Democrats in Crisis on Jobs

While Speaker Boehner talked aboutA Plan for America’s Job Creators” today at the Rotary Club in Middletown, OH, Washington Democrats are in full-on crisis mode on jobs & the economy.  A new national survey shows that Americans’ disapproval of the president’s handling the economy has never been higher, putting the spotlight on his failed ‘stimulus’ policies and continued refusal to change course.

Last Friday morning, Americans woke up to learn the economy was not creating enough jobs…

  • Anemic Jobs Growth, Higher Unemployment Bodes Ill for Economy.  … Unemployment ticked up in May to 9.1 percent as private employers added 54,000 jobs, far fewer than economists were expecting, capping a week of gloomy economic news.”  (ABC News, 6/3/11)

Austan Goolsbee, the president’s top economist, tried to downplay the report as a blip – a fluke even – but the government official whose job it is to collect the data rejected that spin.  Indeed, the report pointed to some unmistakable and devastating trends

  • Chronic unemployment worse than Great Depression.   About 6.2 million Americans, 45.1 percent of all unemployed workers in this country, have been jobless for more than six months - a higher percentage than during the Great Depression.” (CBS News, 6/6/11)

  • Obama Tunes Out, and Businesses Go on Hiring Strike.  … It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the threat of tax increases and increased regulatory burdens have produced something in the nature of a hiring strike.”  (Michael Barone, Real Clear Politics, 6/6/11)

Panicked Democrats on Capitol Hill were left turning to rejected ideas or just turning on each other…

  • Dems double down on new spending… House Democrats this week have amplified their calls for new spending on infrastructure and other federal projects in the face of May's discouraging job-creation figures.” (The Hill, 6/3/11)

  • “Democrats grumble over Harry Reid's agenda.  A growing number of Senate Democrats are anxious about the lack of a Democratic budget and the unusually slow legislative agenda…” (POLITICO, 6/6/11)

Instead of addressing the jobs report head-on, President Obama tried to tout his auto bailouts, but that didn’t turn out so well, either…

  • “President Obama’s phony accounting on the auto industry bailout.   With some of the economic indicators looking a bit dicey, President Obama traveled to Ohio last week to tout what the administration considers a good-news story: the rescue of the domestic automobile industry.  … What we found is one of the most misleading collections of assertions we have seen in a short presidential speech.  Virtually every claim by the president regarding the auto industry needs an asterisk, just like the fine print in that too-good-to-be-true car loan.” (The Washington Post, 6/7/11)

Come Monday, far from delivering a reset or a pivot, the White House instead downshifted even further on jobs…

  • Daily economic briefings disappear from Obama's White House schedule.  At some point during the first two years of his administration, President Obama stopped receiving the daily economic briefing that he requested when he took office.  Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced at his own first daily briefing reporters that Obama asked for the daily economic briefing, described then as comparable to the daily intelligence briefing the president gets every morning. … But at some point, the daily economic briefings stopped showing up on Obama's daily schedule.” (The Hill, 6/6/11)

  • Goolsbee Exit Leaves Obama With Only Geithner From Original Economic Team.  Romer, gone. Summers, gone. Orszag, gone. And now comes more news of a key member of the president's economic team heading for the exit.  Et tu, Goolsbee? Of the key members of President Obama's original economic team, soon only Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will be left.  What's going on?”  (ABC News, 6/7/11)

The American people see what’s happening here…

  • Obama hits new lows on economy.  … By 2 to 1, Americans say the country is pretty seriously on the wrong track, and nine in 10 continue to rate the economy in negative terms. … Overall, about six in 10 of those surveyed give Obama negative marks on the economy and the deficit. Significantly, nearly half strongly disapprove of his performance in these two crucial areas.” (The Washington Post, 6/7/11)

…and with the Democrats’ ‘stimulus’ policies failing to deliver on their promises, a critical question remains: where are the jobs?

Democrats are in crisis mode when all they need to do is change course, and embrace the kind of common-sense solutions outlined in “A Plan for America’s Job Creators,” which builds on the Pledge to America with measures designed to remove obstacles to private-sector job growth.