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Mitt Romney's blame game

Romney is waging a game of Liar’s Poker in this campaign, and by that I mean he shamelessly lies about President Obama’s record while maintaining a bland poker face. Take for instance Mitt’s fairly recent bogus talking point claiming Obama’s policies have caused a huge unemployment spike for women.

Of course, the actual unemployment statistics tell a much different story.

More charts and figures at the link, but the basic story told in this chart is when the recession first started, (under George Bush by the way), construction and other male dominated industries took the big hit first. Women lost the bulk of their jobs when Republicans regained power and went on their addled brained austerity kick to “shrink government.” Public jobs are largely held by women, and that of course includes teachers.

This could have been avoided by increasing federal aid to the states and investing in hiring more teachers, which is what the Democratic party and President Obama tried to do, but Republicans moved and heaven and earth to prevent that remedy. So women actually lost all those jobs because of GOP policies. And I remind you, the reason the Republicans did this was to keep the recovery weak and do as much damage as possible to the economy so they could run on the issue of a failed recovery in this election.

However, if you look at the chart again, you see that in spite of relentless Republican obstruction of his policies, male employment is back at the level it was when President Obama took office and female employment is rising almost to the same level again as well.

So Republicans are pulling a slick trick here. They regained power when they ran on the promise of creating jobs. But instead Republicans destroyed hundreds of thousands of good paying careers. Now, fooling the rubes with these false talking points is the GOP’s only hope since they have done absolutely nothing to aid job creation themselves and thus have no accomplishments to run on instead.

Libby Spencer
Libby Spencer is a social media maven whose political commentary has been published on a wide variety of websites including a rather short lived guest blog at Fox News. She has been practicing her particular brand of punditry at the Detroit News Politics blog since April 2004.