The GOP loves to blame President Obama when it is they who have blocked jobs bills every chance they get, and instead, spent a good amount of time pushing anti-abortion bills or adding them as riders to Democratic legislation, ensuring they’d be voted down.
They’ve virtually made a hobby of sabotaging the economy so they could do exactly as they’re doing now, cry and whine and accuse and attack and make this all about the president.
In fact, the slow growing economy (key word: growing) is about a number of things, including the miserable economies overseas, the lasting effects of the Bush economy, cutting government jobs (including police officers, firefighters and teachers) which of course adds drastically to the unemployment numbers, and insisting on extending the GOP’s ridiculous tax breaks for their very wealthy corporate pals.
Nor this: Corporations are making record profits but not hiring. They’re sitting on their money.
Turning all that around takes time. In fact, under President Obama, the economy has been doing just that, albeit slowly. Via Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog:
[T]aking bold steps to boost job creation, the fact remains this not an option given Republican power in Congress.
I’d also note for context that, so far in 2012, the economy has created over 950,000 private-sector jobs, which is underwhelming, but is already better than five of the eight years of the Bush/Cheney era.
Think Progress has made a list of ways that Republicans have sabotaged the economy. I’ll give you the bullet points, please link over for details:
1. Filibustering the American Jobs Act.
2. Stonewalling monetary stimulus.
3. Threatening a debt default.
4. Cutting discretionary spending in the debt ceiling deal.
5. Cutting discretionary spending in the budget deal.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, those policies — the payroll tax cut, food stamps, unemployment insurance, and discretionary spending for low-income Americans — have the highest multipliers, meaning more job boosting potential per dollar.
And Republicans have blocked them every step of the way.
Now they’re pointing their fingers at President Obama for the mess they themselves created.
And to make things worse, the GOP is stepping up their lies, and that will only accelerate until November. They have no facts on their side, and certainly no plan, so this is all they have to offer. Know why they are so ready to cut education spending? So they can continue to try to convince low-information voters of these blatant lies.
Studies of Fox News [sic] viewers helped buttress that very point.
One more thing. Let’s remember what Willard M. Romney said in 2006:
“You guys are bright enough to look at the numbers. I came in and the jobs had been just falling right off a cliff, I came in and they kept falling for 11 months. And if you are going to suggest to me that somehow the day I got elected, somehow jobs should have immediately turned around, well that would be silly. It takes awhile to get things turned around. We were in a recession, we were losing jobs every month.”
— Mitt Romney, at a press conference in June 2006 saying reporters were unfair to hold him accountable for disappointing jobs data.