Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney Isn't Promising His Plan Will Create Jobs, Except When He's Predicting His Plan Will Create Jobs


“Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth,” the consultanty economic framework Mitt Romney’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 couldn’t possibly be kept.

Romney’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 “does 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.” How humble.

At last night’s GOP debate in the Reagan library, however, Romney was considerably more willing to make predictions: “The plan I put forward just two days ago in Nevada,” he said, “will grow our economy at 4 percent per year for four years and addâ€"addâ€"11.5 million jobs.” So government can't create jobs, but Romney's policy plan can? 

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  1. If he can grow the economy like he can grow his hair, we got it made. Easy Street Baby!

  2. post-stimulus jobs and growth predictions that couldn’t possible be kept.

    There’s a job opening for a Hit & Run editor I hear.

  3. On page 33…

    What? We’re not grading on WEIGHT, Romney. Anything more than 5, 10 pages tops is just blah blah blah.

    Start over.

  4. Mitt Romney just oozes that I’m-a-typical-shithead-but-trust-me-anyway vibe. Fuck him sideways.

    1. He’s a Masterful Bullshit Artist, what did you expect?

  5. : “The plan I put forward just two days ago in Nevada,” he said, “will grow our economy at 4 percent per year for four years and add?add?11.5 million jobs.”

    What you didn’t hear were his ultrasonic-disclosures that were compressed into a fraction of a second, totally overlooked by people in the audience, much like the ‘side-effects/warning disclosures in pharmaceutical ads.

    Once the tape was slowed down, his message was clarified:

    “The statements provided in this debate contain forward-looking statements and information ? that is, statements related to future, not past, events. These statements may be identified by words such as “expects,” “looks forward to,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “will,” “project” or words of similar meaning. Such statements are based on the current expectations and certain assumptions of Mitch Romney’s campaign, and are, therefore, subject to certain risks and uncertainties. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond Mitch Romney’s control, affect Mitch Romney’ operations, performance, business strategy and results and could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Mitch Romney to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In particular, Mitch Romney is strongly affected by changes in general economic and business conditions as these directly impact its processes, and bullshit estimates. This may negatively impact voters’s income, and consequently the ability for Government to be pretending to do things with revenues siphoned off of them. Any increase in market volatility, deterioration in the capital markets, decline in the conditions for the credit business, uncertainty related to the subprime, financial market and liquidity crises, or fluctuations in the future financial performance of the major industries regulated by Mitch Romney may have unexpected effects on Mitch Romney’ results. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in the relevant forward-looking statement as expected, anticipated, intended, planned, believed, sought, estimated or projected. Mitch Romney neither intends to, nor assumes any obligation to, update or revise these forward-looking statements in light of developments which differ from those anticipated.”

  6. Where is that lovable dolphin in 2012?

  7. If Romney or Perry are nominated, I wish the good citizens of our country good luck with 4 more years of Obama.

    1. But they’re really macho and awesome on camera and shit, and Ron Paul is, like, the CRAZY UNCLE IN THE ATTIC — therefore, pancakes

  8. Even if you believe that government can’t ever create jobs.

    Surely the idea that if government reduces tax and regulations that are creating dead wieght losses and slowing down the economy, that you could spur job growth then?

    Or are we assuming that no matter what the government does it doesn’t matter?

  9. Note that, in 2012, it won’t matter if the GOP candidate sucks. It will matter if he sucks worse than Obama.

    1. Comparative craptitude is almost always the standard.

      1. That’s a fact.

        OTOH it’s a fact of life, too. I.e. did I want to shell out 7 grand for a new HVAC system, or do I want to come home to a house that’s 120 degrees inside in August and 30 in January?

        Economics is the dismal science. 🙂

  10. Short answer? Yes; it’s relatively straight forward to be able to stand by your models for the economic impact of tax reforms, reductions of regulatory impacts, etc.

    There’s a significant difference between a fiscal stimulus ala Obama attempting to ‘create’ jobs by directing economic activity (rather, attempting to) and pushing for reforms that allow the private-sector to have a friendlier, pro-growth environment.

  11. What I do know is that Mitt Romney believes strongly in hair care and tanning products, if not quite as strongly as Jon Huntsman.

    BTW, am I the only person who sees Mitt Romney and thinks “Bob Eubanks”?…

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