Barack Obama promised that by now unemployment would be at 5.2%. He didn’t quite make it.
What They’re Saying About the New Unemployment Numbers
src=”http://thewritesideofmybrain.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/unemployment-300×300.gif” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”300″ />Mitt Romney:
“Today’s increase in the unemployment rate is a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill. The jobless rate is higher than it was when President Obama took office, and there are still 23 million Americans struggling for work. On Tuesday, America will make a choice between stagnation and prosperity. For four years, President Obama’s policies have crushed America’s middle class. For four years, President Obama has told us that things are getting better and that we’re making progress. For too many American families, those words ring hollow. We can do better. We can have real economic growth, create millions of good-paying jobs, and give middle-class families the security and opportunity they deserve. When I’m president, I’m going to make real changes that lead to a real recovery, so that the next four years are better than the last.”
Henrico, VA – Today George Allen released the following statement in response to the Department of Labor’s unemployment report for October showing the unemployment rate worsening to 7.9 percent:
“This jobs report is a reminder of the Obama/Kaine policies that have diminished job opportunities for Americans. The American people deserve much better opportunities,” said George Allen. “As Democrats’ national party chairman, Tim Kaine supported the policies that have left us deeper in debt, with a bigger government and over 20 million Americans unemployed or underemployed. Now another 200,000 jobs are threatened because of the debt deal Tim Kaine said was the ‘right thing to do.’
“While my opponent has tried to talk about everything but jobs, my campaign has been based on a pro-jobs growth plan, my Blueprint for America’s Comeback. We can create over 500,000 new jobs a year with a more simple, fair and competitive tax code, reasonable regulations, and unleashed American energy resources and empowering education policies. I will stand for Virginia jobs by stopping these devastating defense cuts. I want to be Virginians’ voice in the U.S. Senate because I know my job is to fight for their jobs.”
Congressman Eric Cantor:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement on the national unemployment report for the month of October:
“Today’s unemployment report is a stark reminder that President Obama’s economic policies are failing. America needs a new direction. When President Obama took office, unemployment stood at 7.8%, and today it is 7.9%. Four years, and trillions of dollars later, it is clear that we are on the wrong course. American families are suffering. Parents are taking jobs simply to make ends meet, rather than build a career. Hopeless graduates are entering the workforce with skills that outmatch the jobs available, and paychecks smaller than unemployment checks. Managers can’t hire and businesses can’t grow so long as President Obama insists on taking more of their money.
“After four years of terrible job reports, President Obama only offers them more of the same – more regulation, higher taxes and bigger government. So long as President Obama’s policies remain, so will the negative results – higher energy prices, lower home values, higher health care costs, fewer jobs and less money in your pocket. The President’s policies are not working. We can do better. We can create opportunity and make life work again. We can expand markets, attract investment and make America competitive again. We can rise above the current challenges, but not with empty promises, rising deficits and trickle-down government. 7.9% must not be the new normal. People leaving the workforce is not a recovery. There is a better path forward.”
Governor Bob McDonnell:
Four years ago, Barack Obama said that if he could not turn around this economy, his presidency would be a one-term proposition. Today’s disappointing jobs report confirms what the 23 million Americans struggling for work already know. President Obama has failed in the most important task he had before him—getting America back to work. We can do better. Republican Governors are fighting to improve the economy in our states in spite of President Obama’s devastating policies, but we need a leader in the White House who understands business and will help us get Americans back to work. Mitt Romney has a plan to do just that, and our path to a real recovery begins on Election Day.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:
WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement on the October jobs report:
“The message of today’s job report is unmistakable: America desperately needs jobs and cannot afford four more years like the last four. After four years of the Obama presidency, unemployment remains painfully high, and incomes are not growing. America needs and deserves a real recovery, but Obama has proven incapable of delivering,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
“President Obama’s policies have not worked. In 2009, he promised his $833 billion stimulus would create millions of ‘shovel-ready jobs’ and reduce the unemployment rate to under 5.5 percent by today. Yet here we sit, with millions of Americans still looking for work and unemployment hovering near 8 percent.
“By President Obama’s own standard, he has not succeeded. He promised to fix the economy ‘in three years’ or ‘face a one term proposition.’ The economy is not fixed, and on Tuesday Americans will have the chance to accept his proposition.
“This election is a choice between bold change with Mitt Romney or more of the same with Barack Obama. It’s big versus small, positive versus negative. Mitt Romney has a plan to create 12 million new jobs over the next four years. President Obama has no new plan. His only idea for a second term is a tax increase so massive it would destroy over 700,000 jobs.
“America needs a Romney-Ryan presidency to put us on the path to job creation, rising incomes, and greater prosperity.”