Whoa: Jack Welch accuses Obama administration of cooking the jobs numbers

Former CEO of GE Jack Welch isn’t buying today’s new job data and appears to believe the Chicago machine is manipulating the numbers for political advantage after President Obama’s disastrous debate performance. And he’s not the only one doubting the BLS report.

Naturally Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis stands behind the credibility of the data.

Laura Ingraham calls Solis’ numbers “total pro-Obama propaganda.”

And Rep. Allen West backed Welch up:

West wrote on Facebook:

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 . Trust the Obama administration? Sure, and the spontaneous reaction to a video caused the death of our Ambassador……and pigs fly.

Others are less inclined to think manipulation of the data is to blame or would like a little more detail from Welch.

But the Left never met a distraction it didn’t like. Forget spinning those jobs numbers. Squirrel! Let’s spend the day freaking out about Welch instead of getting Americans back to work.

The foul-mouthed attacks began immediately and included charges of racism.

Roland Martin is particularly beside himself:

Martin, of course, is well-known for level-headed analysis.

Update:

Rick Santelli weighs in on Jack Welch’s tweet:

“I would never send a tweet like jack welch and i respect jack. He’s a great guy,” Santelli said. “That’s why last month, I said that it would be below 8% right before the election. That’s why I said it. I don’t say things I can’t prove, that was my prediction. I will leave it at that.”

Here’s how Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall characterizes Santelli’s statement:

Update:

Welch is sticking to his guns:

And he’ll be discussing his economic assessment with Fox’s Neil Cavuto this afternoon:

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