How do you know the economy is souring?

One indicator that doesn’t come wrapped in a government report is political finger-pointing.

It’s an election year with a sluggish economy and so Republicans and Democrats want to make sure voters know it’s the other’s fault — or at the very least not their own fault.

Take a look at the response to the jobless data today which showed weekly unemployment benefit claims reached a nine-month high. OBAMA/

President Barack Obama, before leaving for Martha’s Vineyard, said the weak economic data underscored the need for small business lending legislation that is stalled in the Senate.  

“This is a bill that makes sense and normally we would expect Democrats and Republicans to join together,” Obama said at the White House. “Unfortunately, a partisan minority in the Senate so far has refused to allow this jobs bill to come up for a vote.”