More Proof White House Should Engage With Congress on Jobs

A trio of new national surveys shows the American people are rejecting President Obama’s campaign-focused push for more ‘stimulus’ as he faces calls to get more engaged in legislative efforts to promote job creation.  

In September, the White House declared it was entering a “new, more combative” period and giving up on governing.  “That phase is behind us,” a top administration official said at the time.  As it turns out, however, hitting the hustings has actually hurt the president, who may have been better off engaging in the legislative process and calling on the Democratic-run Senate to act on bipartisan, House-passed jobs bills:

PRESIDENT OBAMA

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Take The Case to the People.  “What I’ve done over the last several weeks is to take the case to the American people so that they understand what’s at stake.”  (News Conference by the President, 10/6/11)

Obama Back to Parity With Republicans on Job Creation.  After jumping ahead of Republicans in Congress by 15 percentage points on whom they trust more to help create jobs, President Obama has returned to parity with his opponents in new ABC News/Washington Post poll.  Obama 2012 campaign officials had previously heralded the president’s lead as evidence that his push for his jobs bill was resonating…” (ABC News, 11/8/11)

Attacking Republicans.  “President Barack Obama charged Sunday that the GOP vision of government would ‘fundamentally cripple America’ as he tried out his newly combative message on the liberal West Coast.” (Associated Press, 10/26/11)

Poll: Independents unhappy with Obama ‘campaigning against’ Congress.  … By a margin of 53 to 37 percent, independents told” Resurgent Republic “that Obama is more interested in “campaigning against Republicans in Congress to win reelection” than “working with Republicans to get things done.” (The Hill, 11/8/11)

Attempting to Discredit Republicans.  “The Treasury Department is making a full-fledged effort to knock back Republican claims that overregulation is slowing down economic growth.” (POLITICO, 10/24/11)

“By a two-to-one margin (59 to 30 percent), they are more concerned that ‘the federal government has too many regulations that make it harder to create jobs,’ rather than ‘the federal government has too few regulations to hold private businesses accountable.’” (Resurgent Republic survey, 11/8/11)

“We Are Better Off.”  “Obama defended his record in an interview with a Minnesota affiliate of CBS television, saying I think that we are better off now than we would have been if I hadn't taken all the steps that we took.” (AFP, 11/3/11)

“But just two in 10 think his economic policies have helped the economy…” (NBC/WSJ survey, 11/7/11)

“Today a majority of American voters … thinks the federal government's financial situation is worse (67 percent) than when Obama took office; thinks the American economy is worse (61 percent); thinks the federal government's ability to solve problems is worse (60 percent.)” (Resurgent Republic survey, 11/8/11)

Listening & Focusing on Job Creation.  Republicans’ Plan for America’s Job Creators is focused on removing government barriers to getting people working again.  Republicans have also identified and pursued areas of common ground, including free trade agreements and repealing the IRS withholding tax.  This is the American people’s top priority, and it should be the White House’s as well,  especially with 22 bipartisan, House-passed jobs bills awaiting action in the Democratic-led Senate.  Visit jobs.GOP.gov to learn more about the Republican jobs plan and check out the newly released list of 132 economists who believe Republicans’ approach is better for the economy than ‘stimulus’ – in both the short- and long-term