More Americans are unemployed, dropping off payrolls, and falling out of the labor force as President Barack Obama begins his second term compared to when he was first sworn into office.And he's got the numbers to prove it!
Yeah, except Karl Rove's numbers have a wee bit of a problem. They aren't from the day President Obama was inaugurated. They aren't even from the January 2009 jobs report (which reflects employment as of January 12, 2009). They are from December 2008:
Nobody in their right mind would argue that we should be pleased with where things stand right now, but it's even crazier to argue that we're not better off today than we were back when George W. Bush was in office. And let's not forget that the Republican solution to our present-day problems isn't grounded in reality. Republicans (with too many Democrats following their lead) argue that our problem is spending. But the reality is that the private sector has actually grown by over one million jobs since January 2009 while the public sector has lost a half-million jobs. If we have a short-term spending problem it's that we're not spending enough—not that we're spending too much.
Unfortunately, there's no way to have a rational conversation about that with today's Republican Party. They're still too busy thinking of W.'s last months in office as the good old days.