-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger
With the new year comes the beginning of the 2012 presidential race. Outgoing Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty is making his move. He’s written a book, and he’s written a recent op-ed article for the Wall Street Journal. That article is so devoid of facts that Pawlenty has been awarded the “Pants on Fire” rating on PolitiFact’s Truth-o-meter.
This should make him a shoo-in for the Republican nomination.
Since January 2008, the private sector has lost nearly 8 million jobs while local, state and federal governments added 590,000.
In January 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), total private-sector employment in the United States stood at 115,562,000. That number had dropped to 108,278,000 by November 2010. That’s a decrease of 7.3 million jobs, which is pretty close to the 8 million Pawlenty claimed. While trying to pin the job losses on Obama, Pawlenty failed to mention that two-thirds of those job losses came during the George W. Bush administration.
What about Pawlenty’s numbers regarding government jobs? The BLS has a category called government employment, which includes local, state, and federal employment, as Pawlenty had defined it. Over the same time frame, the number of government jobs went from 22,379,000 to 22,261,000 — a decrease of 118,000, rather than an increase of 590,000, as Pawlenty had written.
Even if Pawlenty penned the WSJ article, someone on his staff should have verified its accuracy.
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