The more Kentucky Senator Rand Paul speaks, the more he proves that he doesn’t know what in the heck he’s talking about. I guess with Ted Cruz getting all the “tea party love” the last few months, Paul is trying to step it up and get his name in a few headlines.
Take for instance his asinine claim that President Obama spent one trillion dollars to create government jobs. Actually, Paul called them “make-work” government jobs. Which is essentially Paul saying that Obama used this money to create jobs that were created just for the sake of creating a job.
“Mr. President, where are the jobs? You spent nearly a trillion dollars on make-work government jobs and still joblessness confronts the next generation.”
Only one problem – President Obama didn’t spend one trillion dollars on “make-work” government jobs. In fact, you’d have to be an idiot to really believe that.
It’s a statement Politifact deemed as completely “False.”
Politifact points out that $290.7 billion actually went toward tax breaks for individual and businesses, $264.4 billion went toward entitlement programs and $261.2 billion of it went toward, “contracts, grants and loans in such areas as education, transportation, infrastructure, energy, science and health.”
They also point out that since President Obama was first elected, the government workforce has shrank by 69,000 federal employees. Then if you factor in all federal, state and local government employees the number is much larger – 734,000 government jobs eliminated.
But don’t let those facts get in the way of good made-up propaganda.
And let’s not forget that a lot of that stimulus money was used to prevent many jobs from being cut in the first place. If a job that would have been eliminated wasn’t due to stimulus money, to me that’s just as good as “creating a job.”
This is just more of the same blatant rhetoric Republicans use that sounds really good to conservative voters who want to hate President Obama, but it just doesn’t make sense because it’s not even remotely based on anything factual.
But as I’ve said plenty of times before, for Republicans, “factual” is often just what they want to be real instead of what actually is real.
I just wish we had more media focused on fact-checking statements by politicians. While sites like Politifact do a great job, it seems statements like these get completely ignored by most of our media. So someone like Rand Paul is free to say this blatant lie and nobody publicly calls him out on his absurdity.
Well, besides websites like this one. But rarely do you see the “mainstream media” attack these politicians for their repeated lies and misinformation.
As for Rand Paul, this is just another in a growing list of statements he’s made recently that prove how little he knows about much of anything – and how desperate he is to get any kind of attention.