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Whoa: Jack Welch accuses Obama administration of cooking the jobs numbers


Former CEO of GE Jack Welch isn’t buying today’s new job data and appears to believe the Chicago machine is manipulating the numbers for political advantage after President Obama’s disastrous debate performance. And he’s not the only one doubting the BLS report.

Naturally Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis stands behind the credibility of the data.


Laura Ingraham calls Solis’ numbers “total pro-Obama propaganda.”

Jobs #s from Labor Secretary Hilda Solis are total pro-Obama propaganda–labor force participation rate at 30-yr low. Abysmal!

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 5, 2012

And Rep. Allen West backed Welch up:

In regards to today's Jobs report—I agree with former GE CEO Jack Welch, Chicago style politics is at work here… http://t.co/OrQDRF5G

— Allen West (@AllenWest) October 5, 2012

West wrote on Facebook:

I agree with former GE CEO Jack Welch, Chicago style politics is at work here. 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 . Trust the Obama administration? Sure, and the spontaneous reaction to a video caused the death of our Ambassador……and pigs fly.

Others are less inclined to think manipulation of the data is to blame or would like a little more detail from Welch.

Hey @jack_welch, mind elaborating on your earlier tweet?

— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) October 5, 2012

Conspiracy theories are a distraction. BLS numbers show sad, sickly, stagnant labor market http://t.co/q37hYsGB #longemergency

— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) October 5, 2012

But the Left never met a distraction it didn’t like. Forget spinning those jobs numbers. Squirrel! Let’s spend the day freaking out about Welch instead of getting Americans back to work.

love ya jack but here you've lost your mind @jack_welch Unbelievable jobs #s. the Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate, change #s

— Austan Goolsbee (@Austan_Goolsbee) October 5, 2012

Solid Jobs Report Spawns Crackpot ‘Job Truthers’ Movement http://t.co/Y1Qgg38w

— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 5, 2012

More jobs-numbers trutherism http://t.co/TrmOvJBP

— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) October 5, 2012

Debunking the jobs report conspiracy theories: http://t.co/W15GCZCB

— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 5, 2012

Trump jealous you beat him to it. MT @jack_welch: Unbelievable jobs numbers..Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate so change numbers

— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) October 5, 2012

I'll give @jack_welch this: he is now way ahead of @rupertmurdoch in the crazy-old-man-on-twitter league tables

— Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) October 5, 2012

.@jack_welch the job numbers are as real as all the people you laid off in the town where I grew up, dipshit

— Matthew Callan (@scratchbomb) October 5, 2012

By the way, my mom was sexually harassed out of her job at GE! Good going, Jack, I'm sure she'll vote Romney.

— Megan Carpentier (@megancarpentier) October 5, 2012

Jack Welch should never be invited to do TV again. Lost all credibility today suggesting career economists at BLS wld do anything untoward.

— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) October 5, 2012

The foul-mouthed attacks began immediately and included charges of racism.

.@jack_welch should read up on Nixon's worries that (Jewish) people at BLS were manipulating employment # against him: http://t.co/KyWtyYLK

— Mike Konczal (@rortybomb) October 5, 2012

@rolandsmartin @jack_welch The political mentality of white supremacy is alive and well on the left and then right!

— Frank Reid, III (@PastorFrankReid) October 5, 2012

Jack Welch another angry rich white man in America. Manipulation of jobs report? Lost my respect. #jobsreport #asshat

— Jason Liptow (@jaybird691) October 5, 2012

.@NorahODonnell ludicrous is spelled @Jack_Welch ?? Sad. Angry old white guy seeing his world slipping away. Great spokesman 4 #Whigs

— Gypsy Chief (@GypsyChief) October 5, 2012

Hey @Jack_welch? Suck our Dick, you old senile fuck! -sincerely, the good citizens of Chicago.

— problem with that (@problemwthat) October 5, 2012

FUCK YOU!!!!! "@jack_welch: Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate so change numbers"

— Sapiosexual (@TheFakeTycoon) October 5, 2012

Jack Welch can go fuck himself.

— cottonrc (@cottonrc) October 5, 2012

Such a ginormous asshole. #Jack_Welch

— Shrikant Kalegaonkar (@shrikale) October 5, 2012

@jack_welch What an idiot fuck! LMAO!

— Truth Prevails (@TruthSucceeds) October 5, 2012

Jack Welch can go fuck himself.

— cottonrc (@cottonrc) October 5, 2012

The frigging nerve of @jack_welch calling the non farm payroll nrs. faked.He should take his Alzheimer meds and let us take care of business

— Janopetsa (@janopetsa) October 5, 2012

@jack_welch Lol u old fart, hurry up and die

— JwMacIntosh (@jwmacintosh) October 5, 2012

Roland Martin is particularly beside himself:

This is the kind of BS I hate. Conservatives & liberals like @jack_welch are pathetic. Numbers bad, they cheer. Numbers improve, they whine

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) October 5, 2012

So @jack_welch doesn't want to see America improve. He doesn't care about the 114,000 folks who got a job. You want them on welfare, Jack?

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) October 5, 2012

Should we be shocked by @jack_welch? He was the master at laying folks off. He's an expert at slashing payrolls, decimating local economies

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) October 5, 2012

Seriously, folks. So @jack_welch believed the bad unemployment numbers. He believed last month's number. Now doesn't believe this month? OK.

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) October 5, 2012

The stock of @jack_welch's old company @generalelectric is $23.05, a 52-week HIGH. How about that Obama economy on his stock portfolio!

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) October 5, 2012

Here's the real deal: @jack_welch doesn't want the Obama admin getting positive press, so he tries to alter the news cycle #weak

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) October 5, 2012

On 3.5.2009, @generalelectric's stock opened at $6.95. RIGHT NOW, $23.17. Nice Obama economy for you, right @jack_welch?

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) October 5, 2012

I'm done exposing @jack_welch for being nothing but a shameless party hack. Thank God economy improving. Helps ALL OF US!

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) October 5, 2012

It's time for @jack_welch to apologize for his un-American remarks. Such an odious claim is uncalled for & shameful. RT

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) October 5, 2012

Martin, of course, is well-known for level-headed analysis.


Rick Santelli weighs in on Jack Welch’s tweet:

“I would never send a tweet like jack welch and i respect jack. He’s a great guy,” Santelli said. “That’s why last month, I said that it would be below 8% right before the election. That’s why I said it. I don’t say things I can’t prove, that was my prediction. I will leave it at that.”

Here’s how Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall characterizes Santelli’s statement:

Tea Party founder joins Jobs Report Truther movement http://t.co/7CSxGTEl via @evanmc_s

— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 5, 2012


Welch is sticking to his guns:

Welch tells WSJ he "wasn't kidding" on jobs data tweet.

— Jake Beckman (@jakebeckman) October 5, 2012

Welch, doing his best Trump impersonation: “I am doing nothing more than raising the question,” Mr. Welch said. “It’s fact-based.” – WSJ

— Jake Beckman (@jakebeckman) October 5, 2012

And he’ll be discussing his economic assessment with Fox’s Neil Cavuto this afternoon:

BREAKING: Jack Welch will appear on Fox News at 4pm on Neil Cavuto's show

— Jake Beckman (@jakebeckman) October 5, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/05/whoa-jack-welch-accuses-obama-administration-of-cooking-the-jobs-numbers/

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