Suddenly Obama Is Claiming He Doesn’t Believe The Government Creates Jobs


President Obama has made government job-creation programs a centerpiece of his administration. Whether we’re talking about all the “stimulus” spending or his government “investment” in green jobs boondoggles, President Obama’s actions clearly paint a picture of a man who believes that jobs are created by government.

Yet, in his closing statement during last night’s debate, President Obama said that’s not what he believes. “I think a lot of this campaign, maybe over the last four years, has been devoted to this notion that I think government creates jobs, that that somehow is the answer,” said the President. “That’s not what I believe. I believe that the free enterprise system is the greatest engine of prosperity the world has ever known.”

He went on: “I believe in self-reliance and individual initiative.”

That doesn’t sound like the President Obama we’ve come to know over the last four years. That sounds like, well, Rush Limbaugh.

Video here.

If Obama doesn’t believe that government creates jobs, then how do you explain the case his administration made for the stimulus spending spree? Their argument was that government spending would, in turn, create jobs. Remember “jobs created or saved?”

The bedrock foundation of Obama’s economic policies is that government creates jobs, and now he’s saying that’s not something he actually believes? Four years of bad policy later, it seems President Obama is trying to pretend he’s someone he is not on economic policy.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • SigFan

    He’s grasping at anything he thinks will be his lifeline – even if it means compounding one lie with another. He and his followers are becoming unhinged. Apparently the death threats against Romney have been all over Twitter and elsewhere:

    Wonder why that hasn’t been on MSDNC or any of the other in the tank for Obama news outlets?

    • Davo

      I would imagine for the same reason that we haven’t seen any reports on Fox News regarding Barack Obama’s homosexuality (which has been discussed numerous times on this blog). We really shouldn’t waste news reports on what crazy stupid people believe and say.

      • SigFan

        Do you honestly believe that if it were Romney supporters making these kinds of statements about Obama the media would and should be silent? If you do then I have some nice ocean front property in AZ you’ll be interested in.

        • $8194357

          He needs a padded cell.

        • Davo

          Romney supporters *ARE* saying that Barack Obama is a homosexual Muslim *ON THIS VERY BLOG. You do not see it reported in the New York Times, for the obvious reason that we shouldn’t waste time repeating the words of crazy people.

          • $8194357

            Reported from the Church he attended and
            the streets he walked.

          • sbark

            google or bing are easy to use……..just have to want to.
            Why does the left want GOP candidates 150% vetted, but their candidates can be brought in from Kenya on a whim and a prayer, with the state controlled media pushing the Messiah idea and tingles running up their legs over the guy…………

        • awfulorv

          We get your point,but don’t encourage dipshits like him to even consider moving to our fair state. We’ve got Californians fleeing from the gangs, the sexual weirdos,the insane taxers, and each other, in droves as it is.

      • mikemc1970

        A dude made national TV for having an empty chair hanging from a tree on his front lawn. If this kind of explosion of death threat were being made towards the president we would never hear the end of it.

        • $8194357

          What double standards?

  • HG

    His claims are betrayed by his actions to the contrary. Obama is a big-gov’t socialist who has admitted such.

    • Albert Dunderfinch

      20 points for using the word socialist. LIke the big government term. If Rob agrees we will add a ten point bonus for that term. Look at them Europeans all dying from socialism, and it could spread to us from across the border in Canada. Next thing you know we will all have affordable health care. Don’t want none of dat going on around here. Lets just give our loot to the insurance companies, and the rich.

      • matthew_bosch

        organizations, Corporations, insurance companies, Churches and Government, act
        in self-interest for self-preservation. Albert
        I agree with you that when an insurance company has to choose between you and self-preservation,
        it will always choose self-preservation. But at least there are multiple
        organizations you can retreat to. Don’t be fooled in thinking that the
        Government will act any differently when it has to choose self-preservation
        over your health. Like all organizations, Government will choose self-preservation,
        and then where will you retreat to? Canada?

        • WOOF

          Government’s preservation resides with its citizens/voters. Corporations can take the money and run

          • $8194357

            You haven’t studied the results of communist or other types of facist systems much huh….
            Islam? 270,000,000 in the last 1400 years…
            Several hundred million ?
            Nazi’s ?
            10/12 million?
            Your big government tyrany has “NO” good results to show..

          • matthew_bosch

            Governments which utilize central planning survive on the group/s which subscribe/benefit to its intents and purposes. Those groups which do not subscribe, prove insignificant. For example: The young tax payer group is far better for self preservation of a government run healthcare system than the older tax payer group(assumption being that current revenues cover current costs). Arbitrary decisions must be made in favor of young tax payer group, even if at the expense of older tax payer group.

          • robert108

            In other words, IPAB, the death panels. Americans who can’t be drained of their earnings through class warfare taxation are of no use to obama.

          • robert108

            It’s the unionoists who took the money from obama and ran.

        • $8194357

          communist/socialists have proved worse by far..

      • HG

        Socialism may not kill, but it sure as hell cannot compete with freedom.

        • Robert Portly

          So everyone in France, Sweden, Germany, Canada, England, Denmark, Norway, and Finland are enslaved? Not free to read what they want, not free do get shot by a gun nut. People from all those countries are just knocking down our doors. Have you been on Fox News crack or what?

          • $8194357

            Fox scares the crap outa you leftist Lenin useful idots huh?
            Throws off the goose step a tad or what?

          • mikemc1970

            Soap scares them.

          • Robert Portly

            You should get a bonus for the use of Lenin, you have outdone the Marxist guys, and the socialist guys, nice word play

          • $8194357

            He is the one who coined the phrase that fits you leftist
            apoligists to the T…
            Useful idiot….
            Spreading the false for the true..
            Iluminist enightenment…
            When the lie becomes the truth and the truth the lie…
            Marx codified it for them. the Iluminist olagarchs who run the facist global ideological AGENDA 21 global facist one world government.

            Marx gave credit as did Alinsky to Lucifer as the
            “originator” of said agendas…..
            Go figure…
            You are just “one of many” of Lenin’s useful idiot apoligists.

          • robert108

            Lenin turned Marx’s utopian fantasy over to bloodthirsty politicians. The Mensheviks actually won the War of 1917, but Lenin and the Bolsheviks murdered them, which pretty much describes the politics of communism.
            No “word play”, just the facts of history. Learn some.

          • $8194357

            Factual history is sadley missing from all these leftist apoligists..
            They only know the revisionist lies..

          • HG

            You’re more than welcome to move to whichever of those locations you wish.

          • $8194357


      • $8194357

        Off limits in 08…
        Black Liberation Theology..
        On the table in 12?
        Big C Communism
        Muslim dhimmitude
        Chicago pay to play green stimulus….
        Your boy is toast…

      • robert108

        200 million in Russia, China and Cambodia have died from socialism.
        We have always had affordable health care; that’s what market forces do.
        It’s govt regulations that have jacked up the price of everything.

      • $8194357

        (Look at them Europeans all dying from socialism, and it could spread to us from across the border in Canada)
        Look at the other side of the socialist coin…

        Sharia islam is taking over those same socialist countries and once again, socialism turns totaly facist….

        But in your liberal ideological false securety bubble…
        Can’t…won’t happen here huh…

        The proven track record of tyranical statist government is facism and killing of its own citizenry…Where ya been the last 1400 years, Al?

    • $8194357

      Big C Communist in a second term if allowed…

  • Sam

    He says whatever he thinks people want to hear. Kind of reminds me of Heidi.

    • Albert Dunderfinch

      We are so lucky Mitt never does that.

    • Game

      You are saying that Romney reminds of of Heidi?

      • Tori

        “of of?” What the hell kind of illiterate phrase is that? Bedtime for you, second grader.

  • Thresherman

    So why is he slapping the snot out of the “engine of prosperity” then? And while he says, “I believe in self-reliance and individual initiative.” he advocates just the opposite, just recall what he told Joe the Plumber 4 years ago.
    Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, losing candidates will embrace what they once abhored in order to maintain a hope of winning.

    • $8194357

      (So why is he slapping the snot out of the “engine of prosperity” then?)
      He must be trying to lean and green it down?

  • Game

    First off, I found it funny that Romney repeated several times that government does not create jobs, when he has done nothing the past 6 years but attempt to apply for a job, that is a government job…
    He also lists among his qualifications for that job, a government job he held for 4 years in Massachusetts.
    By the way, the extra tanks, airplanes, submarines and ships that Romney wants to build that the military does not want, has everything to do with government spending creating jobs. So of coarse Romney believes that government spending can create and protect jobs.

    So yes the private industry in the USA is the he greatest engine of prosperity the world has ever known. The private industry is the backbone of America, and much should be done to help them out during this recovery. However, to pretend that government spending does not create jobs, while at the same time advocating for additional spending in order to increase and protect government jobs is hypocrisy.

  • matthew_bosch

    Yet another political feint. The Left understands its ideas are weak in the open battlefield, thus they deploy the Art of War.
    “All warfare is based on deception.” Sun Tzu

    • $8194357

      And “deception” along with lies originate with Lucifer..

    • sbark

      problem is, there are only a seemingly few in DC like Allan West that even realize the left has been waging war on this country for decades……..

      • $8194357

        Oh I think there are more or Barrys DHS wouldn’t of made the ex military family its number one target for “home grown terrirosm” along with those like me who are overly concerned with the Constitution vs, communism in Amercan history..

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Romney was the only one caught looking flat footed on this issue. Romney keeps lauding he will create jobs. Romney is government, therefore Romney claims government creates jobs.

    This argument ou are making is simply about semantics. Lame.

    Romney lied about education:


    Claim: In response to a question from a college student, Romney said, “I want to make sure we keep our Pell Grant program growing.”

    Facts: Romney’s white paper on education, “A Chance for Every Child,” suggests that a Romney administration would reverse the growth in Pell Grant funding. Indeed, he sharply criticizes Obama for doubling funding for Pell Grants.

    The May 23 position paper said, “A Romney Administration will refocus Pell Grant dollars on the students that need them most and place the program on a responsible long-term path that avoids future funding cliffs and last-minute funding patches.”

    • Your_momma

      “Romney is government.”

      You dope. Romney isn’t holding any public office. He’s not government.

  • awfulorv

    Romney again appeared polished, well versed, truthful, and factual, even though he had to carry that big brown thing on his back. Obama did alright, for a black guy.

    • Robert Portly

      Thank God Repubicans are not racist

      • $8194357

        He speaks pretty good…

      • sbark

        oh you mean like lifelong dem’cat Robert KKK Byrd, a KKK Grand Pobaa, very likely with blood on his hands if the media would really dig…..
        KKK…….60 yrs of Dem’cat voter suppresion until they figured out they could ruin the black community and the nation at the same time with the 15 trillion War on poverty.

        • $8194357

          don’t wake the useful idiot…
          they slept thru all that…

  • Albert Dunderfinch

    NASA created no jobs, the interstate highway system created no jobs. We all know that if Rob says it is true, we can verify it on Fox. Remember what Rob told us ” If you believe it, it is true”.

    • $8194357

      NASA has been repurposed by Barry Boy Wonder who would be
      king of the world for islamic out reach..
      What ever that “really” means…

  • KJUU

    I find it more astonishing that he admitted he’s been campaigning for the last four years.

    • $8194357

      You only run twice..
      Unless……I don’t even wanna go there..

  • Portly Distortly

    How many women are in ” a binder of women”. Apparently this is a Mormon term. If say you had five wives that was considered your “binder of women”. So when you tell another Mormon ” I have a binder of women that work for me”, that means you have multiple wives. Mitt’s grandfather took his binder of women to Mexico when the Mormon church told him to do so. Mitt had multiple grandmothers, all at the same time. Just think when Mitt went to grannie’s house for a cookie, he got a dozen. Now, do you want to be a Mormon? Hey lets spread some of this stuff like we did the birther jazz. I’ll bet we could get Trump in on it.

  • Harold

    This man will say anything to anyone if it means votes, he could care less about our dead ambassador, his only concern was getting to the next fund raiser not finding out who and how the ambassador and those other 3 men were killed. Obama is the worst disaster to hit america in 200 years of politics.

    • $8194357

      A manufactured crisis of unknown proportions.

    • WOOF

      Republicans and dead Ambassadors. Republicans love to stand atop the dead.

      • awfulorv

        I’d be willing to bet that the only reason anyone came out of that Benghazi compound alive was because of certain stalwart Marines who are, by and large, of a conservative bent. Rest assured the brave Marines gave their lives protecting the ambassador, while he, as all good Liberals would do, and no doubt against the advice of his protectors, attempted to reason with the killers. And why, nearly a month later, do Mothers still not know what befell their sons in their last minutes on this earth. Simply being part of a, supposedly, discriminated against race does not excuse one from the inherent decency which dwells within most men. Though this man, our Commander in Chief, arrogantly thinks these rules do not, and should not, apply to Presidents.

    • awfulorv

      I would take a one legged Benedict Arnold over this know nothing, affirmative action, ignoramous. Long after many of us are gone from this earth the policies this bastard, and his traitorous Leftist cronies, have saddled this country with, will still be an onerous weight on our great grand childrens backs. And, I believe, it is precisely because he has a black soul, as well as black skin, that he’s exacting this retribution on the truly productive races of this country. Now that’s a description of a real racist, as are the 95% of blacks who will vote for him simply because of his color.

  • $8194357

    Dick Morris’s take on the second debate…
    MSM Pravda, won’t let Barry go down 0-2 tho…no way..
    But the key reason for the Romney win was substantive:

    1. Romney made very clear the case against Obama’s economic record and Obama’s rebuttal about 5 million jobs was pathetic.

    2. Romney injected the China issue, big time, and tapped into a strong public sentiment on the issue.

    3. Romney made the effective case that Obama is anti-oil, coal, and gas and that this has doubled gas prices.

    4. Romney was very effective in differentiating himself from Bush-43 and in establishing that, unlike the GOP of the past, he was for small businesses not big businesses

    5. Romney rebutted the attacks on him over Chinese investments.

    6. Romney explained his tax plan well and to everyone’s satisfaction.

    7. Obama erred in trying to make us believe that he always felt Libya was a terror attack. We all heard him blame the movie.

    Obama scored points over the 47% statement by Romney, immigration, and by his response to the accusation that he went to Vegas after the murder of the Ambassador.

    But this debate goes to Romney. It seals his momentum and will lead to a big win.

    Read more:

  • $8194357

    Quasi Mohamad $%*&^%
    A Roman Catholic ? “sarc”
    A 20 something year old muslim from Banglidesh…
    Must of been that dang movie trailer again, huh..

    A failed bomb attack at the Fed Reserve in NYC..
    Al queda lives in the USA?

    Jihad in the streets…
    Ft. Hood…
    And the White House?

  • Lynn Bergman

    Here is a union response to the debate:
    11:39 PM Eastern – Tuesday, October 16, 2012
    President Obama came out swinging for us
    I was so pleased to see the presidential debate tonight. It was refreshing to see President Obama come out swinging when Mitt Romney attacked him. The president called him out on his lies and got his point across on healthcare and other things that matter to working women like myself.
    President Obama made it clear he is far more in touch with working Americans than Mitt Romney. Romney promised more tax breaks for the rich and I disagree with that.
    One of the important issues for me was about women’s rights at work. President Obama has a real record: The first piece of legislation he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act. Mitt Romney only gave vague answers with no real commitment to women’s rights in the workplace.
    But most important to me is health policy, and making sure Obamacare continues to protect my family and my patients. I work as a personal care assistant and knowing about the future of Medicare and Medicaid is important to me and the people I care for.
    The biggest disappointment to me was that there weren’t any questions directly about the Affordable Care Act or the huge cuts that Mitt Romney is threatening to Medicare and Medicaid.
    But the part of the debate that was about healthcare issues was really important. President Obama forcefully defended Planned Parenthood and that means a lot to women.
    I know that if Mitt Romney is successful in making cuts to Planned Parenthood, millions of women wouldn’t have anywhere to go for a yearly checkup and other preventative care.
    This debate showed me the difference between the two candidates. President Obama was on the side of working people like me, while Mitt Romney showed he cares more about the super rich.

    • $8194357

      Thugs from their communist organizer roots…

  • robert108

    It’s typical of radical left wing politicians to try to appear conservative just before an election. They know that American is a conservative country(our Constitution is a conservative document), and they need to lie and deceive to get votes.

  • $8194357

    Elitist olagarchies pull the government strings for crony capitalist profit..
    Regional and global steering committees like the Tri Lateralists and Bilderbergs..
    In DC and other nations capitals and at the UN…The game is rigged..

    Obama and the Tri­lat­eral Commission

    Since Jimmy Carter in 1976, the Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion has exe­cuted a
    hege­mony over each Admin­is­tra­tion, using their power and influ­ence to
    fur­ther their own narrow, self-interested goals. The first Obama
    admin­is­tra­tion was no dif­ferent. As I wrote in Obama:
    Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion Endgame,

    For anyone who doubts the Commission’s
    con­tin­uing influ­ence on Obama, con­sider that he has already appointed no
    less than eleven mem­bers of the Com­mis­sion to top-level and key posi­tions in
    his Administration.

    According to offi­cial Tri­lat­eral
    Com­mis­sion mem­ber­ship lists, there are only 87 mem­bers from the United
    States (the other 337 mem­bers are from other regions). Thus, in less than two
    weeks since his inau­gu­ra­tion, Obama’s appoint­ments encom­pass more than 12%
    of Commission’s entire U.S. membership.

    Is this a mere coin­ci­dence or is it a
    con­tin­u­a­tion of dom­i­nance over the Exec­u­tive Branch since 1976?
    (For impor­tant back­ground, read The
    Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion: Usurping Sov­er­eignty.)

    Sec­re­tary of Trea­sury, Tim Gei­thner

    Ambas­sador to the United Nations, Susan Rice

    National Secu­rity Advisor, Gen. James L. Jones

    Deputy National Secu­rity Advisor, Thomas Donilon

    Chairman, Eco­nomic Recovery Com­mittee, Paul Volker

    Director of National Intel­li­gence, Admiral Dennis C. Blair

    Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of State, Asia & Pacific, Â Kurt M. Campbell

    Deputy Sec­re­tary of State, James Stein­berg

    State Depart­ment, Spe­cial Envoy, Richard Haass

    State Depart­ment, Spe­cial Envoy, Dennis Ross

    State Depart­ment, Spe­cial Envoy, Richard Hol­brooke

    There are many other inci­dental links to the
    Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion, for instance,
    Sec­re­tary of State Hillary Clinton is mar­ried to Com­mis­sion
    member William Jef­ferson Clinton.

    Gei­thner‘s informal group of advi­sers include E. Gerald Cor­rigan,
    Paul Volker, Alan Greenspan and Peter G. Peterson, among others.

    His first job after col­lege was with Henry Kissinger at Kissinger Associates.

    Brent Scow­croft has been an unof­fi­cial adviser to Obama and was
    mentor to Defense Sec­re­tary Robert Gates.

    Robert Zoelick is cur­rently pres­i­dent of the World Bank

    Lau­rence Sum­mers, White House Eco­nomic Adviser, was men­tored by former
    Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Robert Rubin during the Clinton administration.

    There are many other such links, but these are
    enough for you to get the idea of what’s going on here.

    Ana­lyze the positions

    Notice that five of the Tri­lat­eral appointees involve the State Depart­ment,
    where for­eign policy is cre­ated and imple­mented. Hillary Clinton is cer­tainly in
    line with these poli­cies because her hus­band, Bill Clinton, is also a member.

    What is more impor­tant than eco­nomic recovery? Paul Volker is the answer.

    What is more impor­tant than national intel­li­gence? Gen. James Jones,
    Thomas Donilon and Adm. Dennis Blair hold the top three positions.

    What is more impor­tant than the Trea­sury and the saving of our
    finan­cial system? Tim­othy Gei­thner says he has the answers.

    The State Depart­ment is vir­tu­ally dom­i­nated by Tri­lat­erals:
    Kurt Camp­bell, James Stein­berg, Richard Haass, Dennis Ross
    and Richard Hol­brooke.

    This leaves Susan Rice, Ambas­sador to the United Nations.
    The U.N. is the chosen instru­ment for
    ulti­mate global gov­er­nance. Rice will help to sub­vert the
    U.S. into the U.N. umbrella of vassal states.

    As the First Obama term draws to a close, it is worth noting that our
    for­eign policy is in total sham­bles, national intel­li­gence appears to be
    worse than it was prior to 9/11 and the economy is still depressed. Yet, these
    areas were the ones tar­geted for Tri­lat­eral hege­mony, for “experts” who
    osten­sibly know more than anyone else. In Europe, these people would be
    prop­erly labeled as “technocrats.”

    In a recent video inter­view with Sheila Bair, former head of the FDIC
    (Fed­eral Deposit Insur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion), she was point­edly asked “Why do
    you think he (Obama) chose (Trea­sury) Sec­re­tary Gei­thner?”
    Bair answered,
    “I assume this was a rec­om­men­da­tion of former Sec­re­tary Rubin who had
    been actively involved in the cam­paign. Most of his nom­i­nees were drawn
    from the Rubin Trea­sury department.”

    Robert Rubin, a promi­nent member of the Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion, served as
    Sec­re­tary of the Trea­sury for 8 years under the Clinton/Gore Administration.

    A person can hammer all he wants on the Obama char­acter and record, but his
    energy would be wasted.
    “Obama is a puppet on a string, an empty suit, a teleprompter junkie reading speeches he could not and did not write”.
    locating the puppet-masters is not dif­fi­cult:
    They have been in plain sight all along.

    Repub­li­cans take note:
    If you think that a vote for Romney will be a vote against Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion hege­mony, you are wrong. They are already sur­rounding him just as they sur­rounded Obama. A Romney pres­i­dency will only extend the Tri­lat­eral con­tinuum for another four years, and allow them more time to create/complete their
    “New Inter­na­tional Eco­nomic Order”
    that they have been pushing since 1973.

    end quote

    Bilderbergs been meeting at least yearly since the state of Israel and the UN came into excistance in 49 or 50…Illuminist ideological false Eden controling the globe…
    Go figure huh..