After the underwhelming release of bad jobs numbers this morning by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Legislator Fran Becker -- Republican candidate for Congress in New York's 4th Congressional District -- made the following statement:
"Today's jobs numbers proves that Carolyn McCarthy and Barack Obama have absolutely no idea how to fix this terrible economy. Unemployment has been above 8% for 43 straight months. More than 368,000 people left the workforce last month -- the largest number of attrition since December 2010. There's no question that we can and must do better.
"Carolyn McCarthy continues to have no plan how to rightsize our faltering economy; it continues to move slower than a snail's pace at creating jobs, slower than analysts say is required for an economic recovery. But one thing remains constant: our federal representative is mute at offering solutions or even discussing the situation. I bet she doesn't even understand we're in the worst economy since the Great Depression.
"Isn't it amazing that Carolyn McCarthy hasn't said anything of substance on creating jobs or rightsizing our faltering economy during this campaign? It's bewildering that Carolyn McCarthy has failed to recognize the job numbers report's real truth: a huge number of Americans have simply given up trying to find work and dropped out of the pool of potential workers.
"16-year incumbent Democrat Carolyn McCarthy hasn't even recognized that people are hurting in this dreadful economy she helped create after almost two decades in Washington.
"Fact of the matter is the political conventions are over and the job numbers are bad. And Carolyn McCarthy still refuses to talk about it or offer solutions. That's an unacceptable disgrace -- a complete abdication of her congressional responsibilities. Why have we sent her to Congress if she won't represent us?
"As a small business owner myself, I know what needs to be done to turn this economy around. I'm the only candidate in the race with an actual Middle Class Jobs Plan that will put Long Islanders back to work. My plan is supported by 132 American economists and will put economic growth and job creation on the front burner.