Wasserman Schultz tries to spin job numbers
It has been difficult for the Obama Administration to spin Friday’s jobs report. Analysts were predicting that they economy would create up to 100,000, but the numbers reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that only 80,000 jobs were created in June; far below the 120,000 to 150,000 needed each month just to keep up with population growth.
Even though the report was a less than encouraging sign that the economy is recovering, leave it to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to try to put a happy face on such pathetic numbers:
Wasserman Schultz may be “happy with 28 consecutive months of job growth,” but is she happy that the fact that more people went on disability in June than the number of jobs that were created? Is she happy that one-third of the jobs created last month were from temp agencies? Is she happy that the unemployment rate is at 8.2% when Americans were told that it would be 5.6% in June 2012 when the wasteful stimulus bill was passed?
In June 2004, then-Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama attacked President George W. Bush after a jobs report that showed 112,000 jobs were created and when we had an unemployment rate of 5.6%. While I’m no apologist for Bush’s spending policies, we were coming off of a recession caused by the “dot com” bubble and further aided by the 9/11 attacks.
While many critics of President Obama’s economic policies, including CNBC host Larry Kudlow, are seeing these numbers as part of the path to his defeat, there are still four jobs reports to go until the election. And even with these tepid numbers, Americans are waiting for more than just criticism of Obama from Republican nominee Mitt Romney.