DNC - Fact Checking Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney released another video attacking President Obama on the economy today - a curious approach from an individual who has embraced the very failed economic policies of the last decade which nearly sank our economy into a second Great Depression and who was an unqualified failure on the issue of jobs as Governor of Massachusetts. So, as Mitt Romney continues to attack the President and hold himself out as someone who can lead on the economy we have a few questions reporters and voters should be asking him followed by a fact check on the video released today:
 
What about finishing 47th out of 50 in job creation as Governor of Massachusetts makes you qualified to lead on the issue of jobs?
 
As Governor, you lost manufacturing jobs at twice the national rate. Why would Americans want a person with that record of failure at the helm of our economy?
 
You claim to have a vision for the American economy but have simply embraced the failed policies of the last decade that resulted in the worst financial crisis in decades. If those failed policies didn't work for America then why are you embracing them now?
 
Video Fact Check
 
REALITY: ROMNEY’S JOB CREATION RECORD IN MASSACHUSETTS WAS ONE OF THE WORST IN THE COUNTRY
 
During Romney’s Tenure as Governor, Massachusetts’ Economic Performance Was “One Of The Worst In The Country” On “All Key Labor Market Measures.” [Boston Globe, 7/29/07]
 
Factcheck.org: “Romney’s Jobs Record Provides Little To Boast About.” [Factcheck.org, 1/11/08]
 
In Romney’s Four Years As Governor Massachusetts Ranked 47th Out Of 50 In Jobs Growth. [Marketwatch, 2/23/10]
 
REALITY: MANUFACTURING WAS DEVASTATED UNDER ROMNEY
 
Under Romney Manufacturing Jobs In Massachusetts Declined By Twice The National Average—“The Third Worst Record In The Country.” [Boston Globe, 7/29/07]
 
REALITY: ROMNEY AXED FUNDING FOR THE MASSACHUSETTS MANUFACTURING EXTENTION PARTNERSHIP WHICH HELPS SMALL MANUFACTURERS WITH WORKFORCE TRAINING AND OPERATION IMPROVEMENTS
Romney’s Budget Cuts To Manufacturing Partnership Hampered Effort To Save Thousands Of Jobs. [Boston Globe, 11/23/06]
 
Ø2006: Romney Vetoed More Than $700,000 In Funding For The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Which Was Then Overridden By The Legislature. [Westboro News, 12/14/06]
Ø2006: Romney Vetoed Roughly $557,000 For The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership From A Stimulus Bill. [Boston Business Journal, 6/3/06]
Ø2005: Romney Vetoed $850,000 For The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Which Was Overridden By The Legislature. [Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 7/15/05]
 
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership Is A Nonprofit Which Assists Small Manufacturers With Improving Operations. [Boston Business Journal, 5/27/11]
 
REALITY: MANUFACTURING IN PENNSYLVANIA HAS SHOWN A RESURGENCE IN THE LAST YEAR
Pennsylvania Non-Farm Private Employment Increased By 129,000 Since The Recovery Act Was Signed In February 2009. [data.bls.gov, Accessed 6/29/11]
 
ØPennsylvania Added 44,000 Jobs in the Last Year. In the last year, Pennsylvania has added 44,000 jobs, from May 2010 to May 2011. [BLS.gov, Economic News Release, 6/17/11]
 
ØOf Those, 9,400 Were Manufacturing Jobs, Representing A Sector-Wide 1.7% Increase Since May 2010. [data.bls.gov, Accessed 6/24/11]
 
May 2011 Represents The Fifth Straight Month Of Job Growth In PA’s Manufacturing Sector. [data.bls.gov, Accessed 6/24/11]
 
REALITY: MANUFACTURING HAS BEEN ON THE RISE ACROSS THE COUNTRY UNDER OBAMA’S LEADERSHIP
 
WSJ: “The Manufacturing Sector Has Been Something Of A Bright Spot” After Decades Of Decline, With Jobs Up 1.4% Since Last Year And Industrial Production On The Rise. [WSJ, 6/24/11]
 
ØPresident Obama Launched The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, A National Effort To Invest In Technologies That Will Create High Quality Manufacturing Jobs And Enhance Global Competitiveness. [White House Press Release, 6/24/2011]
 
Manufacturing Industry Added 238,000 Jobs From December 2009 Through May 2011. [U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6/3/11]
 
U.S. Manufacturing Production Index Has Grown 13 Percent Since The End Of The Recession. [WSJ, 6/24/2011]
 
The Unemployment Rate Among Manufacturing Workers Has Dropped 3% Since The Depth Of The Recession In June 2009. [BLS.gov, Accessed 6/13/11]
 
Manufacturing Sector Has Expanded For The 22nd Consecutive Month. “Despite the slowdown, economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 22nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 24th consecutive month.” [ISM.ws, 6/1/2011]