A convention recap

Armstrong Williams | 9/21/2012, 1:06 p.m.
The conventions are finally over. This week, Congress is back in session. One would hope...
At Thanksgiving, embracing the winds of change and increasing our faith

We also saw at the DNC, in marked contrast to "hope and change," Elizabeth Warren repeating three times that "the game is rigged" against the working man. If so, then why are we bothering to listen to you? Let's all just go home. Also, if that is so, are the Democratic president and Senate to blame? Why should we elect you to the Senate if your party already controls it and is doing, even in your estimation, a bad job? Warren's defeatism has never been popular in American politics; we are, right or wrong, an optimistic people.

As if a lousy convention were not enough, the jobs numbers came out Friday. They were bad but certainly could have been worse. Unemployment fell by two tenths of a percent, from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent, as 96,000 net jobs were created and--much more importantly--368,000 dropped out of the workforce altogether. Keep in mind that we need to create at least 125,000 jobs just to keep pace with population growth. I need a recovery from this recovery! Compare this to Reagan's recovery, when the workforce actually grew!

Despite the dispiriting news that the workforce had (again!) shrunk, the hugely symbolic number of 8.3 percent dropped. If it ever drops below 8 percent before the election, even if it's because of people leaving the workforce, the Obama administration will run with it. They have two more chances: the October jobs report comes out the Friday before the election.

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