Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) released the following statement regarding the latest unemployment numbers reported today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
"Mr. President, quit trying to divide the country and focus on creating jobs. This morning we learned that number of jobs created last month fell for the third straight month and is less than half of what it was just two months ago (from 240,000 jobs created in February to 115,000 jobs created this month). While I welcome the news that the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent, that number is due to the increasing number of the nearly 23 million men and women who are unemployed, underemployed or are no longer even looking for work and have fallen out of the unemployment numbers. The truth is that fewer and fewer people are working each month as more Americans give up hope.
"But instead of proposing free market solutions to turn our economy around and create jobs, the President's focus is on dividing our country through the phony "war on women," or a fake debate on student loan rates, or through a campaign gimmick tax increase to incite class warfare. Not one of these policies will produce one single job. It's time for the President to admit that his policies have failed, and try something already tested, the principles of the free market and limited government. When will the President learn that government doesn't create jobs, but the free market does.
"What our economy needs is the legalization of energy production that would create millions of American jobs and decrease the price of gas. We need to repeal Obamacare that is "black cloud" suppressing the economy. We need to get rid of job killing regulations, like Dodd Frank, that are costing businesses billions of dollars. We need tax reform that will lower corporate taxes and increase American competitiveness. And most importantly, we need leadership."