This is good economic news. The country added 248,000 jobs in August. Over the next thirty days, Obama is going to crow about the good he has done rebounding the economy and how the GOP has fought him every step of the way.
So here’s the argument¬†Republicans should be making headed into election day: The economy is not due to Obama’s policies (which have not been passed) but by the fact that government meddling has been prevented.
Every Republican on the ballot for Congress should be making a simple assertion¬†to constituents:
“The economy has recovered because, for the four years since you gave us the House and a larger bloc in the Senate, the GOP has held the line against the type of bloated, expensive, burdensome government that Obama has tried to ram through.”
The GOP must make the case that the economy is improving specifically BECAUSE they have been obstructionist, not in spite of that fact. While RNC Chairman Reince Preibus has rolled out 11 principles, the Republican candidates should be taking credit for every good piece of economic news by saying “if you want to see more, then you’d better hope we stay here to keep this guy and his cronies from using the government to assail the economy. You’d better bet that opposition to the big government agenda of the professional left is entirely consistent with the principles laid out by the Chairman.”
The fact is Obama has spent equal amounts of time chiding the GOP for stalling his progressive march and tooting his horn for all he’s gotten done. The GOP needs to say, quite matter-of-factly “it is despite your policies that the country is improving. You had a chance to lead, and you chose to regulate. The voters rejected big government in the 80s, the 90s, and now. It is not, and has never been, a policy of economic growth.”
That simple argument should be on the lips of every Republican. But will it?