Saturday essay: MoveOn’s deceit
An outfit called MoveOn.org, founded by Silicon Valley types, did a hatchet job on President Bush in a full-page ad in The New York Times. We return the favor, not with the broadsword but with a stiletto.
Among the many charges, the only one amenable to strict factual analysis within the ad oh-so-cleverly was titled “Mis-State of the Union”:
“George Bush: ‘Our first goal is … an economy that grows fast enough to employ every man and woman who seeks a job.’
“The Truth: Bush is the first president since Hoover to preside over an economy that has lost jobs, not created them — more than 2.9 million since 2001.”
The Trib: In President Clinton’s last full month in office, December 2000, employment was 135.8 million, 5.7 million unemployed. In January 2001, the month Bush took office, 136 million were employed, 6 million jobless. In Bush’s first full month in office, employment was 135.8 million, unemployment 5.9 million.
In August 2003, the latest month statistics are available, employment was 137.6 million, 8.9 million jobless.
While 2.9 million more are unemployed, 1.6 million more are working compared to January 2001. As for February 2001, 1.8 million more are working.
These statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor show a net increase in jobs, but not fast enough to keep pace with growth in the labor force.
MoveOn should move on.