Tuesday, March 23, 2004
In "W" We (Maybe Shoulda Mighta Hada Bita) Trust

Call us silly, but we think "W" was trying to tell us something.

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, George W came to Massachusetts and said "You need somebody who knows what they are talking about when it comes to making sure that people in this important state find work." (source: Boston Herald, 10/5/2002)

Silly us. All we had to do was listen.

First, Willard Mitt said we could grow jobs if only we fixed the housing problem. "New Hampshire is creating jobs at twice the rate as Massachusetts, largely because housing is affordable there," Romney said. (source: Cape Cod Times, 8/3/2002)

Then it was traffic congestion. (source: Worcester T&G, 10/10/2002)

Then taxes. (source: Boston Globe, 10/17/2002)

Then unemployment insurance. (source: Boston Globe, 3/19/2004)

Now, of course, it's outsourcing. (source: Boston Globe, 3/23/2004)

But hey, why quibble with details. Willard Mitt obviously had all the answers. Let's flip all the cards and find out how many jobs he's created since becoming Fraud Governor.

(You should read the next paragraph in a very busy, weaseley, self-important mutter. Pretend Pat Whitley is speaking to you.)

In January 2003, 2,789,000 people were employed in Massachusetts. And as of December 31, 2003, 2,758,300 people employed in Massachusetts. (source: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, New England Economic Indicators, February 2004) Which means that Willard Mitt has created ... minus 30,700 jobs.

Uh-oh. That's not good. We wonder, if Romney were a salesman for say ... Stage Stores, what type of commission do you think he'd earn for losing 30,700 units?

But there we go again, focusing on the negative.

So to be fair, rather than looking at what Romney has lost, let's look at what he's created.

In January 2003, 180,300 people were listed as unemployed in Massachusetts. Twelve months later, 195,700 were listed as unemployed. (source: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, New England Economic Indicators, February 2004)

Which means Romney has created 15,400 unemployed people.

See? George W was trying to tell us something. We needed somebody who knew what they were talking about when it came to making sure that people in Massachusetts found work.

Unfortunately, we listened to Romney!


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