Governor Peter Shumlin, chair of the Democratic Governors Association, released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the economy added 146,000 jobs in November and unemployment had been driven down to 7.7 percent:
“Today’s jobs report shows that our economic recovery continues under President Obama’s leadership. Unemployment has been driven down to a four-year low, and Americans created 146,000 jobs last month. The private sector continues to lead the way, creating jobs for 33 months in a row.
“There is still much work to be done, and our recovery is threatened by the failure of Congress to work together on a balanced solution to avert the fiscal cliff. They must act immediately to prevent taxes from going up on middle class Americans, damaging consumer confidence, and slowing our recovery.
“Democratic governors will continue to fight for middle class families as we work to create jobs and expand opportunity.”
Weekly Address: Extending Middle Class Tax Cuts to Grow the Economy
In his weekly address, President Obama says that it’s time for Congress to pass the middle class tax cuts for 98% of all Americans. Both parties agree that this will give 98% of families and 97% of small businesses the certainty that will lead to growth, and so there is no reason to wait. On Tuesday, the American people voted for compromise and action, and the President calls on Congress to come together in that spirit to help create jobs and strengthen our economy.
In his latest attempt to distort President Obama’s consistent record of successfully betting on the American worker, Mitt Romney shamelessly tried to scare voters into thinking that Jeep is moving production to China and taking American jobs with it. The claim is blatantly false: As Chrysler made clear, “Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China.”
“I am a self-employed attorney with two employees on our group insurance, and for years our rate had been going up. One week after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act, I received a check in the mail. All I could say was ‘wow’.
“The letter from my insurance company explained that my provider failed to meet the 80% standard required under the new law.
“Each year our insurance company has increased our premium and, in order to get a lower rate, every person on our plan was forced to take a higher deductible. Costs were getting out of hand and President Obama did something about it.”
—John, a Californian who recently received a $737 rebate thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurance companies to spend at least 80% of premiums on patient care
“Those ads taking my words about small business out of context; they’re flat out wrong. Of course Americans build their own business. Everyday hard-working people sacrifice to meet a payroll, create jobs, and make our economy run.
And what I said was that we need to stand behind them as America always has. By investing in education, training, roads and bridges, research and technology. I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message because I believe we’re all in this together.”
Wait a minute, Romney deliberately altered the meaning of the President’s words. Actually, he was talking about, ‘building infrastructure and education, not that individuals don’t build their businesses.
Romney’s been caught doing this before. Another attack ad was called ‘a blatant fast one for manipulating video of the President’. See the whole tape and decide for yourself.
Stephanie Cutter shares how Mitt Romney’s new TV ad blatantly twists President Obama’s words on small business owners and entrepreneurs. Mitt Romney is not telling the truth about what the President said, and he is taking the President’s words out of context.
President Obama has consistently fought for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The President knows that hard working people turning ideas into successful businesses built the American middle class.