The first Friday of every month brings about what’s commonly referred to as the “jobs report.” Meaning that the number of private-sector jobs created for the previous month are reported — which always brings about a political debate.
For liberals, most of us are well aware that for nearly four straight years now we’ve experienced private sector job growth totaling over eight million jobs. In other words, for 80% of Obama’s presidency we’ve created jobs.
That’s a fact Republicans often like to ignore.
Usually when these positive jobs numbers are released, Republicans are the first to nit-pick them, doing all they can to discredit the positive news. Well, that was until November when Republicans were quick to point to the better than expected jobs report for October as “proof” that Democrats had lied about the economic impact of the government shutdown Americans were overwhelmingly blaming them for.
Well, as many of you might have heard, the jobs report for December wasn’t exactly great news. Not that we lost jobs — we created 74,000 — but the numbers fell far below estimates. That isn’t great news, but during this stretch of private-sector job growth there have been a handful of months where the numbers weren’t as solid as many economists had estimated.
So December’s numbers, while disappointing, aren’t exactly something we haven’t seen before.
But wow, Republicans have been quick to jump all over the weaker than expected December numbers as some kind of “proof” that Obama’s policies are hurting the economy.
Now, I’m not here to break down the jobs numbers. That would require a whole other article.
What I did find somewhat funny was how quick Republicans were to jump on these worse than expected numbers — when every month that numbers are better than expected they’ve completely ignored them, or have said that they’re basically “fools gold.”
Hell, many Republicans claim that every time our economy adds more jobs than economists had estimated, somehow President Obama must have “rigged” the reports to make his presidency seem more successful. It’s a claim that’s absolutely ludicrous. The White House has absolutely no influence over the reporting of the jobs numbers — it’s purposely set up that way.
Still, it’s absolutely ironic how Republicans love to ignore (or dismiss) all these months we’ve had where job creation beat estimates, yet when a report falls below estimates then suddenly those numbers matter.
Then lost in their propaganda and rhetoric is the simple fact that Republicans in Congress have yet to propose a real jobs bill. And no, proposing more of the same polices that led us into this recession doesn’t count as “passing a jobs bill.” Nor does passing bills in the Republican-controlled House that they know stand absolutely no chance at passing the Senate or being signed by the president.
It’s almost as if being a hypocrite is a requirement in order to be a member of the GOP.