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Meehan Responds to Poor Jobs Numbers

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

It looks like the RNC and PAGOP should have waited an extra day to roll out their latest attack on President Obama. The June jobs numbers came out this morning, and they portend bad news for incumbents everywhere – especially the President and members of his party.

Only 18,000 jobs were added last month according to the Department of Labor, well below numbers forecast. Unemployment rose from 9.1 to 9.2 percent.

We’re sure every PA Republican will want to add his or her two cents on the subject, but Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Delaware) has the distinction of being the first elected official to send us a press release. He cut right to the chase, blasting Obama and the Democratically-controlled U.S. Senate.

“I am again disappointed in today’s report showing that hiring has remained stalled. It is clear that this Administration’s policies are not working. Unemployment has remained above 8 percent for 29 consecutive months, which is the longest period since the Great Depression.

“Working together with my colleagues in the House of Representatives we have passed nine separate bills to grow our economy and create millions of jobs.  Yet the Senate has not considered a single one. With 14.1 million Americans unemployed – that is unacceptable.”

As this article was being written, we also received a statement from Sen. Bob Casey. He reiterated his emphasis on small business.

“The June jobs numbers should serve as a reminder to those in Washington of the need to focus on job creation. Now more than ever, we need to pursue smart policies like the small business job creation tax credit that I introduced earlier this week that will put people back to work and get our economy moving again.”

5 Responses

  1. mblue…you can’t be that naive this is chess not checkers. Agreed spending less on the war would free up much needed money. But just taking our ball and going home now is irresponsible. As Colin Powell’s famous Pottery Barn Rule states “you break it you buy it”. To pullout now sure makes sense in the short term for the economy but what about the long term implications? Like I said this isn’t checkers its chess. We leave now and places like Afghanistan are left with a power vacuum where some extremist group could take over. If you doubt this read up on how the Taliban rose to power in the first place. Remember we didn’t just go into Afghanistan cause we didn’t like who was in power there was provocation. Now does that mean the war was executed properly, no but that’s a different argument. We are stuck prosecuting two wars and taking part in a region screaming for change.

    My point is this its simple to say bring home the troops and spend that money here to help our economy and in a perfect world we could do that. But that isn’t an option no matter how loud you call for it to be done, the President does not have the luxury of looking at any problem one dimensionally. Both the wars and the economy are complex issues that don’t have a silver bullet answer, nor is there some grand sweeping policy change that will make it better over night. Its going to take small incremental policy initiatives whose full impact won’t be recognized for awhile.

    Patience, vigilance and understanding are the tools voters need to fully gauge the success and failures of either party.

  2. Mr. Gibson:

    Will we even have an economy left when Mr. Obama (hopefully) leaves office in 2013? You can’t buy a job in most parts of America. People with college degrees can’t get hired at McDonalds, Wal-Mart or Starbucks. These are the same people who put him in office. Ironic, no?

  3. By gutting federal revenues with the Bush cuts and spending like drunken sailors on all things military, the republicans got us here.Oh, and by refusing to regulate the financial services industry they blew up the economy.
    Meehan’s talking points just urge us to do the same things all over again.

    Isn’t that the very definition of insanity?

  4. The solution is simple and I wish Obama would JUST DO THIS! – Immediately shutdown both of Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and stop everything in Libya, bring home all the troops, which cost approximately $200 billion per month. Use 1/2 or even 2/3rds of that as budget cuts and use the remaining to invest directly in building / rebuilding public infrastructure AKA PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK! While Mr. Meehan and the GOP won’t acknowledge it, the federal debt, budget deficit and the economic collapse is their mess. Unfortunately, Obama hasn’t had the cajonies to make the tough decision and end a decade of bad Bush policies.

  5. Meehan has the incumbency blues…you can only badmouth the other people who screw up so long until you’re the one screwing up and you start getting badmouthed. The GOP caucus in the House is working to actively destroy jobs, while simply blaming everything on the administration.

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