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For Your Consideration: Coup Credit

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The Administration is taking credit for a growth in the job sector of a little over four million positions during its administration.
The wording of these additional jobs does not make it clear whether the growth is in the private or public sector, but the assumption is that the growth is in the private sector. 
The real question should be are these increases due to the policies of this administration or are they a result of actions that have nothing to do with the policies of the current administration.
It is an accepted position that the administration has added over six hundred thousand jobs to the Federal public sector of the government, but even this aspect needs to be questioned because it is not known if the government is counting jobs within the public sector at the state and lower levels as a result of money that was distributed with the stimulus program.
If the administration is going to claim all the jobs that were created, then it should make it clear where these jobs were created and show that they were the results of administration policies.
Most people in both political parties agree that the job growth has been very poor, and the President is right to point out that he came into office at a time that the economy was in an extremely poor and that it would be difficult to pull it out of its depressed condition in any of the usual ways of stimulating the economy.
The President is incorrect in suggesting that the condition he inherited was the fault of the Republican Party it was in fact due to the actions of both parties and many elements of the private sector. 
The Administration has been suggesting that the private sector is sitting on money that could be injected into the economy by creating jobs, but it has not taken into account that there have been actions taken by this administration that make it unwise to take such actions in a business atmosphere that is unpredictable. The idea that the construction business can pull the Nation out of the slump that it’s in is ignoring the facts; this is the last place that we should be looking for a growth in our economy at this stage of the recession.
What is needed at this point is a growth in many areas that the administration seems to be in opposition to.  Development within the fossil fuel sector could add the kind of stimulation that would be long lasting, and propel us out of the depressed condition that the economy of the country finds itself in.  This fact is evident when one looks at some of the states that are beginning to pull themselves out of the poor economic condition that most of the country finds itself in. States like North Dakota, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah appear to be improving their economy by following a course of action that is in direct opposition to the policies the administration is looking to follow. The Jobs that are being created in these states will have a long lasting impact on the economy in the future; because the product is in constant demand and the industry has a positive spillover effect to other ancillary businesses. 
There are a number of other states that are trying to get their budgets in order by following responsible accounting principles. Many of these states are receiving static from the administration because it feels that the states should be taking the stimulus route.  These states have not had to add to the public sector unemployment rolls, and have managed to create a positive climate for the private business sector.
The questions that should be asked are related to figures for the growth in employment due to policies by the Administration, or are they the result of actions being employed that are in direct conflict to the policies being recommended by the Administration; more importantly are these jobs long lasting and self-sustaining?  It is not clear, at this point, who should get the coup on the jobs claim, but one might be more inclined not to give the Administration as much credit as it appears to be implying.
The electorate should not be too quick to accept statements by either side of this political issue.