I’m not going to lie, every month when the jobs report comes out I get a little excited. Not just because we’re currently in a streak of 63 straight months of private sector job growth – the longest such streak in U.S. history, by the way – but because I always enjoy seeing House Speaker John Boehner tweet out something that desperately tries to put a negative spin on numbers that have been mostly nothing but positive for well over a year now. After all, this is the guy who used to repeat over and over, “Where are the jobs, Mr. President?”
He’s not saying that much anymore, is he?
Well, if you haven’t heard, May was a great month for jobs. While economists had only expected around 222k jobs to be created, May blew past that with 280k jobs, though unemployment held steady at 5.5 percent. Not only that, but with May’s job numbers, we’ve already created over 1 million jobs in 2015.
And even though wages only grew at 2.3 percent (which is below the 3.5 percent economists like to see), last month marked the largest wage increase in nearly two years.
By all accounts, this was one of those jobs reports that really didn’t contain any bad news.
Well, naturally Speaker Boehner was there to try to put a negative spin on these numbers – though he really couldn’t. In fact, the tweet he sent out actually admitted that the report was good and the economy is doing well:
It’s always good news that more Americans found work, but too many are still looking for steady jobs & better pay http://t.co/Am7oNxAUbW
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) June 5, 2015
As you can see, he still couldn’t just say something positive about the report. Even though May brought basically nothing but good news, he had to add that “still looking for steady jobs & better pay” talking point in there, as if Republicans have any actual solution for that. Income inequality has been an issue for decades, not just the last six years – and we all know Republicans haven’t given a damn about it. In fact, the policies they support actually contribute to worsening it.
It must absolutely pain Boehner to have to hang his head in shame every month and basically admit that the economy is doing well under President Obama. Especially considering that for years all he did was fear-monger and lie to the American people about how practically everything this president has done – from raising taxes on the rich to the Affordable Care Act – was going to destroy the economy and cost us millions of jobs.
But I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that about a month from now I’m going to be writing an article very similar to this one just after June’s jobs report comes out and Boehner is once again forced to admit that the “Obama economy” is doing just fine, despite his party’s best efforts to sabotage it at every turn.