who doesn’t have a clue how jobs are created?

NYT: Mitt Romney – “I like President Obama, but he doesn’t have a clue how jobs are created …. I know how jobs are created and how jobs are lost.”

Steve Benen (Washington Monthly): Nice timing, Mitt. These remarks come one day after we learned the economy created 222,000 private-sector jobs last month – the second-highest total in five years – and the unemployment rate finally dipped below 9%, reaching its lowest level in two years. All told, the private sector has added 1.5 million workers in the past year, while the unemployment rate has dropped from 9.8% to 8.9% in just three months – the sharpest improvement in nearly two decades.

…Romney was governor for four years, and during that time, his state’s record on job creation was “one of the worst in the country.” Adding insult to injury, “By the end of his four years in office, Massachusetts had squeezed out a net gain in payroll jobs of just 1 percent, compared with job growth of 5.3 percent for the nation as a whole.”

How bad is Romney’s record? During his tenure, Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 states in jobs growth. There’s a reason he didn’t seek re-election – Romney was wildly unpopular in his home state.

Boston Globe (2007): Real world experience has shown that a governor is limited in his power to influence the course of economic development in a state. A full-time governor who is deeply committed to the economic well-being of a state’s workers can, however, make some difference. The state unfortunately did not receive such leadership over most of the past four years. Jokes about Massachusetts may receive some half-hearted laughter on the national campaign trail, but few working men and women in Massachusetts should see anything funny about the state’s lackluster economic performance during the Romney years. (More here)

NY Post: Romney’s past is more a working class zero – Likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been out on the pre-campaign trail saying he is the man to get Americans back to work, despite a spotty jobs record while on Wall Street.

…the former private equity firm chief’s fortune – which has funded his political ambitions from the Massachusetts statehouse to his unsuccessful run for the White House in 2008 – was made on the backs of companies that ultimately collapsed, putting thousands of ordinary Americans out on the street. More here

21 Responses to “who doesn’t have a clue how jobs are created?”

  1. 1 Sonjia Duncan
    March 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I really believe that when people know the facts that will improve their lives they will vote for that. Attacks based on lies must be addressed with the hard cold facts. Numbers don’t lie show a clear graph comparing the two. I know people will vote against their best interest but after the economic downfall we just went thru they must want something better. People can’t stay bitter forever can they?

  2. 2 sherijr
    March 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Good grief America.. do you really really want to even contemplate putting these bozos back in charge?? First Huckabee with his ignorant lies.. and now ole Mit can’t seem to either count or read the news.. are they paying attention?? NOPE.. which begs the question.. if they’re not paying attention why oh why Americans do we continue to give them the keys to the bus?? Passing this forward immediately, thanks Chips 🙂

    • 3 stylishgurl
      March 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      WHY indeed! it is the 1trillion question….Look at WI, POTUS said Dont give back the keys to the GOP. They didnt listen and now protesting in the freezing cold on a daily basis 🙂

      As for Mitten, I just wanna LOL everytime he opens his mouth. Seriously, is there more slimy politico out there? methinks NOT!


  3. 4 NewCenturyWoman
    March 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    All one has to do is to look at that photo above and know that not only does President Obama know more than a thing or two about the economy/job creation, but he also knows his enemies well. The look on his face in that photo tells it all as he mockingly holds up the two books –Mitt Romney on the cover in one hand and Karl Rove on the cover in the other. The Prez seems to be saying, “These two guys are a joke, but it is important to ‘know thine enemy’ well.”

  4. 5 Dorothy Rissman
    March 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    This is indeed good news. That smarmy guy drives me nuts. Do you remember during the 2008 campaign he drove around the country with dog in a cage on top of his car? Yikes. He did not do that well last time, so I am not sure that he is much of a threat. The question will be is he teabaggie enough?

    • 6 NCLady
      March 6, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      Dorothy, I thought that I was the only one that thinks Romney is smarmy. Everytime I hear him speak, I feel the need to wash my hands/ears/eyes. He reminds me of a slick used car salesman, willing to say anything to close the deal, especially if the deal if only good for him.

  5. 7 Me4obama
    March 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    His religion number one will not be accepted by many in his party, he is boring as hell, and his own health care in MA will be trushed in the primary. So I don’t loooooose sleep over him.

  6. 8 Me4obama
    March 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    That picture is eye candy so am begging chipsticks to change it to something bearable, Toooo much for me am sorry.

  7. 12 Me4obama
    March 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I think chipsticks did it on purpose. She knows how to push our buttons. It’s too distracting I hardly remember the content of the story. What a shame.

    • 13 NewCenturyWoman
      March 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      Me4obama, why do I get the impression that you’re distracted by more than his gorgeous smile?

  8. 14 CTGirl
    March 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I can’t stop laughing at this smack down!!! These folks are pure fiction!!! LOL! Mitt Romney is a joke!!!

  9. 15 Me4obama
    March 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Hee-hee, stop it Newcenturywoman u are funny. That killer smile is very toxic. That’s all.

    • 16 NewCenturyWoman
      March 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      In the words of Tweety: “HA!” With that I shall go to bed. Sweet dreams, everyone 😉

  10. March 6, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @thinkprogress: BREAKING: NYT’s @carr2n reports #Fox may dump Beck at the end of the year due to declining ratings http://thkpr.gs/gkIgxW

    RT @thinkprogress: More NYT: @foxnews concerned Beck’s “outrageousness…have made it difficult for Fox to hang onto its credibility” http://thkpr.gs/gkIgxW

    • 18 CTGirl
      March 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      See, more proof that Faux News and Beck are a perfect match – they are both delusional! When was Fox ever a credible news source? LOL!

  11. 19 Shirley
    March 7, 2011 at 2:55 am

    I can’t help but wonder, what will be the strategy of the Republicans. They have a Record of “NO”. They haven’t done anything but waste precious time, trying to un-do what has been done. Holding up progress. How do they expect to win??? Well, I’m sure that they will LIE,LIE, and LIE some more. Lordy, I hope that the American People are just as tired of them, as we are. I hope they’re convinced now, not to give them the keys back. It Is CLEAR, that they are for the Rich and well to do ONLY. I just don’t see how they expect to win. Oh well, we’ll see. Huck, Mitt, Haley, Newt, to me, these are poor excuses for “PRESIDENTIAL” Candidates, surely the majority of the American People can see through these. This will be Interesting for sure Lol!! I tell ya’, the Republicans are known for “LYING”, can’t believe nothing they say. They need to have THEIR, salaries put on hold. They need a taste of their own medicine. Lord help us all.

  12. 20 lilaf1
    March 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

    The Republicans do what mitt Romney has been doing. They completely ignore reality and just say whatever they want to say in a serious tone of voice that millions of people then believe because our “journalists” never come back at what they say with any facts or challenges. So Romney says that the President knows nothing about job creation but he, Romney does. The interviewers, especially on tv and radio where most people get their news, don’t question the assertion. There is no rebuttal about actual job creation numbers under each politician or any asking the Romney to clarify how his record and the president’s record square with that assertion when the numbers seem to say the opposite. That’s how they get away with it. The facts show that the country does better economically under Democrats than under Republicans, but ask the average American and they will tell you the opposite is true because the Republicans tell them it is and the journalists don’t correct them or even challenge them.

    And when the news programs are filled with 3/4 or more of Republican guests, the majority states these things as if they were common facts and any Democrats who try to counter them look outnumbered and out of the mainstream of political opinion. So even if all the Democrats who get booked on the news channels say the same things or show the facts that contradict the Republican narrative, they can be dismissed as a minority, politically skewed, viewpoint that the viewer should view with skepticism while the Republican point of view is seen as the common wisdom because it is espoused by the vast majority. The only way to combat this is to demand that equal time be given to commentators from both sides of the aisle, because as long as Republicans are booked at the current rate, whatever they say will gain legitimacy in the minds of the voters just because of their predominance on the airwaves.

    • 21 V C prezOfan2
      March 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

      Sad, but true. (I wonder if I should blame the journalism teachers/courses? There doesn’t seem to be too many (any) practising journalists who recognize what their true role should be, and in a few years, with the models currently out there, the standard will undoubtedly plummet further. It’s almost paradoxical, really; it’s so much easier to get at information these days yet nobody questions with facts/numbers or challenges untrue assertions, so the liars get a free ride – every time!

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