Doing what I do for a living, it really takes a lot to “shock” me in the world of politics. But every once in a while I’ll come across something that literally leaves me momentarily speechless or dumbfounded.
And that’s exactly what happened when I was scrolling through John Boehner’s Twitter account and ran across a tweet he sent out responding to the newest jobs report.
As many of you might have heard, we created fewer jobs than had originally been forecasted. While we always want jobs numbers to meet or exceed estimates, I’m not exactly sure I’d call creating 142,000 jobs “bad news.” Maybe slightly disappointing, but in our current streak of 54 consecutive months of job growth, we’ve had a lower than expected month here and there.
Well, according to John Boehner, this is proof that the “Obama economy” is slowing down.
This was his tweet:
Seriously? Where are the jobs?
I guess he’s unaware that since January we’ve had the best year for job growth since 1999. He also seems unaware of the now over 10 million jobs we’ve created under President Obama. Jobs that have been created over the last 54 consecutive months of job growth.
It’s absolutely ridiculous.
Just last December we had one of the worst months for job growth in years. What did that ultimately signal for the economy?
This year we’ve created 1.75 million jobs. In fact, this recent “bad” jobs report of 142k jobs just broke a streak where we had created over 200k jobs for six consecutive months.
Yet Boehner has the nerve to sit there and tweet out, “Where are the jobs?”
It’s pure propaganda, plain and simple. He damn sure knows this year has been historic for job growth. He knows that our economy continues to show signs of fully recovering after the horrible crash of 2008. And he sure as heck knows that every once in a while a jobs report is going to fail to reach estimates.
But that didn’t stop him from trying to exploit this one lower than expected report to perpetuate that old, worn out piece of right-wing rhetoric asking “where are the jobs?”
Well, let me answer that for Mr. Boehner: The jobs are everywhere. We’ve had 54 consecutive months of job growth totaling over 10 million jobs. This year we’ve seen a record amount of job growth. In fact, I’m going to “go out on a limb here” and predict that by the end of 2014 I’ll be talking about 58 consecutive months of private sector job growth for around 11 million jobs.
The real question we should all be asking is: Mr. Boehner, when are you going to do your job?