The economy added 96,000 jobs in August. Is that enough to sway undecided voters toward Barack Obama? Or does it support Mitt Romney's view that the nation isn't recovering fast enough? Yahoo! News asked voters to weigh in. Here's one perspective.
COMMENTARY | The Obama administration cannot take any comfort in the lower-than-expected increase of 96,000 jobs. America's employment situation is still gloomy and the overall increase in new jobs is anemic. Each of the prior two months were also revised lower, only adding to the dismal jobs picture. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are 133,300,000 jobs as of August. Four years earlier, in August 2009, that number stood at 136,764,000, a loss of more than three million jobs!
As a voter, I believe that Obama has not been able to work with the opposition in order to promote legislation that could add meaningful job opportunities. I am not saying dealing with the Republican Party is easy, or that Romney will have an easier task dealing with Democrats. What I whole-heartedly believe is that, during his term in office, he failed to take meaningful actions to stimulate economic growth and job creation, and I will likely give that opportunity to a person with more business experience and with a track record of successfully dealing with members of the opposing party.
My vote in November will be based on past results and not on a future promise or appeal for patience.
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