Bearing the Republican banner in the party's response to Tuesday's State of the Union speech, Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Indiana, used a tech titan to hit back at the president's jobs proposals.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died last year, did more to help the economy than government efforts, Daniels argued.
"Contrary to the President's constant disparagement of people in business, it's one of the noblest of human pursuits," Daniels said in his prepared remarks. "The late Steve Jobs - what a fitting name he had - created more of them than all those stimulus dollars the President borrowed and blew."
That may depend on how you count.
In October of 2009, the White House reported that 640,329 jobs had been created. But the method of counting those jobs came under fire and in 2010 the White House stopped providing a cumulative count of of all jobs. Now Recovery.gov, which tracks stimulus projects, reports the numbers by quarter.
Stimulus programs provided at least 400,000 jobs from July to September last year, according to data on Recovery.gov.
Jobs spent about two decades at Apple, which currently employs about 43,000 people in the United States and 20,000 more overseas, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The New York Times reports that another 700,000 people work for contractors tasked with building the company's iconic electronic devices.
Mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad, which Apple pioneered, also helped lead to an explosive growth in mobile application development.
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