Early in his speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, President Obama unleashed a barrage of facts about his economic record that was devastating body blow to his Republican critics.
The president said:
Last year was the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s. Unemployment fell in 2014 faster than any year since 1984. Our businesses have created more than 11 million jobs in the last 58 straight months — that’s the longest stretch of private-sector job growth in American history. Since 2010, America has put more people back to work than Europe, Japan, and every other advanced economy combined. A lot of folks talk about some of the jobs are being created in the service sector, they’re not paying as much — the truth is, American manufacturing is in its best stretch of job growth since the 1990s. Manufacturing is actually growing faster than the rest of the economy. Meanwhile, America is now the number-one producer of oil and gas in the world. And by the way, you’re saving about a buck-twenty a gallon at the pump over this time last year.
President Obama rattled off eight facts that all devastated the Republican argument against his economic record. In fact, it is becoming increasing more difficult for Republicans to come up with reality based criticisms of the economy’s performance. For example, Speaker of the House John Boehner began his latest statement on the decreasing unemployment rate by admitting that it was good news, “It’s always welcome news when more Americans find work. Yet while the economy is showing some signs of improvement, far too many middle-class families are struggling to bridge the gap between rising costs and stubbornly flat paychecks.”
The bad news for Republicans is that the American people are noticing President Obama’s economic success. President Obama’s job approval ratings are surging. According to the latest CBS News poll, more Americans say President Obama’s economic policies have helped the economy (43%) than say have hurt the economy (34%).
The president is vocally taking credit for the success of the economy, and the many Americans are agreeing with him. The Republican plan to make sure that Obama is a failed president is now in tatters. President Obama is defying the historical trend of presidents past. He is a president on the upswing, and Republicans are back on their heels as the Obama presidency is gaining momentum.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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