Bush’s Secretary Of Labor Must Think We’re All Idiots

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit1 Comment

On Fox News today, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao — who is also the wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – said that the economy is entirely the Democrats' fault, not the Bush administration's.

To bolster her argument she cites unemployment statistics… watch:

Yup, she compares unemployment statistics now with those from 2007.  Why didn't she cite stats from 2008?  Because that's when the recession started.  And she knows that.

The sad fact (for Chao) is that the recession began in 2008, while George W. Bush was still president (and Chao was still Labor Secretary). The large Democratic spending that Chao refers to, presumably the stimulus, did not begin until 2009, when the recession was already well underway.

Sadly, neither the Fox News person, nor Fox viewers, were likely to pick up on Chao's rather obvious sleight-of-hand.