PRICE OF POLITICS, ETC: Making Jobs

Price Of Politics

I’ve heard Republicans rip on politicians for talking about “creating jobs”. But that’s neither here nor there when it comes to the 2012 race for president. An interesting question to me will be which person, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, will the most Americans trust to preside over the most jobs created while he’s president? Of course, if that is the only question in undecided voters’ minds, that could be tough for Obama to win. While he can point to the fact bad times started under President George W Bush’s time in office (and he has dozens of times), he will have nearly 4 years of his own presidency for voters to study when they go to the polls in November. So the question of, “Are you better now than you were 4 years ago?” may be a difficult one for him to win, again if we only talk about that one question. The economic numbers show people are going back to work, outside of those who have given up on finding a job and stopped looking. But this last jobs’ report shows, while Obama’s supporters can say the economy is getting better (and even most Republicans have to reluctantly agree they are correct), the economy still isn’t creating nearly enough jobs to make rapid reductions in the unemployment figures. Romney is out with a new ad pointing this out.

However…Romney likes to tout his business experience over his career. But is that different from creating jobs while in public office? If you think it is, this could be a problem for Romney. I wrote the other day about Romney’s numbers as governor of Massachusetts. The unemployment rate went down. But, the state’s unemployment rate dropped slower than the national average. And you can probably recite this next number in your sleep since we’ve heard it a gazillion times during the Republican presidential primary. Where did Romney’s state rank in job creation during his time as governor? All together now: 47th out of 50.

That’s why this question of which candidate would be the best job creator is interesting to me. Independents out there, what do you think? You will have quite a say in which one of these two men becomes your next president.

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