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The reality : Looking back 34 years, to 1977, every single Republican we've had in the White House has had a NET LOSS in U.S. "Made In America" manufacturing jobs, comparing the manufacturing jobs numbers from the January of the year that they took office with the January of the year that they leave office. By the same token, looking back over the same 34 years, to 1977, every single Democrat we've had in the White House has had a NET GAIN in U.S. "Made In America" manufacturing jobs, comparing the manufacturing jobs numbers from the January of the year that they took office with the January of the year that they leave office.

Don't believe me? Here's the actual data from the "Manufacturing Sector Employed" numbers, available at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Website:

Democrat -- Jimmy Carter
January 1977, Carter Takes White House". # of Manufacturing Jobs that month = 17,803,000
January 1981, Carter Leaves White House" # of Manufacturing Jobs that month = 18,639,000
NET GAIN in "MADE IN AMERICA" manufacturing jobs under this Democrat = +836,000

Republican -- Ronald Reagan
January 1981, Reagan Takes White House". # of Manufacturing Jobs that month = 18,639,000
January 1989, Reagan Leaves White House" # of Manufacturing Jobs that month = 18,057,000
NET LOSS in "MADE IN AMERICA" manufacturing jobs under this Republican = -582,000

Republican -- George H.W. Bush (Bush # 1)
January 1989, Bush # 1 Takes White House". # of Manufacturing Jobs that month = 18,057,000
January 1993, Bush # 1 Leaves White House" # of Manufacturing Jobs that month = 16,791,000
NET LOSS in "MADE IN AMERICA" manufacturing jobs under this Republican = -1,266,000

Democrat -- Bill Clinton

January 1993, Clinton Takes White House". # of Manufacturing Jobs that month = 16,791,000
January 2001, Clinton Leaves White House" # of Manufacturing Jobs that month = 17,114,000
NET GAIN in "MADE IN AMERICA" manufacturing jobs under this Democrat = +323,000

Republican -- George W. Bush (Bush # 2)
January 2001, Bush # 2 Takes White House". # of Manufacturing Jobs that month = 17,114,000
January 2009, Bush # 2 Leaves White House" # of Manufacturing Jobs that month = 12,559,000
NET LOSS in "MADE IN AMERICA" manufacturing jobs under this Republican = -4,555,000

Democrat -- Barack Obama

2010 -- In 2010, for the first time since Bill Clinton, the nation had a NET GAIN of +153,000 "MADE IN AMERICA" manufacturing jobs.

2011 -- In 2011 up to this last month's data (November), for the SECOND TIME since Bill Clinton, the nation has had a NET GAIN in "MADE IN AMERICA" manufacturing jobs equal to +146,000 so far in 2011.

Fox Fact #3: American Trade is healthiest when Republicans control the reins of government.

The reality: Going back to 1977, every time we've had the Democrats controlling at least 2-out of-3 of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives, the nation's TRADE DEFICIT shrinks (the USA imports less and exports more). By the same token, going back to 1981, every time we've had the Republicans controlling at least 2-out of-3 of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives, the nation's TRADE DEFICIT grows (the USA imports more and exports less).

Don't believe me? Here's the data, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, which tracks these things:

1977 to 1980, Democrats control 3-of-3 , i.e., the White House, Senate and the House of Representatives
U.S. Trade Deficit in 1977 = $27.2 billion
U.S. Trade Deficit in 1980 = $19.4 billion
U.S. Trade Deficit REDUCES by 29% when Democrats controlled 3-of-3.

1981 to 1986, Republicans control 2-of-3 , i.e., the White House (Ronald Reagan) and the Senate
U.S. Trade Deficit in 1981 = $ 16.2 billion
U.S. Trade Deficit in 1986 = $138.5 billion
U.S. Trade Deficit INCREASES by 755% when Republicans control 2-of-3.

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