On top of everything else, the New York Post is running a story about a census worker - or workers, it's not clear - who were faking unemployment data in the summer ahead of the 2012 election. Can that be true?
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.
“He’s not the only one,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous for now but is willing to talk with the Labor Department and Congress if asked.
The Census employee caught faking the results is Julius Buckmon, according to confidential Census documents obtained by The Post. Buckmon told me in an interview this past weekend that he was told to make up information by higher-ups at Census.Amazing if true, plus we already know that - if it is true - you are never going to find the West Wing memo directing this sort of thing. That's because progressives in and out of government don't need to have things spelled out for them like you do with the more earnest elements of the Stupid Party. They have known since 2004, if not earlier, that Barack Obama was a once-in-a-generation leftist organizer who could bring the progressive "project" along faster than any of them would have dared to dream. Name the institution and its resident liberals have done their part to alternatively aggrandize and protect The One. Faking unemployment numbers would seem an obvious step.