When President Obama took office, America was losing 600,000 jobs a month. In the throes of the Bush Recession, our nation was facing an incredibly steep uphill climb. But he dragged our nation out of the mire and oversaw the longest stretch of constant job growth in American history.
All that effort and careful work has culminated in our nation adding a staggering 227,000 new jobs in the month of January, far above the 175,000 that economists projected. It will be the 76th consecutive month of job growth for our nation. The unemployment rate ticked up to 4.8% – because more and more Americans are confident enough to look for work again.
But as usual, the Trump White House jumped at the chance to take credit for something it had absolutely nothing to do with.
“Today’s report reflects the consumer confidence that the Trump presidency has inspired. According to a recent Gallup poll, economic confidence is at a new high, and ADP showed strong private-sector hiring. President Trump campaigned on putting Americans to work again. Even before he took office, the markets knew he’d deliver on that promise. The president has already taken significant steps to turn our economy around, and he’s looking forward to ensuring that every American that wants a job has the opportunity to find one” said propaganda minister Sean Spicer.
While it’s not surprisingly for our validation-seeking and morally vacant president to steal the spotlight for himself, it’s absolutely disgusting that he would do it on the same day that he rolls back the Dodd-Frank Act, which was passed by Democrats to prevent the kind of bank behavior that led to the Bush Recession in the first place. Trump is setting the stage for the next recession. On top of that, Trump spent his entire presidential campaign lying about the unemployment rate and disparaging the Obama recovery – but now the foul hypocrite is perfectly happy to change his tune.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.