That’s what will happen, though, no matter how many delays in the law Mr. Obama approves. You don’t have to take a poll to know that too many businesses are struggling, and they see Obamacare’s punitive mandates pulling them down, forcing them to either lay off workers or put them on part-time status to avoid higher health care costs.
The real political killer is the U.S. labor market, which still has not recovered from the recession. Who says so? None other than Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen, who was handpicked by the president for the job.
The recovery in the labor market is “far from complete,” Ms. Yellen testified before Congress this week, and she didn’t mince words. She said the jobless rate remains much too high, and she was especially concerned about the “unusually large fraction” of workers who have been jobless for six months or more.
She further noted that a large number of workers are forced to work only part time when they need full-time jobs to make ends meet, but can’t find them.
For those in the White House who brag about the economy’s subpar economic-growth rates, Ms. Yellen said the persistent weakness in labor markets showed that annual economic growth had fallen well below its full potential.
These are the economic failures that Republicans need to address in this year’s campaigns, and they should do it in the strongest language possible. This is no time to play Mr. Nice Guy.
Millions of Americans are jobless, underemployed or have given up all hope of finding work. The government is led by a president who hasn’t a clue about how to unlock the power of our once-mighty economy to achieve its fullest growth potential. Republicans need to start talking again about how job-creating tax cuts, energy expansion, trade exports and other pro-growth ideas can put America back to work.
It’s a hopeful, optimistic message that Americans are hungry to hear again, and this is the year to do it. It’s time to give Mr. Obama and his party another shellacking.
Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.