Ex-GE Boss: Obama Must Be Tweaking Jobs Figures
Slew of tweets jump in on conspiracy theory
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 5, 2012 10:14 AM CDT
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(Newser) – And a new conspiracy theory is born. The only explanation for the latest jobs data is that President Obama has been meddling with the numbers, says former GE CEO Jack Welch. "Unbelievable jobs numbers," he tweeted. "These Chicago guys will do anything... can't debate so change numbers." Now Twitter is abuzz with the idea, BuzzFeed reports. "This just proves what a criminal Obama is. He has lied & forced his labor dept to report 7.8% Unemployment with only 114,000 jobs created," says one user. Adds another: "Umm anyone else thing the jobs numbers are rigged? A .3% drop while only adding 114K jobs? Something smells rotten."

And Mitt Romney has his own conspiracy theory to deal with: The Daily Beast reports on a video getting some attention today; it shows Romney taking something out of his pocket and putting it on the podium before Wednesday's debate. It's a cheat sheet! say his critics. Nope, counters a Romney spokesperson, just a handkerchief.

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Oct 9, 2012 8:12 PM CDT
He is an unhappy ex-employee. Get in line Bub.
Oct 7, 2012 11:55 AM CDT
Take a look at what a growing number of full time workers, 40+hrs. a week, are doing. Your friends, your family for example. I bet you'll find that some of them work 2 jobs. As a result, individuals that find themselves out of work have to compete for even part time employment with those who are already working full time. Employers are happy to take people that want to earn extra income and have a reliable work record. My point being is that the governement statisticians should take this measure into account. It may not be a new phenomenon, but it is a growing trend.
Oct 6, 2012 1:51 AM CDT
Got news for ya, Jack: EVERY SINGLE POLITICIAN LIES AND MANIPULATES DATA FOR THEIR OWN GAIN. It would actually be news only if that didn't happen, and I'm surprised that someone as old as he is hadn't figured this out a long time ago.