Philadelphia has always been a breeding ground for political corruption, especially during election season. The 2012 presidential election was no different, and now it seems someone wanted the city’s unemployment to drop dramatically during the election’s home stretch.
There was a distinct impression in the Philadelphia office of the Census Bureau that someone wanted the unemployment rate to drop in the months before the 2012 presidential election, according to a source who has already been interviewed by Congress. And this was a first.
“It’s never come up prior to this administration,” said my source, who has worked through both the Bush and Clinton presidencies.
What happened to the unemployment rate right before the last presidential election was pretty dramatic. In August 2012, the jobless rate fell dramatically, to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent, eliciting howls from Republicans. This drop occurred right after Obama had, by most accounts, whiffed in his first debate against Republican Mitt Romney.
In the Philly office, I’m told, the manipulators were up to the challenge. Messages like “we need the unemployment rate to stay low because it’s election time,” were being disseminated by supervisors, according to my source. (H/T – Kitty)
I have no confidence in Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee. Nothing will come of this.
Philadelphia, wedged between Washington, D.C. and New York City, has always been a small potatoes town nationally, so election fraud continually goes unnoticed. This is the first I’ve heard of this, and I read Philly.com nearly every day. It won’t surprise you to learn the Philadelphia media, like the people involved in this scandal, have a vested interest in the success of Democrat politicians. The fact a writer from the NY Post broke this story speaks volumes.
At the end of the day, Barack Obama – like every Democrat politician – would have easily won Philadelphia. They didn’t need to resort to fraud, but they did, anyway. Ironically, the Democrats’ cries of “Voter Disenfranchisement!!!” have merit. There is voter disenfranchisement in Philadelphia; if you do not vote the right way, your vote will be suppressed.