Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Mission Not Accomplished

All Willard Mitt needs is a jump suit and an aircraft carrier, and he too could hold a 'feel-good about bad news' conference, this about the state of job creation in Massachusetts.

Because as the following (which was suggested by a Friend of Ben (a Freb)) shows, when it came to the business of job creation, the Fraud Governor never showed up for work.

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Romney on Jobs - A Record of Accomplishment

When (Willard )Mitt Romney promised to be known as the “Jobs Governor” during his campaign we naturally assumed that he meant he would bring new jobs to Massachusetts. Ouch!

Accomplishment #1 - Since Mitt Romney took the oath of office one out of every 77 jobs in Massachusetts has gone away. Some moved to other states, some moved to other countries and some just evaporated. (source: US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2003-June 2004, net loss of 44,000 jobs from a base workforce of 3,453,300 January 2003)

Accomplishment #2 - Massachusetts’ record on jobs under (Willard) Mitt Romney’s 'leadership' is among the worst in the nation according to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 44,000 of the jobs that existed in Massachusetts when he took office 18 months ago are now gone. Massachusetts is one of only three states that have had a net loss of jobs during the past year. (source: US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2004, Chart 1; US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2003 through June 2004, Massachusetts civilian non-farm employment, Table 3; US Dept. Of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2004, Chart 2)

Accomplishment #3 - Some governors lose jobs because they don’t act aggressively enough, some lose jobs for reasons beyond their control but (Willard) Mitt Romney is one of the only Governors in the nation whose administration has actually used taxpayer’s money to pay to send jobs not only out of state, but out of the country as well. Although the Romney administration has refused to disclose the information, analysts estimate that the state is spending as much as $10 million dollars to pay companies in India and Pakistan to process Medicaid claims and to provide a variety of information technology services for state government. (source: various Boston media outlets including the Boston Globe and local NBC affiliate Channel 7 (and Riaf!))

Accomplishment #4 -All the while, there are thousands of Massachusetts residents with backgrounds in information technology who could do this work. Some are collecting unemployment compensation. For others, unemployment benefits (and their health insurance) have run out.

Accomplishment #5 - When the State Legislature passed a bill to end the practice, Romney vetoed the measure claiming that workers in India and Pakistan were willing to work for less money than Americans. He said that Massachusetts taxpayers (those who hadn’t lost their jobs already because of his policies) would save money by taking advantage of cheaper overseas workers. (source: (fraud) Governor’s veto message)


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