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The Obama camp wasted no time spinning May’s poor jobs report to their advantage last week -- or at least that was what they tried to do. After the report revealed shockingly slow hiring trends and an uptick in unemployment, speculators wondered how the left would deal with an onslaught of bad press. Last Thursday--one day before the private sector gaffe heard 'round the world--that response came in the form of an Obama for America ad spot titled “Jobs”.
The commercial opens with the incumbent president’s voice over images of American workers -- not the least notable of which is a farmer much like those his administration recently waged war against. “We’re still fighting our way back from the worst economic crisis since the great depression,” he begins. Later he adds, “but we’re still not creating [jobs] as fast as we want.”
According to the ad, Obama’s new jobs plan would, “put teachers, firefighters, police officers and construction workers back to work right now." Of course, there’s always a catch and in this case, as with just about every other initiative the left introduces to make America “better”, that catch is tax hikes. “It’s paid for by asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more,” the ad explains. “Tell Congress we can’t wait.”
The truth is, for those who continually struggle with unemployment -- an official number that stands at 8.2 percent, but doesn’t take into consideration those who have given up looking for work and fallen off the unemployment rolls -- waiting really isn’t an option. Meanwhile, a large portion of the population remains skeptical that another expensive jobs bill is the way to take action. We’ve been down that road before, after all, and the unemployment rate remains sky high.
Even if his jobs plan passed, most of the effects probably wouldn’t be felt until after the November election which means the true test for Obama is going to be responding to continued bad news throughout the summer if this trend continues.
In a time when families are trying to squeeze every last penny to make family vacations, backyard barbecues, summer day camps, and weekends at the lake possible, the last thing they want to hear is that the economy is slumping again, and any excuses that may go along with that bad news will be just as unwelcome.
Diana Prichard is a red-leaning freelance writer living and working in a blue state. Follow her on Twitter: @diana_prichard.