“In yet another instance of Mitt Romney’s campaign not telling the truth, it turns out that the numbers behind his ‘jobs plan’ just don’t add up. For months, Romney has pledged to create 12 million jobs over his first term—a number economists project will be created under current policy—but the numbers he’s cited for his claims aren’t based on evaluations of his plan and are ‘squishy’ at best. Mitt Romney thinks he can run out the clock by not coming clean about policy details, but the American people deserve the truth about his plans. And the truth is that economists have concluded that the severe cuts he would make like education, research and development, manufacturing and infrastructure could eliminate 1 million jobs and shrink economic growth by 1 percent.”
There’s no question about the fact that Mitt Romney’s jobs plan math is as bogus as his tax plan math, and that they are both as bogus as Paul Ryan’s weekend photo-op rewashing dishes at a charity even though the dishes had already been cleaned and the charity hadn’t invited him. As Greg Sargent says, Romney’s fraudulent claim should be a big story—the only question is whether it will be treated like one. Part of the answer rests in the media’s hands, but in the end it’s going to be up to the Obama campaign—and President Obama himself—to make this an issue and to hold Mitt Romney accountable for his dishonest campaign rhetoric.