Democrats want the president to change his economic message. The American people want him to change his economic policies. After 40 months with unemployment above 8 percent, nobody seems to think President Obama is “doing fine” at helping create new jobs and growing the economy.
DEMOCRATS WANT THE PRESIDENT TO CHANGE HIS MESSAGE
Less than week after declaring “the private sector is doing fine,” President Obama will deliver “an economic speech” tomorrow where he is “not likely to unveil new ideas to boost the economy and create new jobs.” Instead he’ll use his remarks to “set the tone for months of campaigning.” Politico is calling it a “big campaign speech” to “get people talking about the president’s message.”
“The problem,” says Politico, is “more and more Democrats say that message isn’t working.”
A memo by Democratic strategist James Carville and Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg argues Democrats “face an impossible headwind in November if we do not move to a new narrative.”
AMERICANS WANT THE PRESIDENT TO CHANGE HIS POLICIES
There’s reason for Democrats to worry. The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza says, “What is clear — and virtually impossible to dispute – is that the American public broadly dislikes Obama’s handling of the economy.” The president “has been underwater on issue No. 1 for nearly two years.”
According to The Hill, a Reuters / Ipsos survey found serious “concerns about Obama’s economic policies.” And “Obama’s weakness on the economy particularly hurts him among independents, where his approval plummeted to 35 percent from 48 percent.”
A Democratic pollster in Colorado similarly found Americans are “disillusioned” with President Obama. “After being shown footage of a campaign speech by Obama, the prevailing sentiment was that the president was a slick salesman, but his words didn't match his actions.”
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ECONOMIC POLICIES HAVE FAILED
This all has the Washington Post's Karen Tumulty asking, “Is it time for Democrats to panic?” As the surveys show, it’s not the president’s message that’s failed – it’s his policies that made things worse.
In the Washington Times, Donald Lambro notes that under the Obama administration, “24 million workers are unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking for work.” And “[n]ew business creation, where most new jobs come from, has fallen to the lowest level in 30 years.”
“Fewer than three in 10 American teenagers now hold jobs” and “summer jobs for teens are disappearing.” Half of recent college graduates are jobless or underemployed.
Americans’ wages “have barely budged since” the president was elected. Laws like ObamaCare are raising costs and making it even harder for small businesses to hire new workers. And the president is planning a massive tax hike on families and small businesses next year.
Now, the president’s response to dismal jobs numbers is to give another campaign speech to “get people talking about” his message. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats refuse to vote on more than 30 House-passed jobs bills, and still haven’t offered a responsible plan for stopping student loan rates from doubling on July 1.