Written on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by Ann-Marie Murrell
I’ve been noticing that liberals are starting to sprinkle some incorrect facts on non-liberal Facebook pages.
Here’s one comment, which I’ve taken straight off a recent post on the PolitiChicks page. I’ve seen other similar posts on other sites:
“Our president is absolutely no fool. He’s accomplished much that people don’t recognize yet. Since his election, there have been 3 million private sector jobs added while government jobs have decreased by over 20,000. That is not a record of a guy expanding government at the expense of the private sector…. he’s attempted to be bi partisan at every turn until the December payroll tax fiasco. Now, the TGOP have backed themselves into a corner and our president and the Democratic Party will have none of the republican agenda talking points. They are ready to fight and not give in to any of it. It’s downright ugly…. and the general election will be a nasty, two fisted, brawl.”
I keep waiting for someone to refute these posts but so far no one’s biting back.
Some of these misconceptions are coming directly from Obama’s recent State of the Union address. Unfortunately his liberal followers are quoting his stats, many of which are incorrect.
With help from an article by news analyst Jack Rasmus at Truth-out.org, I’ve compiled a sort of “Fact vs Myth” list for you. Hopefully it will help all us Conservatives combat the distortions happening online.
It’s not fun to argue with liberals and it’s highly doubtful you’ll ever be able to change their minds about anything, but it’s not the liberals we need to turn around—it’s the fence-sitters who want to know the truth and are reading these posts. THEY are the ones we need to get to. This is for them.
Obama’s Boast: The US manufacturing sector had turned around and created millions of jobs on his watch!
The TRUTH: “According to the US Labor Department, there were almost 17.3 million jobs in manufacturing in December 2000. By the start of the recession in December 2007, there were just under 13.9 million. When Obama took office in 2009, there were slightly over 13.4 million. As of December 2011, there were about 11.8 million.
Over the past year, from December 2010 through December 2011, there were over 1.9 million total private sector jobs created. But only 218,000 of those were manufacturing jobs. And virtually all of those manufacturing jobs were created as global trade and exports accelerated in the first half of 2011. That same global trade began contracting in the second half of 2011.
In response to that contraction, in the last three months of 2011, US manufacturing employment actually fell by 24,000 jobs. So, tell me how this picture, and a further promotion of the manufacturing sector, is going to significantly aid the 23 to 24 million people currently still jobless in the United States? Even at the early 2011 rate, it would take 100 years to create 20 million additional manufacturing jobs.
The above numbers represent total manufacturing jobs. How about jobs for non-supervisors and non-managers in manufacturing? Since the so-called official “end” of the recession in June 2009 up through December 2011 – over a period of two and a half years – a mere 174,000 production-manufacturing jobs were created. That’s a meager 5,800 a month.”
Obama’s Boast: The Big Three US auto companies have fully recovered and are creating jobs!
The TRUTH: “From the start of the recession in December 2007 through the end of 2010, 315,000 auto jobs were lost. Over the past year, the industry has hired back at the rate of only 4,000 a month, or 48,000 of those 315,000 jobs lost. And let’s not forget, the overwhelming number of those hired in the past year have been hired for temporary status auto industry jobs paid at around $14 an hour, about half the normal auto worker wage rate. Yes, the auto companies are hiring, but at half pay. Not surprisingly, their profits have recovered – but they have done so by shifting money from auto workers to auto companies’ bottom line.”
Obama’s Boast: There have been 1.9 million total private jobs created this past year!
The TRUTH: “600,000 of those jobs were created in the retail sector in the last two months of 2011, the holiday season. Most jobs in that sector are part-time and temporary jobs, many of which will disappear in early 2012. Another 82,000 jobs went to messengers and couriers, hired by UPS, FedEx and other shipping companies for the holiday mailing surge. Those jobs, too, will quickly disappear in early 2012. In addition, banking-and-finance sector companies have announced more than 150,000 layoffs scheduled for 2012 – and that’s just to start. And the two biggest job creation sectors of the economy in the first half of 2011 – business and professional services, and leisure and hospitality – both reduced jobs in the final two months of 2011 by 264,000 jobs.
Finally, let’s not forget the government sector of the economy. While the private side may have created 1.9 million jobs, 257,000 state, local government and postal workers lost their jobs in 2011 alone; 106,000 of them were teachers.”
Obama’s Boast: He once again promoted the corporate line and claimed that free trade creates jobs!
The TRUTH: Manufacturing output has risen significantly since mid-2009, as has manufacturing corporations’ revenues and profits, especially the big multinational players such as Immelt’s GE and the auto and high-tech companies. But manufacturing jobs are still 1.6 million short of where they were in early 2009, and wages of new manufacturing jobs are far lower than existing wages. A few workers get low paying jobs while manufacturing companies reap the big benefits of Obama’s manufacturing-export-centric jobs policies.
According to Rasmus, “The, ‘Let’s boost manufacturing-export companies’ approach to job creation has been a sham job-creation program, taken straight out of the economic playbook of the Daleys and Immelts who have been driving the Obama team jobs program since late 2010. And judging from the comments of President Obama in his recent SOTU address, corporations will continue to drive the Obama jobs program – while they simultaneously sit on their $2.5 trillion cash hoard and refuse to invest in America.”
Finally, for a president and administration that are constantly praising the anti-corporation Occupy Movement, in the second half of 2010, Obama reshuffled his staff, repopulating his team with corporate advisers.
According to Jack Rasmus of Truthout.com:
“Bill Daley became chief of staff. General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt headed the president’s ‘jobs council.’ Scores of corporate underlings were hired behind them. What we subsequently got, in terms of jobs policy, was a manufacturing sector- and export trade-centric set of proposals. Jobs were supposed to come from stimulating manufacturing and exports, pushing free trade, and cutting business regulations, as well as from promoting patent protection for the technology sector and similar pro-business approaches. Daley-Immelt essentially took over the Obama jobs program.
More business and investor tax cuts followed, including $802 billion in further tax reductions in December 2010. Regulations were reduced, as Obama bragged in his SOTU speech that he cut more regulations than George W. Bush did in his first term. Contrary to the president’s 2008 campaign promises to restructure “job-killing” free trade agreements, the Obama-Daley-Immelt team opened a new offensive to pass pending free trade agreements with Korea, Panama, Columbia and elsewhere. The former three were adopted in 2011. These were promoted as measures to create manufacturing jobs. However, according to various studies since 1994 by the Economic Policy Institute, more than 10 million jobs have been LOST due to free trade.”
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