Right-Wingers Invent the Most Hilarious Excuses to Soft-Pedal Why Unemployment Has Fallen Below 8 Percent

An uptick for the country, and a time of creative thinking for the GOP.

It ... puts a dent in a favorite GOP talking point that is based on a lie, one that Romney doesn't mind repeating -- that Obama purportedly promised that the stimulus would bring unemployment to below 8 percent. (That was a projection -- not a promise -- in a report authored by Christine Romer, then director of the the President's Council of Economic Advisers.) Obama never made that promise , but since when did the truth matter in Romney's campaign ... Full Story »

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by Dwight Rousu - Oct. 5, 2012

Since Obama took office, Republicans have sought to game the unemployment numbers at the state and local levels by forcing layoffs of public employees through anti-union austerity measures. According to an analysis by Moody’s Analytics ( reported by the New York Times in June), unemployment figures would be a percentage point lower were it not for all the public-sector layoffs.

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