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Romney and the Republicans claim that they would be better at creating jobs, even though they recently blocked another jobs bill from Obama. Remember, their solution to creating jobs is to cut taxes on the rich job creators (well, that and outlaw abortion and gay marriage). And we know how well that worked when they were in power.

They left the economy in a shambles.

Indeed, in the first month of Obama’s presidency the economy lost a stunning 800,000 jobs, and in the following year — before Obama’s stimulus started turning things around — had lost a total of 4.3 million jobs.

Well, the new annual jobs report has some more bad news, but this time it is bad news for the Republican narrative that Obama hasn’t created jobs. Because Obama just became a net job creator. Not only has the US economy replaced all the jobs that were lost, but it has actually added around 125,000 jobs.

According to Forbes magazine:

As if to pile on to what may be the worst two week period a presidential campaign has ever suffered, Governor Mitt Romney has now lost one of the campaign’s key narratives.

Romney can no longer claim that President Obama’s first term in office has resulted in a loss of jobs.

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Romney will stop making that claim.



  1. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    This isn’t directly related to your article, but I’ve found the Romney-approved commercials here in NC to be…well…baffling.

    The first one I saw, I literally have no idea what it is talking about. The on-screen graphics are talking about how many jobs we have lost to China, but then complains about “cheaters.” And how Obama hasn’t stopped the “cheaters.” And how Romney will stop the “cheaters.” No clue who the cheaters are, or what they are doing. The only thing I can really take away from this ad is that the campaign is investing in some sort of subliminal-esque strategy by saying “Obama” and “cheaters” a lot together.

    The most recent one is a little more explicit, and talks about how we’ve lost 2 million jobs to China, that China is “stealing” our technologies, and that Obama failed to act 7 times to stop this. It is a bit more direct, but still really strange. How is Obama (or Romney, or anyone else) supposed to stop China from “stealing” our technology…which probably wasn’t really ours in the first place…

    The Crossroads ads, while full of nonsense, are at least much more direct and understandable in their attacks.

    I was just wondering if the Romney-approved ads in other states are following this same pattern? I really expected to see a bunch of ads from Romney with standard Republican talking points. This is just bizarre. Once again making me wonder, are they purposefully trying to lose the election?

    Monday, October 1, 2012 at 6:55 am | Permalink
  2. Dan wrote:

    There is a new one in Iowa from a group I never heard of before that features a woman running in designer exercise clothing through a very nice neighborhood pushing a jogging stroller and bitching about how her husband has lost his job twice in the last four years and blames Obama. We should all be that hard off. One point, 4 years, so did he first lose his job during the Bush administration?

    Monday, October 1, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink
  3. Soxless Scott Segrav wrote:

    And now there’s a story that Mitt wants to SHUT DOWN the U S Postal Service.
    Yeah, like that’s going to do wonders for the jobs market. Oh wait, if those jobs are from public sector union members, they don’t count against the count.

    Monday, October 1, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink
  4. Bard wrote:

    Silly Facts, they aren’t going to get in the way of the Republican Narrative. You should know this by now, Iron.

    Monday, October 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink
  5. Peter wrote:

    Honestly, I’d love to see Obama call Romney on some of this during the debates–sort of a “There you go again”-type of thing.

    Monday, October 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink
  6. Dan wrote:

    yeah, about the postal service, “To establish Post Offices and post Roads;” Article 1, Section 8, US Constitution. Talk about “original intent”

    Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink