You gotta hand it to Willard. He manages to tell multiple lies in a single statement. Now, he's lying about both the stimulus AND the number of government employees in the United States. The lowdown on low-down Mittens is right here:“That stimulus he [President Obama] put in place — it didn’t help private sector jobs, it helped preserve government jobs. And the one place we should have shut back — or cut back — was on government jobs. We have 145,000 more government workers under this president. Let’s send them home and put you back to work.” — Mitt Romney, in Craig, Colo., May 29, 2012
We have to admit that the statement is bit confusing, because it appears to mix different thoughts. The stimulus bill included payments to states to help save “government” jobs, such as those of teachers, firefighters and the like. But then Romney refers to “145,000 more government workers,” which is correct only if he is referring to federal workers, not state workers.
As we have noted before, Romney has previously used the 145,000 figure in a misleading way, but in that instance he clearly said he was referring to federal workers. In this context, since the first part of his statement suggests he is talking about state government workers, the second part would be wrong, because the number of government workers overall has dramatically declined under Obama.
The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that nearly 610,000 government jobs have been lost since January 2009, with much of the loss coming since 2010, as the stimulus funds have begun to run out. Just in the past few months, about 30,000 government jobs have been lost, even as the number of private sector jobs has increased by more than 300,000. (Overall, since January 2009, the number of private sector jobs has increased by 55,000 because the numbers plunged deeply in 2009.
If we assume that Romney was actually referring to federal government jobs, not all government jobs, then the claim of a 145,000 increase since January 2009 is accurate. (The May data released on June 1 dropped the figure slightly, from 146,000 to 143,000.
But as we have written, much of that increase has come in areas that Romney says he wants to bolster as president, such as defense (80,000 additional jobs), veterans affairs (38,000) and homeland security (20,000). Presumably he would think such increases are a good thing — not jobs he would want to eliminate.
Of course Willard is trying to deceive us, to make us think that Big Gubmint is expanding all over America. He's lied about public employee numbers before. He's lied about the effects of the stimulus. Hell, he's lied about the need for a stimulus. And it should be noted that the private sector has added about 4 million jobs since the recession hit bottom in June 2009.
Can you IMAGINE the catastrophe that would have descended on us if Mittens had been president in 2009? No economic boost, and the American auto industry left to die.
IF ROMNEY HAD HAD HIS WAY, THE UNITES STATES WOULD BE IN A FULL-SCALE DEPRESSION.
But what else can you expect from someone whose "business expertise" consisted basically of an uncanny skill at lining his own pockets?
But here's something you can DEFINITELY expect from Willard:
Whatever issue he's talking about, he's lying to you.