Despite inheriting “a mess,” as President Barack Obama often likes to point out on the economy, Democrats appearing on the Sunday talk shows refused to accept that the current administration has failed to fix the economy.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz sought to deflect attention away from reports showing how the economy is not rebounding, and that job creation is at its slowest pace in this quarter than it has been in two years, Sunday morning on FOX News Sunday.
Wasserman-Schultz sought to tie Mitt Romney to George W. Bush’s unpopular fiscal policies.
“Let’s go back to the failed policies of the past, let’s repeat the same playbook that got us into this economic mess, in the first place,” Wasserman Schultz said. “ Mitt Romney’s budget would actually make sure the most wealthy and fortunate get more and more tax breaks.”
Wasserman-Schultz also tried to make the connection of Romney that 80 of 82 counties in Ohio would have been forced go out of business because Romney did not support the government bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler.
But Wasserman Schultz failed to mention that Romney supported a “managed bankruptcy” and reorganization of General Motors and Chrysler akin to what Ford went through without a dime of taxpayer money. Ford today is in a stronger position than it was in 2008 despite not having taken any federal money.
Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) , chairman of the Democratic Governors Association echoed much of the same rhetoric Sunday morning on ABC’s This Week. Instead of answering questions on the President Obama’s jobs numbers, O’Malley went off on his own blame Bush tangent.
“We faced the biggest job losses since the great depression, that’s what George W. Bush and his failed policies left to us,” O’Malley said. “ The Tea Party Republican Congress has done everything in their power to try and stall this jobs recovery. You know what, perhaps they might succeed. We created more jobs than were created in all of the eight years of George W. Bush.”
When asked if the president owned the economy, O’Malley, again, avoided the question, instead going off about Romney’s “Swiss bank accounts.”
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) disputed O’Malley’s reasoning and called out O’Malley for his effort to deflect attention away from the Obama administration’s economic performance.
“Look, Gov. O’Malley is talking about President Bush, and that election was eight years ago now, this election is about Mitt Romney and President Obama and his failed policies,” Jindal said.“The whole three years where Obama has been president, we have actually lost a half a million jobs. Median family income has decreased now by over $4,000, by any measure, his policies have been a failure.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus had similar comments for Wasserman Shultz, who he quipped was on vacation “on Mars” and was completely out of touch on jobs numbers.
”I don’t know if she is on vacation in New Hampshire or on Mars. People are not better off today,” Priebus said. :Fact of the matter is, this president can’t fulfill a promise and living in fantasy land and we’ll put a dream to an end in November and save America and fire Barack Obama and hire Mitt Romney. That’s the best stimulus.”
When pressed further, Priebus said the economy will be the top issue for most Americans this fall.
“Not only an issue he [Romney] can win on. But an issue that we have to win on. [The] 80,000 jobs number they are talking about, that includes 30 percent of those jobs are temporary employment,” Priebus said.