By Sen. Randy Feenstra
Campaigning for President Obama in Virginia, Secretary of Agriculture and former Governor of Iowa Tom Vilsack recently said that the struggling economy had “turned the corner.” It’s clear this remark was not an accidental statement on his part. He also defended President Obama’s jobs record, saying:
“Well, actually, unemployment is coming down. We’ve got 27 consecutive months of private sector growth.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. Unemployment rising to 8.2% does not qualify as “coming down.” Just ask the 23 million Americans around the country who don’t have full-time employment. Just ask the recent graduates who can’t find jobs.
It’s also interesting that Secretary Vilsack would attempt to stress economic growth as a positive aspect of President Obama’s record. Last I checked, economic growth in the first quarter of this year was a poor 1.9 percent. Even the President’s liberal allies are calling this growth “weak.”
And talking about improvements in the private sector? If I were the Obama campaign, I’d keep that out of my talking points for now, at least until the facts line up. Never know when you might slip up and say that’s it’s “doing fine.”
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