The “Obama Economy” Just Set Another Record That Republicans Won’t Like Hearing About

obama-thumbs-up-4For years all Republicans have done is fabricate one lie about President Obama after another. From doubts about his citizenship to death panels to his apparent plan to invade Texas, there really doesn’t seem to be a depth to which many Republicans will not stoop when it comes to fear-mongering against this president.

But the area that’s been universal when it comes to all aspects of the Republican party, not just the extreme right, is trying to attack the “Obama economy.” It’s basically become a monthly tradition after the newest jobs report is released to head on over to House Speaker John Boehner’s Twitter account to see how he’ll try to put some sort of negative spin on the almost always positive reports.

Even now, coming off the best economic year since the Clinton Administration, Republicans continue to claim that President Obama has been a failure. In fact, they’re so desperate to bash the “Obama economy” that they’ve taken up to pretending to care about income inequality, even though the gap between the “haves” and “have nots” has been growing at a record pace since the Reagan Administration. Not only that, but the years just prior to the 2008 economic collapse (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008) we saw the worst levels of income inequality since the years before the Great Depression.

It’s a fact that shouldn’t be discounted: the two biggest crashes in our nation’s history followed some of the worst years for income inequality in our nation’s history. But let’s keep giving more money to the rich, right?

Well, another “record” of sorts has been set by the Obama administration that Republicans aren’t going to like: U.S. job openings are at their highest level since 2000.

This shows that the economy is getting stronger, companies are turning solid profits, demand is growing and they’re predicting more of the same in the future.

Now, is all of this good news? Not exactly. One issue facing employers isn’t finding workers, it’s finding qualified workers for the jobs that are available. Many of these jobs have a high skill level requirement and there aren’t enough Americans with those skills to fill them. In fact, that’s a problem some economists have said could hurt this country in the not so distant future. That’s a big reason we probably need to work on education reforms to help Americans get a quality education in fields that need positions filled.

It might also be spun that people are choosing to live off government programs rather than find work. I’m sure that’s true for some, but that’s the ignorant “go-to” rhetoric for Republicans even though welfare abusers make up the overwhelming minority – not the majority.

Then I can already hear Republicans saying that most of these jobs are low-paying, or part-time, which is why people don’t want them. There are two ways to break that nonsense down. First, the claim about part-time jobs has already been debunked, so that’s an outright lie. Then when it comes to low-paying jobs, considering that the rich are doing great right now, if that’s the route Republicans want to go then they’re admitting that trickle-down economics is a scam and cutting taxes has nothing to do with increasing wages.

I’m sure many Republicans who come across this information will find some way to twist it in any way they possibly can just so that they can continue to avoid admitting the truth: Obama has been a highly successful president.

On his watch we’ve had:

  • A record streak for job creation.
  • The best economic year since the Clinton era.
  • Record stock levels.
  • Unemployment is at 5.5%.

Those are just a few of the extremely positive economic numbers we’ve seen during Obama’s presidency, and on the heels of one of the worst economic crashes in nearly a century.

Republicans can continue to deny reality all they want, but history will show that this president will have been one of the most economically successful presidents in our nation’s history.

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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