The Weekly Standard--that empirical voice of wisdom and clarity on all matters domestic and foreign--wants you to know that the unemployment rate is now 7.9 percent. "Last month, the unemployment rate was lower" ... (shhh ... "but fewer jobs were added").
National Review is also suffering a morbid despondency, huckstering the headline: Unemployment Ticks up to 7.9 Percent.
The modern right: rooting for failure and despair.
Sure, we all understand the need for partisan spin and strategically laid bits of distortion. But in this contemporary lot of pseudoconservative cutthroats one senses a real, genuine longing for nihilistic carnage; they wish to watch the civilized world burn, so that they can rebuild it in their own twisted image of Randian strife über alles.
They'd sell their own mothers into slavery if free-market forces were favorable.
PowerLine, with the same ugliness: UNEMPLOYMENT RISES TO 7.9%
There were concerns that the Obama administration might pull some monkey business with today’s report.... But that apparently didn’t happen. The report wasn’t all bad, but all that really matters is that the unemployment rate ticked back up to 7.9%.
The "bad" uptick is, of course, a good sign, in that more jobless Americans have concluded economic conditions are now favorable enough for re-employment and have thus re-entered the job market. Damn near everyone knows this, including PowerLine, which, however, simply cannot buck the powerful right-wing Ministry of Re-Fashioned Truth.