In Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, his minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, said, “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth,” and as Americans witnessed for the past decade, Republicans have had a measure of success transforming unbelievable drivel into the truth. Goebbels would be proud of Willard Romney for his penchant for repeating lies to portray himself as an astute leader and master job creator, but time will tell if the electorate accepts his perpetual lies as truth. It is impossible to know definitively if Romney’s proposals to create jobs will be successful, but there are incredibly strong indicators that returning to convicted war criminal George W. Bush’s policies will not create jobs, but they will create more wealth for the one percent. What Americans can verify on their own is whether or not Willard was a successful job creator in the past, and to hear his senior campaign adviser tell it, he created more jobs as governor of Massachusetts than President Obama has during his three year tenure as President.
Yesterday, Eric Fehrnstrom claimed “With respect to Mitt Romney’s period of time as the governor of Massachusetts — in that four years as governor he created between 30k and 40k jobs,” and that “that is more than President Obama has created for the entire nation.” Romney’s senior liar also touted Willard’s expertise at creating jobs while he headed Bain Capital where the vulture capitalist claims to have created in excess of 100,000 jobs. Now, speaking about the future is one thing, but Fehrnstrom cited Romney’s job creation figures that are part of the public record, and unfortunately for Romney, so are President Obama’s.
It is unclear if the Romney campaign is populated with pathological liars or just fact-challenged sycophants, but if Mr. Romney did create 30 – 40 thousand jobs while serving as Massachusetts’s governor, then he created far fewer jobs than President Obama did in his first two years in office. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office and myriad other sources, President Obama’s stimulus program created between 3 and 3.3 million jobs as of September 2010. No-one knows for sure if Romney’s campaign fails to grasp rudimentary arithmetic or are just lying for propaganda’s sake, but while governor, Romney did not create more jobs than the President did for the entire nation. In fact, using Fehrnstom’s higher figure of 40 thousand jobs, and the lower 3 million numbers for President Obama, Romney created approximately one-and-one-third percent as many jobs as President Obama.
The stimulus was not the only job creation success for the President because the auto industry bailout added 36,000 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2011, and 11,000 jobs were in December. In total, since June of 2009 after Chrysler and GM emerged from bankruptcy, the industry added more than 170,000 jobs eclipsing Romney’s alleged numbers during his tenure at Bain and as governor of Massachusetts. Romney’s claim of creating 100,000 jobs while creating wealth for himself while he led Bain is highly doubtful because in 1994 when he ran for the Senate he claimed he created 10,000 jobs during his 18-years at Bain according to a Washington Post fact-check. It is worth noting again that Romney predicted that if the government bailed out American car makers, “you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye, its demise will be virtually guaranteed.”
This past week, Willard laid out his plan for his first day in office if he is victorious in November, and his plan to create jobs is to “introduce tax cuts and reforms that reward job creators, not punish them,” and it is the Bush job creation failure that has never worked since Reagan introduced the failed trickle-down economic theory. While we are looking at Romney’s day one economic plan, he also promises to “immediately approve the Keystone pipeline, creating thousands of jobs” the pipeline’s owner, TransCanada, estimated at 2,400 jobs lasting two years. Even Speaker John Boehner revised his lies of hundreds-of-thousands of jobs after TransCanada faced a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation for exaggerating the number of jobs to manipulate share prices and misinform the government.
There is a veracity problem with everything that comes out of Romney’s campaign, but for Fehrnstrom to ridiculously assert that Willard created more jobs as governor than the President did in under three years is an outlandish lie even for Romney. It is nearly as bizarre a claim as Willard telling his ignorant followers that the economy is worse today than when President Obama took office when the economy was losing 750,000 jobs each month and there was no economic growth. Since the stimulus, there has been steady job growth and economic gains because President Obama did not fall into the austerity trap that is wreaking havoc on the European Union member countries. Still, despite the negative or no-growth inherent in austerity programs, Romney is hell-bent on retarding the economy with drastic job-killing spending cuts and deficit-increasing lower tax rates for the wealthy to the tune of $10.7 trillion with the majority going to 1/10th of the 1% richest Americans.
It is apparent Romney’s campaign has to lie because he has no substantial job-creation record to stand on as reason to support his candidacy. When he was governor of Massachusetts, the state was 47th out of 50 in jobs created making Fehrnstrom’s 30 – 40 thousand jobs numbers pathetic in comparison to the rest of the nation. The preponderance of lies emanating from Romney and his campaign is stunning, and maybe Mormonism requires mendacity from its adherents, but if that is the case, then Romney is not even a pseudo-Christian; he is a pathological liar modeling Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
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