-By Brad Friedman
September 25, 2011- First, hearty congratulations are in order to the Koch brothers who, according to Forbes, are now worth $25 billion each!
That's up from the pathetic $17 billion each were worth back in 2009. So it looks like this economic downturn…this "Obama recession"…despite all of those "job killing tax increases" (there were none, he's cut taxes repeatedly)…and "job killing regulations" (there were very very few new regulations)…seems to be working out great for the two "job creating" co-owners of Koch Industries, the oil and chemical conglomerate the brothers were fortunate enough to inherit from their father.
Think Progress: Gov. Rick Scott Brags About Laying Off 15,000 Government Workers After Decrying Florida’s High Unemployment
-By Marie Diamond
September 23, 2011- The GOP presidential candidates and other prominent conservatives spoke today at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida. This afternoon, Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) took to the stage to talk about “successes” in his state, including decreasing the state’s unemployment rate to 10.7 percent — which he noted is still well above the national average.
In the next sentence, though, Scott touted another “success” — laying off 15,000 public sector workers, which of course increased the unemployment rolls in his state. Scott then declared, “government can’t create jobs”:
SCOTT: We’ve had plenty of success so far. Not enough…In Florida, unemployment rate’s gone from 12 percent down to 10.7. We’re still above the national average, but we’ve generated 87,200 private sector jobs — private sector! And we have 15,000 less government jobs in the state of Florida. [Applause] Government doesn’t create jobs.