As the US unemployment rate hit a three-year low of 8.1 percent on Friday, Mitt Romney escalated his attacks on the President by moving the unemployment goalpost.
"Just this morning, there was some news that came across the wire, that said that the unemployment rate has dropped to 8.1 percent," Romney told a group of supporters in Pittsburgh.
"And normally, that would be cause for celebration, but in fact, anything over 8 percent, anything near 8 percent, anything over 4 percent, is not a cause for celebration, but, in fact, the reason it dropped from 8.2 to 8.1 was not because we created a lot of jobs, as a mater of fact, only 115,000 net new jobs were created. And that was well beneath what it was expected to be; it should have been in the hundreds of thousands, but it wasn't..."
Romney continued to stammer, "I think it helps to have a job to create a job, and I have, and I will. Now, people ask me, what will I do to help create jobs? And one thing I know I'm not going to do, is to go and hire a bunch more people in the federal government... first of all, I'd take away one of the things that frightens entrepreneurs and innovators and businesses of all kinds from hiring, I'll get rid of Obamacare!"
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, no Republican president in 40 years has lowered the unemployment rate to 4 percent.
During Mitt Romney’s tenure as Massachusetts governor, his own state ranked forty-seventh among the fifty US states in lack of job growth. The numbers look even worse whhen you consider Romney left office one year after Hurricane Katrina, which gives Louisiana a good excuse for ranking below Massachusetts. But it didn't.
Under Democratic President Clinton the unemployment rate was below 4 percent for five months in 2000.
It's strange politics indeed that would compel former Governor Mitt Romney to attack his own successful health care plan; the same plan on which Obamacare was modeled.
On 14 April 2012 the Massachusetts health care reform act, dubbed Romneycare, turned six years old. The number of Massachusetts residents without health insurance has dropped to just 2%.