Predictably, a couple of Republicans were being interviewed and between the pair, they mentioned jobs and/or the economy nine times.
I seem to recall them emphasizing jobs back in 2010, when everyone believed them. What did we get? Thirty-three pointless votes to repeal Obamacare (and numerous bills to defund sections of it), sixty bills to name post offices, resolutions endorsing prayer at school board meetings, and filibuster of the American Jobs Act.
It’s a good thing they have all that vacation time. They’ve certainly earned it.
So, are any moderates out there actually listening when Republicans say they’re going to focus on jobs?
…has added an average of 157,368 manufacturing and energy jobs in every year of his term. Given the severe economic climate we’ve experienced since George Bush’s second term, that’s a pretty striking figure.
It’s no surprise that neither the Bushes nor Reagan accomplished that.
Newt Gingrich is off claiming, with an unflappable voice of authority, of course, that President Obama has killed manufacturing jobs for three years now. Except that, according to independent fact-checker Politifact, Newt would be wrong. Oh but it gets better. Which presidents have increased manufacturing jobs, and which have killed them, over the past 24 years? Take a look at the list from Politifact:Barack Obama: Increase of 157,368 manufacturing jobs per year in officeYes, since 1988, every time we’ve had a Republican in office we’ve lost manufacturing jobs, and every time we’ve had a Democrat we’ve gained them. Heck, even Jimmy Carter beat Reagan and all the rest of the Republicans. And Reagan was still far worse than any of the Democratic presidents.
George W. Bush: Decrease of 434,143 manufacturing jobs per year in office
Bill Clinton: Increase of 37,143 manufacturing jobs per year in office
George H.W. Bush: Decrease of 336,000 manufacturing jobs per year in office
Ronald Reagan: Increase of 1,429 manufacturing jobs per year in office
Jimmy Carter: Increase of 15,333 manufacturing jobs per year in office
This goes along nicely with a post I wrote back in July, in which I determined that 71% of the national debt occurred under GOP presidents, while 28% occurred under Democratic presidents(the data wasn’t clear on who created the last 1%).GOP Presidents Dem PresidentsSo if we really want to talk the deficit and unemployment, and which party always seems to be around when things go south, look no further than the facts.
$9.5 trillion $3.8 trillion
Total debt is $14.3 trillion.
$1 trillion of debt comes from before Reagan (NYT doesn’t make clear who created that debt).
$13.3 trillion accumulated from Reagan to Obama.
71% of the $13.3 trillion was under GOP presidents.
28% of the $13.3 trillion was under Dem presidents.
(Source: NYT pieced together data from Treasury, OMB, Federal Reserve Bank of NY, and more)
PS And before anyone says “you have to look at who controlled Congress,” I don’t recall the Republicans worrying about that fact when they blamed Obama for the deficit and the national debt.
What’s more, I also don’t recall any Republican presidents vetoing the debt ceiling increase during their tenure. In fact, many of the biggest causes of the national debt were GOP presidential initiatives, such as:
* Reagan defense budgets and tax cuts
* George HW Bush gulf war
* George W Bush tax cuts, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
What a huge fucking surprise.
It’s simple, if you ask me. This isn’t about job creation, it’s about rewarding Republicans’ golf buddies for keeping them in their respective political offices.
Nationwide, all of these funds we’ve simply given to corporations to create jobs have produced absolutely nothing, so why would we continue to take their word on anything? Oh, you want regulations eliminated so you can create jobs? You’ll stop outsourcing jobs if we simply give you a boatload free cash? We’ve seen how that bullshit works out over the last three years.
Simply put, this is a fundamental failure of Republican dogma, and wouldn’t be tolerated if their voters weren’t the dumbest fucking pieces of shit in the known world.
Florida has given tax breaks and other cash incentives to some of the world’s biggest companies in return for creating jobs.
But even Wal-Mart, Publix, Kraft Foods and other corporate giants have had trouble meeting job goals.
New data shows Florida has signed contracts worth $1.7 billion since 1995 in return for promises of 225,000 new jobs. But only about one-third of those jobs have been filled while the state has paid out 43 percent of the contracts.
That averages out to $10,237 per job.
President Obama has made a variety of claims about the American Jobs Act, most notably the fact that the bill would boost the economy — and be fully paid for. How do those claims stand up to scrutiny? According to the non-partisan CBO, pretty well…
All told, the American Jobs Bill, the CBO concluded, would reduce the deficit by $3 billion over the next 10 years, and that doesn’t factor in potential savings associated with increased revenue from a healthier economy.
The CBO’s findings don’t come as a big surprise — Democrats tend to take arithmetic seriously when crafting legislation — but they leave Republicans with no excuses for failure. The bill that’s on the table, as objective matter, creates jobs, cuts taxes, is fully paid for, and reduces the deficit."
Just a sec, Governor, do you think you could have dealt with this before allowing the legislature to waste time on a birther bill and abortion, oh yeah, and screwing unemployed people out of benefits that were already paid for?
Per Fired Up Missouri:
Governor Jay Nixon’s spokesman Scott Holste released a statement to various news outlets today indicating a special session will be called to pass legislation aimed at promoting job growth in Missouri.
“By working together in a bi-partisan way, we’ve taken another important step toward passing a major job-creation package in a fiscally responsible manner.
“From day one, Gov. Nixon’s priorities have been creating jobs and keeping our state’s fiscal house in order. The Governor intends to call the General Assembly into special session to focus on passing this bi-partisan jobs package and moving our economy forward.”