Republicans have determined that it is now time to focus on the economy in order to win in November's midterm elections. Why? Because Obama now owns the economy.
Republican pollster David Winston has found that voter attitudes have shifted in recent years, with the plurality of voters (49%) primarily blaming Obama (and not Bush) for current economic problems.
In light of this polling, Boehner and the Republicans will revive their 2010 message: Where are the jobs? Between this focus on jobs and the failure of ObamaCare, Republicans think they have a winning strategy. Bold conservative solutions to this issues will only help their case.
It's about time that Obama owned the economy. He's been president for five years. Despite Obama's countless “pivots” to the economy – some say as many as 21 pivots! – his policies for economic growth and job creation are failing. We've endured his economic stimulus, his recovery summer, his 21 pivots and yet nothing has managed to really kick start economic growth.
Perhaps he should give the free market a try: Relieve un-due regulatory burdens, lower the barriers to entry for businesses, reduce tax and investment burdens, lower government spending levels (and debt). Government is always Obama's solution but it clearly isn't the correct answer or it would be working by now.
The Democrats, on the other hand, will pin the blame squarely on rising income inequality and Congressional inaction. Congressional inaction they think they can blame on Republicans in the House, at least that is the plan. If it weren't for those blockheaded Republicans in Congress, everything would be going swimmingly! Yeah, right. I don't think many Americans are buying that. Especially after the botched rollout of ObamaCare, the problem isn't Democrats or Republicans but dumb politicians in DC.
Nonetheless, Obama has promised that he will do everything he can to help the economy. During his first Cabinet meeting of the year Obama said, “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.”
These are just the type of statements that have many Americans shaking their heads. There are limitations set in place by our Constitution, which outlines the role of the presidency (to execute laws) and the legislative branch (to make laws). Where Obama seems to be getting this power to wield a pen and seemingly almost create laws or unilaterally change laws is dangerous and threatens the delicately balanced, woven fabric of this Republic.