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July 6th, 2012
 

A Tale of Two Responses

By Randy Feenstra
Iowa State Senator

On the first Friday of every month, we learn the number of jobs created in the previous thirty days. Those numbers are the most poignant economic indicator we have, for they are more than just statistics. They represent the millions of Americans who are unemployed and their struggle to find jobs to support their families.

It takes 125,000 to 150,000 new jobs just to keep up with population growth.  How did we do in the second quarter of 2012? In April, the economy created 68,000 jobs. In May, 77,000. And June? Only 80,000. That’s only 225,000 for the entire quarter, well short of the 400,000 or so we need just to keep unemployment treading water.

The response of the President to months and months of bad news? He tells us it’s a “step in the right direction.”

But the response of the White House is even more startling.  Here’s the Administration’s official statement on the June report:

Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.

And the May report?

Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is helpful to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.

April?

Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is helpful to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.

Such stunning lack of leadership would be funny if it didn’t represent something so tragic.

And for contrast, here’s Mitt Romney’s response to the latest jobs report. It will be for the American people in November to decide which brand of leadership they prefer.

This is a time for America to choose whether they want more of the same; whether unemployment above 8 percent month after month after month is satisfactory or not. It doesn’t have to be this way. America can do better and this kick in the gut has got to end.

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