Out of all of the liars who made up the roster of 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls, one stands out as king: Donald J. Trump. Politifact has issued rulings on well over 100 of Trump’s statements, and found a whopping 76 percent of them to be either “mostly false,” “false,” or “pants on fire.” Not even serial prevaricator Ted Cruz comes close to Trump’s record.
When you look at Trump’s outrageously false statements on the economy, this one is probably the craziest — his claim that he has “heard” the real unemployment rate in the U.S. is 42 percent. While many agree that actual unemployment is slightly higher than the government’s official number, to say that 42 percent of Americans who want jobs are out of work is so ridiculous that it ought to give anyone, even the most ardent Trump supporter, pause. According to USA Today, to get to that number you have to count teens, retirees, college students and anybody who doesn’t want or need to work.
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited Real Time With Bill Maher on April 7, where he talked about Trump’s unemployment number and other claims about the economy made by the GOP frontrunner. When Maher asks him about Trump’s “42 percent” number, Perez doesn’t hesitate before responding:
There’s a reason his name rhymes with dump. Because he’s really full of you know what.
Perez continues by touting President Obama’s record on job creation:
The reality is, this president inherited a mess. The unemployment rate was inching up to 10 percent, 2 million-plus jobs lost in the three months before he took office, and now we’ve seen 73 months in a row of private sector job growth to the tune of over 14 million jobs.
Trump isn’t the only Republican who gets called out by Perez. He also says this about Republicans who still call the Affordable Care Act a “job-killer”:
My favorite ‘fact-free-zone’ comment is when we hear from Ted Cruz and others that Obamacare has been a job killer. We’ve had 14.3 million jobs created since the Affordable Care Act was passed.
Perez has one of the best names ever for Republicans. He calls them the “Eeyore Caucus,” in a reference to Winnie the Pooh’s doom-and-gloom donkey companion. Perez tells Maher, “They could win the lottery on Friday, and they’d complain that the banks were closed until Monday.”
The conversation turns to minimum wage, and Perez explains something to all of those who insist that the minimum wage was not intended to be a living wage, or that it was only supposed to be an entry level wage for teens. Channelling FDR’s comments about the minimum wage, he says,
The minimum wage stands for the simple proposition that no one who works a full time job should have to live in poverty. I meet so many people… who are working a full time job and getting their food at the food pantry.
Perez says that under President Obama, the economy has made “tremendous progress.” But he says that the economy is still out of balance, and that the rising tide “needs to lift all boats, not just the yachts.”
If you need some facts to counter your right-wing family members who think that Trump, Cruz and the Republicans are right on economic issues, watch the full interview below, via YouTube:
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