Since President Obama took office in the midst of the deepest economic recession since the Great Depression, Republicans have ignored their party’s own economic records and instead have attempted to lay blame for the recession at the president’s feet. In 2010, the party even made House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) ubiquitous question — “Mr. President, where are the jobs?” — a central piece of their campaign platform.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus continued the attack today while attempting to describe how the GOP would appeal to Latino voters in the run up to 2012. Ignoring the facts about both Obama and the Republican Party’s record on jobs creation, Priebus alleged that the president has been an “absolute failure” when it comes to jobs and asserted that the Republicans are “the right party” for creating jobs:
PRIEBUS: If we continue to talk about creating good jobs in this country, and continue to show that Barack Obama has actually been an absolute failure when it comes to jobs – except for, obviously promoting the, you know, securing his own job – I think we do very well in that community. And when it comes to jobs, when it comes to spending, the deficit, the debt, and keeping more money in people’s pockets, the Republican Party is the right party.
The American economy is far from fully recovered and millions remain unemployed. But despite Preibus’ claim that Obama has been a failure, the facts tell a different story. In the two years immediately prior to Obama taking office, the economy lost 4.3 million jobs. Obama was able to sharply reduce the number of jobs lost each month almost immediately, and since March 2010, the economy has now experienced 14 consecutive months of private sector job growth:
In fact, the economy under Obama’s watch has created 2 million new jobs in just two years — already more than the GOP created in eight years under President Bush.
The last time the GOP controlled the White House, the American economy was marked by the weakest job and income growth in six decades, losing ground on “every major measurement” of economic strength. The Wall Street Journal reported that the Bush White House had “the worst track record for job creation since the government began keeping records.”
And though nary a week passed in 2010 without Boehner asking the president about jobs, the House under his leadership has barely mentioned the word. The House GOP has now gone 128 days without issuing a jobs plan, and the party’s only notable move on jobs came in February, when Boehner addressed the possibility of laying off thousands of federal workers by telling them, “So be it.”