By Gary Kaltbaum-Oct 7, 2012
This is the interview Chris Matthews would have done if the Bushies were still in the White House and Jack Welch called them out on the recent employment figures. Enjoy!
Matthews– Joining me to talk about his controversial tweet about this administration’s obvious manipulation of the employment numbers is the ex-CEO of GE and a great American…Jack Welch. Thanks for joining us on SOFTBALL!
Welch– Good to see you Chris!
Matthews– You really gave me a tingle up my leg when I read your tweet. The only question I had was how can anyone believe these numbers are for real when this administration says that the unemployment rate has gone from 8.3% to 7.8% in just 60 days with only creating less than 200,000 jobs?
Welch– Chris…it is great to see the media do their job by actually investigating these numbers. The fact is they don’t pass the smell test. Somehow…some way, this BLS is now trying to tell us that the total number of workers surged 873,000 last month…the highest jump in 29 years…this while GDP has gone lower and this while I have personally interviewed a ton of companies where they have all said we are doing no hiring. This has got to be the work of corrupt people in Washington.
Matthews– Are you saying this is the work of Rove, Bush and Cheney? Because if you don’t say it, I will. In fact, I walked the streets of Georgetown today asking numerous businesses whether they did any hiring in the past month and none said yes.
Welch– I can’t say for sure but something is quite wrong here and there should be no coincidence that the election is just around the corner.
Matthews– Well I don’t need to know any more. It is obvious that a racist and criminal administration is behind these completely fake numbers. After all, we have seen millions of people supposedly taken out of the workforce over the past 4 years to where if we just had the same workforce participation number as we did 4 years ago, the unemployment rate would be 11%. This is disgusting Jack Welch. I personally emailed the BLS and asked for the list of the 873,000 people who supposedly now had jobs and asked for a list of all the people that supposedly left the workforce over the past 4 years. I finally received an answer. The BLS, in an email told me and I quote” we do not keep any of these lists!” So Jack…is this just all made-up fantasyland numbers ? Just who is running this country? Are we in a banana republic now where the Bushies control government statistics in order to keep their power?
Welch– I cannot say for sure but the numbers speak for themselves. They are as clear as day. Keep in mind, the big numbers come off of a household survey of 50,000 households…and where the margin of error is get this? 400,000 is the margin of error…so as you can see, it doesn’t take much to extrapolate that they went after the number they could play with the most. The amazing thing about all this is that there were some smart people actually predicting this number would go below 8% because that is the number the Democrats have been harping on for so long that under Bush, for 43 months, the unemployment rate has been above 8%. And by the way Chris, this 7.8% number, if actually real…still sucks. It is still a terrible number and to watch Bush taking victory laps on 7.8% while so many are out of jobs is sickening.
Matthews– Good point Jack. This is why it is so important we remain on the air because this is Softball…no one gets away with getting one over on us. You all saw how we were front and center on how this Bush administration mishandled Libya and then lied! (Matthews screaming) They lied and people died. An ambassador and others were murdered on our soil by terrorists and this Bush administration told us for days and days it was because of a video that no one even watched. We stood tall as a journalistic outfit and risked being ridiculed by holding this administration’s feet to the fire on their lies in plain sight. We were the ones that showed that this administration wrote the story for all of us so as to not believe this was a terrorist attack. But as non-biased watchdogs, we wouldn’t fall for that. This is what they taught us in journalism school…to be watchdogs and not lapdogs with our paws in the air, tongues wagging and just agreeing with the guys we like and making stuff up on the guys we don’t like. This is Softball and we mean business.
Welch– Well Chris…you and the rest on your cable channel are fantastic. Keep up the great work as you expose the chicanery going on.
Matthews– Jack…you are a great American. Thank you so much for your courage in exposing an obvious manipulation of the numbers in order for some to just solidify their power.