Thursday, October 27, 2011

Does anyone need a reminder that Republicans don't know what they're talking about?

Yesterday Steve Benen caught something interesting about Gov. Perry's first big campaign ad buy in Iowa:

...Perry tells viewers, “As president I’ll create at least 2-and-a-half million new jobs..."

Sounds good, doesn't it? But Benen explains:

Let’s consider the jobs data. Over the last year and a half, as the economic recovery has slowly progressed, the economy has added 2.56 million private-sector jobs...

Rick Perry believes he’ll able to create the same number of jobs in four years that Barack Obama has created in a year and a half.

On the other end of the spectrum, I'm reminded of an article Benen wrote a couple of weeks ago on what Sen. McCain said at the launch of his so-called "jobs plan." Here's McCain:

We’d love to see, for example, a vote in the United States Senate on a moratorium on Federal regulations, which are coming out by the thousands, costing businesses billions and billions of jobs. We’d love to see a vote on that.

Benen's response:

Hmm. The population of the United States is 312 million people, including children and seniors who aren’t in the workforce. Regulations are responsible for crushing “billions and billions” of jobs? Somehow, I doubt that.

And then yesterday, we learn that the Obama administration actually wrote fewer regulations than Bush.

Seriously...these Republicans think they can say anything and the American people will swallow it whole. For too many in this country - I suspect that's not a bad bet to make. But if the media isn't going to take these guys on, its our job to get the message out there that they are either liars or fools...take your pick.

2 comments:

  1. The population of the United States is 312 million people, including children and seniors who aren’t in the workforce. Regulations are responsible for crushing “billions and billions” of jobs?

    Well, remember they think it's normative for everyone to be working three minimum-wage jobs to make ends meet. So that's 936 million jobs, assuming they also regard child-labor laws as job-killing regulations. Add in fetuses (who, as persons, should presumably have jobs too), and you get to a billion pretty easily.

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  2. Infidel - LOL

    "Fetus slackers." Oh yeah, I can just imagine that one.

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