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America to GOP: Still Unemployed and Obamacare Stinks

We’re amidst an economy only Jimmy Carter’s mother could love, and yet Republicans are still having a hard time gaining political traction. The voters aren’t doing a stunning job either. Case in point: voters just picked Mark Sanford – “the Todd Akin of South Carolina” – in the primary for Tim Scott’s congressional seat.

Here’s hoping Republican voters start making smarter picks, but I’m not holding my breath. Until elections roll around, however, there is plenty Republicans can do to start looking like winners again.

March saw a mere 88,000 jobs created, even though unemployment fell to 7.6% – or, as Republicans should explain it, where Obama said it would be four years ago. Former Obama economic advisor, Austan Goolsbee, called the numbers a “punch to the gut” and then blamed the sequester.

We can also expect to hear the numbers blamed on global warming, child obesity, and everything else Republicans LOVE, but that’s when Republicans step in and remind voters that Democrats have been largely in control since 2008.

As has been the case repeatedly, the lower unemployment is tied directly to the drop in labor force participation. Currently the rate is 63.3%, or, as Republicans should explain it, the level it was when Jimmy Carter was president.

If those who were looking for work last year hadn’t given up searching, unemployment would be at 8.3%.

This is the signature of the Obama economy: we get sporadic job reports that show growth, and then those looking for work give up, and unemployment lowers as a result even if job creation falls. This is what America got for the price tag of the Obama first term: magic tricks.

No Democratic nominee can offer anything different in 2016. Not one would have Obama divert from his tax-and-spend approach.

Why then would America want to wait until 2016 to kick these guys out? The Republican message for midterm elections should be: we can fix this now or we can fix this later. Couple this with electing safe candidates – no Akins, Sanfords, Sharron Angles, or Christine O’Donnells – in the primaries and we might have a chance at the Senate.

The second key issue to pounce on is Obamacare. People still don’t like it, and it’s easier prey because its other provisions are starting to kick in.

The convoluted train wreck of a law now will require tens of thousands of “navigators” to assist in its implementation. Government workers who will make more than you do will be sent to the states to help you benefit from all the healthcare overhaul has to offer.

Other than creating another bureaucracy for James O’Keefe to secretly record doing something evil, this offers no lasting benefit to the healthcare industry.

Obama’s champion health care reform has failed on every front. The three main promises, “that Obamacare would reduce costs, lower insurance premiums, and ensure healthcare coverage for all Americans” (as John Lott puts it in his new great new book At The Brink), turned out to be false.

Republicans don’t need to worry about a morale vacuum if they lead a successful attempt to repeal the law. As John Lott explains, using data from a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, even four years before Obamacare’s passage the percentage of U.S. residents who were both without health insurance and dissatisfied with their medical care was a measly 2.3%.

NewKeithFierroIcon-285x300 (1)With a Republican president in 2016, the GOP can finally get to implementing health care reform that isn’t seriously frightening in its girth of government control. This includes ending tax incentives for expensive employer-sponsored health insurance, block-granting Medicare, allowing purchasing insurance across state lines, and reforming malpractice laws, just to name a few.

For a more detailed explanation of the GOP’s ideas for health care see Ben Domenech’s fantastic pieces here and here.

Victory doesn’t have to be difficult for Republicans. Stop taking the bait to discuss gay marriage in terms of national policy (it’s now out of your hands), stop running risky candidates, and go after the easy victories Obama has taken the time to neatly lay out.

Keith Fierro | Cal State Fullerton | @KJFierro

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  1. Liberals have brains
    Apr 16, 2013 - 06:25 PM

    This page is not worth reading. It’s just typical low IQ conservative BS. The title is totally misleading, but what else should one expect from low IQ conservatives?

    This is still the signature of GWB and all conservative economies. The GOP congress held jobs captive but miscalculated how many conservatives were gainig some brains to think for themselves.

    Repukes are the ones that re-distribute the wealth (avg guy pays tons in taxes that goes to corporations as subsidies – and that’s ten times higher than public welfare) those corporations just want the handouts. I could write a book on the conservative BS.

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    • Paul Hardister
      May 01, 2013 - 05:19 PM

      Typical Liberal at it again. You can’t attack the argument in a logical way, so you resort to personal attacks against the author.

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    • Amy J
      Jun 03, 2013 - 12:16 PM

      seriously? Why not have an intelligent discussion instead of making personal attacks? The article was probably more critical of the GOP then the dems, but all you seem to want to do is troll with your rude and inflamatory statements, what a waste of space!

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  2. Philip N Cole
    Apr 11, 2013 - 12:44 PM

    A well written piece by an intelligent and concerned young man. Too bad the responses/comments aren’t up to par.If the commentors had a semblance of integrity along with the ability to recognize the USA is going down the proverbial toilet, rather than lamenting about the past The future is in dire straights… if you don’t under stand “dire”…and you are concerned about “gay marriage, gun control,etc”, rather than what is happening to the moral decay of this country, led by a morally corrupt “progressive” war machine…. HA! wait until Obuma care kicks into high gear… stupidity reigns supreme… even in the “elite” category. Wise up dummies!

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    • Liberals have brains
      Apr 16, 2013 - 06:30 PM

      Too bad you’re so stupid to think so. Fox News insulted you jerks:

      http://www.happyplace.com/19076/election-infographic-shows-most-educated-states-voted-for-obama

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      • Paul Hardister
        May 01, 2013 - 05:24 PM

        At it again! You can’t reason or debate- just scream and name call in an effort to smoke screen any message that does not conform to your agenda.

      • Amy J
        Jun 03, 2013 - 12:24 PM

        @brains: So this graph means we’re dumb if we didnt vote for Obama? Rofl! Not haven’t a traditional education does not mean you have a liw IQ , you could have a higher IQ than some who graduates high school, maybe you just didnt like it. Some of the most intelligent ppl I knew weren’t highly educated, they were smart, but they may bot have been booksmart, you are referring to booksmart ppl not ppl with innate i ng telligence or intelligence about the world, two different things.

  3. Christopher Rushlau
    Apr 08, 2013 - 03:27 PM

    “We’re amidst an economy only Jimmy Carter’s mother could love, and yet Republicans are still having a hard time gaining political traction.”
    That’s where I stopped reading.

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  4. Fred
    Apr 08, 2013 - 10:53 AM

    Yeah- let’s bring back the boom years of the George W. Bush administrations! The Republicans did a great job with the economy. Cut taxes for the rich, go on unfunded spending sprees to win the geriatric vote, spend wildly on national defense but gutting consumer protection, start a “$50 billion- tops!” war in Iraq, and explode the deficit. Then when the deficit is in shambles, propose to fix it on the backs of the most vulnerable so we can do more tax cuts!

    I definitely trust that party with fiscal responsibility.

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    • Ceecee
      Apr 08, 2013 - 08:18 PM

      Well said Fred! Don’t forget that ObamaCare and RomneyCare are identical; both are conservative health care plans that had their genesis in the Heritage Foundation. The “Liberal, socialist health care plan would have been single-payer Medicare for all.

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      • Matthew
        Apr 08, 2013 - 09:39 PM

        “Don’t forget that ObamaCare and RomneyCare are identical; both are conservative health care plans that had their genesis in the Heritage Foundation.”

        You sure know how to tell some whoppers, don’t you?

    • Matthew
      Apr 08, 2013 - 09:41 PM

      Exactly where did Keith suggest or even mention the administrations of George W. Bush?

      Oh, yeah. That’s right. He didn’t.

      Non-sequiturs don’t work well for you.

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    • Paul Hardister
      May 01, 2013 - 05:31 PM

      There it is! Any liberal response MUST include some form of Bush bashing to be complete… mission accomplished!

      Wait, this article didn’t have anything to do with Dubya…

      Who cares, it’s SOP to trash Bush if a conservative even thinks about opening his mouth.

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