The White House’s latest economic push continues to backfire, with The Washington Post’s fact-checker assessing the president with Three Pinocchios for claiming Republicans were blocking ideas to strengthen the middle class.
We called him out for it at the time, but there was really no need, because before long, our actions were overtaking the president’s words. The Post’s fact-check noted:
- “Here’s the odd thing: on the very day the president recorded his weekly address, the office of House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) released this photo under the happy headline of ‘What Working Together Looks Like.’ It showed Boehner, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and other lawmakers signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which streamlines job training programs, so it could be sent to Obama for his signature. … Obama had earlier said he looked forward to signing the bill.”
- “But, let’s face it, the Republicans have their own list of bills passed in the House but which have failed to progress in the Senate, which they also claim are serious and enjoy popular support. For instance, one pending bill would approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found is supported by Americans by a 3 to 1 margin. The House list, displayed on Boehner’s Web site, includes nearly 50 bills, of which only a handful have been signed by the president into law.”
The list he’s referring to is at speaker.gov/jobs, where you can get the rundown on all our work on behalf of middle-class families.
But what now? Will the president continue on with what the Post calls “rhetorical overkill,” overcompensating for his lack of leadership on jobs? Or will he listen to the American people and work with us to get things done?
There’s certainly plenty to do, so be sure to bookmark speaker.gov/jobs, and keep in touch with us in these ways too: