It's not a straw man at all, george. Republicans have been bringing up this obscure stat, Labor Force Participation Rate, to try to show the economy is not doing well and as a rejoinder to the falling unemployment rate under this Adminstration. It is clear that you regard high Labor Force Participation Levels as a good thing and lower levels as a bad thing. But the Labor Force Participation Rate regards anyone over 16 in high school or college as just someone not interested in joining the workforce-and more people are graduating high school and more high school graduates are going to college under the Obama Administration.
So the question is: Would you feel better if those over 16 high school students and college students dropped out and hit the labor marketplace so the Labor Force Participation Rate improves, or would you prefer they stay in school to improve their skills and credentials for a better paying job?