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September 3rd, 2011

Republican Candidates Respond to Poor Jobs Numbers

Bachmann Comments on August Jobless Report:

“The American people don’t need speeches, they need jobs.”

Urbandale, Iowa – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has issued the following statement on today’s jobless report showing unemployment at 9.1 percent:

“Mr. President – we gave you $2.4 trillion in new spending and the American people got nothing in return. Today’s jobs report showing that the economy created no jobs in the last month and unemployment at 9.1 percent is further evidence that President Obama’s failed economic policies are not working and have completely stalled job growth. After spending three days last month on a bus tour focusing on jobs – today’s economic report shows that the nation’s economy is sitting at a huge stop sign. Before his vacation, the President gave us a speech about a jobs speech; the American people don’t need speeches, they need jobs.

“It’s time for a comprehensive restructuring of how Washington spends taxpayers’ dollars by controlling spending and encouraging pro-growth economic policies. Mr. President – it’s time to stop digging our country further into debt – it’s time to build a solid foundation for sustainable economic growth to restore certainty for the American people and the markets.”

Statement From Gov. Perry on August Job Numbers

“President Obama’s job-killing polices continue to wreak havoc on the American economy. The poor national jobs picture stands in stark contrast to Texas’ pro-jobs, limited government policies which helped make us the top job-producing state in the nation. Our country cannot afford four more years of economic misery, and I will continue to travel the county talking about ways to get American working again.”

Santorum Responds to August Job Numbers

Senator Santorum said, “This morning’s jobs report is another sad sign that President Obama’s economic policies would need to improve dramatically to even be described as incompetent.  For three years, in speech after speech, the President has claimed to be focused on the American worker, but month after month and report after report shows the opposite.  So either, the President’s economic policies are killing this economy or his lack of leadership – either way, President Obama is to blame.  Employers need certainty and freedom to expand and that what my jobs plan would do.”

Cain Responds to August Job Numbers

(Stockbridge, GA)- Republican presidential candidate and longtime business leader Herman Cain responded to the release of the August 2011 jobs report, saying:

We learned today that not a single job was created during the month of August in the United States of America. In the land of endless opportunity and abundant freedom, the very promise that has inspired generations of industrious and innovative people seems to be dwindling away.

After trillions in government spending and empty promises, 14 million American workers are unemployed, with millions more underemployed. These are people, not statistics. They are families struggling to put food on the table, send their kids to school and keep the lights on. They are our family members, friends and neighbors.

Sadly, the fact that zero jobs were created last month is only fitting for this administration, which is led by a President with zero leadership, zero plans, zero results and zero understanding of basic economics. And the American people are worse off because of it.

Cain released his own economic plan in August 2011, also known as the “9-9-9 Plan.” In it, Cain proposes instituting a personal income tax rate of 9 percent, a corporate income tax rate of 9 percent and a national sales tax rate of 9 percent. “Cain’s Vision for Economic Growth” also calls for an elimination of the capital gains tax, the payroll tax, the estate tax and the taxes on repatriated profits. To learn more, click here.

Newt Gingrich sent the following email to his supporters today in reaction to the U.S. economy creating zero jobs in August.

Zero jobs created in August. No relief for the 25 million who are unemployed, underemployed or who have given up looking for work.

And the president thinks he’s “frustrated?”

As we mark Labor Day, this bad news is especially poignant, but it’s also not surprising.

Stagnant economic growth is the inevitable result of President Obama’s commitment to class warfare and bureaucratic socialism.

The president routinely demonizes successful Americans, arguing they need to be punished with higher taxes. Is it any wonder that entrepreneurs are hesitant to invest, create new wealth and jobs?

This administration has issued one job killing regulation after another. Laws like Obamacare and Dodd-Frank are so complex and confusing that businesses can’t predict their costs for the coming years. With so much uncertainty, is it any wonder businesses aren’t hiring?

There is a better way – a proven way.

As a junior congressman, I worked with Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan to develop and then pass the Kemp-Roth tax cuts. And rather than casting successful Americans as the enemy of working Americans, Ronald Reagan praised the American entrepreneur as the cornerstone of our country’s success. The result was an unprecedented economic boom that created 25 million new jobs.

To put the difference between the Reagan Recovery and the continued Obama Depression in visual terms, here is a chart comparing the results of Reagan’s Kemp-Roth tax cuts and Obama’s big government stimulus:

Real leadership doesn’t inherit a bad economy. It fixes it.

As Speaker of the House, remembering the success of Ronald Reagan’s policies, I led a bipartisan coalition that cut taxes, reduced regulations and reformed government. The result was a drop in the unemployment rate to 4.2% from 5.4%. We also balanced the federal budget for the first time in twenty years.

Today, my Jobs and Prosperity Plan, introduced during the first week of my candidacy, is modeled after the same Reagan/Contract with America playbook: lower taxes, deregulation, and more American energy.

Read my Jobs and Prosperity Plan at

On Thursday, we will get to hear the president’s plan to get us out of the mess he helped create. We will find out whether he has learned from history and given up his commitment to class warfare and bureaucratic socialism in favor of liberating American entrepreneurs to do what they do best – create jobs.

Either way, I want you to know that I will continue offering leadership now, advocating for the right policies now for job creation now. That is my commitment to America. And I want to thank you for standing with me.




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