The amount of lies and misrepresentations spit out by Bill Clinton was staggering. Some of the lies were sticky and one in particularly stuck to his lip for the entire speech. The slobber on his lip must have distracted many Americans who watched his speech.
We have known that the media has a slobbering love affair with President Obama, but come on! Ok, as a member of TheSlobs.org, we have no room to talk. So, let's get down to business...
The Clinton speech was a target rich environment for fact checking. In the interests of my own sanity, let's pick just one very important lie.
"So here is another jobs score. President Obama: plus four and a half million. Congressional Republicans: zero."President Clinton credited President Obama with creating jobs and preyed upon the ignorance of most Americans by failing to credit the tea party congress with any job creation.
Enter the dragon, otherwise known as truth by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. We will be using the number of employed Americans. These are not seasonally adjusted employment numbers because those adjustments are just guesses. However, you should consider that as the population of adults grows, more people should be employed. This is decidedly different than using unemployment numbers.
Job growth 2002 to 2007 under President George W. Bush107th Congress, Jan. 2001 to Jan. 2003, the House of Representatives was Republican controlled while the Senate was Democrat controlled. The 108th Congress and 109th Congress, Jan. 2003 to Jan. 2007, were completely under Republican Control. Through this period, 10.098 million jobs were created.
Job growth 2007 to 2011 under Senator/President Barack Obama and Democrat control of Congress
In January 2007 the Democrat party took control of both houses of the 110th Congress. The 111th Congress continued absolute Democrat control, but added the Presidency of Barack Obama. It takes between 6 months and one year for fiscal policy to affect the economy. The Congress controls fiscal policy. The "Impeach Bush" congress began to pursue economically destructive policies. The result was the loss of 10.506 million jobs.
The economy hit rock bottom in January 2010. It was an election year, which typically is a positive for the economy. Tea parties formed and started calling for economic sanity. Restrictions were requested for crony capitalist programs, including the bankruptcy of GM in which unions were given stolen money from thousands of bond holders. There was an economic bounce of 3.3 million jobs as Americans gained confidence due to the tea party.
The bounce ended on March 23, 2010 as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed without any Republican support. Over the next two months, Americans learned how destructive the law would be for economic and personal freedom and 2.525 million jobs evaporated. It was clear that the Senate would likely remain Democrat controlled in the November 2010 elections, fading hope for an immediate repeal.
Job growth 2011 to present under Tea Party Control of CongressOnce the tea party gained control of the 112th Congress in January 2011, confidence began to return. Occupy Wall Street and other Democrat attacks demonized the calls for responsibility as "racist." Despite the constant legal and media attacks against the tea party, the majority of Americans heard the tea party economic solutions through alternative media like The San Diego Local Order of Bloggers.
The tea party congress has brought 5.527 million jobs through July 2012. Much of that growth is due to opposing additional damaging Democrat policies. Another factor is simply restored confidence that grownups are in control of the House budget committee under Chairman Paul Ryan. The House of Representatives controls the federal budget and passed the Paul Ryan budget in April 2011.
left many jobs bills stalled. There is hope that some recent jobs bills will be approved in the Senate because Democrat control is up for vote during this year's election.
It is fair to say, that Democrat economic policy from Jan. 2007 through Jan. 2011 caused massive job loss.
P.S.Here is a graphic with the relevant data in one pretty spot for your sharing, slobbering and blogging needs.
One other Democrat deception of note:
Gov. Mitt Romney took Massachusetts from 50th in employment to 28th.
This is a common Obama campaign talking point, but Patrick’s phrasing (“by the time he left office”) makes it especially inaccurate. The 47th ranking is the average for Romney’s entire term, when in fact Massachusetts started out at 50th place and ended up at 28th by the end of Romney term.