Remember when Barack Obama blamed unemployment on ATMs? Yesterday in Kansas, the President reiterated that a 40-year-old technology that has been in wide usage since he was in college is a cause for unemployment today — and just in case no one buys that, Obama decided to blame another technological advancement, too:
“Layoffs too often became permanent, not part of the business cycle. And these changes didn’t just affect blue collar workers. If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw many in your profession replaced by ATMs and the internet,” President Obama said at a campaign event in Kansas.
RCP also has the video. Now, my recollection of a good economy and low unemployment may be fuzzy — it’s been a few years — but as I recall, the Internet was in full swing five years ago, when the unemployment rate was 4.4% and the civilian participation rate in the workforce was 66.4%. The Internet actually provided a marketplace that employed plenty of people back then — and still does today. And we had quite a few ATMs that year, too.
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