Obama Auto Bailout Has Created 10 Times More Jobs Than Romney Ever Did


Mitt Romney may have only created 10,000 jobs while at Bain Capital, but the Obama auto industry bailout that Romney opposed has created 170,000 jobs since 2009.

According to the White House,

Today, the American auto industry is coming back, creating jobs and moving cars off the line. Last month, the automotive industry added nearly 11,000 positions, bringing the total number of jobs added in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 36,000. The industry added 100,000 jobs over the course of 2011.

Since Chrysler and GM emerged from bankruptcy in June of 2009, the auto industry has added back more than 170,000 jobs, the best period of job growth in more than a decade. While there’s more work to be done, it’s clear the auto industry is moving in the right direction.

In December, we saw auto sales climb for the seventh consecutive month. The Big Three — Ford, GM and Chrysler — all saw sale increases for December, and the year as a whole.


Back in 2009 Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed in The New York Times that predicted a bailout would kill the auto industry, “If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.”

Romney continued to defend his opposition to saving the auto industry as recently as November of 2011, but even fellow Republican, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder believes that the auto industry bailout worked.

Three days ago, Mitt Romney again claimed that he created 100,000 jobs while at Bain, “In the business I had, we invested in over 100 different businesses and net-net, taking out the ones where we lost jobs and those that we added, those businesses have now added over 100,000 jobs.” When The Washington Post fact checked Romney’s claim they found that when he ran for Senate in 1994, he stated that he created 10,000 jobs while at Bain. In almost 18 years, Mitt Romney job creation claims have miraculously grown tenfold.

The reality is that the real number of jobs created by Romney is likely 10,000. This means that the auto bailout, which the candidate who claims that he can fix the economy opposed, has created ten times more jobs than Mitt Romney ever did in the private sector. It isn’t about how many jobs Romney created while at Bain. The point is that Mitt Romney was, and continues to be, wrong about the auto bailout.

The auto bailout worked. It not only saved hundreds of thousands of jobs, but it has created 170,000 new ones. If Mitt Romney was in charge of the economy, those jobs wouldn’t exist. Romney wanted the auto companies to go through bankruptcy so that the auto unions could be busted, which underscores Mitt Romney’s approach to the economy.

Romney is about creating jobs. He only thinks in terms of increasing profits for the one percent. His economic perspective is based on creating wealth for those at the top. Mitt Romney may be trying to sell himself as a job creator, but only Barack Obama was brave enough to take the risk that saved the auto industry.

Obama is a job creator, and Mitt Romney will always be a job cremator.

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9 Replies to “Obama Auto Bailout Has Created 10 Times More Jobs Than Romney Ever Did”

  1. It is amazing how the GOP can lie with every breath and NEVER get called out by the media. How do they sleep at night, those good Christians?

  2. I am sure Great Lakes citizens will remember Mr. Romney’s opposition to the help the Government gave to the Auto industry.

  3. Saving the auto industry was a no-brainer. Way too many innocent workers would have been thrown to the unemployment rolls if not for the auto bailout. To see the whole picture, you have to realize the massive number of dealerships, parts suppliers, and other ancillaries that would have been affected by the sudden loss of GM and Chrysler. Practically every state, city, and small town in America would have gotten a cold slap in the face.


  4. Thanks Jason for the truth and the reminder of these facts about our President. Romney’s statement about having the best military in the world is interesting when he nor his five sons have ever been involved in the military. His sons are safe but he would have no problem sending other people’s sons off to get blown up, shot up, killed and or returning with burns, or lost limbs or post traumatic syndrome. This man is cold….

  5. When Romney was Governor, I read somewhere that they ranked 47th out of 50 in job creations. So, again, no jobs.

  6. This is all true, but let us remember that the American auto tycoons have a history of shooting themselves in the foot by intentionally designing and selling junk. It is to be hoped that they have learned their lesson and will continue to produce competitive and innovative vehicles, instead of backsliding into the horrible tactics of 30-50 years ago when they foisted garbage onto an unsuspecting customer base.

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