Rep. Gohmert Decries "The President's War On Jobs"
Last night on the House floor, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) accused President Obama half a dozen times of declaring a "war on jobs" by pushing for tighter emissions controls on the Lone Star state's polluters and tighter oversight of offshore drilling rigs in the wake of the BP spill last spring. "I realize this is all part of the president's war on jobs," Gohmert said of the EPA's latest effort to regulate carbon emissions in Texas. (The state has flatly refused to comply with the agency's CO2 permitting initiative.)
Gohmert's inflammatory "revelation" uncovers another shortcoming of the Obama White House: they've been steadily losing the War on Jobs for the past 12 months! In 2010, private sector jobs grew by 1.3 million, despite the environmental 'warfare' Gohmert decried last night. But a little fact like that can't stop Gohmert from accusing President Obama of intentionally damaging the country. Watch (transcript here):
Given Gohmert's disconnect from reality on jobs, maybe it isn't surprising that he ended up repeating a long-discredited, Glenn Beck-promoted conspiracy theory about George Soros and a Brazilian drilling company. In Gohmert and Beck's world, it doesn't matter that the facts don't support the Soros claim or the "war on jobs" rhetoric. As Christina Bellantoni wrote in Roll Call this week, our congressmen and women are "taking cues from the echo chamber" and measuring their impact in talk radio mentions rather than actual economic metrics like, say, 12 consecutive months of private-sector job growth.