Perhaps many of you heard about the recent jobs report that exceeded estimates and dropped unemployment below 6 percent for the first time since 2008. With our economy adding 248k jobs in September, it made it the seventh out of nine months this year where we’ve seen over 200k jobs created in a single month. It also puts Obama’s overall job creation numbers well over 10 million since he became president.
But, as always, Republicans will simply dismiss this jobs report as a lie, crappy jobs or some other asinine point of rhetoric to try to make this extremely positive news seem negative.
Usually it’s the typical “but the jobs are low paying” line. That’s partially true, but it’s not because of “Obama’s economy.” Taxes are still near the same level they were under Bush and still lower for most Americans than they were during the Clinton administration. If Republicans want to argue that the jobs being created “aren’t good paying jobs,” then they’re simply admitting that trickle-down economics doesn’t work.
Because right now stagnate wages aren’t an “Obama problem.” Middle class incomes have been mostly flat since the 80’s, while the wealth at the time continues to reach new heights.
So it’s not about tax rates or the richest among us not having enough to “trickle down” – it’s about greed by those who have the most, keeping the most, at the detriment of the rest of us.
But when it comes to Republican ridiculousness following each jobs report, Speaker of the House John Boehner seems to lead the pack each month. Every Friday when the jobs report is released I head over to Boehner’s Twitter account to see what negative bit of information he’s going to tweet out concerning the report.
Last month, when jobs numbers came in slightly below estimates, he was all over that tweeting:
The tweet was actually pretty comical considering August was the first “bad” jobs report we had seen all year. In fact, August broke a streak of six straight months where we created more than 200k jobs for the month. In fact, 2014 has been the best year for job creation since the Clinton administration.
So yesterday, as I normally do when the jobs report is released, I headed on over to see what Boehner had to say and found these:
All threes of these were posted literally just as the jobs report came out.
It’s just lunacy. Here we had a jobs report that showed a drop in unemployment below 6 percent for the first time since the Great Recession, a better than expected number of jobs created and a continuation of a record-setting year for job creation in general – and it didn’t impact Boehner’s right-wing propaganda at all.
If anything, the timing of these three consecutive tweets suggest that he already knew the report was going to be nothing but good news for the president. So he clearly already had his right-wing nonsense loaded and ready to fire the moment this news broke.
But in these recent tweets I couldn’t help but notice something was missing. You know, like an actual link to the jobs report. Or hell, any mention of the jobs report at all.
Then again, the report itself wouldn’t support the nonsense that he had just posted. Though I couldn’t help but notice he had no problems mentioning it last month when it was slightly below estimates.
This kind of behavior is just all so childish. Grown men like Boehner essentially covering up his ears, repeatedly saying, “I can’t hear you” every time a positive jobs report comes out.
Look, I get that there’s always going to be back and forth political partisan rhetoric from both sides. But Republicans have gone beyond that. They’re no longer playing typical political games. They’ve moved on to generally rooting for the failure of the American economy just so that they can say how terrible President Obama is. They would honestly rather see this country burned to the ground before they would help President Obama improve our economy.
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