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Response to julian09 (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 11:05 PM

8. Clinton: 22.7 Million jobs. But Clinton's presidency ended 1/2001. Romney was governor 1/2/03 to

1/4/07, solidly in the Bush era. Nationally, 2003 was a tough year -- a net 450,000 jobs lost between 2/1/03 and 8/31/03. But looking at the entire period of Romney's governorship up until the 6/24/06 press conference -- from 2/1/03 thru 5/31/06 -- (June's numbers wouldn't be in yet), the U.S. as a whole created 5.621 Million jobs. On a per-capita basis, Massachusett's share should be 2.1139% * 5.621 M = 119,000. Whereas Romney's record in his words was "a few thousand". And he is touting 50,000 jobs since the turnaround began (i.e. not counting the job losses in his first year).

No wonder Romney (over his entire 4 year term) was 47th out of 50th in job creation. Yes, only 3 states had worse records.

Some people argue that his ranking relative to the other 49 states improved throughout his 4-year term, to 28th or something like that, but so what? We are comparing his 4 year record with other governors' 4 year records, and he's coming out 47th out of 50th. Would we say that if we had 50 people running a foot race, and one person started out crawling and ran pretty well at the end (almost average) deserves some kind of extra points compared to 46 others that ran the entire race faster?

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