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'Why talk about jobs when we can beat up on
the children of immigrants?' (Pool/Reuters)
So I just went through the transcript of last night's debate to see what Rick Perry and Mitt Romney had to say about jobs. I came up almost bone dry: Between them, they only mentioned the words "job" or "jobs" six times—three times apiece.

Here's what each of them said, in the order in which they were delivered.

  1. PERRY: "Well, Rick Scott is sitting right over there, and he and I compete every day with trying to get jobs into our states."
  2. PERRY: "Well, you will see a more extensive jobs plan."
  3. ROMNEY: "I happen to believe that to create jobs it helps to have had a job, and I have — and having had a job in small business and in big business, I know what you have to do is make America the most attractive place in the world for business, and that means our corporate tax rates, our employer tax rates have to be competitive."
  4. ROMNEY: "I know how jobs come, how jobs go."
  5. ROMNEY: "You've got people who are sitting at that same table filling out job application forms, knowing that there are hundreds of other people that are doing the same thing for the same job."
  6. PERRY: "Americans want a leader who's got a proven record of job creation. Number one, we get rid of Obamacare. Secondly, we pull back all of those regulations that are job-killing today, whether it's Dodd-Frank or whether it's the EPA."

I would have made a word cloud, but there wouldn't have been enough moisture to fog a bathroom mirror.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Romney vs Perry = Ken doll vs Yosemite Sam (6+ / 0-)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 11:26:02 AM PDT

  •  Yes, Rick Perry Did.... (8+ / 0-)

    For as little as I could stomach, Rick Perry suggested that Texas has the solution to job creation - tort reform.

    You know, people are free to harm you without fear of being sued, then these 'job creators' will do their part......



  •  Their plan is to make the economy worse (6+ / 0-)

    The Republican plan is to deepen the recession through spending cuts, and then hope the confidence fairy creates jobs with her magic wand.

  •  It's 'cause job spelled backwards is "BOJ" (1+ / 0-)
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    Which stands for Bank of Japan. Which would remind people of how bad Japan's economy still is, and how we may suffer the same fate.

    Also, job is often preceded by "Blow", which is icky.

    Thank god for their circumspetion here and their looking out for my little angel!

  •  but Jed, they *have* jobs . . . (0+ / 0-)

    and are applying for another one with lots of perks and a good salary. Why should they care about you?

    Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Hunter S. Thompson

    by Mnemosyne on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 11:40:29 AM PDT

  •  Mitt would be weaker than Obama (1+ / 0-)
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    Sixty Something

    If Mitt becomes president the same Republicans who hate Obama will hate him. They won't be as public about it but they will block him as much. Obama has lost Democrats faith but still has their support, Mitt won't.

    •  Nah, the obstruction that plagues DC would vanish (1+ / 0-)
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      overnight and it would once again become the GOP kleptocracy that it was under Bush. Republicans may hate Romney personally, but that's never gotten in the way of them making money for themselves and their cronies. They all thought Bush was an embarrassing idiot but it didn't make them vote against the wars or tax cuts.

  •  there might not be (1+ / 0-)
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    enough moisture to fog a mirror, but there is enough fartstink to clear a room.

  •  I watched the first few installments... (4+ / 0-)
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    HugoDog, Matt Z, mmacdDE, Gordon20024

    of this soap opera, but last night's episode was horrible, and it didn't hold my interest for more than ten minutes.

    This series is quickly reminding me of "Twin Peaks." Sure, at first it was enjoyably weird, but after a few episodes, it became obvious that it was being offbeat just for the sake of being offbeat and that there ultimately was no point.

    I mean, one week you cheer executions, the next you applaud death due to lack of health insurance, and last night you boo gay soldiers. Bo-ring!

    The only interesting moment was the look of fear (or recognition) that burst from Rick Santorum's eyes when the moderator mentioned Google in Santorum's first question.

    Now, if Sherilyn Fenn were to throw her hat into the ring, I might be tempted to tune in again.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 11:44:00 AM PDT

  •  "..compete every day (4+ / 0-)
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    DRo, HugoDog, Matt Z, kevin k

    ..with trying to get jobs into our states."

    Vote for me! I'm leading the race to the bottom!

    The masquerade really is forever.Tomorrow never comes.

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 11:46:13 AM PDT

  •  Only One Way to Create Jobs (7+ / 0-)

    Last time I checked, the Law of Supply and Demand had not been repealed, yet nobody seems to understand that jobs are created by Demand, nothing else.  Taxes, regulations, "uncertainty" mean nothing provided Demand is enough to increase consumption.

    This ain't rocket science.

  •  Why talk Jobs when... (1+ / 0-)
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    your principle goal, as a Party, is to sabotage the U.S. economy as a means toward diminishing the electability of Obama?  

    Trust-Fund Kids of America Unite... save the Bush tax cuts!

    by JCPOK on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 11:51:28 AM PDT

  •  Romney Knows MUCH More About How Jobs Go nt (3+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 11:58:20 AM PDT

  •  With the booed gay soldier stealing all the media (0+ / 0-)

    attention, the pundocracy missed the lede: The two GOP frontrunners are jockeying to emulate Rick Scott when it comes to economic issues. Rick Scott. The biggest Medicare fraudster in history. That's who the GOP is most inspired by. When will that revelation make the news rounds the way the booing a gay soldier and cheering death did?

  •  The fundamental difference = "States" vs "People." (0+ / 0-)

    This speaks volumes:

    "Well, Rick Scott is sitting right over there, and he and I compete every day with trying to get jobs into our states."

    The words that jump off the page and hit me in the eye are "compete" and "states".    What Perry calls "competition" Democrats understand as "the Race to the Bottom." This is a contest Texas has been exceptionally good at making a business friendly economy that produces equal measures of crony-employment, low wage jobs and environmental degradation.   If the Texas Miracle were any more Miraculous, India would be outsourcing THEIR call centers there.

    Then there is the focus on "The Several States" ... that's been an American problem since Hamilton and Jefferson butted heads on such issues as whether there should be a National Bank, Mint or  Army.  

    It's not as if Americans in the 18th century were totally unaffected by their experience of being "Colonies."

      On the downside: their bourgeoisie was not free to engage in global trade  the terms they would have preferred, nor to develop domestic heavy industries on any terms at all.   On the up side  colonial Governors enjoyed vice-regal status and authority. Any Revolution would have to conciliate the goodwill of both Bourgeois AND Governors.

    So ... the more sophisticated Founders developed the habit of thinking of the former colonies as if they were German Staten  sovereign autonomous principalities united in a loose confederation.  Ultimately there would be a Civil War about that very point.

    Not all the people of the Several States accepted the outcome of that War,  so a popular romantic attachment to States Rights was engaged to support the continued vice-regal authority of Governors and the supremacy of their State Legislatures over the GoddamYankeeGovmentInWashington.  (Remember: the Founding Fathers did not want either the President or the Senators elected by popular vote.  When they said "The People",  they were thinking, at least in part, of the Ancient Roman concept of a "Plebeian Assembly"  -- and intricate political arrangement  by which the collective will of the Families and Tribes was made known to the Senate and which often had sovereign authority to create and repeal legislation. (There was no Roman notion that "the People" meant the hundreds of thousands of "Head Count"  Citizens, much less the slaves and females residing within the City. )

    In modern times we have seen how small and local governments are so much cheaper to buy and easier to subvert than a strong National government.

    And better than that: "Every Governor a King" -- well, at least a Grand Duke.

    The Republican agenda today seems to be having the States compete to reduce Taxes, Regulations and Wages as much as possible ... so as to inflate corporate products and attract foreign investment in American extraction and agricultural industries.

    "Strong middle class" -- that's so 20th Century.

  •  Mitt;"I know how.... (1+ / 0-)
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    jobs come, how jobs go."  F'n A you know how jobs go, considering you were responsible for a shit load of them going!!  

  •  Texans are getting to know Rick Perry (1+ / 0-)
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    We are beginning to meet a Governor that many of us never knew. Here at home Rick Perry has done a fine job at avoiding public scrutiny as much as possible. He'll do things like fire chairs of committees such as the Texas Forensic Commission when unfavorable if not damning news is about to break. He will appoint a crony to shut down the findings. Rick Perry and his crony will also shut out the press, i.e. we the people, and any watchdog groups that try to get to the truth.

    Now that he is in the national hot seat with bright lights shining upon him Rick looks rattled. Unfortunately for him he couldn't hire one of his cronies to ask all of the questions.

  •  PERRY: ... ROMNEY: (0+ / 0-)
    Secondly, we pull back all of those regulations that are job-killing today,


    You've got people who are sitting at that same table filling out job
    application forms,

    You can safely assume you have created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott

    by zooecium on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 12:12:45 PM PDT

  •  How many times did they propose . . . (0+ / 0-)

    . . . more tax cuts for the wealthy, and, more cuts in programs that benefit poor, children, and women?

  •  God help us if either of these idiots get elected, (0+ / 0-)

    Romney says to create jobs you must have had a job, and he has.   Whoopee.  Makes him qualified to be President.

    Perry says the way to create jobs is to get rid of Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and the EPA.

    Where does the GOP come up with these bozos?

  •  Here's your word cloud (0+ / 0-)

    (Courtesy of Wordle)

    Q. Why is Obama like a stalagmite?
    A. One is always in a cave and the other always caves in.

    by Simolean on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 08:18:17 PM PDT

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