On ABC's This Week, Carly Fiorina Falsely Alleges That Democrats' Only Plan Is To "Centralize Decision-Making"
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Right-wing media figures continue to attack the Obama administration's economic recovery efforts, claiming that Democrats have virtually no plans to improve the economy, despite years of proposing legislation and laws that prove otherwise.
On the August 18 edition of ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos, guest and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina propped up this claim to attack Democrats:
FIORINA: There is nothing that appealing to a young person about the solution to every problem being a large, bloated bureaucracy that cannot be held accountable and whose budget continues to rise year after year. The Democrats have a single product which is: let us centralize decision-making, let us create a government program to solve a problem.
Fiorina's analysis ignores numerous proposals put forth by the White House that have been met with resistence by Republicans.
In July, Obama announced his Climate Action Plan, a three-point plan to cut carbon pollution, prepare the country for the impacts of climate change, and become a global leader in the effort to combat climate change and prepare for the impact. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was quick to criticize the plan, but a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council has said the proposal could net 210,000 jobs by 2020 and reduce energy bills.
During the 2012 presidential campaign, President Obama unveiled a plan that the Economic Policy Institute found would create 1.1 million jobs in 2013 and 280,000 jobs in 2014. By comparison, Republican nominee Mitt Romney's plan would have created 87,000 jobs in 2013 but would have resulted in the loss of 641,000 jobs in 2014.
In September 2011, President Obama laid out the American Jobs Act. Economist Mark Zandi analyzed the plan and claimed it would result in 1.9 million jobs and cut the unemployment rate by a full percentage point. The plan included $250 billion in tax cuts.
Fiorina ended by concluding that "the stimulus didn't work," but nonpartisan research suggests otherwise. In August 2010, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act "[l]owered the unemployment rate by between 0.7 percentage points and 1.8 percentage points" and "[i]ncreased the number of people employed by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million."
While by no means a comprehensive list of proposals, the previous examples point to the importance of job creation and the detailed plans to bolster employment that have been put forth by the Obama administration.