In February, I invited Barack Obama to come to Texas to learn to create jobs.
Four months later, and under intense pressure to make it look like he cares about the unemployed, he’s coming to Austin for “an event on the economy.”
Instead of talking, he should come and listen.
He inherited an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. After four years and a Congress that gave him everything he demanded in a $1.2 trillion “stimulus” bill, the only thing that grew was human suffering.
Under Obama, the percentage of the adult population with a job or looking for one has dropped to record levels. The “civilian labor force participation rate” is at an abysmally low 63.3 percent, the lowest since 1979 and Jimmy Carter.
Additionally, 9.5 million working-age Americans have given up on finding a job under Obama. Combined, they would make the nation’s 11th largest state.
Job creation is nearly dead under Obama and nowhere near what we need to recover. Americans are giving up looking for work under Obama in numbers unseen since Carter. Black and Hispanic unemployment have grown to epidemic levels under this president.
The widespread suffering makes Obama’s decision to disband his Jobs Council earlier this year even more insulting. Obama wants us to accept unemployment and poverty as the new normal. Under Obama, our only reliable export is failure.
People are suffering because of Obama sinking deeper into his personal agenda of high taxes and attacks on job creators rather than creating a rising tide of prosperity.
Obama’s stubborn policy of raising taxes on job creators and issuing wasteful regulations means the private sector isn’t growing fast enough to restore our economy. We can’t afford four more years of Obama’s failed liberalism. He needs to turn off his teleprompter that’s already pre-programmed with the same old failed agenda of tax hikes and more giveaways to his political donors.
If Obama wants to learn how to create jobs, he should stop talking and instead listen to Texans.
Texas also inherited an economy from George W. Bush. Unlike Obama’s economy, ours is booming. Spending cuts, small government, and light regulations are the fuel that has the Texas economy roaring.
Texas did it by cutting taxes, while Obama grounded America’s economy to a halt by raising taxes.
Texas fueled jobs by expanding our oil and gas industry, while Obama has siphoned off jobs by slashing oil and gas production on federal lands and aggressively attacking private development with regulations.
Liberals love to blame slower growth in government spending for low job numbers, but Texas cut spending by $11 billion and job growth exploded. Government spending is a barrier to prosperity.
While Obama is burying the United States in massive deficits, Texas is sitting atop an $8 billion budget surplus. Not only is a Texas not running a deficit; unlike Obama’s government, we can pay off our debts.
Texas has a healthy, booming economy because we saw what Obama was doing and did the opposite. While Obama is giving up on job creation, Texas is busy trying to fill jobs.
If Obama really cares about the millions suffering under his economy, he’ll drop the canned speech filled with the same failed liberalism. Obama needs to adopt the Texas model of low taxes, smart regulations, and a booming oil and gas industry.
“Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.”– General Sam Houston, First President of the Republic of Texas
Senior Communications Adviser
U.S. Representative Steve Stockman (TX-36)