Saturday, October 30, 2010

Minus 6.8 Million: Harry Reid’s Record on Jobs

Fired Up and Ready to Go

Reid’s Record on Jobs

*By: Larry Walker, Jr.*

Harry Reid says, "I think it is my job to create jobs and I've done my best." Really? That was your best?

Harry Mason Reid is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party. He was first elected to the Senate in 1986, and was re-elected in 1992, 1998, and 2004, and is currently seeking a fifth term in 2010. Reid has served as the 24th Senate Majority Leader since January 4, 2007. Before his election to the Senate, Reid was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Nevada's 1st congressional district from 1983 to 1987. Altogether, Reid has been a part of Washington D.C. for 28 years.

As far as Reid’s record on job creation, since the time he became the Senate Majority Leader our economy has shed 6.8 million jobs. Let’s check the record:

Total Non-Farm Employment 2007 to 2010

Total Non-Farm Employment 2007-2010 (click to enlarge)

Chart: Bureau of Labor Statistics through 10/8/10

Total Non-Farm Employment, 2007-2010

So Harry Reid thinks it’s his job to create jobs, and he says he’s done his best. And from the time Reid became the Senate Majority Leader, our economy has lost a total of 6,866,000 jobs. If job creation is Harry’s job, and that was the best he could do, then perhaps it’s time to hand over the keys.

Is job creation even part of a Senator’s job description?

During their October 14th debate, Sharron Angle answered, "Once again, Harry Reid: It's not your job to create jobs."

She continued, "I believe my job is to create the policies that will encourage the private sector to do what they do best."

And then Angle hit the nail on the head, "We need to get back to work. The way we do that is by encouraging the private sector to do what they do best. Employers are in a cloud of uncertainty and they're holding back $2 trillion that they would like to invest in jobs ... They have lost confidence because of things like Obamacare."

When Harry Reid loses on Tuesday, he will have effectively fired himself.

Addendum: Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as the 60th Speaker of the House at the same time that Reid became Senate Majority Leader, on January 4, 2007.

References:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20019697-503544.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Reid

http://stats.bls.gov/webapps/legacy/cesbtab1.htm

Related: National Debt: A National Disgrace

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