Mitt Romney set up his debate answer on how he would curb outsourcing and bring jobs back to the United States, beginning with a classic example of Romney statistics and saying, "A half a million manufacturing jobs have been lost in the last four years. That’s total over the last four years." Yes, Mitt, and what was happening as Barack Obama became president?
Not only have we seen some recovery after the initial crash, but Romney's promises have to be seen in the context of recent Republican presidencies.
Mitt Romney wants us to believe that Obama is historically awful on manufacturing. But the facts just don't back that up. Meanwhile, Romney wants us to believe that he would be better for American manufacturing than George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan in his first term, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon or Dwight Eisenhower. For that matter, he wants us to believe he'd be better for American manufacturing than Bill Clinton in his second term. But his own record as a businessman is one of outsourcing American manufacturing jobs to other countries with low wages and weak workplace protections, and he has offered no plan, beside getting tough on one of the countries he is still profiting from offshoring jobs to, China, to improve manufacturing employment here.
On manufacturing, Romney's got nothing, and a selective half-truth about Obama's record and a lot of tough talk he'd never follow through on won't change that.