FINAL JOBS REPORT BEFORE ELECTION SHOW THINGS ARE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME AS LAST MONTH
November 2 2012
Washington, D.C. – While there are always many variables in any election process, this year it’s pretty clear that the primary concern is the economic situation across the country. While there are certainly other reasons upon which people will base their vote, the strength and future of the economy is likely going to be the deciding factor.
The decision in that respect is actually reasonably clear, either allow Barack Obama to continue with his plan or to give Mitt Romney a shot, a decision people all across the country have already made and which some are still mulling. The latest jobs report, released today, may help them make that decision.
That report shows a slight, very slight, uptick from September, in the unemployment rate, though the economy added as many jobs as it lost, evidence that things are still tough all over and, perhaps, that things like jobs reports might have absolutely no impact at all as to how people vote because the whole thing is so obscure and confusing which, honestly, is probably the way it’s designed.
“That's 9 million jobs short of what Obama promised. Unemployment is higher today than when Barack Obama took office. Today's increase in the unemployment rate is a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill,” said Presidential contender Mitt Romney who really doesn’t have anything else to argue about.
Obama of course took a different view of things, a slightly more positive view of the economy under his direction as one would expect.
It’s not clear if the report will have any impact on the election considering it’s only a couple of days away.
“Obviously this is not the report that the President would have wanted but no matter what it was, unless of course a few million jobs suddenly appeared, Romney was going to use it to hammer him. Things just haven’t worked by the most optimistic of expectations and that’s a hard reality for everyone to face, politician or person alike, and likely never was going to,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “It was a tough situation for anyone and it’s likely that under a Republican administration things would have ended being more or less the same, perhaps slightly better, perhaps slightly worse but still more or less the same. This thing was not going to get better in four years under anyone’s leadership and that’s something voters are going to have to accept.”
It’s not clear if people are thinking like that or at all really.
“I would say that other factors will end up being the deciding factor because most people get that, they get that the economy was in tough shape and that there wasn’t going to be a quick fix for it and so they will vote based on other factors which isn’t good for Romney because this is all he’s got but I think that’s likely the scenario,” continued Kinsey. “Because of that, despite the fact that he hasn’t made jobs for everyone in the country, it looks pretty likely that Obama will win the election for good or ill. He has done very well on other things and I think most people who actually think about things, like the remaining voters, will realize that and give him another shot.”
Romney, of course, disagrees.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent