The economy is getting better and we can all see it. In the 12 months before President Obama took office – from January 2008 to January 2009, 4.1 million Americans joined the ranks of the unemployed. This all happened in 1 year and it happened under a Republican administration.
Over the last 25 consecutive months, due mainly to the economic policies of this Administration, the private sector have added millions of jobs, resulting in millions of Americans rejoining the workforce. And although the 8.2% unemployment figure is still unacceptable, we can all admit that we are headed in the right direction.
This is great news for economy and everyone should be happy that the country is beginning to rebound from what is being classified as a great depression. Everyone that is, except Republicans. In their never-ending effort to always make things seem worse than it really is, Republicans are now trying to change the rules in the middle of the game.
The Hill Reports:
A Republican lawmaker is intensifying his push for legislation that would change how the government measures the unemployment rate.
Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) intends to press GOP leaders to move his bill to include the number of individuals who gave up looking for work in the percentage of jobless claims.
Should the government measure unemployment with Hunter’s figure, the unemployment rate would be higher than the current rate of approximately 8 percent– a potentially devastating assessment for the White House, especially in an election year.
Instead of pushing legislation that will create jobs and get people back to work, Mr. Hunter and his Republican buddies choose instead to play politics, and they are willing to change the rules of the game to remove any glimmer of hope the American people are feeling.
Yes, things are getting better, but the Republicans are working hard to change that!