Sunday, January 15, 2012

Viewer factchecks Mitt Romney

Facts are so inconvenient for Republicans.--SS

Viewer factchecks Mitt Romney:

Matthew Yglesias/Think Progress chart

Government jobs declined this year by 280,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Commenter @MVP730 takes issue with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's victory speech in New Hampshire last night. A few excerpts, with Mr. Romney's remarks in bold and @MVP730 after.

First point, from @MVP730:

Mr. Romney: "The median income has dropped 10% in four years."

@MVP730 writes: "First, Obama has only been in office for three years. This is true only if you count Bush's last year in office." The commenter adds this story about how much incomes have fallen.

"In some ways, the financial crisis has taken more of a toll on the employed during the recovery. Indeed, Americans' incomes have fallen more during the recovery than they did during the recession. Incomes dropped 6.7 percent during the recovery between June 2009 and June 2011, compared to a 3.2 percent drop during the recession from December 2007 to June 2009, a study from former Census Bureau officials found."

Next up:

Mr. Romney: "[President Obama] is making the federal government bigger, burdensome, and bloated. I will make it simpler, smaller, and smarter."

@MVP730 counters with this headline:

Under Obama, a Record Decline in Government Jobs

Also from the victory speech:

Mr. Romney: "He enacted job-killing regulations; I'll eliminate them."

@MVP730 writes: It may be a crowd-pleaser, but it turns out that it simply isn't true that regulations kill jobs. The Washington Post talked with some of the country's top economists and experts on the relationship between job creation and regulations. The conclusion?

"Overall impact on employment is minimal."

One more:

Mr. Romney: "He lost our AAA credit rating; I'll restore it."

@MVP730 counters with this headline:

S&P downgrade of US credit rating sends clear message to Congress: shape up

And finally:

Mr. Romney: "He doesn't see the need for overwhelming American military superiority."

@MVP730 quotes this from President Obama last week:

"Yes, our military will be leaner, but the world must know the United States is going to maintain our military superiority."

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