By Gary P Jackson
So Mitt Romney comes out of hiding once again to talk about jobs. Never mind the rest of the political world is talking foreign entanglements and energy policy.
Writing in USA Today, Romney attacks the President on jobs, and throws out a few focus group tested talking points.
Now granted jobs are a big issue, with true unemployment stuck in the mid-teens, but is Mitt Romney really the “go to guy” on job creation? Mitt’s record in both business and as Governor of Massachusetts says not just no, but HELL NO!
Back in mid-February of this year Mitt came out rambling incoherently about jobs and ObamaCare, seemingly oblivious to the fact that he, not Obama, is the father of socialized medicine in America. At the time, we reminded everyone that in February of 2010, Mitt tried the same thing with no success.
Hmm, February, groundhogs ….
Mitt’s problem with this, and most issues, is credibility. Oh he talks a good game, but when in a position to play, he’s a miserable failure, not a competent Executive.
The Republican contender was the governor of Massachusetts from January 2003 to January 2007. And during that time, according to the U.S. Labor Department, the state ranked 47th in the entire country in jobs growth. Fourth from last.
The only ones that did worse? Ohio, Michigan and Louisiana. In other words, two rustbelt states and another that lost its biggest city to a hurricane.
The Massachusetts jobs growth over that period, a pitiful 0.9%, badly lagged other high-skill, high-wage, knowledge economy states like New York (2.7%), California (4.7%) and North Carolina (7.6%).
The national average: More than 5%.
This was after four years. So far Obama has been in office for just one year. How was Romney’s performance by his first anniversary?
Fiftieth out of fifty.
That’s right. In Romney’s first year in charge, Massachusetts ranked dead last in America in jobs growth.
Fiftieth out of fifty in job creation, and Romney has the temerity to call Obama out. It would be comical if it wasn’t so tragic!
Read more about Romney’s real record on job creation here.
Oh I know, Mitt’s a “businessman” and did well running Bain Capital. Well, yeah, HE did. The employees of the companies his “churn and burn” outfit bought and sold? Not so much.
You can read how Bain Capital destroyed jobs here.
There are a lot of people who think Mitt Romney is up to the task of being President. The problem with that is his record says the exact opposite.
Lack of quality jobs is a major issue in this country, but Romney has already proven that he doesn’t have the slightest clue how to remedy the problem. He had four years as Governor of his state to show America what he was made of. He failed miserably.
Mitt Romney calling President Obama out on job creation is the ultimate “pot calling the kettle black” moment!
We need real leadership in this country. Someone with a PROVEN record of successful leadership. Someone who has managed budgets, created huge surpluses, and actually created jobs. Romney is not our guy.