White House propaganda shades truth on slow job recovery

White House propagandists hit the talk show circuit Sunday to claim success in reversing the longest recession since the Great Recession but the glowing claims downplayed the economic reality of a slow recovery that will do little to help the millions of Americans who remain unemployed and have little hope of finding jobs in the near or distant future.

The Obama administration claims of adding 162,000 new jobs in March downplays the fact that most of those jobs are temporary census workers who will soon be out of work again when the national count is complete.

Most of the 8.4 million jobs that vanished during the recession are gone forever and unemployment remains at 9.7 percent, even with the jobs temporarily created by the census.

So Obama’s mouthpieces spent Sunday falling back on their tired, old theme of blaming everything on previous President George W. Bush.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” said National Economic Council director Larry Summers, adding the talking points tagline: “We’ve inherited a terrible situation.”

Summers, along with Christina Romer, head of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, continued to claim success with Obama’s incentive programs that have spent a lot of money but produced few jobs.

Instead, the promoted more expensive reforms with the promises that, this time, they will work.

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10 Responses to "White House propaganda shades truth on slow job recovery"

  1. Almandine  April 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    It doesn’t take long listening to either Summers or Romer to understand just how duplicitousness of the Administration talking heads. Either that, or they’re dumb as rocks.

    Obama worship on parade.

    • Almandine  April 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm

      sorry about the grammar… edits in progress with too little patience… the “enter” key being too handy. Guess you got the gist.

  2. griff  April 6, 2010 at 9:50 am

    What? Are you serious? The White House pushing propaganda? How long has this been going on? I am downright appalled.

  3. Mightymo  April 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    What’s the big deal with claiming a little success and providing a little long overdue hope for the future? At least he didn’t rent an Aircraft Carrier and fly some silly banner that reads “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” when in actuality we are no where near accomplished!

    • griff  April 6, 2010 at 11:13 pm

      Maybe because it’s bullshit?

  4. Almandine  April 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Hope in one hand and…

  5. Almandine  April 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    And then there are the data.

    http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts

    • Guardhouse lawyer  April 7, 2010 at 4:58 am

      “. . . adjusted for SGS-estimated long-term discouraged workers . . .”

      You have a very skewed idea of what is data. Data are facts, not arbitrary estimates by a biased commenter. At least in the real world.

      • Almandine  April 7, 2010 at 8:28 am

        U6 is the official US “all unemployed” number. The one you call a biased commenter is a past US govt statistician who doesn’t want to shade the truth by using the Latest govt “adjustments” in the CPI that water it down.

        Get your facts straight.

  6. Bill Cravener  April 7, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Statistics, you got to love them. Did you know in China, even if you are a one out of a million kind of guy, there are thousands more just like you. Wow!

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