When I first heard that Gov Romney’s econ team was touting that Mitt’s program would generate 12 million jobs over four years, I went to a few long term forecasts–forecasts, mind you, that were totally independent of who won the election–and found that one prominent one predicted exactly that: 12 million jobs, having nothing to do with Mitt and his X-point plan.
Well, now the campaign allegedly has some more studies…hey, they can’t be wrong if they’re studies!…that confirm the 12 million. Except for, once again, they don’t come anywhere close to doing so. It’s just another case of a dog’s breakfast of disparate stuff thrown together such that even a casual glance belies the claim that this is “evidence.”
The WaPo fact checker does the work here, awarding Mitt four Pinocchios (their worst score):
…the candidate’s personal accounting for this figure in this campaign ad [the 12 million jobs] is based on different figures and long-range timelines stretching as long as a decade — which in two cases are based on studies that did not even evaluate Romney’s economic plan. The numbers may still add up to 12 million, but they aren’t the same thing — not by a long shot.
Obfuscation, thy name is Mitt.