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In an effort to get herself out of the deep you know what Vicky Hartzler stepped in when she tried to fan the birtherism flames among her more receptive constituents, she resorted to what has become the standby of a GOP that wants to hide its real proclivities. She denied interest in anything less lofty than jobs. According to her press aide, Hartzler “is focused on job creation and the economy – not on the birth certificate controversy.”

My response to this? Well and good. Since Hartzler is focused like a laser on the economy, I will expect to hear her touting the President’s job creation record any day now. This chart tells us that it’s not been nearly as bad as she and her GOP pals keep trying to claim:

I see slow but relatively steady job growth. According to most economists, the first six months of Obama’s presidency reflects the mess he inherited from George Bush’s toxic mixture of trickle-down economics and deregulation, but with the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a.k.a., the stimulus, we began to see improvement that has continued, albeit slowly, to the present day. Since 2010, the private sector has added about 3.9 million jobs.

Here, however, is another relevant chart for Hartzler to chew on:

Seems like unemployment figures might have been even better were it not for the loss of public sector jobs. McClatchy reports that since 2010, some 485,000 government jobs have been cut. These job losses are directly attributable to the GOP’s hatchet job on the budget, both at the federal and state levels.

As far as I can remember, Vicky’s been all for the austerity budgets with their destructive cuts to federal spending and down,down, down on the stimulus.

Given these facts, I think I’d like Hartzler to stay focused on the President’s birth certificate and forget about the economy. She’ll probably do a lot less harm that way.