Paul Ryan is on record as saying that if you torture statistics enough, they can tell you anything you want. This speaks volumes about the efficacy of torture. It also tells you a little bit about Paul Ryan.
I will write a separate article questioning the details surrounding Joe Biden’s own fact check moment, when he stated that ‘we were not aware that the consulate in Benghazi was requesting additional security’ as I believe that is turning into it’s own soap opera of complexity after the hearings called by Congressional Republicans essentially outed the CIA operations in that region. For the moment, I want to attempt to clear the record on our favorite blue collar city; Scranton, PA.
Now of course, Scranton is Joe Biden’s home town. This is why Paul Ryan chose to make it’s unemployment rate a political football, and see what happened when he handed that football to Joe Biden.
Ryan stated that unemployment in Scranton currently sits at 10%.
Unemployment in Scranton does indeed sit at 10% right now. But it peaked at 10.6%, after skyrocketing during George W. Bush’s last few lame duck months… you remember those times, back when the ‘fundamentals of the economy are strong?’ (see also Romney’s own Lehman moment)
Inertia is a function of mass. Obama arrested the free fall, brought Scranton back from the 10.6% Bush shoved it to, back down to 8.4% twice this calendar year. It is a rocky recovery, to be sure, that is what we mean when we say inertia is a function of mass. That is what it means when every single economic expert that has ever lived says hiring always lags behind the real recovery.
Paul Ryan has already said that if you torture statistics enough, you can make them say anything… and he is a master of torture. But there is only one way to spin these facts. The past 4 years have been the most remarkable reversal of course our economy has ever witnessed. Has it sucked? Yes, that is because of just how bad the meltdown was.
I am happy to entertain conversations about fiscal conservancy, about human rights (where the Obama administration has really failed our nation, about the future of health care and our nations debt… all of these are fair game from my humble perspective. But when it comes to assertions that Obama has mishandled our current economic situation… well, I am sorry, but I will call BS every time on that. Come to think of it, I am not even sorry. It is malarkey, plain and simple.