Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Trumps takes credit for jobs created before he was president. Weak!

Trump has been getting a lot press taking credit for all the jobs he says he's supposedly creating, jobs that were already planned for and jobs that were retained with taxpayer handouts.

Now corporate PR departments are using Trump to get some free "job creation" press, and maybe a few political favors. Ford stroked Trump;s ego claiming his tax promises may result in 700 auto manufacturing jobs.

Contrast Trump's manipulation of the media over his phony jobs numbers and Obama's less than celebrated jobs record. Here's one Chicago Tribune headline that is making my point:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said this about manufacturing jobs alone:
"I know that the president-elect has indicated that he deserves credit for -- for that announcement, and I guess what I would observe is that if he is successful in doing that 804 more times, then he will meet the record of manufacturing jobs that were created in the United States while President Obama was in office. There were 805,000 manufacturing jobs that weren't just protected or saved, but actually created while President Obama was in office.

"So President Obama has set a high standard. He also noted that where Trump is "talking about protecting jobs," Earnest is talking about "actually creating jobs."

As of Nov. 4, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its October jobs report, just 298,000 manufacturing jobs had been created since Obama's second term began
So leave it to the twisted minds at the NYPost to twist the numbers around, mixing apples (manufacturing jobs) and oranges (parttime work). If the article says anything, it tells you how important it is to raise the minimum wage on the growing service sector parttime jobs market, where benefits are few:
These are real jobs with real benefits. But wait, the naysayers scream. President Obama created 180,000 jobs a month. He did.

But 94 percent of those jobs weren’t full-time jobs with benefits. They were typically part-time, lower-paying jobs, mostly without benefits. People have to take two or three of those kinds of jobs just to make ends meet. That’s not my opinion but the word from Alan Bennett Krueger and Lawrence Katz, whose meticulously researched paper, “The Rise and Nature of Alternative Work Arrangements in the United States 1995-2015,” was published last March.

1 comment:

  1. No one, anywhere, that I have heard has ever mentioned the intense dislike the republicans had for the Obama loans- the so called bailout- to the auto industry a few years ago. A program which basically saved the entire US auto industry (foreign transplants included) and all the jobs associated. In fact, I vividly remember people crying "Government Motors." They took such delight in the potential loss of hundreds of thousands of good American jobs. Now, when their orange hero bullies corporate chiefs and saves a handful they celebrate trump's presidential prowess.