November Jobs Report: 203k Jobs Despite Republican Shutdown Last Month
So, remember how Republicans told us that the economy was failing and the stimulus wasn’t working? Remember when they attempted to convince us that all of President Obama’s legislative accomplishments would inhibit job growth? Remember when they shut down the government to stalwart any further good news for the Obama Administration? Well, the November jobs report disproved all that mumbo-jumbo and they haven’t said anything about it since.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in November:
“The unemployment rate declined from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent in November, and total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 203,000… Employment increased in transportation and warehousing, health care, and manufacturing.”
Now, that’s interesting. How could the jobs in health care have increased if Obamacare has been killing grandma? (Yes, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) believes that health care kills people). Seems counter-intuitive, right? Well, that’s because they were just making that mess up.
Like lame-duck Bachmann, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and House Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) are basically the boogeymen of the US Congress at this juncture. They have been thorns in the sides of Democrats for weeks – if not years – now working to limit the legislative power of both houses of Congress for ideological pursuits. There were claims from their party that Obamacare would decimate working individuals, reducing jobs. But, even amidst a slow start for the healthcare roll-out, jobs seem to be holding at better than expected levels.
Not only that, the Republican-led House of Representatives has done literally nothing to pass a jobs bill during this key point in the recession recovery. Instead, they have been working tirelessly to stall economic growth in an effort to diminish President Obama’s legacy. This has been the most unproductive Congress in the history of the Universe mainly because these Republican leaders care more about the extremists in their party coming out to re-elect them next November than holding themselves accountable to the majority-will of the American people. Even prior Congress’ with divided government (a situation where one party controls the White House and another party controls one or both houses of Congress) were more productive than this one.
What is the takeaway here? Republicans in Congress friggin’ suck right now. When Democrats are forced to go nuclear on judicial nominations – ending a Senate tradition allowing for a two-thirds vote or 60 person vote to confirm judicial nominees and only requiring a “simple majority” vote – you know that something has gone awry.
Luckily, folks have started to catch on to the Republicans’ childish antics. Moving into this holiday season, they have had less and less to complain about and pawn off on the American people.
Let’s hope the New Year stays on trend.
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