I’ve watched politics for a long time, and commented on them in one capacity or another for over a decade now, and I am floored by what Jeb Bush told the New Hampshire Union Leader today:
“My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we’re going to get out of this rut that we’re in.”
This is more out of touch than anything Mitt Romney ever said, and Romney was not the millionaire son of a president and brother to another.
Just last year Gallup surveyed American workers and found that the average worker works for 47 hours a week. That’s nearly a full day on top of the 40 hour work week. Even worse, 18% of workers reported that they work over 60 hours a week.
If it’s one thing Americans are doing too much of, it is working. And to be lectured on this by a man who has a family compound, who seeks tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, is astounding. Being rich doesn’t mean you have to be insensitive to the middle and working class. In fact, the two American presidents most often associated with advocacy for the working and middle class – Teddy Roosevelt and even moreso Franklin* Roosevelt – came from very wealthy backgrounds.
The difference between them and Jeb Bush is as wide as the Mississippi.
I think Jeb Bush has internalized a lot of the conservative noise machine’s nonsense about Americans being lazy and on the dole, part of the attack they’ve unsuccesfully used against President Obama and Democrats for several years now.
AMAZING. Good luck, Jeb. I think you just killed your campaign. And if the Republican Party still nominates you, they’ve clearly decided on suicide.
VIDEO of Jeb Bush saying Americans “need to work longer hours”:
* Correction: I said Teddy twice.