Obama: Half of CEOs Surveyed Said Shutdown Set Back Plans to Hire. Thanks, GOP!

obama_ceosBefore, during and after the government shutdown there were more than a few individuals who had the cynical view of, “Eh, who cares.”  Many didn’t feel any impact, therefore they didn’t believe that the government being closed was really that big of a deal.

Well, as I pointed out in an article I wrote the other day highlighting just a few of the lives that were severely impacted by the shutdown, it did have a pretty substantial impact on quite a few Americans and our economy.

In a statement Politifact called “Mostly True” (the word “all” in his full statement was the lone issue), President Obama said,  “Half of all CEOs say that the shutdown and the threat of shutdown set back their plans to hire over the next six months.”

Obama cited a survey where several CEOs said that the threat of shutdown — and the eventual shutdown — set back their plans over the next six months to hire new workers.

This is on top of the fact that the shutdown is estimated to have cost the economy around $24 billion and set our economy back—though the exact figures differ depending on which source you want to use.   But while how much the shutdown set our economy back can be argued, it’s pretty much indisputable that it did have a negative impact on our economy.

And let’s not ignore the impact this shutdown could possibly have on consumers who might be having second thoughts about spending as much during the holidays, with another government funding deadline looming in January and another debt ceiling vote due the following month.  Because setting up long-term funding solutions is far too difficult for our government to even think of accomplishing.

So while Republicans have sat there and continue to tell the American people that “Obamacare” is destroying jobs (actually it’s greed that’s destroying jobs, not health care coverage), the pointless political stunt that was the Republican-forced shutdown actually did cost jobs.

It’s just more of the same from Republicans.  They talk a lot about jobs, our economy and “helping Americans” while it seems at every turn Democrats and President Obama are having to prevent them from costing jobs, sinking our economy and hurting Americans.

And as Republicans seemingly do whatever they can to sabotage our government from within, they’re the first ones to point the finger at others for the problems they continually cause.

But should we be shocked?  That’s been their strategy since 2008 when they started blaming President Obama for a recession that began before he ever even took office.

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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  • strayaway

    Not GM. GM is spending $11B to open new factories in China. Lot of new jobs will be available there. In addition to the fast growing Chines market, these Chinese factories will be exporting GM products to third countries something GM’s US factories used to do. Our recent government shutdown didn’t hinder that job growth. GM won’t even have to cover its Chinese workers with an (un)ACA health care plan. president Obama and top Republicans are also trying to fast track the Trans Pacific Partnership Plan which will be especially helpful to Asian business interests. I don’t mean to change the subject but, really, jobs are being created by US companies but not necessarily in this Country. The shutdown was probably not helpful and Republicans certainly had a hand in it but there are other factors internationally and domestically also affecting US hiring.

    • Common sense

      Yep.. NAFTA was the beginning of the end.. The jobs act needs to be passed and NAFTA repealed..

      • strayaway

        Read up on the Trans Pacific Partnership bill which our politicians are trying to fast track. It’s much worse than NAFTA. The original stimulus package was originally going to be about building rails, bridges, and other infrastructure things. Women’s groups protested that too high a percentage of the new jobs would go to men. So what we wound up with was mostly handouts to teachers and other public unions loyal to the President. Not much got built. it was a wasted opportunity.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      GM is opening factories in China because the Chinese like GM cars, specifically, Buicks, if memory serves me. Costs a lot less than building them here and shipping them there. Why do you think Toyota and Mercedes have plants HERE?

      • strayaway

        My finer points were that GM will be doing less exporting from the US and will be hiring Chinese to build cars that are exported to 3rd countries. To build all these factories in China, the terms for the GM bailout and pay back had to be modified. All those billions of GM money could also have been used to put Americans to work.

        An aside, but the number one selling car model in Norway is now the Tesla model S. I don’t know why the much less expensive Volt isn’t outselling the Tesla there. Maybe Norway has higher taxes on hybrids than straight EV’s.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Given the choice between a Tesla and a Volt, I’d take the Tesla (if my bank account could handle it). That is one fine car!

        GM added production in August to keep up with demand for the Cruze.

      • strayaway

        Tesla’s are not just fine, they are awesome. I have sons who own EV’s so I hear all about EV’s. Volt has reduced 2014 prices by $5,000 and its new 2015 model is rumored to have a 50% greater battery range and a still lower price. BMW is heavily betting on EV’s. Mercedes claims it will outdo BMW. The race is on.

  • wethepeople

    Here’s what I’m not understanding.. Working for the government is a job so you will have the same rules and policy’s as a job.. If these people are doing a terrible job then why are they still working for us.. Lets set the message, you work for us not the other way around..

  • justjane

    Corporate America is using this lame excuse to cut back hours of full-time workers to part-time and to take away benefits that have been given to full-time employees for generations.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Corporate America has hired part-timers for the past 20-30 years. Microsoft, for example.

  • Carolyn Selvage

    I was taught that when you point a finger you got 3 more pointing back at yourself!!!

  • jimf01

    Great article to post on the day the delayed jobs report comes out. I wonder how many CEO’s are discouraged from hiring because of the fact that 90 million Americans, more than 1/4 of the country, are no longer even counted in the labor force?

    I wonder how many CEO’s are discouraged by the number of long-term unemployed not moving at all. How many CEO’s are discouraged that unemployment of 7.2% would be going further up, much higher, perhaps even double that percentage, if the people who were counted as looking for work when Obama entered office were still counted. So much for hope and change