As Unemployment Hits 5-Year Lows, Republicans Pushing for More Bush-Era Economics


By now many of you might have heard that our economy added 203,000 jobs in November (beating estimates) and unemployment fell to its lowest levels since 2008.

And though our economy still has a ways to go, it’s obvious that it’s heading in the right direction.

This is something that should be good news for pretty much every American, right?  Well, not if you’re a Republican.

See, despite their best propaganda depicting President Obama as being terrible for the economy, it continues to improve.  Even in the face of their unprecedented attempts to sabotage it, our economy continues to head toward levels not seen since before Bush’s economic policies nearly destroyed it.

So you’d think that if the economy continues to grow, you’d want to support those policies which have helped it head in that direction.  Unfortunately for us, congressional Republicans just don’t care.  They continue to call for a return to the economic policies we had that nearly sent our country into another Great Depression.

Following the announcement of the positive economic numbers, Speaker of the House John Boehner said:

“Today’s report includes positive signs that should discourage calls for more emergency government stimulus.  Instead, what our economy needs is more pro-growth solutions that get government out of the way.”

And by “pro-growth” he means the same old Republican ideas of cutting taxes for the rich and deregulating big businesses so they’re free to engage in more of the same unethical business practices that led our economy to the worst economic recession in nearly a century.

I absolutely love how in his statement Boehner basically admits that Obama’s economic policies have worked, then attacks them while calling for a return to the policies we had prior to our economy sinking into a massive recession.

It’s basically saying, “Yeah, what he’s been doing is working, but let’s go back to what we were doing when things weren’t working at all.  Because — well, why the hell not?”

Oh, and what happened to that whole, “Obamacare will kill jobs” thing?  Well, 3 1/2 years after it became law, jobs continue to be created and our economy continues to head toward “healthy unemployment” which is around 4-5%.

I do love seeing these Republicans now finally having to admit that our economy has improved, yet still trying to act as if Obama’s economic policies have hurt our economy.

And the sad part is, their voters still buy into this rhetoric.  Republicans have spent so much time perpetuating this idea that President Obama is the biggest threat to the United States since Nazi Germany that conservative voters will never believe anything positive about him.

But like I’ve said quite a few times before, that’s the funny thing about reality — it’s real whether Republicans want to believe in it or not.

Which goes the same for our economy.  It’s improving whether or not Republicans want to believe it.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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