October 6, 2014 5:45 pm -


As we have seen time after time, conservatives are truly anguished by good news. They threw a hissy fit when Osama bin Laden was killed. And now that the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.9%, they’re foaming at the mouth again. Is the economy really improving with Obama in the White House?  Rush Limbaugh is having none of it.

Limbaugh doesn’t believe the unemployment rate dipped below 8% in 2012. He told his radio audience today that the current 5.9% rate is as illegitimate as the 2012 figure. “This today is just as illegitimate. This 5.9% number is even more illegitimate than the 7.9% number. There’s no way that this country has an economy producing jobs with an unemployment rate of 5.9%. It just isn’t happening . . . It isn’t real.”[su_csky_ad]


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

27 responses to Limbaugh: 5.9 Percent Unemployment Rate Is ‘Illegitimate’

  1. tracey marie October 6th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    stomping his hoove and snorting, the limp whines impotently in rage

    • raincheck October 7th, 2014 at 5:51 am

      He does that when he’s hungry too

  2. tiredoftea October 6th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I hat to agree with him, but it is not that low. Without including the people who have dropped out of the work force and the under employed who are working beneath their education and experience, it is an artificially produced and misleading number.

    • Suzanne McFly October 6th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Completely agree with your statement, but was he stating these facts under the last Presidents tenure? The under employed and those who give up have never been counted, yet they will only state this fact under Obama’s Presidency and the completely ignored it during bush’s.

      • tiredoftea October 6th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

        Uhh, no. W did just fine for us, you know. The under employed and stopped looking number are well known, but ignored in the official Labor Department count. Here are the additional numbers from the BLS:

        • Larry Schmitt October 6th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

          For years the problem has been with the way the govt counts the unemployed. They changed it to make their reports look better.

  3. Obewon October 6th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    #1 GM is alive and well. “Geronimo EKIA”-bin Laden was dispatched just 200 miles from Tora Bora where GWB’s Cheney refused to reinforce 100 surrounding OBL on just 3 sides, letting Osama go FREE just 90 days after 9/11/01 in December, 2001 and “True=0%”-Limbaugh always proves how dim his Limbaughtomized lemmings are who follow GOP leader Rusty off the same bluff daily!

    • Chinese Democracy October 6th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      if its good news it must be a lie… remember the rove meltdown? lol

      • Obewon October 6th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

        Ha ha. This is Romney’s 5.9% unemployment rate. Obama’s 2nd term “It just isn’t happening . . . It isn’t real”-Rush was buried by his hillbilly heroin addiction.

    • raincheck October 7th, 2014 at 6:08 am

      This graph should be placed on billboards close to all of the of the places where voting occurs..

    • Banned_From_Breitbart October 11th, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      I don’ think it is too extreme to characterize Nancy Pelosi as not much better than a half-wit. I should know since she’s been “my representative” for years.

      The above graph sure does make Obama’s tenure seem better than Bush’s, but it unfortunately promotes a recurring right wing meme which is used to ascribe the debts incurred in Bush’s final budget year to his successor. Since Bush’s final budget year was 2009, the color break should be at the end of the 2009 fiscal year.

      Nancy, retire and move back East please.

      • Obewon October 12th, 2014 at 12:12 am

        Breitbart was DOA. But Obama’s 10M+ Private Jobs created in 55 consecutive Months is a new US Record! ‘2014 200,000+ monthlly average Private jobs created is the best since 1998’-BLS October 2014:)

        Only a fool claims “The above (BLS) graph sure does make Obama’s tenure seem better than Bush”?1.08 M 8 year Total leaves G W “Bush Worst on Jobs in US History”-WSJ January 9, 2009.

        • Banned_From_Breitbart October 12th, 2014 at 12:32 am

          I’m sorry, you obviously did not get my point. The job gains didn’t start to occur until early 2010. Do you understand now–or are you in the employ of Ms. Pelosi? WSJ is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Dig?

          • Obewon October 12th, 2014 at 1:45 am

            True, WSJ not only carried water for GWB, they squirted entire oceans to float George W’s Cheney admin!

  4. Guy Lauten October 6th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I can think of at least one person in this article whose permanent unemployment would benefit us all.

  5. eddie1247 October 6th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    This guy gets so insanely animated, I’m waiting for him to burst a blood vessel.

  6. Maxx44 October 6th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    The statistics may or may not be correct but the point is they are always calculated with constant criteria. So the 10% under Reagan was calculated the same way the 5.9% under Obama.

  7. Larry Schmitt October 6th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Because if Rush doesn’t believe it, it didn’t happen.

  8. Soothsayer123 October 6th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    If Romny had won, you’d better believe that the Right would says these jobless figures are correct.

  9. OldLefty October 6th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I believe the phrase they used when people voiced concern about the recession when Bush was in the White House was, “talking down the economy.”

    But then, look at;

    American Conservative icon and actor John Wayne, on the election of JFK, in 1960:
    “I didn’t vote for him, but he’s my president and I hope he does a good job.”

    American Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, on the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 ;
    “I hope he fails”.

  10. majii October 6th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I see Rush has received the GOPTP emails and phone calls from the RNC and other right-leaning organizations. This is the meme they’re going to use from now until the midterm elections. We can expect them to keep repeating one of the following: the BLS is “cooking the books” in favor of the Obama administration, “how high” the unemployment rate is for the ‘blahs’ and other groups (not that they really care, it’s a useful tool for them to use to sow doubt about the national unemployment rate having dropped to 5.9%,) and about the “real” unemployment rate being significantly higher than the one the BLS has calculated.

    My governor, Nathan Deal (R-GA) has used the first one. He’s locked in a tight race for governor with Jason Carter. When it became known that GA has the nation’s highest unemployment rate (8.1%,) he said that the BLS always calculates higher rates of unemployment for states led by GOPTP governors. Of course, he was lying through his teeth because the four states that have the lowest unemployment rates are all led by GOPTP governors: North Dakota = 2.8%; South Dakota = 3.6%; Utah = 3.6%; and Nebraska = 3.6%.

    This information comes from the BLS, just as does the latest information stating that the national unemployment rate is now 5.9%, but don’t expect any logic from Limbaugh, Deal, and the others. They’ll never admit that they’re wrong, they’ll just keep pushing their memes about the lower national unemployment rate to sow doubt about the the BLS’s statistics, to justify asking voters to vote for their politicians, and to continue trying to undermine anything having to do with this particular president, because you know, all good news taking place during his administration is bad news to them.

  11. FanOfTravel October 6th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    So OxyContin rush our economy isn’t better off… you there is no difference between the 2,2 million jobs lost the last three months of 2008 verses the 700,000 jobs added the last three month.

  12. Skydog2 October 6th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    The improved unemployment rate is due in part to the reduction in the labor force participation rate which is at it’s lowest level since early 1978.

    • raincheck October 7th, 2014 at 4:58 am

      That would explain this as well… N

      “The four states that have the lowest unemployment rates are all led by
      GOP Governors: North Dakota = 2.8%; South Dakota = 3.6%; Utah = 3.6%;
      and Nebraska = 3.6”

  13. William October 6th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I hope he keeps flapping his big fat drug numbed jowls. As long as the GOP keeps identifying with pigboy, it’s all good news for the dems. Limbaugh helped get Obama elected twice.

  14. rg9rts October 7th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    He only doesn’t believe it because the gopee isn’t fudging the figures.

  15. Banned_From_Breitbart October 11th, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I’m seeing lots of demand for workers right now. Anybody can verify this by a check the wanted ads. Limbaugh is a bold liar.