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Bill Clinton’s DNC Jobs Claim Checks Out

Submitted by on September 7, 2012 – 11:26 amOne Comment
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In his speech to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, former president Bill Clinton made a stunning claim: that millions more private sector jobs have been created under Democratic presidents than under Republicans since 1961. And it’s true… but it does open the door to the tricky work of which party and president gets credit for what.

Clinton told the enthusiastic crowd:

“Since 1961, for 52 years now, the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats 24,” Clinton said. “In those 52 years, our private economy has produced 66 million private-sector jobs. So what’s the jobs score? Republicans 24 million, Democrats 42 (million).”

The line was met with loud applause.

FactCheck approved of the statement, citing a May report from Bloomberg. And Politifact crunched the numbers themselves to find the same results. The site also added that including context about government jobs and population growth rates would have actually made the Democrats’ accomplishment even more impressive. (And no one’s even mentioned that Republicans have been in office for more years since 1961.)

Just one thing… a president can’t necessarily take credit for what happens during their administration, especially with regards to the economy. As Politifact puts it, “Presidents deserves [sic] less credit for the good times and less blame for the bad times”. Not only is the economy an unwieldy beast that often takes years to manifest waves and movements; but each president worked with a Congress, often dominated by the other party.

Still, 18 million more jobs… that’s a lot.

What do you think?

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