Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How do Republicans explain millions of jobs created during years of Obamacare?

Answer: They don’t. They just lie about it.

Steve Benen (MSNBC/MaddowBlog) reports on what Republicans do when confronted with contrary facts in Republican rhetoric on jobs at odds with data, reality. He quotes Dan Diamond of _Forbes_: “Obamacare was signed into law in March 2010. The private sector hasn’t lost jobs since.”

Mike Pence and Paul Ryan, however, are spewing just the opposite B. S.

[Ryan:] On Sunday, Americans also saw House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) tell CBS that the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda is “really just crushing jobs.”

[Pence:] … Vice President-elect Mike Pence … told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos yesterday why Donald Trump and his team are so eager to destroy the Affordable Care Act.

“[W]e’re working on President-Elect Trump’s commitment to repeal and replace ObamaCare. It’s all going to begin right out of the gate by repealing this disastrous policy that’s been killing jobs.”

These two kakistocrats are either incredibly ignorant or they are just plain lying.

Politico had a piece last week referring to the “Obama Boom” Donald Trump is inheriting, adding, “On the campaign trail, Donald Trump repeatedly described the U.S. economy as a hollowed-out disaster of high unemployment and stagnant growth. But the latest numbers show the president-elect will in fact inherit a fairly robust economy with the lowest jobless rate in nearly a decade, record home and stock prices and a healthy growth rate.”

I’ve long wondered how Republicans explain this. GOP leaders said Obama’s auto rescue wouldn’t work; his Recovery Act wouldn’t end the Great Recession; his health care reform law would crush the job market; and his tax increases would push the economy towards another recession. None of these things happened in reality, and Republicans managed to get the entire story backwards.

But instead of explaining how and why they were wrong, Pence and Ryan have decided to simply make up their own story, claiming that the job market has been “crushed” and “killed” by White House policies.

Chances are, they’ll continue to embrace their own alternate reality because the electorate has rewarded their failures with complete control of federal policymaking. It’ll be the first time Republicans have enjoyed such dominance since the Bush/Cheney era – which also happens to be the last time Americans saw a healthy economy deteriorate into an economic catastrophe.

Check out Benen’s post for a graph showing the steady rise in jobs since the signing of the ACA. The linear rise in job creation since 2010, according to Republicans, means a linear DEcrease in job creation. This is straight out of Orwell’s 1984.

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