As most people know, every month the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a new jobs report detailing what our current unemployment rate sits at and how many jobs we created (or lost) the previous month. And as most people who don’t follow Fox News know, every single month since March of 2010 we’ve created private sector jobs in this country.
For the mathematically challenged that’s 58 straight months – otherwise known as the longest streak in United States history. Again, without any help from the GOP.
In December we created 252k jobs, capping off the best year for job creation since 1999, 2.95 million in total. For the year we created over 200k jobs in every single month except for two. Oh, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.6%. That’s a full 1.1% below what it was in December of 2013. This was one of those reports where you had to really dig deep to try to find any way to put a negative spin on it.
But there’s also another monthly tradition that seems to unofficially coincide with the release of our jobs report: House Speaker John Boehner almost immediately tweeting something negative about jobs right after the jobs report is released.
Though I guess that’s better than trying to take credit for our continued economic growth, like some other Republicans.
But let’s take a look at this month’s tweet:
Notice the time, right around the same time the jobs report was released. It’s the same thing every month. A positive jobs report comes out, and Boehner almost instantly tweets something out trying to put a negative spin on it.
It really is pathetic.
But I think it’s obvious, Boehner really must hate job creation. Either that or he just hates America. Even though we’ve created over 11 million in less than 5 years, unemployment is down well below 6% and we just had the best year for job growth since 1999 – he just seems so miserable. The only conclusion I can come up with is that he hates the fact that millions of Americans have found jobs.
Now, are wages still an issue? Yes. But let’s not pretend as if that’s Obama’s fault. Wages have been mostly stagnant for going on 40 years now. You know, since the dawn of trickle-down economics. And like always, with taxes still at historic lows and the wealthier doing better than at any other time in our history, when Republicans like Boehner complain about wages what they’re really doing is admitting that trickle-down economics doesn’t work.
It’s just such an embarrassment that one of the most powerful people in our government, and the defacto leader of the Republican party, seems to be rooting so heavily for the failure of our economy so that his party can gain politically.