Rep. Allen West Ascribes Conspiracy Theory to Lower Unemployment Rate

It’s no surprise that in the wake of President Obama’s depressing debate performance against Mitt Romney this week, the Left and the media are ecstatic about the latest jobs number report this morning claiming that that unemployment rate fell from 8.1 percent to 7.8 in September.

But not everyone is buying the good news for the president and Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is leading the speculation camp with a conspiracy theory about “Saul Alinsky tactics” and “Chicago style politics” at work to cook the numbers in Obama’s favor.

After stating that he agrees with former GE CEO Jack Welch about the “Chicago style politics at work,” West argues in a press release on Facebook, that “Somehow by manipulation of data we are all of a sudden below 8 percent unemployment, a month from the Presidential election. This is Orwellian to say the least and representative of Saul Alinsky tactics from the book ‘Rules for Radicals’- a must read for all who want to know how the left strategize.”

West then suggests that Americans are not to trust the Obama administration because just last month it was dishonest with the American people about the true reason behind the terrorist attacks in Libya. “Trust the Obama administration?” he asked readers. “Sure, and the spontaneous reaction to a video caused the death of our Ambassador……and pigs fly.”

West isn’t alone in thinking the new unemployment number is suspiciously low. Representative Bill Huizenga (R – MI) suggested a lack of labor force participation when he tweeted this morning, “FYI: If labor force participation was at the level it was when Obama came into office unemployment would be 10.7%  #tcot”

Regardless of what you think about the jobless numbers and/or how it was achieved, the Left will desperately cling to it for the next 32 days as the Obama campaign needs every bit of good news in this dismal economy to propel him toward a reelection victory.



  1. Robin Sedgwick says:

    I am 47 years old and live in a very small town in northern Michigan. The primary place of employment is the public school and I have been employed there since 1995. Due to all the budget cuts I was laid off as a secretary in 2005 and my yearly income went down to less than half. I took a job as a paraprofessional (basically a teacher assistant) so I would have a job and continue to work toward retirement.

    Why aren’t the Republicans explaining to the public the “real reason” unemployment is down! Do they realize what is going on?
    The reason unemployment is down is because they will not give you any unemployment. When you get laid off you now only get 20 weeks of unemployment with no extensions. If you take the unemployment you cannot retire until you are 60 years old. People are being forced into retirement for an income and healthcare. Teachers are taking teacher assistant jobs that pay $7 to $8.00 an hr. when they owe thousands of dollars on school loans. If you sub at the school you have to go through willsub, get around $7.00 an hr. and the days do not apply toward your retirement because you are not employed at the school.

    Yes, unemployment may be down, but it’s because people cannot get it; they are being forced into retirement and forced to take jobs that pay minimum wage and less. If you are still on unemployment and sub for $7.00 an hr.; you claim your sub income and get $4.00 after the deductions from unemployment. You also use up one of your 20 weeks of unemployment.

    I need 3 more years to retire and won’t get much in retirement as it is. I need a job to get through the next 3 years and will not be able to get an extension when my 20 weeks are used up. There is no work in this area. People are moving due to work and houses are not selling. We have been in our house since 2001 and owe more than we can sell it for.

    Please let the public know the “truth” about unemployment and what the government is doing.

    Thank you
    Robin Sedgwick