Friday, August 12, 2011

The Almighty Private Sector and Job Creation

It's the economy stupid. The 2012 election will hinge on the economy. Values and ideals are great, but most people could care less about idealism when they can't put food on the plate.

The current, according to conservatives, results from President Obama's lack of private sector experience. Barack just doesn't get what it means to work with a budget, they say. Hannity, Rush, Mitt, they get it. They've worked in the private sector. Mitt took over several businesses. He knows what works and what doesn't, but without this experience he could never know. That's why Mitt is clearly the right choice for 2012 to correct our errant economy.

Let's look at Mitt's track record. It turns out private sector experience isn't sufficient for a great economy. In Mitt's years as governor of Massachusetts, the Bay State ranked 47th nationally in jobs creation. So what gives? Maybe, had Mitt not been in the private sector, it would have ranked dead last...

Which makes sense, if you think about it. Mitt infamously bragged in the 2007 debates that he would trim the fat, leading Mike to Huckabee to quip that Mitt reminds people of the guy who fired them. For a business, trimming the fat may be the right thing. Try telling that to the 9.1% unemployed.