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August 04, 2011

Old and Busted: The White House Will Soon Be Creating 500,000 Jobs A Month
New Hotness: The White House Does Not Create Jobs

Joe Biden, April 23, 2010:

"All in all we're going to be creating somewhere between 100[,000] and 200,000 jobs next month, I predict," Biden said, according to a pool report, adding that he "got in trouble" for a job growth prediction last month. "Even some in the White House said, 'Hey, don't get ahead of yourself.' Well, I'm here to tell you, some time in the next couple of months, we're going to be creating between 250,000 jobs a month and 500,000 jobs a month."

Jay Carney, August 3, 2011:

“The White House doesn’t create jobs,” Carney said, adding “the government, together — White House, Congress — creates policies that allow for greater job creation.”

You know who creates jobs though? And who therefore should get the blame, should jobs not be created?

Congress. Note that just after claiming the White House doesn't create jobs, Carney demands that Congress create some jobs.

This is really a slip of the tongue, I imagine. But having laid down the marker that the White House doesn't really create jobs (refuting all the previous WH statements about "saving or creating" jobs), he starts speaking of Congress creating jobs.


He is working very closely with his senior economic advisers to come up with new proposals to help advance growth and job creation. He is working with members of Congress to help advance growth and job creation. And he will continue to do that. There are things that Congress can do now to create jobs, and they should. There are things that Congress will be able to do when they return from recess to help create jobs and spur growth, and they should. And he looks forward to working with Congress to do that.

Odd, isn't it, that when there are jobs being created -- or at least predicted to be created -- it's the White House creating them.

But when no jobs are being created, that's not the White House's problem.

After all, it's Congress that creates jobs.

Thanks to soothie for the Biden quote.

brb, lowerin' the bar, shiftin' blame


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