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Positive numbers, but politicians hedge their bets

July 3, 2014 • Business


President Barack Obama stands by a painting of “Uncle Sam,” as he meets with workers at 1776, a hub for tech startups, Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Washington, where he spoke. The president said job growth in June shows the recovery is taking hold, but the economy could still do better, he also urged Congress to work with him to help create more jobs. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Does anyone in politics dare talk up the economy? Apparently not.

After five months of steady job growth and with unemployment hitting a six-year low, the reaction in Washington Thursday was a collective “Yeah, but …”

Across the political spectrum, liberals and conservatives still found reason to despair and point fingers — a function of election-year politics, been-there-before skepticism and honest perceptions by many Americans that the recovery has yet to improve their lives.

Consider this from Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota: “Too many working families are still treading water. Our focus now must be on solutions that strengthen the middle class and give more hardworking Americans a fair shot by raising the minimum wage, making college more affordable, and investing in workforce training.”

And this from Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus: “We’re glad to see some Americans found work last month, but we can’t rest until jobs are easy to find. That’s why Republicans Login to read more

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