Anticipating next week's unemployment report, Idaho's Labrador knocks Obama

In his electronic newsletter Friday, GOP Rep. Raul Labrador discusses the persistence of unemployment during President Obama's tenure. Next week, Labrador says he'll be watching the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

"This report is a candid look at whether the policies of the Obama administration have worked to help Americans find employment or whether they have done just the opposite," Labrador writes. "Unfortunately, the president’s record is nothing to be proud of."

Labrador said deficit spending, looming tax increases and regulations all contribute to unemployment.

Adds Labrador: "Government doesn’t create jobs, and it’s time for government to step aside and let the business and individuals who drive our economy take the wheel once more."

Labrador's full statement follows:

August 31, 2012

Congressman Raul Labrador, Representing the 1st District of Idaho

Dear friends,

Next week the Department of Labor will release its report on unemployment in the United States. This report is a candid look at whether the policies of the Obama administration have worked to help Americans find employment or whether they have done just the opposite. Unfortunately, the president’s record is nothing to be proud of. Since he took office 44 months ago unemployment has consistently remained between eight and ten percent, millions of Americans are out of work, and many have given up hope and quit looking for jobs. People have increasingly struggled to make ends meet and the growth of the economy has slowed significantly. This dismal reality did not come by accident but is the product of failed fiscal policies.

Almost immediately after assuming office President Obama pushed for a massive expansion of government spending in the form of a stimulus. The stimulus, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was designed to pump more than $800 billion into the economy in the hope that jobs would be created and the rising unemployment rate would reverse itself. Despite promises that unemployment would fall below eight percent by the end of 2010, unemployment instead rose above nine percent. After four years of trying to spend our way out of a recession, we have higher unemployment, a down-graded credit score, and $5 trillion in new debt.

Overspending in Washington is costing Americans their jobs and their stable futures. Having a job means having security. It alleviates worries about paying the mortgage and being able to put food on the table. The prevailing attitude in Washington about overspending was best captured by Ronald Reagan in his first inaugural address:

“You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we are not bound by that same limitation?”

In order to create jobs we must have a robust economy. To have a robust economy, businesses must feel confident about investing. They must be released from the burdensome regulations and looming tax hikes that accompany Obamacare. The uncertainty created by the president’s irresponsible fiscal policies has caused businesses across the country to sit on roughly $1.8 trillion of their money rather than invest it in new jobs and the economy. One of their primary concerns is the climate surrounding taxes. The country is headed for a tax hike on January 1, 2013 of nearly $500 billion which will hinder these companies’ ability to do business and create jobs.

The negative effect that raising taxes and introducing new regulations will have on the unemployed cannot be stressed enough. Recent estimates from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office predict that if the government fails to act on the looming tax hikes set to take effect next year the country will be headed into another recession. This is the last thing Americans need when they are desperately searching for work.

Living within our means as a country is key to our prosperity. The ability of our friends and neighbors to find work and build futures for themselves and their families depends on it. With responsible and realistic fiscal policies, we can halt the rising unemployment rate and get America working again. Government doesn’t create jobs, and it’s time for government to step aside and let the business and individuals who drive our economy take the wheel once more.

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Just once

Just once, I'd like to hear that guy say somthing different instead of pushing the same old tired Republican agenda. He's not giving President Obama a chance to succeed and he won't give him credit for his accomplishments no matter what! Bush took 8 years to nearly destroy this country, but Obama is expected to fix everything in a few years according to Labrador and his Tea Party buddies!

When Obama Took Office

the unemployment rate was rising like the space shuttle, eventually peaking at 10% nine months into his term. It takes a while to turn this massive ship, but it did turn in November '09 and has been in a downward trend ever since, Today the unemployment rate is near where it was in January '09 and with a downward trend instead of the exponentially rising trend this administration inherited.

If Romney wins this election, he will inherit a (slowly) declining unemployment rate instead of a sharply upward spiking rate. Who will he thank for that? Stupid question... no one.

Here's a question for Congressman Labrador: If you were not making enough money to feed your family and pay your bills, but you could borrow money at zero percent interest to keep food on the table and the lights on until you could find a better paying job, would you do it? That is the analogy for the situation our government is in right now. Yeah, we're living on borrowed money, but it is practically free.

One more, Congressman: Who makes the laws? Who makes the budget? Who decides what the tax rates will be? Who writes the spending bills? Answer: YOU! Get busy, work across the isles, make deals and fix this. Quit blaming everything on someone else. Blame and criticize, that seems to be your stock and trade. You are not helping at all.

Good comment.

Especially the part about Labrador's responsibility.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Soon the Labrador Unemployment Index will be at 100% ;-p


You fry wants with that?

favorable unemployment report

So if the unemployment report is favorable is Labrador going to print a retraction? HAHAHAHAHA I crack myself up sometimes. But I do think the people of his district tired of his vitriole should write him and tell him to write an apology letter for each and every one of his stupid comments if President Obama wins this November and promise to work WITH him instead of blocking everything possible.

Working for us?

On one hand, the Lab claims to be doing a marvelous job for us Idahoans, but on the other, the government is constantly failing. What part do you and your republican cronies play in that failure, Raul, especially considering the House of which you are a member is constitutionally responsible for all bills of revenue? Some of us who actually believe in the constitution feel that your party's blatant attempts to dismantle our country for no purpose other than gaining the presidency borders on treason.

Anyone who signs Norquist's pledge, is already against choosing

what is best for their constituents, and is abdicating their responsibility to be a responsible steward of the people's government.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

I really miss the Weekly World News, Bat Boy would save us.


You fry wants with that?