Shooting the messenger

The Bush administration, under fire for its handling of the economy, has quietly killed off a Labor Department program that tracked mass layoffs by U.S. companies.

You had to look pretty hard just to learn that the mass-layoffs stat had been scotched. No announcement was made by the Labor Department, and no prominent mention of the change was posted at the department’s Web site.

Coincidentally, the first President Bush canceled the Mass-Layoffs Statistics program amid election-year charges that he had bungled handling of the economy. Now Bush the younger is following in his father’s footsteps, once again deciding that the American people have no real need to know how many mass layoffs are made each month.

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