In 1980 Ronald Reagan asked the famous question: “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” The question challenged Americans to think about their economic trajectory – and in answering, many realized they needed change and elected Ronald Reagan as President.
In the last few weeks, President Obama has asked the same question twice. And although he claims the economy has improved in the last few years thanks to him, American families are reporting the exact opposite.
Since President Obama took office in 2009, the average income for American families has dropped, and more people than ever are reporting record-levels of economic anxiety and frustration. Two-thirds of Americans think the economy is headed in the wrong direction, and less than one in ten think President Obama “is doing a really good job” with the economy.
In order for our economy to catch up to the job-creation under President Reagan, we would need to create 620,000 American Jobs per month. Under President Obama, the average is 197,000 – and in August it was far below that. Only 142,000 jobs were created.
For someone who is taking credit for “record economic growth,” President Obama seems to be incredibly out of touch with what Americans are going through. His handling of the economy has been toxic, and Americans are feeling the pain. Americans don’t need rhetoric — they need opportunities and a healthy economy.
House Republicans have passed over 45 bills focused on job creation and economic growth. There are bills like the Hire More Heroes Act of 2013, that would connect more of our veterans with good paying jobs – or the Northern Route Improvement Act, which would allow construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline – or America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014 which would help small businesses hire more employees and grow their firm. Dozens of solutions that would directly impact American families are stuck in the Democratic-controlled Senate – gathering dust and doing no one any good.
Americans are tired of looking back on the past four years and saying, “No, my life has not gotten better. In fact, it’s gotten worse.” These House-passed solutions have the ability to change our economic trajectory, and make it one of positive, bottom-up growth, not backwards, top-down policies that stifle American families.