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LAMBRO: Obama’s economic myopia
‘Missing workers’ likely to reappear at November ballot box
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This disturbing figure, more than any other, Mr. Whoriskey writes, “captures more of the ongoing turbulence in the job market.”
“It reflects ‘missing workers’ who have stopped looking for work and aren’t included in the unemployment rate.”
When he talks about the unemployment rate coming down, Mr. Obama never talks about these long discouraged jobless workers who are never added to the jobless rate. But Mr. Whoriskey says “huge numbers are on the sidelines.”
“What it shows is that we are still near the bottom of a very big hole that opened in the recession,” says Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute, a far-left think tank. She estimates the number of missing workers at about 4 million.
The immensity of this economic issue is hard to hide, though the White House, the president and Democrats in Congress are doing their best to distract voters with other issues that are of little if any concern to most Americans.
About 83 percent of the voters polled by the Post in mid-May said the Obama economy was “poor” or “not so good,” reflecting higher negative ratings than in the entire decade preceding the recession.
But the Obama administration is getting a lot of help from the network news programs, which have gone to great lengths to bury this story for as long as possible.
With the exception of the monthly unemployment report, most of the network news shows have done little in-depth, serious reporting about the breadth of unemployment in the United States in the past 3 1/2 years of the Obama presidency.
And when they do deal with the subject, they go out of their way to deal with one business that has created jobs, but not with the bigger picture of the tens of millions who can’t find any jobs or are underemployed in part-time, low-wage or temporary work.
NBC and ABC have been among the worst on this score throughout the Obama presidency. To its credit, “The CBS Evening News” has aggressively dug into the jobs issue far more aggressively under its new anchor, Scott Pelley.
The network news shows this week devoted relatively lengthy segments to irrelevant stories such as Donald Trump’s bombastic fascination with Mr. Obama’s birth certificate, suggesting this is an issue that can hurt Mr. Romney, who dismisses it out of hand.
Over-the-top network reports such as these “[make] clear how deep the media are in the tank for Obama,” writes Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin.
Meanwhile, Mr. Romney is intensifying his focus on the economy and jobs, knowing these are the issues that will decide this election. Mr. Obama may not want to talk about his failed record on these two issues, but he’s going to be held accountable for them at the ballot box in the end.
Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and former chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.
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