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The economy isn’t producing enough jobs to keep up with population growth. We would need to create at least 360,000 jobs a month to lower the unemployment rate to 6 percent, and that would require an economic growth rate of 4 to 5 percent. “Over the last four years, the pace has been a paltry 2.2 percent,” Mr. Morici says.

Obama advisers dismiss the possibility of higher economic-growth rates, saying slower growth is “the new normal.” But four years into President Reagan’s swift recovery, which followed a deeper recession than Mr. Obama has had to deal with, the quarterly growth rates were 8.5, 7.9, 6.9 and 5.8 percent.

The network news stories don’t mention that slower growth and high unemployment are the result of Mr. Obama’s anti-growth, anti-job-creation policies. They include energy policies that have boosted fuel costs, killed jobs and flattened family budgets; opposition to any new export-expansion agreements to open emerging markets for U.S. goods and services; and higher tax rates on investors that have reduced new, job-creating startup enterprises.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are working on a sweeping tax-reform plan to eliminate loopholes, and lower business and individual tax rates to boost economic growth. Mr. Obama has given their idea the cold shoulder.

Notably, people are beginning to speak out much more forcefully about Mr. Obama’s economic record. Last week’s job report was “consistent with a sluggish, lackluster economy,” said Alan MacEachin, an economist at the Navy Federal Credit Union.

This week, a Gallup Poll said, “American’s confidence in the economy … was the lowest it has been in any month since April,” slipping to minus-12 last month. With the president’s job approval score falling into the mid-40s, maybe the American people are finally beginning to put two and two together.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.