Rep. Gohmert Absurdly Claims Most Jobs Created Under Obama Are From The Census

June 22, 2011 3:06 pm ET — Kate Conway

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) may be Congress' master of the anecdote; whatever inane point he's trying to make, he's got a story about an African village elder or a predatory gay soldier to back it up. Last night on Fox Business' Freedom Watch, Gohmert pulled out a story about "some folks from Turkey" — and their inability to understand sarcasm — to back up some nonsensical statements on the economy.

I'm in favor of higher revenues from taxes, but you do that by stimulating the economy by getting out of the way so that the economy can grow. That's what has happened in the past. And Judge, I was talking to some folks from Turkey about how well their economy's going, and I said, "Gee, you must've had some massive and many stimulus packages to get your economy going," and they don't understand sarcasm so they said, "No, no, that's crazy. No, we lowered our corporate tax rate to 20 percent and companies came flooding in." That's how you increase revenues from taxes. You lower the tax rate, you stimulate the economy that way. I know what the administration is hoping, they're hoping that we can create another Census, 'cause that's where most of the jobs came from that this administration created.


Per usual, there's a lot wrong with Gohmert's statement, not least of which is his easily disprovable assertion that tax cuts create revenue. In addition, his quip about the Census — a popular GOP method of attacking jobs numbers at the time of the Census itself — makes absolutely no sense. Census jobs were temporary, public-sector jobs, but the private sector has added over 1.2 million net jobs by itself since July 2009, when President Obama's policies began to take effect. And not a single one of those jobs can be attributed to the Census.

In addition, pointing to Turkey as a model for how we ought to run our economy is an example of an amusing new trend in which GOPers suddenly decide to exalt countries they've been fervently trying to bash with accusations of socialism or Europeanness. On Monday, fellow crazy caucus member Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) praised the success of Canada's stimulus-free recovery (even though Canada had a stimulus) but definitely not its single-payer health care system or its legal same-sex marriage. Similarly, when the GOP is looking for a friend to back them up on ill-advised austerity measures, Europe is a showered with flattering descriptors like "bold" — but other times, "European" itself is used as a self-evident negative adjective.