No offense, Speaker Boehner, but is “Where are the Jobs?” the best the GOP can come up with? The House refrain sounds whiny compared to White House bombast about saving us from another depression. Besides, the president answered the question. He has created 4.3 million jobs, a massive victory claimed while the jobless rate goes up. Does the GOP assume that the middle class poor in our jobless America will back Democrats out of desperation for handouts, or are they missing the boat when they play by the rules and fail to give voice to the outrage that should stifle presidential arrogance?
Obama’s False Victories: Little Has Changed in Jobless America
Unemployment was also on the rise in October 2009. We were wondering how bad things were going to get, but a double digit jobless rate was still a victory claimed by the Labor Department on behalf of the Obama administration:
… housing markets are now showing signs of recovery, credit is flowing again and just last week we saw that the economy is growing, rather than shrinking, for the first time in a year.¹
The construction industry was reminded last month just how viable that housing recovery was. When the unemployment numbers edged down by 0.1% in November 2009, we were told that jobless America was on the mend:
… the Recovery Act has saved or created more than one million jobs. The economy is now growing again for the first time in more than a year — and faster than at any time in two years.²
Nearly three years have passed, the stories haven’t changed, and the economy is sinking into the mire. Last month’s atrocious employment numbers and the rising jobless rate were an opportunity for the president to claim another victory for 27 months of job growth. The GOP was handed a chance to seize the moment, but if the middle class poor expected their anger to be heard, it never happened.
Where is the Outrage for the Middle Class?
The president has accomplished one feat. The working middle class poor have risen in status because they are now envied by the new middle class jobless, many of whom had well paying jobs before the recession and may never work again.
Mitt Romney asks us to “Believe in America” (see: 10 Rules Republican Candidates Should Live By). The GOP wonders where the jobs are. Here are a few more questions they might want to consider asking on behalf of the unemployed and a middle class facing a bleak future:
Where are the Americans? Who are all these people who don’t speak English, and why are we wasting resources to give them a better life at the expense of jobless citizens?
Where is the honesty? Why can’t the White House admit that jobless America is doomed and that the middle class poor are going to stay that way because of failed economic policies?
Where are our retirements? Why are we forced to fund lavish public pensions as the jobs disappear, our savings vanish, and investments plummet while we are warned that all we will have left, Medicare and Social Security, will go broke because our government spends too much money?
Where are the teachers? Who are these noisy puppets chanting union slogans for the cameras while living off of our tax dollars?
Where is the hope? We can answer that one right now. The land of opportunity has become the land of pink slip death sentences, especially for older workers. In Barack Obama’s jobless America there is no hope.
Where is our future? No matter what this administration says, things are getting worse. Four more years of Obama and we will have no future.