If the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's own Politifact operation were to rate the latest opus from Christian Schneider, the paper's shrill shill, it would in a just world go for "pants on fire."
Schneider, a Journal Sentinel columnist and former operative for the right-wing Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, is in print today dutifully passing along the Republican meme of the moment -- namely, that the Affordable Care Act (oh, sorry, "Obamacare") is going to cost the country more than 2 million jobs. Two million!
Or not. Schneider, like Sen. Mitch McConnell and lately everyone else in the Republican Party hierarchy on down, is twisting a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which, Schneider wrote, "estimated Obamacare could effectively reduce the number of American workers by 2.5 million over the next decade."
That weasel word "effectively" is big stuff, because what it really stands for here is "in our fevered imaginations." Because the CBO report says no such thing. In a column entitled "Republicans double down on another Big Lie about Obamacare," the Washington Post's Greg Sargent writes: