Along with reporting the party-line news, the AP has also acquired the skill of fortune telling. Their prognosticators look into their crystal ball, and tell us that unemployment will fall below 8% by election day. Why election day? Well, that would conveniently give The One a boost at the ballot box, since everyone knows no incumbent president has won when unemployment is above 8%.
That’s the view that emerges from an Associated Press survey of 32 leading economists who foresee a gradually brighter jobs picture. Despite higher gas prices, Europe’s debt crisis and a weak housing market, they think the economy has entered a “virtuous cycle” in which hiring boosts consumer spending, which fuels more hiring and spending.
The survey results come before a report Friday on hiring during April. The April report is eagerly awaited because employers added surprisingly few jobs in March. That result contributed to fears that the economy might struggle to sustain its recovery.
But the economists think the recovery will manage to reduce unemployment to 7.9 percent by Election Day from 8.2 percent in March.
Falling unemployment would boost President Barack Obama’s prospects in November. Going back to 1956, no president has lost re-election when the unemployment rate dropped in the two years before the election. And none has won when the rate rose over that time.
Shameless licking of the Petulant Boy-King’s boots. What gets me is these “experts” are the same guys who give us the “unexpected” news about rising unemployment every month. How’d they get so smart all of a sudden?