PUZDER: Democratic Myth No. 1: Republicans are to blame for failure of Obama’s job creation policies – ConservativeNews
By: Andrew Puzder, 09/24/2012
Editor’s Note: This analysis the first in a five-part series on Democrats’ mythical sound bites by Andrew Puzder, an economic adviser to Mitt Romney and CEO of CKE Restaurants, which employs about 21,000 workers.
President Obama has been attempting to blame Republicans in Congress for the failure of his economic policies to lower our nation’s chronic unemployment. Faced with the extremely negative August jobs report the day after his convention acceptance speech, the president stated that: “If Republicans are serious about getting rid of joblessness, they can create one million new jobs if Congress passes the jobs plan I sent them.”
Sound bite: It’s the Republicans’ fault.
This is one of a number of mythical sound bites the president and his surrogates repeat glibly and often despite the lack of any factual basis. As I will outline below, during the first two years of his term, President Obama proposed (and when Democrats were in complete control, actually passed) various pieces of legislation that failed to improve our economy but did succeed in increasing government regulation, driving costs higher for businesses, lowering incentives to work and increasing dependency.
To anyone with any business acumen, it was axiomatic that these policies would result in anemic growth and high unemployment. The electorate recognized this in the mid-term elections when it resoundingly gave Republicans control of the House of Representatives.
In response, the president first failed to adapt his policies to political and economic reality and then doubled down by offering more big government, increased dependency, incentive-killing legislation such as his “jobs bill.”
It is simply preposterous for the president to now complain because Republicans refuse to pass legislation that would codify the failed policies Democrats passed during the first half of his term when such policies patently failed and the electorate wisely rejected them. In short, sometimes bi-partisanship is severely overrated.