I have a couple of points to question regarding this interview, the first being Rick Santorum's ability to grasp the basic difference between a shortfall of projected job creation and a "loss of jobs".
It would appear that Santorum is really suggesting that Obama's failure to produce the number of jobs he promised (40 million fewer jobs than originally quoted) equals a "loss of jobs" to the American economy.
As dismal as it is for the President to come up 40 million jobs short on the promised recovery effects of his stimulus package, creating "only 240 million jobs" does not equal a loss of jobs... no matter how many times you say, "look it up".
It's sad to have to break something down into simpler terms for a Presidential candidate... but here goes:
Okay Rick... let's say I get hired by an egg producer to increase his yield and thus, his profitability and his ability to grow his business.
He currently yields... let's say, 1 million eggs per year and I promise him that I will increase his yield by 1 million eggs, using my secret "stimulus" formula.
Now... and this is where it might get tricky, Rick.... if by the end of the first year, I have only increased his egg production by 600,000 eggs instead of the promised 1 million... that does not mean that I "lost" 400,000 eggs for my employer; it simply means that I have failed to produce the promised number of eggs.
You see, in order for me to "lose" 40 percent of my employer's productivity, his chickens would have had to produce a total of only 600,000 eggs... instead of producing an "additional" 600,000 eggs for a total of 1,600,000 eggs.
Did you catch that, Rick?
Don't worry, I had my seven year old check my math and she concurs with my conclusion.
So, what we have in REALITY, Rick, is a situation where I have failed to meet my projected increase by 40 percent... but have still managed to GAIN a 60 percent increase in production (and a tidy profit) for my employer.
There's no "loss" involved... because you can't have "lost" something when you end up with more than you had in the first place. Agreed?.... Okay then.
Now, my real question is this: Is Rick Santorum actually so stupid that he doesn't understand this very basic concept (I highly doubt it)... or does he just believe that the American public are so stupid that THEY don't understand this very basic concept?
In the spirit of bipartisan moderation, I'm willing to concede that maybe it's a little of both. Speculation aside, the fact remains that Santorum's assertions are 100% bullshit by anyone's yardstick.
And on a side note... anyone who sees this as a defense of Obama's stimulus package can just save your comments to that effect. Ron Paul in 2012!
Now... on to my second question (and it's a serious question that I hope someone can give me a logical answer to, because I do not profess to understand the math involved here):
With the United States' workforce totaling only approximately 156,000,000 people (civilian and military combined).... how is it possible that Obama has "created 240 million jobs" and we still have an unemployment rate of 9.1%?
By my calculations, even if all 240,000,000 jobs were part-time jobs (unlikely) there would still be a huge surplus of jobs in the market. And remember these are supposed to be jobs that Obama "added"to the economy, not the total number of existing jobs in America.
Perhaps someone could please explain this mathematical conundrum for me... my daughter went to bed, so she's no help.
RON PAUL IN 2012!
Because we deserve a President who at least knows how to fucking count!
Happy Birthday America!!!!
*You crusty old bitch ;o)
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