In lieu of another episode of Mildly Relevant News this week, I’ve decided to take on another rant. I suspect my summer cold/infection/nuisance will be away by next week, at which point I shall return to the glory of the webcam…
The Republican National Committee’s Facebook page is an interesting place. Void of constructive discussion, the page’s manager seems content posting a variety of arbitrary links making it clear that Obama and Democrats suck. They suck hard. Super duper hard. Sometimes it’s a Facebook meme with smiling Obama laughing at those idiots who voted for him, but it’s usually a link to an article that fits their narrative. I’m sure the DNC page has similar practices.
Usually I scroll past their updates, but a recent post of the RNC invoked my beloved Ohio. And Lordy, do I hate being the proverbial political piñata.
“Ohioans are suffering under the Obama economy with unemployment at a stagnant 7.2%. Sign our petition to send the president a message today.”
I didn’t bother to look at their petition. I can only assume it’s a demand to release birth certificates, proof of Christianity and an executive apology for being likable toward young voters. What caught my eye was the 7.2% unemployment.
A simple Google search will confirm that unemployment in Ohio is at 7.2%. Curious, I did another search to see what it was in 2008 after 8 years of Republican policies. Unsurprisingly, unemployment rose to a then 15-year Ohio high of 7.2% in August of 2008.
7.2% in 2008 and 2012 would verify the RNC’s claim that unemployment remains stagnant in Ohio. But I’m sure they don’t know that. They probably didn’t even know if unemployment was higher or lower four years ago. It was just something to say to make fans ‘like’ the post and comment something along the lines of, “Obama? More like NOBAMA! Am I right!?”
If unemployment were lower four years ago, then today’s number would be proof that Obama’s policies are failing. If today’s number were lower than 2008′s, they would insist that Republican policies would have made the number even lower. Both parties play the “would be better” game and I don’t suspect it will change anytime soon.
But I will say this…
I know the Republican base is made primarily of older white males who invoke Condoleeza Rice to prove they’re cool with black people in office, but Ohio isn’t so simple. We’re a kickass, diverse state who can’t be won over by an overly simplistic platform of, “7.2% unemployment is unacceptable! All Obama’s fault! Don’t Google pre-2008!”
Only Betty White can win us over that easily.