The 8 ½ percent unemployment rate reported today by the U.S. Labor Department is “fraudulent” and misleads Americans into believing the economy is on the mend, Rush Limbaugh said this afternoon on his radio show.
“There’s nothing worth celebrating in this, is my point, and yet, we are being told that it’s party time,” Limbaugh said. “Since when do we celebrate millions of unemployed people?”
The conservative talker said the jobless rate “is still higher than when [President Barack] Obama took office,” and its heralding by the media is “offensive.”
“This assumes that we accept the notion of a systemically high unemployment level,” he said. “The new normal. This is it.”
Limbaugh said the 8 ½ percent rate is not progress, as the administration maintains.
“Five trillion dollars in deficit later, we have an 8 ½ percent unemployment rate,” he said. “That’s it?”
Lack of economic growth is the problem, Limbaugh said.
“The Obama plan [is to] shrink the workforce, expand the welfare state, and then claim economic progress,” he said. “Then, slash the military, take that money, and subsidize public-sector employees who vote reliably Democrat.
That’s the plan in a nutshell, and that’s where we are.”
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