Sources Say Drop in Unemployment Rate Leading Up to 2012 Election Was Fabricated
In 2009, Utah’s congressional delegation warned that the Obama White House was trying to pull a fast one with regard to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Utah’s congressional delegation is calling President Obama’s decision to move the U.S. census into the White House a purely partisan move and potentially dangerous to congressional redistricting around the country.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told FOX News on Monday that he finds it hard to believe the Obama administration felt the need to place re-evaluation of the inner workings of the census so high on his to-do list, just three weeks into his presidency.
“This is nothing more than a political land grab,” Chaffetz said.
Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, told the Salt Lake Tribune that the move “shouldn’t happen.” He and Chaffetz are trying to rally Republicans “before its too late.”
“It takes something that is supposedly apolitical like the census, and gives it to a guy who is infamously political,” Bishop said of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who would be tasked with overseeing the census at the White House.
Rahm Emanuel is gone now, but there remains no shortage of Chicago style political operatives in the White House. Now reports are surfacing that people within the Census Bureau have been been caught manipulating unemployment data for political purposes. John Crudele writing at the New York Post does not identify his source, but given the Obama administration’s penchant for not being entirely truthful with the American people, the story seems plausible. Two years ago a Census employee, Julius Buckmon, was caught falsifying data for an unemployment report at the direction of superiors. Now sources are saying that the fraud continued and may have been used to show a reduction in the unemployment rate prior to the 2012 election.
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.
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.