Today’s expectedly “unexpected” miserable jobs report has been released, and, in addition to many other big problems, the unemployment rate has risen.
That doesn’t seem to bother some on Obama’s team. David Plouffe recently said that “people won’t vote based on the unemployment rate,” prompting this reponse from Mitt Romney this morning:
In a statement, GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney said, “Today’s abysmal jobs report confirms what we all know – that President Obama has failed to get this economy moving again. Just this week, President Obama’s closest White House adviser said that ‘unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers’ do not matter to the average American.
“If David Plouffe were working for me, I would fire him and then he could experience firsthand the pain of unemployment,” Romney said. “His comments are an insult to the more than 20 million people who are out of work, underemployed or who have simply stopped looking for jobs. With their cavalier attitude about the economy, the White House has turned the audacity of hope into the audacity of indifference.”
Part of why Romney’s always had trouble winning me over is that I can actually imagine a guy like David Plouffe working for him — and I guess so can Romney. But at least if that ever happens we know he’d get fired for saying things like “voters don’t care about the unemployment rate as long as they’re working.” What an idiotic thing to say. If I’m working and noticing that my neighbor lost his job, and a couple of family members and friends lost their jobs, and a couple of co-workers were laid off — yes, unemployment is going to have an effect on how I vote due to the “there but for the grace of God” instinct that is hard-wired into in each of us. Well, each of us except David Plouffe.