Mitt Romney attacked Barack Obama over a weak jobs report on Friday, but when asked about steps to improve the economy, Romney was opposed to them.
“The president’s policies have simply not worked,” said Romney, in an interview on Fox News. “We seem to be slowing down, not speeding up. This is not progress.”
When asked on CNBC about the Federal Reserve injecting money into the economy — something that could spur growth — Romney was opposed to it.
“I don’t think were looking for more, a QE3, if you will,” he said, referring to the Fed’s quantitative easing program. “I don’t think that will have any more impact than QE2 did.”
Indeed, aside from the usual GOP boilerplate — lowering taxes, reducing regulation and cutting programs — Romney has yet to advance a plan to strengthen growth.
President Obama, for his part, responded to the jobs numbers with a call for further action.
“My message to Congress is going to be just saying no to ideas that will create new jobs is not an option,” he said. “There’s too much at stake for us not to all be rowing in the same direction.”
Of course, Romney and Republicans have good reasons to oppose Obama on jobs programs, and that comes down to jobs — the ones they hope to keep or gain in November. As long as the economy is sputtering, the right can blame Obama for it, and keep pretending that this isn’t the result of the disastrous banking sector failure of 2008.
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