Romney promises to create 12m jobs by doing absolutely nothing

This has been reported before, but it never made much news.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan keep promising to create “12 million jobs” over the next four years.  Ryan said it twice during the vice presidential debate:

RYAN: That’s what our entire premise of our pro-growth plan for a stronger middle class is all about: getting the economy growing at 4 percent, creating 12 million jobs over the next four years….

Look, we can grow this economy faster. That’s what our five- point plan for a stronger middle class is all about. It’s about getting 12 million jobs

And Mitt Romney claimed the same thing at the debate a few weeks ago against President Obama:

If I’m president, I will create — help create 12 million new jobs in this country with rising incomes.

What they don’t tell you, and what the media hasn’t spent much time focusing on, is that the economy is expected to grow 12 million jobs in the next four years regardless of who’s elected, regardless of what they do in office.

So Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are basically promising you that if they’re elected president and vice president, the sun will rise.

It’s typically duplicitous of both Romney and Ryan.  Both are very good liars.  And both, like most Republican leaders nowadays, embrace the lie as their primary weapon of political war.  Like so many Republicans before them, Romney and Ryan have found that truth has a liberal bias.  So to win, they lie.

Jared Bernstein reported on the 12 million jobs lie all the way back in August, two months ago.  Here’s a graph Bernstein posted of Moody’s prediction of 12 million jobs grown from 2012 to 2016:

If anything, the true irony is that Romney and Ryan are basically claiming credit for President Obama’s 12m jobs.  Because if the Republicans had their way, there’d have been no stimulus, unemployment would have been much greater, and thus with larger ripple effects throughout the economy.  Remember that Republicans were denying that the economy was even in trouble around the time the President took office.  Just imagine the trouble we’d be in had the GOP, and their failed economic policies, taken over in 2008.

The reason the economy is predicted to grow 12m jobs over the next four years is because President Obama saved us from another Great Depression.

But regardless of the cause, it’s the height of duplicity for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to tell voters that their plan will create 12m new jobs when the experts are saying that those 12m new jobs are going to be created anyway.

Is there anything these guys won’t lie about?  Paul Ryan lied about cleaning dishes at a soup kitchen (and involved his kids in the lie), Mitt Romney lied about his dad walking out of the GOP convention, and he lied about his plan for people with pre-existing conditionPaul Ryan’s story about naming his daughter is coming under question, and even Fox News finally drew the line with Romney’s lies about his $5 trillion tax cut for the rich.

Heck, Mitt Romney lied so much during the last presidential debate, the fact-checkers could hardly keep up.

It will be interesting to see if the President, and CNN’s Candy Crowley, hold Romney responsible for this particular lie during tonight’s debate.


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