Labor Dept. Trumps Its Own Numbers

The Great Recession

Spin it up, Boys! Spin it up high!

The Labor Department should go into the money-laundering business because they own the fastest-spinning, number-washing machine out there. 

Early this week, Trump promised really big numbers would be seen in Friday’s jobs report. Since presidents do not usually get the numbers until just before they are released publicly, I wondered earlier in the week how he would know that.

His early and bold proclamation told me that the president was very involved in seeing how the numbers are coming out. He either knew far in advance of everyone else what the report would say, handy for insider trading, or he knew his top-level appointee was working to massage the numbers in every way possible.

He was certain of good numbers.

Nevertheless, when the report came out today, it was truly abysmal. Yet, the Labor Dept. presented it as good news! What we got, instead of the great numbers Trump promised was some serious Dept. of Labor spin about the numbers:

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