Rep. Graves: Massive Job Loss Began Under President Obama

April 14, 2011 3:44 pm ET — Julia Krieger

Today on MSNBC, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) made a rookie mistake. In a shoddy attempt to deflect a question pointing to the lack of jobs created by Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, Graves tried to blame President Obama for recent job loss — all of it. Graves claimed that "massive job loss" in America "began in about 2008, and I believe that was under President Obama." When host Contessa Brewer pointed out the severe job losses beginning in 2001, Graves insisted that was not accurate. 

BREWER: They've had the lowest tax rates under the Bush-era tax cuts in years. How come we haven't seen massive job growth?

GRAVES: Well, what we've seen is massive job loss that began in about 2008, and I believe that was under Barack Obama.

BREWER: One. 2001.

GRAVES: No, not two — the job losses began in late two thousand and —

BREWER: Yes, sir. The numbers support what I'm saying.

GRAVES: And, high gas prices we're — we're continuing to see as well, now. But when we see the stimuluses, the TARPs, the bailouts, the buyouts, cash for Congress — they didn't work. They just didn't work and we need to accept that. We need to move on, we don't need to point fingers, but we need to have a very positive vision for the future of our nation and we certainly don't need to engage in class warfare, which is what the president declared yesterday.


Graves is, of course, wrong. Not only were jobs lost in every single month in 2001, but economists also point to nearly eight million American jobs lost on the GOP's watch. President Obama has worked to reverse monthly job losses, overseeing 13 consecutive months of private-sector job creation.

Perhaps Graves realized his mistake, because when Brewer pushed the point Graves waffled, settling instead on a new attack: accusing the president of declaring "class warfare" in yesterday's deficit reduction speech.