Speaker Boehner was asked to respond to the president’s assertion yesterday that the country is “better off now” with his policies than the country was four years ago. Even with 1.2 million jobs lost since the ‘stimulus’ was enacted and the unemployment rate stuck above the eight percent promised, President Obama said, “I think that we are better off now than we would have been if I hadn't taken all the steps that we took.” To which Speaker Boehner said, “Are you kidding me?” Watch Boehner here:
BOEHNER: “Are you kidding me? Why don’t you go ask the 14 million Americans who are out of work whether they’re better off today than they were four years ago?”
Speaker Boehner’s remark is reminiscent of another question still on the minds of the American people: “where are the jobs?”
Since President Obama’s ‘stimulus’ was signed into law in February 2009, the unemployment rate has averaged 9.4 percent. Among minorities it is even higher. Nearly half of all unemployed Americans have been out of work for more than 6 months. The average length of unemployment is more than 10 months -- an increase of more than 18 percent since this time last year.
The GOP Plan for America’s Job Creators would help reverse this trend by creating a better environment for job creation and long-term economic growth. The House has passed a series of common-sense bipartisan jobs bills removing government barriers to job growth like excessive government regulations, tax hikes on job creators, and more of the same failed ‘stimulus’ spending. But these bills are just sitting, gathering dust in a Democrat-led Senate that refuses to bring them to a vote.