Blame Republicans for High Unemployment

Guest Columnist | 7/12/2012, 3:12 p.m.

Meanwhile, Republicans fiddle while Rome burns because no one has called them on it. Whenever Romney says the president has no plan, somebody needs to remind him of the American Jobs Act. Whenever Romney starts babbling about health care, someone ought to throw Massachusetts in his face. And when the braying bunch of bobbleheads who call themselves the Tea Party get worked up over the economy, we need to ask them: How many people in your family are unemployed? How much Social Security does your mama have? Don't your kids have student loans? Does everyone in your family have health care?

Fuelled by race matters and rhetoric, working class White people are organized for Romney, someone who would cut education, health care, and Social Security and put those "savings" into military spending and tax cuts for the wealthy. In other words, and not for the first time, working class White people are working against their own economic interests.

Meanwhile, if House Republicans want to move an economic agenda that helps some 14 million unemployed people, perhaps they can see their way clear to pass the American Jobs Act. We don't need all the Republicans, maybe just a third of them, and I'll wager that perhaps that many have sense enough to see what their leader, John Boehner (R-Ohio], does not. In any case, let's make it plain. The unemployment rate is stagnant because Republicans have failed to act.

Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.