Friday, February 24, 2012

Al Jazeera English: How will the Republican candidates create jobs?

San Pedro, CA - "We start with Romney, who released his jobs plan in September, getting a brief jump on President Obama's employment speech to Congress. Despite its title, Romney's plan is anyting but tightly focused on job creation ideas. Quite the opposite, it rambles all over the map, while including 95 separate proposals. In unveiling it, Romney claimed his plan would produce 11.5 million jobs in his first term, with average GDP growth of four per cent per year, and a reduction in the unemployment rate from the then-current 9.1 per cent to 5.9 per cent . . 

These claims seem dubious, at best. No Republican president since the Great Depression has presided over a four-year term with four per cent average growth. Only Democrats have done this well (or better) - and indeed, every Democrat except Jimmy Carter managed this level of growth for at least one term."

This is an excellent article that explains the Romney and Santorum's job ideas. Rightardia agrees with the author. Republicans have been less astute in job creation than Democrats. A case in point: GW bush created 3 million new jobs during two terms and Bill Clinton created 21 million.

Republicans have been more concerned with worker productivity than job creation.  Most of GW Bush's on American labor centered around improvements to worker productivity: doing more with fewer workers. 

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source: How will the Republican candidates create jobs? - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

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