I wrote an article a few weeks back debunking a lot of myths Republicans use to try and attack President Obama. Now I wanted to expand a bit on one of the biggest myths Republicans perpetuate about the President, his “terrible jobs record.”
Anyone who follows politics even a little knows Republicans frequently harp on Obama’s jobs record, mainly because they don’t know the truth about it. They mostly watch Fox News, so knowing the truth about much of anything is rare.
But even if you watch Fox News, when the jobs report is issued every month, they always put some kind of negative spin on it. If the numbers hit higher than they were estimated it’s, “Economy adds jobs, but mostly low paying.” If jobs fail to reach the estimates it’s, “Bad sign for jobs recovery, economy slowing.” It happens the first Friday of every month.
I really feel like if Obama saved 30 orphans from a burning building the Fox News headline would read, “Looking to Eliminate the Need for First Responders, Obama Personally Saves Orphans.” Anything he does, they’ll put some kind of negative spin on it. But what should anyone expect, these are the people who took the killing of Osama Bin Ladin and turned it into an attack on President Obama and how he didn’t deserve any credit.
But let’s take a quick look at the truth about jobs and President Obama.
In the 12 months prior to President Obama taking office, we had lost 4.5 million jobs.
Over half of the 4.35 million jobs we lost while President Obama has been in office came within the first 3 months of his first term.
Let’s look at a 9 month span of job losses covering the 3 months prior to President Obama taking office and the 6 months after:
- Nov: 800,000
- Dec: 650,000
- Jan: 840,000 (Didn’t take office till end of Jan, these go to Bush)
- Feb: 725,000 (Stimulus signed)
- Mar: 787,000 (Announced assistance to the auto industry, aka the auto bailout)
- Apr: 802,000
- May: 312,000
- Jun: 426,000
- Jul: 296,000
So let me put these numbers into perspective, something I know is difficult for many Republicans.
In the 2 months following the signing of the 2009 stimulus, job losses went from monthly losses of 700-800K to 300-400K. For the mathematically challenged, that’s over a 50% decrease in job losses just 2 months after the stimulus was signed.
But I thought the stimulus didn’t work?
In other words, over half of President Obama’s 4.5 million job losses happened his first 3 months in office—when none of his economic policies had enough time to make any kind of impact.
Now let’s fast forward to present day…
We’ve had private sector job growth, continuously, since March 2010. That’s 37 consecutive months of private sector job growth—totaling over 6.5 million jobs.
Oh, and for the record, Obama has only been in office for 51 months. That means about 73% of his time in the White House we’ve experienced job growth.
Now I know what Republicans will say, “These numbers are manipulated by the Obama administration.” Which is simply ridiculous.
First, those same 4.5 million jobs Republicans like to saddle President Obama with come from the exact same source which reports the 6.5 million jobs we’ve gained in the last 37 months–the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Second, the White House has zero influence over the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s set up this way so that a President couldn’t possibly have influence over the jobs reports.
Keep in mind this is with absolutely zero help from Republicans. In fact, not only have conservatives not tried to create jobs, their push for austerity has actually eliminated thousands of public jobs. The GOP has essentially done everything they possibly could since 2008 to sabotage our economy. Despite all of that, we’ve still managed to overcome their obstruction.
When Republicans say Obama has made our economy worse, they’re obviously delusional—that or they’re 4 years old and weren’t around for the Bush administration.
When Republicans say the stimulus didn’t work, they obviously think cutting our job losses by more than 50% (during the worst recession in 80 years) in just a couple of months is “nothing.”
When Republicans say Obama has been bad for business, I guess they ignore the record profits many corporations have experienced since he took office and our stock market reaching new highs.
When Republicans say Obama is the worst President in history, when they voted for George W. Bush twice, they obviously don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.
It’s as simple as that.