"You created a situation where you cannot be wrong," the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Montana Democrat Max Baucus, told Geithner last week.
"If the economy loses 2 million jobs over the next few years, you can say yes, but it would've lost 5.5 million jobs. If we create a million jobs, you can say, well, it would have lost 2.5 million jobs," Baucus said. "You've given yourself complete leverage where you cannot be wrong, because you can take any scenario and make yourself look correct."
The dishonesty was built right into Obama's metric for success on jobs with his too-clever-by-half addition of those two little words : "or save".
I imagine most intelligent people saw right through that laughably self-serving and phony premise as soon as the words were uttered. I mean, think about it. By this measure you could argue that the president is to be credited for almost anyone who still has a job when he is through.
The use of specific numbers is a ploy to obscure this rhetorical legerdemain. Clearly they are pulled out of thin air. When someone forecasts in the millions (like '"3-5 million") and the range of measure has swung anywhere from 50-100% low to high, let's face it they're either guessing or just bullshitting everyone.
Somehow I doubt that those who remain employed during the Obama regime, while their assets devalue and government avarice implodes the nation's wealth base, will be falling all over themselves to thank Barack for "saving" their job....unless, of course, they have a government job.
When I ponder those two little words just one word comes to my mind : charlatan.