criticism into the airwaves, some going so far as to say that the numbers were manipulated, or faked. My personal favorite, Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric: “Unbelievable jobs numbers. These Chicago guys will do anything…can’t debate, so change numbers.”
It also blows my mind that Mitt’s point of criticism on Barack Obama’s clean energy investment is ultimately saying that the future is not worth investing in now. Whether he likes it or not, that is the future. Perhaps not immediate, but it is the future–so long as the world doesn’t end on Dec. 21st.
And when you hear any negativity about a jobs report, as opposed to a “that’s great news, and when I’m president, I plan to take to the next level…” it just makes you feel like you’re standing in Florida heat. It’s sticky. It’s gross. It’s aggravating. It makes you want to take a shower.
If more people are working, that’s great news! If they faked the numbers, blame Elmo and Big Bird for doing a little last minute covert operating. Seriously. Tired of the Debbie Downers on both sides.