â€œBelieve in America: Mitt Romneyâ€™s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth,â€ the consultanty economic framework Mitt Romneyâ€™s campaign released in Nevada earlier this week, works hard not to oversell its own virtues. It criticizes the Obama administration for making post-stimulus jobs and growth predictions that couldnâ€™t possibly be kept.
Romneyâ€™s plan, on the other hand, declares early on its intention not to make the same mistake. On page 33, the plan cautions that it â€œdoes not promise the immediate creation of some imaginary number of jobs, because government cannot create jobsâ€"at least not productive ones that contribute to our long-term prosperity.â€ How humble.
At last nightâ€™s GOP debate in the Reagan library, however, Romney was considerably more willing to make predictions: â€œThe plan I put forward just two days ago in Nevada,â€ he said, â€œwill grow our economy at 4 percent per year for four years and addâ€"addâ€"11.5 million jobs.â€ So government can't create jobs, but Romney's policy plan can?