The June jobs report came out and showed an increase of only 80,000 new jobs.
Of course the Republicans were already in their sprinter's position in the hopes it would be a disappointing report and wasted no time in going on the attack.
Here was Mitt Romney's response.
"This kick in the gut has got to end."
I am guessing that one of Romney's staff told him he needed to speak in more graphic language in order to convey passion and frustration. Well done Mittens.
But hey do you know what should REALLY be identified as "a kick in the gut" to the American people? How about the fact that the reason the economy has not recovered and that the job situation has not improved is because the Republicans have been doing EVERYTHING in their power to keep them from improving!
Here are five ways the Republicans have sabotaged job growth courtesy of Think Progress:
1. Filibustering the American Jobs Act. Last October, Senate Republicans killed a jobs bill proposed by President Obama that would have pumped $447 billion into the economy. Multiple economic analysts predicted the bill would add around two million jobs and hailed it as defense against a double-dip recession. The Congressional Budget Office also scored it as a net deficit reducer over ten years, and the American public supported the bill.
2. Stonewalling monetary stimulus. The Federal Reserve can do enormous good for a depressed economy through more aggressive monetary stimulus, and by tolerating a temporarily higher level of inflation. But with everything from Ron Paul’s anti-inflationary crusade to Rick Perry threatening to lynch Chairman Ben Bernanke, Republicans have browbeaten the Fed into not going down this path. Most damagingly, the GOP repeatedly held up President Obama’s nominations to the Federal Reserve Board during the critical months of the recession, leaving the board without the institutional clout it needed to help the economy.
3. Threatening a debt default. Even though the country didn’t actually hit its debt ceiling last summer, the Republican threat to default on the United States’ outstanding obligations was sufficient to spook financial markets and do real damage to the economy.
4. Cutting discretionary spending in the debt ceiling deal. The deal the GOP extracted as the price for avoiding default imposed around $900 billion in cuts over ten years. It included $30.5 billion in discretionary cuts in 2012 alone, costing the country 0.3 percent in economic growth and 323,000 jobs, according to estimates from the Economic Policy Institute. Starting in 2013, the deal will trigger another $1.2 trillion in cuts over ten years.
5. Cutting discretionary spending in the budget deal. While not as cataclysmic as the debt ceiling brinksmanship, Republicans also threatened a shutdown of the government in early 2011 if cuts were not made to that year’s budget. The deal they struck with the White House cut $38 billion from food stamps, health, education, law enforcement, and low-income programs among others, while sparing defense almost entirely.
So the next time you hear some Right Wing asshole going on and on about how President Obama did not keep his promise to fix the economy, and should be replaced by somebody who can, you just remind them that if it wasn't for the assholes that HE and his buddies helped to get elected, and the damage that the LAST Republican president did to the economy, this country would be doing quite well right now.
Honestly the ONLY way to fix our dire situation is to replace as many Republicans as possible in the House and Senate, and clear the path to allow this President to do the job that we are about to reelect him to do.