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November 2, 2012

Cary Clack makes a positive case for Barack Obama’s re-election

Filed under: People,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 5:51 pm
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Cary Clack was a liberal columnist for the San Antonio Express-News until he resigned that position about a year ago to become the communications director and senior advisor to Joaquin Castro, the Democratic candidate for my congressional district, the 20th.  It seems that most political flacks this year emphasize negative campaigning, but earlier today, Clack made the following positive case on Facebook for re-electing President Obama:

  • Oct. unemployment rate at 7.9% with 171,000 jobs created and 84,000 more jobs added to the August and September figures. He kept the country from going into a depression; 800,000 jobs a month were lost when he took office; 33 straight months of job creation with more than 5 million new jobs; the stock market has more than doubled; he saved the auto industry and one million jobs; 30 million Americans will have health insurance at a boon to PRIVATE insurance companies; consumer confidence is at a 5-year high; housing starts are at a 4-year high. Yet this country is worse off under President Obama?

As Mark Twain said, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics, so perhaps we should take a closer look at Clack’s statistics:

  1. October unemployment rate at 7.9% while 171,000 jobs created and 84,000 more jobs added to the August and September figures.  Clack conveniently fails to note that the unemployment rate increased from 7.8 in October and that the rate is higher than when Obama took office in January 2009.
  2. He kept the country from going into a depression.  The Great Recession ended in June of 2009, before the Obama stimulus had taken effect, so clearly nothing Obama did prevented a depression.
  3. 33 months of job creation with more than 5 million new jobs.  The statistics from Obama administration seem to have a flexible starting date.  Sometimes the starting date is Obama’s inauguration, others (like this one) start a few months later, and others are blamed to George Bush to this day.
  4. The stock market has more than doubled.  Funny how Obama attributes the doubled price of gas to the fact that prices were so low in 2009 due to the Great Recession; however, when it comes to the doubling of the stock market, there is no reference to the fact that stock prices were abysmally depressed in March of 2009. 
  5. He saved the auto industry and 1 million jobs.  This is urban legend.  The auto industry (but not the auto unions) would have done better under a managed bankruptcy, at less cost to the federal government.
  6. 30 million Americans will have health insurance at a boon to PRIVATE insurance companies.  The federal government is about to founder under the weight of its various insurance/welfare entitlements, and it simply cannot afford ObamaCare at this time.
  7. Consumer confidence is at a 5-year high; housing starts are at a 4-year high.  Of course, consumer confidence and housing starts should be higher as the economy recovers.  The questions are whether the Obama recovery has been too tepid and whether Romney can shift the recovery into overdrive.

Based on Clack’s statistics, I think the Obama campaign might be better served if it quit talking statistics and reverted to its previous tactic of trying to demonize Mitt Romney.

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