Job numbers tell only half the story


The just-released March jobs report shows that the private sector has recovered all the jobs it lost during the 2008 financial crisis. But while the economy may have added 192,000 jobs in March, the unemployment rate remains unchanged at 6.7 percent. [1]

This presents a problem for the left: numbers tell only half a story. Government-provided numbers arguably tell even less. Despite what the jobs report says, this economic recovery has been the slowest and weakest on record. Americans are still suffering, and it’s all been under President Obama’s watch.

The White House mantra of “slow and steady growth” isn’t going to cut it anymore.  Maybe it’s time for the president to stop focusing on Obamacare, and start focusing on jobs.

Maybe it’s time for this White House to stop concentrating solely on its tired, worn and extreme agenda, and start working on real solutions that will actually help the job crisis. In fact, the things Obama has actually been pursuing do more harm than good when it comes to job growth.

Obama’s own administration reports there are 50 million people on food stamps, that’s one out of every six Americans.  The administration also reports there are at least 82 million households with at least one person on Medicaid (the government health care program for the poor). That’s almost one out of every four Americans.  Try telling anyone among these people that our economy is improving, talk to them about “slow and steady growth” … and then duck.

Really?  50 million people on food stamps and Washington thinks we’re in a recovery?

Also, remember the time then-House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed ObamaCare would create “4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately”? [2] Yeah, that hasn’t happened either.  In fact, according to a recent survey by the American Health Policy Institute, Obamacare will costs large companies between $4,800 and $5,900 per employee, while adding millions to overhead costs. [3]

The bottom line? Instead of dealing with deficits, tax reform, the Keystone Pipeline and entitlement reform – all things that encourage job creation – the White House has been busy with a government takeover of healthcare.

The 192,000 figure may sound like an improvement, but the glow begins to fade once you realize where we could have been at this point had the Obama Administration pursued free-market economic policies that foster growth, job creation, and fiscal responsibility. But the real story will be how desperately they try to deny their failed policies, while mocking those of us who advocate for real reform and change. The recovery isn’t over yet.