Why am I not the least little bit surprised by the news that the US Census faked employment numbers before the 2012 election?
In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington.
The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.
And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it.
Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy.
And a knowledgeable source says the deception went beyond that one employee — that it escalated at the time President Obama was seeking reelection in 2012 and continues today.
In related news, if the presidential election was held this month Mitt Romney would probably win. The Democrats knew if they implemented Obamacare before the election there’s no way Obama would have won in 2012, even with the media on his side.
Update: Be sure to check out Abbott and Costello Do Unemployment at The Pirate’s Cove. It’s sad and funny at the same time.