Rep. Allen West Accuses Obama of Manipulating Jobless Numbers as Tactics from Saul Alinsky

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Rep. Allen West Accuses Obama of Manipulating Jobless Numbers as Tactics from Saul Alinsky (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Tea Party darling Rep. Allen West (R-FL), the co-chair of Mitt Romney’s Black Leadership Council, agrees with former GE CEO Jack Welch that the Obama administration manipulated the unemployment numbers to reflect a big drop — 7.8 percent for September. West, who is in a tough reelection race, wrote the following on his Facebook page:

“I agree with former GE CEO Jack Welch, Chicago style politics is at work here. Somehow by manipulation of data we are all of a sudden below 8 percent unemployment, a month from the Presidential election. This is Orwellian to say the least and representative of Saul Alinsky tactics from the book “Rules for Radicals”- a must read for all who want to know how the left strategize.”

While the Republicans are freaking out about this, former George W. Bush spokesman Tony Fratto added this:

“BLS benchmark revisions come from actual state unemployment benefits rolls & businesses reporting to state tax authorities.”

Rachel Weiner of the Washington Post’s Election 2012 blog wrote this morning:

For the record, career professionals at the Bureau of Labor Statistics come up with the monthly jobs report in total secrecy, walled off from all political staff.

… Like News Corp. CEO Richard Murdoch, Welch wants Mitt Romney to win but has a habit of giving the Republican candidate unsolicited (and perhaps unwelcome) advice. This time, he’s not getting much support.

 Rep. Allen West Accuses Obama of Manipulating Jobless Numbers as Tactics from Saul Alinsky
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 Rep. Allen West Accuses Obama of Manipulating Jobless Numbers as Tactics from Saul Alinsky
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