Friday, October 08, 2004

I'm watching commentary on the presidential debates right now on CNN. Maybe I'll be back later to write more about the debate in general, but one thing jumped out at me.

A fact-checking talking head just came on and "corrected" what Kerry had said about job loss under Bush. He said that Kerry claimed 1.6 million had been lost, but in reality, as far as private sector jobs go (emphasis mine, and it's not meant to represent an exact quote), only half that many jobs have been lost.

So, if 1.6 million jobs have been lost and only 800,000 of them are in the private sector, then that means... can you guess? It means... Bush has created 800,000 government jobs.

In my free time, I'm working on a list of myths and big lies. Lie #1: the Earth is flat. Lie #2: the Jews are our affliction. Lie #3: The Republican party is the party of smaller, limited government.


Anonymous said...

So, what you should have said was if 1.6 million private sector jobs have been lost, but net losses are only .8 million jobs, then Bush must have created 800,000 private sector jobs... Everyone needs a math geek now and then.

Cyrus said...

Yeah, I admit my math was completely screwed up. I'm pretty sure I remember the implication of what the guy on CNN said correctly (that Bush has created a whole lot of government jobs) but other than that my post makes no sense. I mean, my memory and clarity of writing sucked, but I think my logic was ok. If only I had expressed it better.