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June 13, 2011

Deficit Reduction Trap Sprung -- Republicans Campaigning On Jobs

-- by Dave Johnson

In the middle of the worst job crisis since the Depression many Democrats forgot about jobs and got all in a tizzy about cutting budgets. All the usual suspects made a lot of noise about deficit reduction, and the cocktail-party and dinner-party circuits all knowingly nodded and told each other they were so smart, they could see that these entitlements were killing the country, these deficits were killing the country, these entitlements were killing the country... So in the DC bubble many Democrats forgot about who and where those deficits came from (tax cuts, military spending and an economic crash caused by deregulation), and got caught up instead worrying about how to cut budgets. And now, wham, the trap is sprung, Republicans are campaigning on how Democrats didn't provide jobs.

For example, this Romney "BUMP IN THE ROAD" campaign ad:

What this ad says:

The video highlights President Obama’s failure to create jobs for millions of unemployed Americans. The video also shows that the unemployed are not just economic statistics, but are real Americans looking to support themselves and their families.

"Millions Have Lost Their Jobs Under President Obama" Video Text: "Long Term Unemployment Is Now Worse Than The Great Depression" Video Text: "June 3, 2011 Unemployment Hit 9.1%" Video Text: "President Obama Called It A Bump In The Road" President Obama (audio): "There are always going to be bumps on the road to recovery." Mark: "I'm an American, not a bump in the road." Derrick: "I'm an American, not a bump in the road." Melissa: "I'm an American, not a bump in the road." Jessica: "I'm an American, not a bump in the road." Jerry: "I'm an American, not a bump in the road." Kevin: "I'm an American, not a bump in the road." American Family: "We are Americans, not bumps in the road." Matt: "I'm an American, not a bump in the road." Dustin: "I'm an American, not a bump in the road." Shirley: "I am an American, not a bump in the road." Ryan: "I'm an American, not a bump in the road." Jason: "I'm an American, not a bump in the road." Group: "I'm an American, not a bump in the road." Video Text: "BELIEVE IN AMERICA November 6, 2012."

Romney The Job Killer

Never mind that Romney made his money from laying people off with his private equity firm.

As Colbert says in the video, Romney cut jobs, workers, employees and jobs. But what the public knows today is that people need jobs, the American Majority was demanding that Washington focus on creating jobs, and the Democrats didn't do that.

Here They Come

The Democrats didn't focus on creating jobs, instead "pivoting" to deficit reduction, and now Republicans are starting the campaign against them for not creating jobs. But who could have known? Who could have predicted?

The Daily Caller explains what to expect "If anyone was wondering where exactly Republican presidential candidates would hit Obama," in Romney releases ‘bumpy road’ video ad hitting Obama,

If anyone was wondering where exactly Republican presidential candidates would hit Obama in the first stretch of the 2012 race, Mitt Romney has put that question to rest in a new video. Or rather, he’s run it over with his car.

Romney’s new video, “Bump in the Road,” takes an unnerving and morbidly creepy shot at Obama’s insistence that the continuously bad unemployment numbers are just part of the difficult path to a better future.

Not The First Time

In the 2010 midterms Republicans campaigned that Democrats "cut $500 billion from Medicare" and seniors voted Republican for the first time, costing Dems the House.

This is is what listening to Republicans and Wall Street and "pivoting" to deficit reduction got you: Republicans are starting to campaign for office full-on on jobs. Not a word about deficit reduction. They are saying that Democrats in Washington were in charge and didn't create jobs.

Questions And Facts For Dems

Question: how much credit are Democrats getting for budget cuts?

Facts for Dems: Jobs fix deficits because spending on the jobless goes down, tax revenue goes up and people buy things again, so businesses start hiring again.

Invest In Jobs, Don't Cut Them

Investment in infrastructure pays a huge dividend because it makes our businesses more competitive in the world while providing those jobs. And we have to do it anyway, we have been putting it off since the Reagan tax cuts and the infrastructure is crumbling. Investing in infrastructure is millions of jobs that need doing while millions need jobs.

Oh, and if you pay people to retrofit homes and buildings around the country to be more energy-efficient, the result is that we stop sending so much money out of the country for oil. The whole economy becomes more efficient, and it pays off the cost of hiring all those people. It's called "Cash For Caulkers."

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF.

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Posted by Dave Johnson at June 13, 2011 5:27 PM


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