There has been much discussion as of late about a platform that will allow Republicans to stand together. Does this platform exist and, if so, what is it? Republicans have always seen eye-to-eye better about fiscal issues than social issues, and Americans of every party can agree that the economy is in dire straights. The Republican Party needs to step out there and fight for the one thing we all know needs to change: the economy.
The Key to Change: Jobs
Unemployment levels skyrocketed in 2008 and 2009, and although they have started to decline slightly, they are still far above the percentages Americans were seeing back in the early- and mid-2000s. Obama’s time in office marks the longest the unemployment rate has ever stayed above 7.5%. The best way to boost an economy is to create jobs. It’s a simple concept. More jobs mean more people with money to spend. This raises demand, creating yet more positions for people to meet the increased demand. If unemployment could be lowered, the economy would be far better suited to sustain itself, and continue to improve itself. However, despite countless promises and attempts by the Obama administration to both boost the economy and reduce the amount of Americans out of work, unemployment still sits at some of the highest percentages this country has ever seen.
Support the Small Businesses
Small businesses employ a majority of workers in this country. Therefore, it would seem logical to support small businesses, and to help them grow, so that they can not only continue to employ people, but so they can expand enough to hire on new employees. However, the Obama administration has done little to benefit small business, and the near future holds still more blows that could force employers to cut back, further raising unemployment levels. The Affordable Care Act is going to make a financial impact on small businesses in the next couple years, and many small businesses fear it will lead to them cutting hours, or even cutting entire positions from their staffs. The current push for a minimum wage increase is also a threat to small businesses, creating an atmosphere where many owners will have to raise prices and risk losing customers, or cut employees to continue functioning.
Hold the Administration Accountable
When President Obama was campaigning, we all heard about how the Bush administration had run the economy into the ground, and Obama’s ‘hope and change’ could put America back together again. While unemployment and the state of the economy are by no means Obama’s only broken promises, they are certainly some of the most drastically harmful ones. Republicans need to bring this to the attention of every single American. As 2016 approaches, Republicans need to stand up and show the nation that, despite who you think brought about these problems, your solutions to them are not working. Tell the nation that they need a Republican in the White House, because the Democrats cannot provide the jobs we need. Standing together on the platform of fixing the economy through job creation could be the salvation of the Republican Party, as well as the American economy.
Unemployment rate numbers from The Washington Post.
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