Maryland governor flip-flops on ‘better off’ question … in 24 hours

posted at 9:31 am on September 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What a difference a day makes … twenty-four little hours …  Why, just yesterday all was doom and gloom for Maryland’s Democratic governor, Martin O’Malley, who admitted to Bob Schieffer yesterday that he couldn’t say that people are better off now than four years ago, although he rushed to add, “but that’s not the question for this election”:

One day later — and presumably, one Cory Booker-esque call from Team Obama — suddenly the world looks a lot rosier to Governor O’Malley:

A day after saying, no, the country was not better off than it was four years ago, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley reversed course on Monday and said, yes, indeed it was.

“We are clearly better of as a country because we’re now creating jobs rathare than losing them,” O’Malley, a Democrat, said on CNN’s Starting Point. “But we have not recovered all that we lost in the Bush recession. That’s why we need to continue to move forward.”

He then motioned to a panel that included Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, among others. “Is there anyone on this panel that thinks we’ve recovered all we lost in the Bush recession? Clearly we’re moving forward, we’re creating jobs, unemployment is down, job creation is up. And that job creation would not happen without the president’s leadership.”

That is, of course, an absurd point.  Some jobs were going to be created regardless of government policy; even the Christine Romer rationale for Obama’s stimulus package acknowledged that in its now-notorious chart. This, by the way, is the latest iteration of what impact Obama’s stimulus actually had against the prediction without the stimulus:

Since the June 2009 recovery, we’ve added less than 66,000 jobs a month on average, about half of what’s needed just to keep up with population growth. That’s why the civilian population participation rate has dropped since June 2009 from 65.7% to 63.7% and hit a 30-year low in April at 63.6%.

Not even O’Malley can actually believe that spin, which is why his initial unguarded answer was a more accurate “no.”  But as National Journal reports, Democrats are now desperately trying damage control over their fumbles yesterday on the “better off” question:

With their national convention starting this week, Democrats took to morning television on Monday to better answer a question that many struggled with on Sunday’s talk shows: is the country better off four years after President Obama took office.

With a definitive “absolutely,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said the country was moving in the right direction by pointing to job growth and the auto industry.

“By any measure the country has moved forward over the last four years,” she said on NBC’s Today. “It might not be as fast as people hoped. The president agrees with that. He knows we need to do more. That’s what this week is about, laying out a road map of how we can continue this progress, how we can continue moving the country forward.”

Cutter then placed blame on Congressional Republicans for not moving on Democratic jobs proposals, saying the GOP has not cooperated with Democrats to promote economic growth. She also said the situation left by President George W. Bush was a grave one.

Actually, it’s the Democratic Senate that’s not moving on jobs bills from the Republican House — and it was a fully Democratic Congress that ignored job stagnation for nearly two years to pass ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank. That’s the point made by the RNC in a new 60-second spot, one that shows Barack Obama saying the same thing over and over again, and asking the “better off” question once again:


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O’Malley got Bookered.

petefrt on September 3, 2012 at 9:33 AM

So we were not better off before we were better off?

50sGuy on September 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Martin OweMalley is a fool. MD is bleeding taxpayers of means and replacing them with illegals and other net takers. What can’t be sustained, won’t. I just hope it happens on OweMalleys watch.

Pelosi delende est on September 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM

By the standards of the Looming Bus Under Which Obamapostates Are Thrown, 24 hours is an almost insultingly long turnaround time to The One.

HitNRun on September 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

50sGuy on September 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Yes, we were not better off before we were better off, but we’ve always been at war with Eastasia.

petefrt on September 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

We are clearly better off than we were four years ago, except for the FACT that we are not – or something.

Pork-Chop on September 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Maybe he got a conference call from Little Debbie, Pelozilla and Baghdad Barbie, all three telling him in no uncertain terms that he BETTER break into a rousing chorus of “THE FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT, WE GOTTA WEAR SHADES!” if he knows what’s good for him.

pilamaye on September 3, 2012 at 9:38 AM

(D) Douche bag Party.

msupertas on September 3, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Maryland football isn’t even better than it was four years ago.

radjah shelduck on September 3, 2012 at 9:39 AM

So we were not better off before we were better off?

50sGuy on September 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

No. We’re better off knowing that we are better off after we were not better off, and we’re betting on being better off after not being better off.

You bet.

beatcanvas on September 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

It’s OK. None of this will hurt the Dems. They’ve got Biden to do that. His lates? Ridin’ With Biden It’s like he has the midas touch of idiocy.

bloggless on September 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I hope that ad sees lots of TV time this week.

KS Rex on September 3, 2012 at 9:42 AM

spin spin spin

cmsinaz on September 3, 2012 at 9:43 AM

…..And that job creation would not happen without the president’s leadership.”

And the flat un-employment rate for 4 years exhibits the kind of leadership the president is capable of.

Thanks for the Romney endorsement, Martin.

BobMbx on September 3, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Martin OweMalley is a fool. MD is bleeding taxpayers of means and replacing them with illegals and other net takers. What can’t be sustained, won’t. I just hope it happens on OweMalleys watch.

Pelosi delende est on September 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM

O’Malley: “Casino’s will take us to the promised land”

BobMbx on September 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I’m better off than I was four years ago…I’m thinking Obama won’t win the election.

DanMan on September 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

That ad is good. Obama citing the same problems (crumbling roads and bridges, millions out of work, etc.), and repeating the same promises (we’re gonna put people back to work, we’re gonna get this economy moving again!), almost word for word, in 2012 as in 2008.

Empty promises from the empty suit in the empty chair.

AZCoyote on September 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

…..Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooosh…!!!!

KOOLAID2 on September 3, 2012 at 9:51 AM

You can’t walk that back in 140 characters. The empty chair on my lawn is demanding a hostage video.

Martin O’Malley is such a Corey.

rogaineguy on September 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM

And they made him cut his pinky off. His own pinky!

Akzed on September 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Rising star of the party!

Punchenko on September 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Bloody horse head in his bed?

Rational Thought on September 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM

The application of O’Malley’s millionaires’ tax policy to armed robbery:

“Gimme your money, or, just leave.”

Akzed on September 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Ridin’ With Biden It’s like he has the midas touch of idiocy. bloggless on September 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Is that anything like “ridin’ dirty“?

Akzed on September 3, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Heh, pulling a Booker…

Valkyriepundit on September 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM

O’Malley got Bookered.

petefrt on September 3, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Will the DNC release “Hostage Videos and Other Walk Backs,” the 2012 Obama Campaign’s Greatest Hits?

Fallon on September 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM

hostage video

gatorboy on September 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM

You can’t walk that back in 140 characters. The empty chair on my lawn is demanding a hostage video.

Martin O’Malley is such a Corey.

rogaineguy on September 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Yes! WE WANT A HOSTAGE VIDEO!

He also needs to hold up today’s newspaper so we can confirm the apology was done in a timely fashion. :-)

Punchenko on September 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM

No. We’re better off knowing that we are better off after we were not better off, and we’re betting on being better off after not being better off.

You bet.

beatcanvas on September 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Now I get it. Thanks for clearing it up for me! :)

50sGuy on September 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

One thing I’ve noticed is the crowds behind Obama just sit there this cycle. Just sit with the polite applause, if that. Where’s that woman leaping and mouthing “I love you Barack!” ? She’s probably moved on to Occupy DNC.

Marcus on September 3, 2012 at 10:03 AM

No, You’re Not Better Off Than You Were 4 Years Ago

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/09/no-youre-not-better-off-than-you-were-4.html

M2RB: Kelly Clarkson

Resist We Much on September 3, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Wow! Room 101 sure is quick….

apostic on September 3, 2012 at 10:03 AM

I was against the fake recovery before I was for it.

Rational Thought on September 3, 2012 at 10:04 AM

O’Malley also likely backtracked because apparently he wants to keep himself unsullied as one of the Dem presidential candidates in 2016. But I’d hope this would come to light (bad pun, I know.) :)

PatriotGal2257 on September 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

If Romney wins and the economy does not recover significantly, as is quite possible given the worldwide economic dynamics at play, will the Dems accept the same narrative? That Romney inherited an economy that was already in crisis?

Oh, Of course thy will.

Cleombrotus on September 3, 2012 at 10:08 AM

The one thing you can always count on is a Democrat being willing to tell the most outargues of lies, Martin O’Malley is clearly a good little Democrat.

With Glint of Steel and speed of hand the knife doth cut so fast the victim feels not the mortal wounds.

SWalker on September 3, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I hope someone in the Republican Party is smart enough to look at what President Bush accomplished in his administration. I really don’t believe Bush gets enough credit for handling what he was handed plus 9/11. The Dot com bust and Enron were the first things he was greeted with, then 9/11 and then a year of having to deal both with the economy and the build-up to Iraq and a war in Afghanistan and we did it.

I remember the first year after 9/11 and the economy took a big hit. Congress did the tax-cuts and the stimulus and they kept things on an even keel and then improved.

Obama believes hiring teachers and first responders is stimulus, at least that’s what David Axelrod was saying on Fox yesterday. How does he figure that and not get called on it by the MSM?

I’d love to see some statistics on what Bush dealt with and how it worked out right after 9/11, just to see if I remember correctly.

bflat879 on September 3, 2012 at 10:09 AM

When you are supporting a proven failure . . . lie.

rplat on September 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

switched over to msdnc…they are still talking about bush and what dear leader inherited

unstinkingbelievable….

cmsinaz on September 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

What a difference a day makes, I am so much better off today than I was yesterday, and all thanks to Gov. Crapweasel

Wade on September 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Hostage tweet. Bookered again. Axeldodge must have sent him a love note.

Philly on September 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

But are we better off than before 2006 when the dems took over the House and Senate? Why does no one ask this question?

Pardonme on September 3, 2012 at 10:14 AM

That ad is good. Obama citing the same problems (crumbling roads and bridges, millions out of work, etc.), and repeating the same promises (we’re gonna put people back to work, we’re gonna get this economy moving again!), almost word for word, in 2012 as in 2008.

AZCoyote on September 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I like that 2008 is in Black and White. A subliminal message that it was sooooo long ago that he said that.

Odysseus on September 3, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Democrats sucking at the government teat: “We are better off”. Nothing like a little truth in their statements to make them sound convincing.

ray on September 3, 2012 at 10:16 AM

David Freddoso: “That’s odd. Today’s DNC message is that we are better off than 4yrs ago and it’s Bush’s fault.” Heh.

HT Instapundit.

Akzed on September 3, 2012 at 10:16 AM

O’Malley’s dumb@$$ery knows no bounds. His getting Bookered gets no sympathy from me.

22044 on September 3, 2012 at 10:16 AM

switched over to msdnc…they are still talking about bush and what dear leader inherited

unstinkingbelievable….

cmsinaz on September 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Granted BO inherited a mess, however four years later and it is much worse. FOUR YEARS. How long does it take? I have the answer. Until Jan 2013 when Gov Romney becomes President Romney.

Wade on September 3, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Stephanie Cutter: “By any measure the country has moved forward over the last four years”

Measurements like net worth, average income, percentage of population working, debt? Thanks for some awesome out in the open lies that should make a wonderful GOP advertisement.

ray on September 3, 2012 at 10:20 AM

That ad’s killer.

EddieC on September 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Martin OweMalley is a fool. MD is bleeding taxpayers of means and replacing them with illegals and other net takers. What can’t be sustained, won’t. I just hope it happens on OweMalleys watch.

Pelosi delende est on September 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM

O’Malley: “Casino’s will take us to the promised land”

BobMbx on September 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I’m in MD, and you don’t know the half of it. The casinos being opened for full on, full fledged gambling seems to be Omalley’s ONLY plan for any kind of economic increase here. Other than that its straight on, hardcore tax and spend Obamanomics. The man is a joke. The saddest thing about MD is that in any national election map…the state is 90% RED going by counties…but the blue areas of Baltimore and Annapolis keep the Democrats going strong here. *sigh* At least I live in Southern MD, which is more and more conservative every year. Even the black community down here has a strong support for Republicans over Democrats. :)

Highlar on September 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Actually, it was a rare moment of candor from Tommy Carcetti.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Carcetti

Illinidiva on September 3, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Hostage tweet.

Philly on September 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Nice

faraway on September 3, 2012 at 10:26 AM

But are we better off than before 2006 when the dems took over the House and Senate? Why does no one ask this question?

Pardonme on September 3, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I completely agree, and push this statement whenever I get into a political conversation with liberals: YOU guys took over in 2006 and passed everything you wanted through Congress (and this I DO blame Bush for…not using his power of Veto on them)…then you got Obama into the Presidency and had TOTAL control of the Federal government…and the ONLY reason you didn’t pass EVERYTHING you wanted is because of dissension in your OWN ranks (Democrats turning against each other to try to prevent political suicide). THIS is something Romney’s surrogates need to talk about!

Highlar on September 3, 2012 at 10:29 AM

That ad’s killer.

EddieC on September 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Agree.

Obama 1990 video just uncovered :)

faraway on September 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Did someone spray for trolls?

Akzed on September 3, 2012 at 10:32 AM

What says “Empty Chair” more eloquently than the clueless Preezy blindly repeating what his handlers put on the teleprompter.

It is also a stinging indictment of his followers that they are as clueless as the guy reading TOTUS that they haven’t heard all this before.

dirtseller on September 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I wonder how many jobs have really been created if you subtract the ones in D.C.. How many jobs were created by czars and staff of czars?

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM

the blue areas of Baltimore and Annapolis keep the Democrats going strong here. Highlar on September 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

What about Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties?!

Akzed on September 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Speaking of reruns…

faraway on September 3, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I wonder how many jobs have really been created if you subtract the ones in D.C.. How many jobs were created by czars and staff of czars?

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Government jobs do not qualify as a “created” job.

BobMbx on September 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Love the ad! The empty suit in the empty chair needs some new material.

Naturally Curly on September 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

hahahahaha black and white, reruns, I get it. hahahaha

Our side is so sly now.

faraway on September 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

That ad’s killer.

EddieC on September 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Bury is into recycling

Rio Linda Refugee on September 3, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Stephanie Cutter: “By any measure the country has moved forward over the last four years”

Measurements like net worth, average income, percentage of population working, debt? Thanks for some awesome out in the open lies that should make a wonderful GOP advertisement.

ray on September 3, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Fuel prices, grocery prices, deficit, home foreclosures–to be continued.

hillsoftx on September 3, 2012 at 10:40 AM

What about Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties?!

Akzed on September 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM

True, but its the cities that are controlling the majority of the vote around here, which is sad. I also tend to then of Montgomery and PG more as part of DC suburbs than MD, so forget about them sometimes. Thank goodness I live in St. Mary’s!

Highlar on September 3, 2012 at 10:41 AM

But are we better off than before 2006 when the dems took over the House and Senate? Why does no one ask this question?

Pardonme on September 3, 2012 at 10:14 AM

just…b e c a u s e…!!!…that’s why!
.
.
.the Romney people need to put an ad together with all the statements and “walk backs” lately…with no voice over…just the statements and the babbling that follows!

KOOLAID2 on September 3, 2012 at 10:41 AM

So let’s apply the Scientific Theory to the chart above.

- State a Theory – the Romer Chart projections
- Construct and Conduct an Experiment – The Stimulus Plan
- Collect the Data and Compare to your Theory – Red dots on Romer chart
- Draw Conclusions on your Theory – Logic – FAIL, Democrats – it’s Bush’s fault.

And its the Republicans who are the the knuckle-dragging, science deniers?

NeoDawg on September 3, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Ed,

we need POLLS.

national polls,state polls,city polls,county polls. We don’t care.
We need POLLS.

gerry-mittbot-waiting for Godot(polls)

gerrym51 on September 3, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Stephanie Cutter: “By any measure the country has moved forward over the last four years”

Pelosi,wasserman-schultz,Cutter.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

gerrym51 on September 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM

See what a great leader we have in Maryland? Aren’t you just dying with anticipation of his run for the White House in 2016?

O’Malley is the Peter Principle, applied to real life. Crappy mayor of the crappy city of Baltimore, bumped up to governor of the state.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on September 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM

head of California DNC compares Paul Ryan to Nazis

ConservativePartyNow on September 3, 2012 at 10:52 AM

With a definitive “absolutely,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said the country was moving in the right direction by pointing to job growth and the auto industry.

Sometimes, with the right winds and currents, a ship with no engine or rudder drifts in the right direction.

BobMbx on September 3, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Clearly, O’Malley was Bookered

ashiya on September 3, 2012 at 10:52 AM

So let’s apply the Scientific Theory Method to the chart above.

- State a Theory Hypothesis – the Romer Chart projections _______________?
- Construct and Conduct an Experiment – The Stimulus Plan
- Collect the Data and Compare to your Theory Hypothesis – Red dots on Romer chart
- Draw Conclusions on your Theory – Logic – FAIL, Democrats – it’s Bush’s fault.

And its the Republicans who are the the knuckle-dragging, science deniers?

NeoDawg on September 3, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Otherwise, friend, you’re spot on.
IT’s what AGW morons have been doing.
Look at how much $$ Al Gore has made skewering the scientific method.
Snake Oil salesmen.

Badger40 on September 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Stephanie Cutter: “By any measure the country has moved forward over the last four years”

If this is the ‘forward’ you are looking for, vote Obama.

faraway on September 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I was born in the suburbs of Baltimore. Maryland is definitely not better off since the Democrats became who they are today. Martin O’malleable (by mentally warped liberalism) was mayor of Baltimore, a city I remember from my youth as very nice. Now it is a cesspool as it was under him and is with the current dictator.

I’ve seen the Zimbabweinazation of MD & other democratically controlled fifedoms across our country and no! we are not better off. The gov & his ilk live in liberal lala land and if we don’t stop them we are all doomed.

wepeople on September 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Drudge: The United States has indirectly informed Iran, via two European nations, that it would not back an Israeli strike against the country’s nuclear facilities

faraway on September 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

switched over to msdnc…they are still talking about bush and what dear leader inherited

unstinkingbelievable….

cmsinaz on September 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

…they are stuck in 2009!

KOOLAID2 on September 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Thanks for the update, faraway. Our enemies are are safe; our alleged allies are screwed.

Philly on September 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Do any of these liberal idiots know what they are saying, or even that they have said it. What population are they playing to that would even believe their trash.

rplat on September 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

David Freddoso: “That’s odd. Today’s DNC message is that we are better off than 4yrs ago and it’s Bush’s fault.” Heh.

HT Instapundit.

Akzed on September 3, 2012 at 10:16 AM

There will be no better summary of what the Dems are pushing today.

The amount of cognitive dissonance they need to make this argument is staggering.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

His other nickname is Martin nO’Money. He’s going to do some doghouse time, but with his full-on socialist fervor he’s still going to make a push for a presidential nomination – probably in 2016. I’m glad to live in VA. I’m not doing better than 4 years ago, but at least I’m not looking at new taxes for the privilege of decline. We have a surplus, they have expanding debt. Remember, nO’Money wanted to institute a 6% state surtax on gasoline and proposed a whole raft of new taxes to support the shrinking coffers of the state welfare structure, most of which is consumed buying votes in the DC suburbs and B’mo. MD has lost about half it’s millionaires to VA and PA.

ironked on September 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Stephanie Cutter: “By any measure the country has moved forward over the last four years”

If this is the ‘forward’ you are looking for, vote Obama.

faraway on September 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Forward toward the cliff’s edge at full speed.

Philly on September 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

You know, it really doesn’t matter how these Obama Lackeys answer the question.

All that matters is how will Voters answer the question.

jaydee_007 on September 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Mmm hmmm.

Nobody honestly believes we are better off now than four years ago. Unemployment is up, hiring is anemic, our debt is skyrocketing and our entitlements are going bankrupt.

Worse yet- what has Mr. Obama done to address our most pressing issues? Almost nothing. Well, I take that back. He has historically increase the debt more than any other President in our history, done nothing for jobs, passed a new entitlement nobody wants and the country can’t afford, stole over a half-trillion from Medicare, kept us from becoming energy independent, rewarded his friends and cronies in the “green energy” business (with millions of our tax dollars), he has not passed a budget in four years, passed a trillion dollar “stimulus that was nothing of the sort and generally overseen our status as a world leader and military power significantly decline to the point it endangers our security.

I think that about covers it.

Marcus Traianus on September 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Stephanie Cutter: “By any measure the country has moved forward over the last four years”

If this is the ‘forward’ you are looking for, vote Obama.

faraway on September 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Forward toward the cliff’s edge at full speed.

Philly on September 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Lemmings will do what lemmings do………

good riddance……..imho, and the more the merrier.

RealMc on September 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

This from the libidiot guvner who tax-induced a third of the millionaires to leave his state. Ya’ feel better off now than 4 years ago? Well do ya’, punk?!

stukinIL4now on September 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Badger40 on September 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I stand corrected – looks like all Badgers are on a roll these days.

NeoDawg on September 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Hehehehehe

Bishop on September 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

RNC MUST buy as much ad time during the democrap convention and run this ad incessantly. Let Obutthead try to run away from his own words.

NOMOBO on September 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Summary of the 2nd Obama term as President
2013: “Blame Bush”
2014: “Blame Bush”
2015: “Blame Bush”
2016: “Blame Bush”

Great video in “We’ve Heard it all before”.
email it to friends and family.

albill on September 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

If you accept Romer’s line for unemployment assuming a typical course of recession and recovery without stimulus, Obamacare, cap & trade, oil and gas drilling moratoriums, coal killing MACT rules etc. Then we should be able to say that the actual unemployment line above the no action line represents the greater unemployment created by Obama/Reid&Pelosi policy initiative. That should allow us to calculate, how many jobs they have destroyed.

KW64 on September 3, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Bloody horse head in his bed?

Rational Thought on September 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM
They probably made him an offer he couldnt refuse.

newportmike on September 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

“We are clearly better of as a country because we’re now creating jobs rathare than losing them,” O’Malley, a Democrat, said on CNN’s Starting Point. “But we have not recovered all that we lost in the Bush recession. That’s why we need to continue to move forward.”

The old “Blame Bush” strategy strikes out again. But the worst month under Bush was better than the best month under Obama!

As shown in the Christine Romer graph in the post above, the unemployment number can be made to look better by reducing the % of the population that is considered “in the workforce”.

The formula for the unemployment rate = # unemployed / # in workforce

And the (# unemployed) = (# in workforce) – (# employed)

So, those who have run out of unemployment benefits, or are discouraged and have given up looking for a job, are not included in the unemployment rate because they are not considered “in the workforce”.

They are certainly not employed, but the government pretends that they are not unemployed.

A better indicator is the Employment/population ratio. It shows the simple ratio of (# Employed) / (# in noninstitutional civilian population age 16 and over).

And that measure is not only a lot worse than 4 years ago but also worse than it was when Jimmy Carter was running for re-election.

Since the numbers for August won’t be released until Friday morning (mere hours after Obama’s speech on Thursday night!), I’ll use July numbers.

Employment-Population Ratio (the % employment of our noninstitutional civilian population age 16 and over):

January 2009: 60.6%
July 2012: 58.4%

And what was it in July 1980, when Jimmy Carter was running for re-election? 58.8%.

So the % of our population that is employed is not only lower than January 2009 but also lower than it was at the same point of Jimmy Carter’s failed Presidency.

The average Employment-population ratio during Carter’s Presidency: 59.1%

The average Employment-population ratio during Obama pResidency: 58.7%

Obama is officially worse than Carter.

ITguy on September 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Obama is officially worse than Carter.

ITguy on September 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Imagine what it would be if the QEs and the FED weren’t holding interest rates at politically-convenient, dangerously low levels.

Romney is going to face an incredible rate of inflation.

BobMbx on September 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The message has gotten to all Progs on news programs now…lie. Don’t hesitate to lie or else.

d1carter on September 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

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