On Sunday, August 8, Rob Woodall, candidate for Georgia's Seventh Congressional District issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Labor's July 2010 unemployment numbers:
"The July jobs report is out, and once again, it's a grim picture: our unemployment rate is 9.5 percent. This is the 15th consecutive month that the nation's official unemployment rate has been above 9 percent, and all signs point to the rate holding steady or even increasing in the coming months. The head of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisors, Christina Romer, who announced Thursday that she was resigning her post, promised Congress that if it adopted the over $800 billion Stimulus package, unemployment would only reach a maximum of 8 percent. Since then, unemployment has ballooned to over 10 percent at times. Clearly, our current economic policies aren't working."
"Back in 2009, Christina Romer famously released her estimates on the power of the Obama Stimulus plan. Though most Conservatives agreed that her numbers were overly rosy, President Obama and his Congressional allies were more than willing to use any justification they could find to write a check for almost $1 trillion. We knew it then, and now we have real proof that the $1 trillion gamble was a bust. We have higher unemployment now than when the Stimulus passed."
"Even though 9.5 percent unemployment is a tremendously high figure, it doesn't even begin to address the estimated 2.8 million American workers who are uncounted in the official unemployment rate because they have given up looking for work. If these people are officially counted, our national unemployment rate jumps to an eye-popping 11 percent. An 11 percent unemployment rate is an unequivocal statement that the Obama Administration's free spending policies are failing to boost job growth or assist in our economic recovery."
"Government largesse is not the answer to our economic problems. The government cannot create wealth; it can only redistribute tax dollars and borrowed money from one citizen to another. Only motivated workers and American business can create wealth for this country; and wealth creates jobs. We must resist taking a government check and depend instead on our intelligence and fortitude. We must support entrepreneurs in setting up a new small business. We must make our country the beacon of economic opportunity that it once was and can be again by reforming our outdated income tax code. We must reform the way our government raises and spends money so that our children and grandchildren no longer worry about this nation's economic or political demise. This recession is a nationwide challenge that can be overcome by individual Americans exercising their fundamental rights and turning away from one-size-fits-all government solutions."