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Giving Empty Rhetoric a Bad Name

March 31, 2015

Much attention has been given to President Obama’s continued “focus” on passage of the American Jobs Act.  As others have noted, however, looking back it seems that while the Obama Administration’s alleged “focus” on job creation and their trillion dollar failed stimulus have received a lot of coverage for almost 3 years, they have yielded little in the way of actual job creation.


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.): “The president is focused like a laser on passing the American Jobs Act, on making sure we put people back to work.” (November 9, 2011)

Then…and Then…and Then…and Then…and Then…

December 2009: “Entering an election year, Democrats sharpen focus on jobs”
January 2010: “Obama to focus hard on economy after Democratic loss”
February 2010: “Democrats Seek to Push Ahead $15 Billion Jobs Bill, With More Steps to Come”
March 2010: “Jobs Bill Signed Into Law by Obama”
April 2010: “Obama election-year jobs agenda stalls in Congress”
May 2010: “The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010”
June 2010: “Obama Urges Quick Vote to Spur Jobs”
July 2010: “Harry Reid stresses job-based agenda”
August 2010: “Obama Calls for ‘Full-Scale Attack’ to Revive Struggling Economy”
September 2010: “Senators Urge Reid to Focus on Jobs, Adjourn Early”
October 2010: “Obama to focus on jobs, economy on India visit”
November 2010: “Reid: Jobs Are Priority #1 For Democrats”
December 2010: “Obama & Labor Unions Meet to Plan Job Creation”
January 2011: “Obama Address to Focus on Jobs, Cutting Deficit, Unity
February 2011: “Jobs Message to Go Home With House Democrats
March 2011: “Democrats’ central message on jobs might not be enough
April 2011: “Democrat rips Obama for not focusing more on jobs
June 2011: “Obama Announces ‘All-Hands-On-Deck Strategy’ To Boost Private Sector Hiring
July 2011: “Democrats Focus on Jobs, Continue to Urge GOP to Work Together On Balanced Agreement to Pay America’s Bills, Reduce Deficit
August: 2011: “Dems Plan Pivot to Jobs


Source: Department of Labor unemployment rate data and Obama Administration projections.