Obama Trolls Republicans: Economy Actually ‘Pretty Darn Great Right Now’
"I thought it might be useful to take a small break from the spectacle of the political season and now I gather oj, to focus on something that really matters to the American people, and that is how is the economy doing and how is it affecting their lives. This morning we learned that the U.S. Economy has created 242000 jobs last month. That's two months in a row as the unemployment rate below 5%, and over the past three months our workforce has grown by 1.5 million people. That is progress. Overall, the American business has now created new jobs for 72 straight months. Six straight years of job creation. 14.3 million new jobs. And factor businesses have created jobs every single month since I signed that job killing Obamacare bill. Think about this. If somebody had told the seven years ago that we would get to this point at a time when we are losing 800,000 jobs a month and the unemployment hit 10%, we would not have believed them. Today America's business our great jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s. America's workforce is growing at the fastest pace since the year 2000. Data showing the kind of strength and durability that makes America's economy right now the envy of the world despite the enormous headwinds that it's receiving because of weaknesses in other parts of the world. In other words, the numbers, the facts don't lie. I think it's useful given that there seems to be an alternative reality out there from some of the political folks that America is down in the dumps. It's not. America is pretty darn great right now, and making strides right now. And small businesses to large businesses alike are hiring right now and investing right now, and building this country brick by brick, locked by block, neighborhood by neighborhood all across the country. And I don't expect that these facts and this evidence will convince some of the politicians out there to change their doomsday rhetoric, talking about how terrible America is. But the American people should be proud of what they have achieved because this speaks to their resilience, innovation, creativity, risk-taking and grit. The fact of the matter is that the plans we put in place to grow the economy have worked. They would work even faster if we did not have the kind of obstruction that we've seen in this town to prevent additional policies that would make a difference. And is going to be a debate going on around the budget in the coming months. Republicans in Congress are sadly trying to cut some of the investments that could spur additional growth. They are blocking things like increase in the minimum wage, or more robust investment in jobs, training, infrastructure, education that can contend to lift up wages and incomes. And area by the way in which we are not seeing the same kinds of pace that we want to see and we are, if we're working together we could be making a difference. That's what we should be debating. That's the debate that is worthy of the American people. Not fantasy, not name-calling, us trying to talk down these the American economy but looking at the facts, understanding that we made excellent progress and job growth. How can we continue to advance the, how can we make sure people are successful in climbing a ladder of wage and income growth over the coming years. How do we make sure that we make this economy grow even faster? And so the counterproposals that we put forward repeatedly in terms of rebuilding our infrastructure, improving our job training system, lifting the minimum wage, dealing with things like family leave and paid leave, making sure that retirement accounts are more helpful to middle class families and working families, making college more affordable. Told you all the things that are going to make an enormous difference. We've got to continue to push that agenda. That's what we should be talking about and that's what I'm going to be talking about with my economic team here in the coming months. The notion that we would reverse the very policies that help dig us out of a recession reinstitute those that got us into a whole, plans that are being currently proposed by Republicans in Congress and by some of the candidates for president, that's not the conversation we should be having. That's not the direction America should be taking. I'm looking forward to very forcefully making clear that what we have done has made a difference, and that there's a huge gap between the rhetoric that's going on out there and the reality of success we are seeing in America's economy, even as we acknowledge that there's more work that can be done to make sure that everybody is been sitting on that success."