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BREAKING: Republicans plan Congressional investigation into September jobs number conspiracy

Oct 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) told Fox News on Wednesday that he would hold hearings into the September job numbers, buying into a widely-discredited conspiracy theory that President Obama faked last month’s figure to improve his re-election chances.

After the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released an unexpectedly strong monthly jobs report last Friday — finding a dramatic drop in unemployment to 7.8 percent and revised the number of jobs added in July and August up from initial estimates, a group of conservatives led by former GE CEO Jack Welch — suggested that the numbers could have been fudged. Issa has now promised to look into the matter:

FOX HOST: We asked [Issa] … whether or not he was concerned about Friday’s jobs report and that big drop in the unemployment rate from 8.1% to 7.8%, which some economists have called fluky and as a result there have been questions about the Labor Department’s methodology in calculating the unemployment report. Now, Chairman Issa says he wants to have hearings on this, take a listen.

ISSA: The way it is being done with the constant revisions, significant revisions, tells us that it is not as exact science as it needs to be and there’s got to be a better way to get those numbers or don’t put them out if they’re going to be wrong by as much as half a point.

FOX HOST: Now, Greta [van Susteren] asked him when he wants to have these hearings…and he said, that, “we very much intend to work every day through November and December to get these kind of things done. We’re hoping that this is a good nonpartisan time,” he said.

BLS has flatly dismissed the allegation. “The data are not manipulated for political reasons. I’ve been involved in the process myself for almost three decades. There’s never been any political manipulation of the data, period,” Steve Haugen, an economist at the BLS, told BLS “does not at the moment have a single political appointee working in the entire agency,” he added.


An Issa spokesperson told the Huffington Post that the Chairman has not yet scheduled the hearing. “While Chairman Issa, in response to a question asked yesterday, did state that he believes there are legitimate questions about the Department of Labor’s method for calculating unemployment, the Oversight Committee has not announced or decided to hold hearings on the September unemployment report…. At no point did he say he has made plans to convene a hearing on this subject.”

by Anonymousreply 1610/11/2012

Well, if there's no wrongdoing, then it should be a very quick investigation.

by Anonymousreply 110/11/2012

This isn't about wrong doing. It's just an action to legitimize their claims that the number are cooked even though every single reputable and rational source has derided that claim.

Take a look at their tactics. When they start something, they never let go of it. They never back off. You have to literally slam them against a wall and beat the shit out of them and still these deranged pitbulls don't stop.

These are some sick, destructive people and too often, the media misses the point that they are usually guilty of most of the shit they accuse other people of doing.

These fringe elements have been given credibility thru the news coverage, they speak with authority and are very assertive and just as crazy and hateful as they come.

and now that this monster has been created, and elected to office, and literally tried to stop government while they dismantle it, the news media sits there with their thumb up their asses. Pigfuckers.

by Anonymousreply 210/11/2012

Arryl Issa is going to be on Maher this week with Ann Coulter. I say boycott and tweet Maher to tell him why.

by Anonymousreply 310/11/2012

Birthers: Meet the Jobbers.

by Anonymousreply 410/11/2012

Amazing isn't it? Good news and they want it not to be true- has to be a nepharious lie. Obama has a jobs package before Congress last year and of course they killed that too. Their reason for being is to defeat him, not to govern or improve life for the citizens of the US. The sickest political party since pre Civil War Southern Democrats (who went over to the Republican party after the 1964 Civil Rights Act and now dominate the party.)

by Anonymousreply 510/11/2012

It's time for the republicans to be eradicated.

by Anonymousreply 610/11/2012

God I hate Issa, he's such a phony, always out to attack the Obama Administration with right wing conspiracy bullshit, he's a big ZERO trying to make himself look important and powerful. Fast and Furious flamed out and got him nowhere with the DOJ, now he's onto Libya and this dumb and pointless jobs crap.

Chuck Todd is normally someone I don't trust, but even he said that all these GOP conspiracy theories with no basis in fact is bad for the country because it makes more people distrust the government.

by Anonymousreply 710/11/2012

Why do Republicans hate America?

by Anonymousreply 810/11/2012

More time and money sent down the drain.

by Anonymousreply 910/11/2012

Issa's such a fucking asshole. Four days after the 2010 election he said he wanted to hold hundreds of hearings investigating the President.

Why anyone would take him seriously is beyond me. Obviously the Coulterbeast will defend him on Maher's show but I can't imagine Bill's going to let him slide.

by Anonymousreply 1010/11/2012

Fucking idiots are making fools of themselves. Jesus Christ can't we get these fuckwads out of office?

by Anonymousreply 1110/11/2012

[quote] I can't imagine Bill's going to let him slide.

I hope he doesn't, but sometimes he's too easy on these right wingers because he doesn't want them to be hesitant to come on his show - it pisses me off when he doesn't call them out on their bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 1210/11/2012

Bill who?

by Anonymousreply 1310/11/2012

Bill Maher R13.

by Anonymousreply 1410/11/2012

He was all over the Fast and Furious conspiracy too. This guy would be a joke if he wasn't wasting valuable time and resources.

by Anonymousreply 1510/11/2012

Darrell Issa cunt.

by Anonymousreply 1610/11/2012
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