240 million jobs?!

Think Progress: … Rick Santorum continued his long-shot campaign this morning with an appearance on CNN. During the interview, Santorum attempted to criticize the Obama administration’s record on jobs, but inadvertently revealed his complete ignorance regarding the American labor force.

Last Friday, the administration’s Council of Economic Advisers released a report showing the effects of the 2009 Recovery Act, which to date has raised employment by between 2.4 and 3.6 million jobs. Santorum cited the report while trying to attack the administration.

However, he completely bungled it: Santorum said the Obama administration claimed to have created 280 million jobs last December, and is now claiming to have created 240 million jobs, thus proving that the Recovery Act somehow destroyed jobs…

….. The entire American civilian labor force is about 153 million people. There are currently 13.9 million people unemployed. If the Obama administration had created 240 to 280 million jobs, the unemployment crisis would have been solved several times over, and America would have so many jobs that it would need to start employing workers from all over the world just to fill all the available positions.

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23 Responses to “240 million jobs?!”

  1. July 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    This man is seriously intellectually challenged.

  2. July 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Oh good grief these effing repubs are STOOOPID.. egad America PAY ATTENTION… which begs the question : why did the CNN folk NOT KNOW the actual amount of jobs created??

    Seriously damnit.. how is this guy running to be President of this country, how is he able to even pretend to be serious in his attacks on President Obama and this administration when he isn’t even EFFING paying attention? I’m steamed.

  3. 3 GGail
    July 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    All of the gop contenders seem to love the taste of “foot in mouth”. Yuummmmmm

  4. 4 Doris
    July 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    This man is an idiot.

  5. July 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    If only all the other anchors and journalists cared about the truth when these fools like Santorum got on tv spreading their lies.

  6. 6 liz952
    July 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Rick Santorum – nuff said ….. ugh!!!!!

  7. 8 debra
    July 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    None of these repubs, I don’t care who is nominated will be able to stand up to President Obama in a debate. They don’t have the brain power.

  8. 9 liz952
    July 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Maybe he’s just out for attention at this point. He has to know that he has no chance of beating President Obama …

  9. 10 lisalovesobama
    July 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    is there anything to say about this nonentity? 🙄

    • 11 utaustinliberal
      July 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      I know right? I’m flabbergasted. When he said that the Obama Administration had claimed to have created 280 million jobs but in actuality created only 240 million jobs and he called that a negative, I was like you buffoon that would be a positive for Americans who are eligible to work because that would mean all those who needed a job would have one, the economy would be growing in leaps and bounds and we would actually need more immigrants to come into the country to fill up the abundance of left over jobs. He simply does not understand basic math. How the hell are there 280 million citizens eligible to work. Are we now employing babies? Honestly Dan Savage’s explanation of Santorum is spot on. For once Ali Velshi did his job. Santorum should have shut up and thanked Velshi for attempting to save his bacon.

  10. 12 Brian
    July 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Aaaaaaah, Santorum… The intellect of Bachman, the wit of Palin, and the charm of Gingrich… all rolled up in one giant… (Fill in the blank).

  11. 19 Ladyhawke
    July 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Just imagine how much better informed the American public would be if Ali Velshi and his colleagues at CNN challenged lies and distortions on camera like he did with Rick Santorum. I wish Ali’s challenge of Rick Santorum’s numbers was the norm and not the exception. It looks like Ali had actually done some homework and had the facts on hand. He made Santorum look like a real amateur.

    This crap never ends. All of the GOP presidential candidates are on television making outlandish claims about President Obama that have no basis in reality. They should be challenged every single time the utter such garbage. Any reporter worth his/her salt should be able to challenge obvious lies on the spot. These candidates feel at ease doing this because they don’t expect to be challenged.

    • 20 chiara
      July 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      I could not agree more. As much issue as I take with the republican candidates it is the media that allows them to get away with all of this and in some cases actually perpetuates it (not just Fox). They are lazy and always try to take the easiest route that would have the most conflict and most sensational story. When in reality what the people need is to have a media that gives them facts, that refutes lies with facts and that takes the time and effort to report and explain the really complicated and often nuanced issues/solutions facing this country.

      At this point I have lost hope that our beltway media in particular is up to the task of doing their jobs and it is the American people who will suffer for it.

  12. 21 chiara
    July 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    You know perhaps the president’s campaign strategy should be to just let these guys talk themselves right out of the race. So far they have shown themselves to be so uninformed and intellectually challenged that he really doesn’t need to do much to challenge that. I would love to see any one of them on a debate stage with our POTUS!

  13. 22 hopefruit2
    July 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Rick-boy, Rick-boy do your trick
    and hope your BS will stick
    Huff n puff until you’re blue
    Soon the joke will be on you

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