Obama Campaign Calls Out Romney's '12 Million Jobs' Plan As Phony

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In the last debate, President Obama took a lot of flak from his base for failing to pounce on what they saw as Mitt Romney's endless fibbing. And it seems this time, the Obama camp is on the offensive, seizing on a scathing Washington Post analysis, published this morning, that gave Romney's jobs plan "four Pinocchios."

Romney has frequently said his policies will "create 12 million jobs" in his first term, a number already expected by a number of economic forecasters, including Moody's Analytics and Macroeconomics Advisers, without looking at Republican contender's plans.

But Romney's jobs pledge gets more suspect in the details. In a recent campaign ad, Romney claims that 7 million of those jobs will come from his tax reform plan, another 3 million from energy independence policy, and over 2 million more from his plan to get tougher on China and improving job training.

The Washington Post found that those figures are an awkward squishing together of three different studies, none of which say what he claims they do. The 7 million number does come from a study analyzing Romney's tax policies, but the prediction is based on 10 years -- not four.

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The 3 million jobs number is an 8-year projection plucked from a Citigroup Global Markets study, based on trends and policies already in place, and tighter fuel efficiency standards that Romney opposes. And the 2 million jobs pledge appears to be from a 2011 International Commission report imagining if China were to stop infringing on U.S. intellectual property rights, which even the authors admit is an incredibly uncertain scenario.

"In yet another instance of Mitt Romney's campaign not telling the truth, it turns out the numbers behind his 'jobs plan' just don't add up," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said Tuesday, in response to the analysis.

"Mitt Romney thinks he can run out the clock by not coming clean about policy details, but the American people deserve the truth about his plans," LaBolt continued. "And the truth is that economists have concluded that the severe cuts he would make like education, research and development, manufacturing and infrastructure could eliminate 1 million jobs and shrink economic growth by 1 percent."

Calling out Romney for coming short on both specifics and facts, has become the Obama camp's latest favorite strategy.

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In the vice presidential debate, Joe Biden repeatedly accused his opponent of peddling falsehoods, calling Paul Ryan's statements, at various points, "not true," "incredible" and "a bunch of malarky."

Also on Tuesday, the Democratic National Committee released a phony website for Romney's tax plan with a button "Get the details" that scampers away from your mouse when you try to get close.

On Monday, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) -- who famously yelled "You lie!" at Obama during his 2009 address to Congress -- slammed the Obama campaign for accusing Romney and Ryan of deception.

"But, truly, I think it's inexcusable for the highest levels, [campaign advisers David] Plouffe, [David] Axelrod -- the statements that are being made. And this is being thought out," he told Fox News. "It's not spontaneous and it's just not true. The American people truly do see that Mitt Romney has a positive plan to create jobs in our country."

As Time magazine reported, fact-checking has reached historic proportions in the 2012 cycle, as has the proliferation of iffy facts to check. And with the presidential election just a few weeks away, politicians appear to be calling each other liars almost as much as they're lying.

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November 04 2012 at 2:14 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to rp5599's comment

Um, did you read the article?

November 06 2012 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chris rachal

The boss hired Obama to do a job and he failed where i come from you get fired!

New leadership vote Romney/Ryan

Loyal American

November 04 2012 at 1:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

As a accountant who needs numbers and the substantiation to back the numbers up, I find Mr. Romney trying to win by lying about his numbers. He is a executive who took no responsibility and used other peoples money to literally steal from hard working middle class workers.

If you are voting for the Republican solution, here is what I want to see them do:
A) Stop all taxation.
B) Provide services for fees. If BP wants to drill for Oil or Gas, have them put up a Bond or Insurance to cover the polution to the ground for the next 1000 years. If a pump fails and a spill occurs, the oil company must be sued for the damages and the communities can be inclusive of small algae to human beings. Also they need to clean up the entire ecosystem immediately and be subject to fines equal to their annual income including compensation to their executives and lobbyists.
C) Polititical campaigns should be given FREE assess to News and advertising for the 12 months prior to the election. If you are a candidate, you should not need to raise money from corp. and unions to get your message across to the people, all of the candidates, should have equal free assess to news and advertising and there should be no slanted or misinformation given. Again there should be a mechanism that if a false ad is created the ad is taken off the air or advertising space until it is adjudicated in a trial. There also must be monetary damages for false advertising or even misleading half truth ads. Chrysler and GM should be able to sue Mr. Romney, the Republican party and Mr. Trump for the damages they have done with the misleading ads in Ohio.
4) America is a great place to live. I find it repugnant that Mr. Romney STAGES a event to prove that people can react to large disasters, like the Hurricane Sandy, for purely political reasons and did not support the help that the President was giving to the Republican Keynote speaker in NJ. The "$5,000 raised in food donations was purchased before the political rally and was reported as a show of the compassionate candidate who said he gets pleasure from firing workers. Where is Mr. Romney showing compassion for the workers whose co. had a profit of a quarter of a billion dollars in Indiana, where the plant is closing right before Xmas and he is amajor shareholder?.

November 04 2012 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Romney saved 100s of jobs with bain'. He took failing companies where all 200-300 would be laid off when the placed closed. Yes, he might have fired the dead weight and cleaned house. You have to remember your job belongs to your employer and not you. If you want to chsnge that open your own business

November 03 2012 at 6:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to fishfishy256's comment

The places he took over remained open after the layoff. Maybe a few less employees but jobs saved are more than he sent away

November 03 2012 at 6:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Exactly! Borrow some money from your parents...

November 06 2012 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did I hear correctly???? Romney claims he is going to create 12 million jobs??? I say, when pigs sprout wings and start to fly.... we all know that is nothing more than another one of his bogus remarks. The guy who will say anything, true or untrue...It's hard to believe this guy would create any jobs, after all, this guy outsourced thousands of American jobs to foreign countries, closed down factories, ran up debt, pulled out profits, then filed bankruptcy. Then staches his mega millions in foreign tax havens to avoid paying US taxes. If you have any questions, just ask the "Bain Capital Workers Bus Tour". Going from town to town making awareness/protesting against Romney's shady/unethical business practices. They will tell you how he ruined their careers and livliehoods, dismantled their pension and benefit funds, leaving many totally stranded. and, not showing any caring or concern for them. Now, if anyone can't see this guys motives by now. He is desperetly seeking to take control of the Oval Office, and my guess is only for his own benefit, and the ones who bankroll him. He is seeking to place his tax code provisions, that allows him and his billionaire pals a lifetime of tax breaks. another guess of mine, I hear that a giant Chinese telecommunications Corp, Huwaei, wants to takeover the US telecommunications networks. Many are fearing it may pose to be a severe security risk, the company who is closely tied to the Chinese government can gather vital US information, or shut down the network completely, leaving our country literally crippled. Isn't it ironic, that Bain Capital is in partnership with Huwaei. Romney still recieves millions from Bain capital and holds a large chunk of bain Capital stock. I'd bet, while many oppose the deal, if Romney gets in, you can almost be assured that the deal does go through, making Romney and his Bain Capital pals, even more filthy rich. Imagine that, a US President who is making millions from something that can be a severe security threat to our country...... ....The bottom line....We must keep this guy OUT......

November 03 2012 at 1:34 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Obama should know phony since that is what Obama is all about. there is nothing real or anything of true substance about Obama. Obama is an empty suit and an opportunist who enjoys partying and put many of the nations problems on the back burner while he was out flaunting his ego. If you dont believe just go back and see how many cabinet meetings he attended in the past year, I believe somewhere around 38 percent he made it too. A vote for Obama is a vote for stupidity.

November 03 2012 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to bach's comment

Got any actual facts? Or just killin' time?

November 06 2012 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gee, that's a coincidence. The majority of American voters are about to call out our Incompetent-in-Chief on everything he's said, done, or not done.

October 18 2012 at 2:34 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Racism will lead us to Romney... The All American Way is the real tradition, huh?

October 18 2012 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Racism will lead the way to Romney. It's the American way.

October 18 2012 at 12:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

All I am certain of is that Romney can NOT run the presidency of the USA and all aspects included "like a buisiness." In BUSINESS, you can cut labor, reduce/oppress wages, grant hughe bonuses/merit pay and benefits only top select peronelle receive. Youc can close up any profit denting/lowering sub-plant/facility and leave the employess to fend for themselves without ANY respobsibily. (Unemployment is an OBLIGATION, NOT a resposibility) You can borrow as much as you can get do do what you want and if it fails, kill it, file banckruptcy and abandone all workers and effects it causes on OTHERR jobs/companies/workers. The Federal Gov't CAN'T. In the end whatever the Federal Gov't does financially it HAS to ALSO support and tend to the needs of ALL the people in entitlements programs. Costs continue even though something faikls.gets cut. In the business that same action just washes it hands of the cost-pproblem dumping it onto the taxpayers/Fed Gov't. SO many MORE similar factors/situations ARE there that make running the Go'vt like a buisness a roadmap for catastrophy as a nnation/Gov't and it's people. Romnety wants to be CEO of America - Obama wants to be PRESIDENT. THEREIN lies the TRUE difference.

October 18 2012 at 12:25 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to CaptainWhat's comment

Yes Obama does want to be president. The reality is Obama "the community organizer" doesn't have a clue how to run anything. If you spent just a little time looking at the companies and jobs Romney saved at Bain you might have a clue as to who should be President.

October 18 2012 at 2:00 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to djs8888's comment

Romney did not save jobs he fired people and sent the jobs overseas. If you were of sufficient mind you would understand that.

November 03 2012 at 11:23 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

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