NPR caller: I’d rather see the economy gain 100,000 jobs a month than losing 800,000 a month

This evening while listening to an NPR discussion about last night’s debate, I heard this excellent comment by someone who called into the program and it went something like this:

I know it is getting old to blame today’s economy on Bush, but when Romney complains about the slow job growth, I think Obama should remind him that it is much better to gain 100,000 jobs a month than losing 800,000 a month, which is what happened when Bush left office, and may happen again when Romney takes office because their policies are similar.

The NPR anchors were impressed with that statement and suggested the caller become Obama’s speechwriter (or debate instructor).

The consensus is that Obama was strong in yesterday's debate and had many good answers, but when it comes to job creation and the economy, he needs to be more agressive and find the right words to defend himself. After all, that is Romney's only playing card against Obama, that the economy is not good enough and the debt too large.

Obama should say those exact words. They should be used in an ad and in his upcoming campaign speeches. They may not fit in next weeks debate which will focus on foreign policy but if he has an opening to sneak them in, he should do it.

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  • BC

    Of course it's better to gain 100k than lose 800k, but the question is it enough?
     
    I continue to hold the election is about the economy in terms of who will win, which will be decided by those in the middle.  The U6 # put out by BLS is probably the best number to look at as per our job woes.
     
    The economy is very tight still.  One can assign blame and cause in a lot of different areas, but I think the voters in the middle tend to look at the here and now.  Obama's been in 4 years and they're hurting and economic weakness is why Carter and Bush Sr. got booted as well – people vote with their pocketbooks.
     
    Add to this gas, food, electricity and HC premiums are all a lot more expensive – this all erodes the household budget.  
     
    I do not think using the 800k vs. 100k example will fly.  At a certain point people do not want excuses rather results.  Obama hasn't clearly expressed how he intends to increase jobs.  His focus has been a negative sell on Romney – he's just for the rich, etc. = more scare tactics and it works with some, but don't think it works enough for the middle.
     
    As for saying hey the economy is a lot better – very hard to spin this when people look at how much money they spend every month.
     
    Take HC – premiums have gone up a great deal – people see this every month.  Now I can see the argument that over time the premiums come down, but given how it's structured – I question this. 
     
    But here's the point – people in the middle see the increase in premiums now and have been paying more for easily a year = it very hard to sell them on futures that in several years it will be better.
     
    They don't care.  All they know is a lot more money is coming out of their pockets.
     
     
     

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