The GOP Collapse Continues: Republicans Now Praising Economic Improvement Under Obama

presidentobamaThe first Friday of every month marks the release of the government’s newest jobs report.  This past Friday revealed that for the 42nd consecutive month we’ve had private sector job growth.  In other words, President Obama has been in office for just about 58 months and for the last 42 of them we’ve created jobs.

However, the first Friday of every month hasn’t just brought about the newest jobs report — it’s also triggered the continued rhetoric by Republicans claiming that job creation (following the worst recession in almost a century) is somehow a bad thing, or some kind of indicator that our economy is still headed in the wrong direction.

Mind you, this is without a single attempt from Republicans to actually help our economy.  In fact, they’ve almost done everything they possibly could to hamper our economy in hopes that poor economic numbers will benefit them come election time.

Well, following the government shutdown and the claim by many Democrats that it hurt our economy, something different happened following the most recent jobs report—Republicans praised the better than expected jobs numbers.

Amazing.  For over 3 1/2 years, Republicans have attacked every single jobs report as some kind of “bad news.”  They’ve repeatedly tried to spin it by saying the jobs numbers aren’t real, they’re seasonal, they’re low paying—you name the excuse, they’ve used it.  Yet this time suddenly quite a few Republicans were quick to praise the most recent jobs numbers in an attempt to save their own butts following a government shutdown where most Americans put the blame solely at the feet of the GOP.

While our economy was only predicted to create around 120,000 jobs, we actually created 204,000 for the third-largest gain this year.

Hell, even a top aide to Ted Cruz tweeted a link to the CNN Money article bragging about the better than expected jobs report with the tweet “CNN Money: Shutdown didn’t hurt jobs.”

Wait, hasn’t Ted Cruz repeatedly said “Obamacare” is a drain on the economy and a “job killer?”  Yet now we have a top aide to the senator citing the jobs report as good news?

Let me break this down:  Ted Cruz led the charge for the government shutdown on the premise that “Obamacare” kills jobs.  This leads to our government being shut down for 16 days, a shutdown that accomplished absolutely nothing.  After the shutdown ends, Republicans like Ted Cruz continue to speak of the “horrors of Obamacare” and how terrible it is for our economy.  Then, following the release of the October jobs report showing we created far more jobs than were predicted, Republicans now want to praise these jobs numbers as a sign that the shutdown didn’t hurt our economy…

Because, see, look at how strong our jobs numbers were!

What the heck is wrong with these people?  Almost nothing they say or do makes any sense.

For years they repeatedly, and without hesitation, attacked every single positive jobs reports—now they’re using our latest one as some kind of tool for bragging rights?  As if jobs were the only issue that mattered with the government shutdown.  What next, drinking and driving is okay as long as nobody gets hurt?

Just because our jobs report beat estimates does not mean the shutdown didn’t have a negative impact on the lives of millions of Americans.

The simple minded, hypocritical and ignorant nature of the typical conservative is simply astounding.

For years they attack every single positive jobs number, then once they need that number to save their own butts, then suddenly they want to validate how “positive” those numbers are?

Well, if that’s the case, I guess this is now a ringing endorsement from the GOP that President Obama’s economic policies are working and “Obamacare” hasn’t been the “job killer” they’ve claimed it would be.

At least until next month when I’m sure they’ll be back to spinning the jobs numbers whichever way they feel will best manipulate their misinformed voting base.

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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