Politics & Policy

GOP Candidates React to Jobs Report

Mitt Romney’s statement:

Today’s abysmal jobs report confirms what we all know – that President Obama has failed to get this economy moving again. Just this week, President Obama’s closest White House adviser said that ‘unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers’ do not matter to the average American.

If David Plouffe were working for me, I would fire him and then he could experience firsthand the pain of unemployment. His comments are an insult to the more than 20 million people who are out of work, underemployed or who have simply stopped looking for jobs. With their cavalier attitude about the economy, the White House has turned the audacity of hope into the audacity of indifference.

Michele Bachmann’s statement:

Today’s unemployment report is another stark reminder of the failure of President Obama’s economic policies. The President promised if we passed the massive stimulus package that unemployment wouldn’t go above 8 percent, we are now at 9.2 percent. Unfortunately, millions of Americans are suffering today as a result of the president’s broken promise and his policy of attempting to create jobs through massive government spending that has added over 35 percent to our national debt. 

Amidst this economic freefall, it should not be lost that the architect of the President’s failed economic policies, Timothy Geithner, will head for the door after he attempts to cement the President’s legacy of massive spending and debt by raising the debt limit another $2.4 trillion dollars. We can only hope that the President will be right behind him after the next election.

The President promised ‘shovel-ready’ projects that would create jobs, but now the President says ‘shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.’ Mr. President, it’s time to take the shovel out of your hand and stop digging. ATM’s aren’t responsible for our high unemployment rate; your administration’s threat of higher taxes, massive government spending, and overregulation are.

Tim Pawlenty’s statement:

 

President Obama is out of answers and running out of time.  His policies are not creating the necessary jobs and he has no plan to do anything about it. We will have continued anemic growth and disappointing job creation so long as Barack Obama is president. I will turn around the economy as president by setting bold growth goals and implementing specific proposals to achieve them.

Jon Huntsman’s statement:

Rising unemployment rates and extremely anemic job creation are not acceptable. Even in great hardship, the American people have been extraordinarily patient in waiting for the better and brighter times promised to them by this Administration. Their patience has rightly worn thin. We need free-market, pro-growth policies to spark a wave of job growth – the same policies we implemented in Utah to make it the fastest-growing state in the nation. America needs new leadership to turn our country around.

Thad McCotter’s statement:

Over sixteen million Americans are unemployed. Over thirty million Americans are unable to pursue better jobs because of the failed stimulus and other irresponsible, job-crushing policies.  Inflation is rising.  Real wages are declining – everywhere except at the Obama White House.  To Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney’s big government and bailout banks, this is an economic statistic.  To Main Street, this is real suffering.  This must and will end.

Like every one else in this age of international, global competition, big government and the bailout banks must be restructured for the future, and taxation and regulatory reform must be implemented, so our entrepreneurs and workers can immediately grow our economy and commence an era of unprecedented prosperity for the American people.

Herman Cain’s statement:

This is demonstrably and empirically the worst economic ‘recovery’ in American history.

The Labor Department reports indicating that the economy generated only 18,000 net jobs in June is absolutely unacceptable. The unemployment rate has ticked up to 9.2 percent. These figures do not even include those who have simply given up on finding work or are underemployed, scraping to get by.

What’s worse, businesses added the fewest jobs in more than a year. According to President Obama’s own former economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, the private sector must lead this recovery. I agree with Mr. Goolsbee, but wonder why if the Obama Administration acknowledges this economic truth, they still fail to enact business-friendly policies that would get America’s job creators hiring again. 

Rick Santorum’s statement:

This morning’s jobs report is one more sign that the current Administration’s policies are impeding economic growth in America. This past week in Iowa, I laid out a very clear vision for creating jobs and growing our economy.  I would urge President Obama to go out and talk to the people in America’s heartland and hear their concerns, and I would hope that he would see that they are looking for a President who believes in them again and not continued reliance on ineffective, big government bureaucracies.  That is exactly what my plan to eliminate the corporate tax burden for U.S. manufacturers, streamline the patent and FDA approval process, and increase incentives for research and development would do.  I look forward to having this debate with the President, because it is clear his plan is not working for America.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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