(WASHINGTON) — Now that conventions are over for both the Republicans and Democrats, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., says, “It’s time for rhetoric to meet reality,” and the reality, he adds, “is that America is not better off than it was four year ago.”
After a jobs report, released Friday, showed unemployment at 8.1 percent and just 96,000 jobs added last month, Barrasso and other Republicans have been quick to react.
“The undeniable truth is, President Obama is on track to have the worst jobs record of any President since World War II. When the President was hyping his so-called stimulus program, his economic team claimed unemployment would not go above 8 percent, and that it would be below 6 percent by now. Instead, it’s been higher than 8 percent for 43 straight months,” he says in the Republican address.
“It’s bad enough the stimulus money was wasted. Even worse, he borrowed the money, much of it from China. Household incomes have dropped by more than $4,000, while the cost of everyday living has gone up. Gasoline prices have gone up another 30 cents a gallon in just over a month. Americans recently paid the highest prices ever on a Labor Day weekend. One out of every seven people in America is now on food stamps,” Barrasso says. “In terms of global competitiveness, the United States has dropped for four straight years. When President Obama took office, we were number one in the world. Now we’re number seven.”
But, he continues in the address, “Americans know what works: low taxes, reasonable regulations and living within our means.”
Though the Obama campaign has pushed its message of moving “forward not backward,” Barrasso says that, under the president’s watch, “government spends too much, borrows too much and grows bigger every day.”
“The President’s policies have failed to produce the results, accountability, and solutions the American people deserve. The Obama Administration is simply not moving our country forward,” Sen. Barrasso says.
Pointing to examples of what he calls overspending and overregulation in Washington, Republicans, Barrasso says, are committed to creating jobs and getting the economy going in the right direction, though.
“Republicans have the solutions to help create jobs and get our economy going in the right direction again. Instead of giving President Obama four more years to continue the policies that are not working, it’s time for a change,” he says.
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