But ask anyone who has had to live through high school if four years is a long time. Ask one of the 4.8 million Americans who have been unemployed for longer than 27 weeks if our country is really getting better. The President has been bragging about the new 7.8% unemployment rate, but it's truly sad when an American president celebrates this embarrassing statistic. Even then, if the labor force hadn’t shrunk dramatically since Obama took office the unemployment rate would 10.7%. When millions of Americans have given up looking for a job, the economy is not getting better. Four years as President is enough time to demonstrate your ideas will either help or hurt the economy, and it’s certainly enough time to hold the President accountable for his lackluster job performance.
Further proof of the President’s abysmal record is a “Wastebook” released earlier this week from Senator Tom Coburn. It includes a hundred highlights of government jettisoning taxpayer dollars into the abyss of wasteful spending. Prime examples include $142,419 for free bus rides to Super Bowl attendees in Indiana, and $445,444 of science research dollars to produce a musical about biodiversity and climate change in New York (bet that had the crowds pouring in). These might not seem like big numbers compared to a trillion-dollar deficit each year, but these utterly insipid boondoggles are a symptom of the out-of-control spending that has our nation $16 trillion in debt. This is the America that we live in today; an economy on life support where politicians continue to spend while telling us that things will get even worse if they don't keep spending and taxing. What madness.
The good news is we Americans don’t have to accept this new normal of outrageous government spending, high prices at the pump and stumbling economic growth. We know the recipe that works for job creation, and it isn’t trickle-down government. It’s a government that steps aside by decreasing job-killing regulations, that reduces its own bloated size instead of imposing taxes on individuals and businesses. It’s a government with a proper role and size. President Reagan famously, and rightly said, that "...the best social program is a job." Most Americans know that jobs are created by free people innovating and growing prosperity in a nation where the government serves a limited, clearly defined role.