Bachmann: President created twice as many donors as jobs in the second quarter

posted at 11:30 am on August 5, 2011 by Tina Korbe

This morning’s predictably dejecting jobs report provided the GOP presidential candidates with an apt opportunity to cast the president in an unflattering light — and to contrast his approach with what their own would be.

Memorably, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney framed his statement in a way that leaves voters displeased with the economy little choice but to vote Obama out of office.

“When you see what this president has done to the economy in just three years, you know why America doesn’t want to find out what he can do in eight,” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said.

Importantly, Romney is not the only person who has said Obama should be a one-term president if the economy doesn’t turn around by the end of his first term. Who was it who also said that again? Oh, yes, Obama himself.

Michele Bachmann noted a fact that’s telling about Obama’s priorities and forwarded her own solutions, as well.

“The President created twice as many donors for his campaign as he created jobs in the second quarter,” she said in a statement. “This week the President announced that he would again pivot to focus his attention on jobs. We can only hope he will pivot away from his failed economic policies that have killed growth and put millions of Americans out of work. What the markets want and what the country needs is a fundamental restructuring in the way Washington spends taxpayers dollars that reins in unprecedented spending, gets our debt under control and encourages pro-growth economic policies.”

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty called out the president’s lack of plan to good effect.

“Today’s dismal jobs report is a far cry from the hope and change that President Obama promised on the campaign trail,” Pawlenty said. “Since the president took office, unemployment has risen 17%, the federal debt has increased 37% and gas prices have doubled.  In the last week, the stock market suffered its worst day in years, economic growth was revised down and consumer confidence dropped.  Despite these clear and abundant signs that our economy is floundering, President Obama has still failed to deliver a concrete plan to create jobs and promote growth.”

Pawlenty also emphasized that he is the only candidate so far to have put forward a concrete plan for job creation and economic growth.

Like Bachmann, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman observed a priority of the president’s that has distracted from jobs growth.

“When President Obama should have been focused on creating jobs, he focused on a government-mandated health care system that the American people didn’t ask for and can’t afford,” Huntsman said. “What we can’t afford now is to waste any more time. … This country will never realize its true economic potential until we enact tax cuts, implement regulatory reform and move toward energy independence.”

The websites of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), Herman Cain, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) didn’t feature ready reactions to the jobs report (at least at the time I was writing).


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Yes We Can!

Wander on August 5, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Remind me again of the difference between a pivot and a Rahm-style pirouette.

Is the MSM honeymoon now ending as even reporters realize which way the political winds are blowing? Jake Tapper’s account of the “private” White House birthday bash is a teensy bit negative methinks.

Drained Brain on August 5, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Nice to see the candidates attacking Obama.

portlandon on August 5, 2011 at 11:36 AM

The websites of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), Herman Cain, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) didn’t feature ready reactions to the jobs report (at least at the time I was writing).

Gingrich and Callista are taking the week off for shopping.

Cicero43 on August 5, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Obama is a cultural marxist … he has no interest in jobs, the economy, or anything else that doesn’t involve destroying western culture.

darwin on August 5, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Obama is a cultural marxist … he has no interest in jobs, the economy, or anything else that doesn’t involve destroying western culture.

darwin on August 5, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Obama benefits from Chaos.

portlandon on August 5, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Keep up with the attacks….the lsm will focus on your social issues instead of dear leaders policies…..keep the focus on him

cmsinaz on August 5, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Nice to see the candidates attacking Obama.

portlandon on August 5, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Beat me to it. It’s long overdue and I hope we see much more of it.

DrAllecon on August 5, 2011 at 11:53 AM

This is one of the many reasons Bachmann has my vote.

Cylor on August 5, 2011 at 11:54 AM

YES YOU’RE CANNED

Jack Bauer on August 5, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Gingrich and Callista are taking the week off for shopping.
Cicero43 on August 5, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Ha. Are they buying more Twitter followers?

Jack Bauer on August 5, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Oh, I know…this is one o’ them crises Obama is creating to take advantage of, huh?

cartooner on August 5, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Hope it Changes!

cartooner on August 5, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Both Romney and Pawlenty have questionable credibility themselves when it comes to jobs:

During Tim Pawlenty’s governorship (January 2003 – January 2011)
· Minnesota ranked 33rd in the nation for job growth.
· Minnesota ranked 17th in the nation for change in the unemployment rate relative to the national average.

During Mitt Romney’s governorship (January 2003 – January 2007)
· Massachusetts ranked 47th in the nation for job growth.
· Massachusetts ranked 34th in the nation for change in the unemployment rate relative to the national average.

steebo77 on August 5, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Nice to see the candidates attacking Obama.

portlandon on August 5, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Beat me to it. It’s long overdue and I hope we see much more of it.

DrAllecon on August 5, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Meh. Low-hanging fruit. I’m not terribly impressed.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Ron Paul on the Michael Savage show talking about the article he wrote “when a cut is not a cut”

Spathi on August 5, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Rush has been saying the same thing since the 1992 campaign.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:07 PM

steebo77 on August 5, 2011 at 12:03 PM

In some fairness to both men, Pawlenty and Romney were saddled with hard-left legislatures.

either orr on August 5, 2011 at 12:07 PM

steebo77 on August 5, 2011 at 12:03 PM

What’s your point? They come from liberal states with liberal legislators. If you’re bringing this up to push a particular candidate, say so and why.

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:07 PM

steebo77 on August 5, 2011 at 12:03 PM

What’s your point? They come from liberal states with liberal legislators. If you’re bringing this up to push a particular candidate, say so and why.

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:07 PM

If you want to go there, Bush had a solidly Republican congress from 2000-2006. What did they do to cut spending, again? Oh, that’s right — ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Romney: Leading from the front?

csdeven on August 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM

In some fairness to both men, Pawlenty and Romney were saddled with hard-left legislatures.

either orr on August 5, 2011 at 12:07 PM

President Bush was “saddled” with a solidly Republican congress from 2000-2006, and spending continued apace, not to speak of the numerous noses thumbed at the constitution.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Romney: Leading from the front?

csdeven on August 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Just out of idle curiosity, is there a reason you phrased that in the form of a question?

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM

PBHO: continuing to take care of himself in spite of the economy…

Khun Joe on August 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:10 PM

You are a broken record. The spending now, under Obama, has taken a quantum leap from Bush’s spending. That is the issue.

Really Right on August 5, 2011 at 12:12 PM

What’s your point? They come from liberal states with liberal legislators. If you’re bringing this up to push a particular candidate, say so and why.

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:07 PM

My point is that pretty much everyone mentioned in this post (Bachmann, Romney, Pawlenty, Santorum, Paul, Santorum, Cain, Gingrich, and McCotter) has either a weak or a non-existent jobs records to run on. Palin, Perry, and Huntsman are our only candidates (declared or prospective) at this point who can speak with any real authority on the issue by pointing to their successful records in this department.

steebo77 on August 5, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Rush supported George Bush for president though.

He carries his water for him.

Spathi on August 5, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I wonder which political elite handler was out on vacation that let the candidates actually attack Obowma than each other…?

… We can’t have THAT now, can we?

/

Seven Percent Solution on August 5, 2011 at 12:13 PM

You are a broken record. The spending now, under Obama, has taken a quantum leap from Bush’s spending. That is the issue.

Really Right on August 5, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I know I’m a broken record. And so are the people that are saying [insert candidate's name here] had to deal with a liberal legislature. In case you haven’t figured it out for yourself yet, that’s a pretty lame excuse.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Meh. Low-hanging fruit. I’m not terribly impressed.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I didn’t say I was impressed.

I said it was nice to see the candidates Attack Obama.

portlandon on August 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM

If you want to go there, Bush had a solidly Republican congress from 2000-2006. What did they do to cut spending, again? Oh, that’s right — ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM

What has that got to do with my question and why are you answering for someone else?

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Rush supported George Bush for president though.

He carries his water for him.

Spathi on August 5, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Actually, I have it on good authority that Rush voted for Steve Forbes in the 2000 primaries. But considering that Rush doesn’t endorse during primaries, I don’t know what else you would have had him do. Endorse Gore in the generals?

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Rush shared a good line yesterday. Obama wants to tax those that have money to give subsidies to those that have votes for him.

seven on August 5, 2011 at 12:16 PM

What has that got to do with my question and why are you answering for someone else?

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM

I think “[insert candidate's name here] had to deal with a liberal legislature” is a statement, not a question. And an erroneous one at that. I think what is meant in truth is [insert candidate's name here] had to deal with a Democratic legislature.” Republicans are every bit as capable of ignoring the constitution and spending us into record debt as Democrats are.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:16 PM

I didn’t say I was impressed.

I said it was nice to see the candidates Attack Obama.

portlandon on August 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM

I didn’t say you said you were impressed, Port. :P It just seems to me that if Romney is expressing an opinion on it, it’s wayyyyyy too easy.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:17 PM

steebo77 on August 5, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Thanks for your response however comparing jobs in a particular state is not a good way to state how you would create jobs in the US.

Or, How would Perry create jobs in Mass. with their legislature? How would Perry create jobs in the US overall?

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:19 PM

He carries his water for him.

Spathi on August 5, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I loved Ron Paul in Bruno…

Seven Percent Solution on August 5, 2011 at 12:19 PM

I didn’t say you said you were impressed, Port. :P It just seems to me that if Romney is expressing an opinion on it, it’s wayyyyyy too easy.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I know you didn’t say that I said that you said that I said that I ….What were we talking about? =)

portlandon on August 5, 2011 at 12:21 PM

If you want to go there, Bush had a solidly Republican congress from 2000-2006. What did they do to cut spending, again? Oh, that’s right — ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Now that you’ve brought this up, is this a bad reflection on Bush or the Congress or both and why?

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Thanks for your response however comparing jobs in a particular state is not a good way to state how you would create jobs in the US.

Or, How would Perry create jobs in Mass. with their legislature? How would Perry create jobs in the US overall?

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:19 PM

*Poke Poke*

It’s not the president’s job to creat jobs, Vince. Whoever we elect in 2012 should just get the (bleep) out of the way and let it happen. The only proactive step the fedceral government should be taking at all is rolling back all of these horrendous regulations.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Just out of idle curiosity, is there a reason you phrased that in the form of a question?

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Yeah….the rap on Romney lately is that he waits to take a stance. Will he get credit for leading on this?

csdeven on August 5, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Now that you’ve brought this up, is this a bad reflection on Bush or the Congress or both and why?

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Both. Congress voted on bills that Bush passed. I blanched at Medicare Part D and McCain-Feingold, among others.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Yeah….the rap on Romney lately is that he waits to take a stance. Will he get credit for leading on this?

csdeven on August 5, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Probably not. But I don’t call grabbing for the low-hanging fruit “leadership.” To me it just means that Romney isn’t a completely irredeemable dumbsh!t.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Just saw the Community Organizer-in Chief make a flagrant attempt to buy votes from U.S. veterans. He showed up at some naval base offering up some affirmative action tax breaks to companies who hire vets.In his bizzaro Rev. Wright philosophy, he thinks he should pick and choose winners and losers in the job market. He recounted how he and Michelle support this and attempted to show serious concern for our military. The rising tide raises ALL boats and every American who wants a job should be able to find one without quotas,set-asides, extortion, bribery, and gangster-like intimidation. Why doesn’t the rest of the nation see through this crook?

Marco on August 5, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Or, How would Perry create jobs in Mass. with their legislature? How would Perry create jobs in the US overall?

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Elected executives don’t create jobs, either as governors or as president. It is their job to get government out of the way of the private sector by keeping taxes low and reasonable, regulations minimal, etc.

steebo77 on August 5, 2011 at 12:26 PM

It’s not the president’s job to creat jobs, Vince. Whoever we elect in 2012 should just get the (bleep) out of the way and let it happen. The only proactive step the fedceral government should be taking at all is rolling back all of these horrendous regulations.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:22 PM

What gryph said.

steebo77 on August 5, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I’m concerned that no one has posted the video of Ross in the “Friends” episode where he keeps repeating “Pi-VOT!, Pi-VOT!” while they’re trying to move the couch. It should sccompany all mentions of the latest Presidential Pi-VOT! Get right on that.

Hucklebuck on August 5, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Meh. Low-hanging fruit. I’m not terribly impressed.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I’m not all that impressed, either. It’s just nice that instead of firing howitzers at each other, they started using pea-shooters on Obama.

Now they need to step it up, and hit him harder so when some candidates that I can support enter the race Obama’s been pre-softened a little.

DrAllecon on August 5, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Remind me again of the difference between a pivot and a Rahm-style pirouette.

Drained Brain on August 5, 2011 at 11:34 AM

..seriously, a pirouette is usually 360 degrees (or an even multiple thereof) that leaves the person FACING IN THE SAME DIRECTION HE OR SHE ORIGINALLY STARTED OUT.

The War Planner on August 5, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Probably not. But I don’t call grabbing for the low-hanging fruit “leadership.” To me it just means that Romney isn’t a completely irredeemable dumbsh!t.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 12:25 PM

..jeeee-zus! Tough room.

The War Planner on August 5, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Gingrich and Callista are taking the week off for shopping.

Cicero43 on August 5, 2011 at 11:37 AM

lulz

rickyricardo on August 5, 2011 at 12:50 PM

What gryph said.

steebo77 on August 5, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Well, I would agree with that just as Press Seretary Carney agrees with it.

So saying Governor Perry has a good job creating record would be false just as saying Romney’s record or Pawlenty’s record is bad. Their legislators have been good or bad.

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Bachmann for the win!

SouthernGent on August 5, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Sounds like the debt limit debacle was the tipping point regarding the public’s perception of Obama and his incompetence. GOP candidates are going at him more directly. The news reports are starting to turn against him. His poll numbers are dismal. We are witnessing the beginning of the Obama presidency implosion.

Mallard T. Drake on August 5, 2011 at 12:59 PM

The websites of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), Herman Cain, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) didn’t feature ready reactions to the jobs report (at least at the time I was writing).

Amateur Hour?

OhioCoastie on August 5, 2011 at 1:07 PM

So saying Governor Perry has a good job creating record would be false just as saying Romney’s record or Pawlenty’s record is bad. Their legislators have been good or bad.

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Not necessarily. A strong jobs record during a governor’s term in office is a general indicator of the tax and regulatory regimes he or she promoted, especially in states with constitutionally strong executives, such as Alaska or Massachusetts.

steebo77 on August 5, 2011 at 1:08 PM

So saying Governor Perry has a good job creating record would be false just as saying Romney’s record or Pawlenty’s record is bad. Their legislators have been good or bad.

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Not exactly. The chief executives must sign what the legislature passes. Therefore, if a state has a *poor* jobs record, I’m inclined to place the blame with the legislature and governor equally. If a state has a good jobs record, I also give the governor and legislature equal credit for staying out of the way. It just doesn’t look good on paper for a politician to say “I helped by doing nothing.”

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Sounds like the debt limit debacle was the tipping point regarding the public’s perception of Obama and his incompetence. GOP candidates are going at him more directly. The news reports are starting to turn against him. His poll numbers are dismal. We are witnessing the beginning of the Obama presidency implosion.

Mallard T. Drake on August 5, 2011 at 12:59 PM

This! Fossten and HondaV65 hardest hit.

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Well, I would agree with that just as Press Seretary Carney agrees with it.

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Earlier in the thread, I generously ceded that Willard Milton Romney isn’t an irredeemable dumbsh!t. On the other hand, I do believe that Jay Carney is an irredeemable dumbsh!t, so you’d better ask yourself if Carney really believes what he’s saying or if he’s just telling Tapper what Carney thinks the American people want to hear.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I kust saw the Palin interview. Oh.my.God. that woman is a syntactical nightmare. She can barely get her thoughts together during an interview.

Wow.

rickyricardo on August 5, 2011 at 1:21 PM

I kust saw the Palin interview. Oh.my.God. that woman is a syntactical nightmare. She can barely get her thoughts together during an interview.

Wow.

rickyricardo on August 5, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Great. We get it. You aren’t voting for her in the primaries. Thanks for your input.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 1:23 PM

steebo77 on August 5, 2011 at 1:08 PM
gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Hmmm. Makes sense but what about legislatures that pass bills with veto proof margins like they do in Minn. perhaps?

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Hmmm. Makes sense but what about legislatures that pass bills with veto proof margins like they do in Minn. perhaps?

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Even in states that have such provisions (and not all do), it’s a rarity — especially with budget bills.

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 1:34 PM

gryphon202 on August 5, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Gryph, you can’t have it both ways. I believe that a chief exec. of a state or the country can influence what the legislature does but the legislature makes laws and has the largest influence on creating jobs.

Ultimately, the Executive can be overridden by the Legislature so it would seem they have the most power.

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 1:34 PM

“The President created twice as many donors for his campaign as he created jobs in the second quarter,”

I love that line!

AnotherOpinion on August 5, 2011 at 4:17 PM

The man has pivoted so much I’m surprised he’s not screwed into the ground.

Then again, the rest of us are…

karl9000 on August 5, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Romney: Leading from the front?

Mittbuttboy on August 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Not since those wonderful Olympic Games.

Freelancer on August 6, 2011 at 9:30 AM