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Job outlook great for lobbyists; not so great for others

The president tried to paint a rosy picture of jobs. If you're a Washington lobbyist, if you make your money in and around Washington, things are doing great. The millionaires and billionaires are doing great under Obama. But we have the lowest percentage of Americans working today of any year since 1977. Median wages have stagnated. And the Obama-Clinton economy has left behind the working men and women of this country.
Source: Fox Business Republican 2-tier debate , Jan 14, 2016

Pass a flat tax and abolish the IRS, and jobs will follow

Q: How will the world look different once your Air Force One is parked in the hangar of your presidential library, like Reagan's here?

A: If I'm elected president, here at home, we'll reignite the promise of America. Young people coming out of school, with student loans up to their eyeballs, will find instead of no jobs, two, three, four, five job opportunities. How will that happen? Through tax reform. We'll kill the terrorists, we'll repeal Obamacare, and we will defend the Constitution, every single word of it.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN , Sep 16, 2015

Raising minimum wage by executive fiat opposes rule of law

Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president's persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat. On Monday, Obama acted unilaterally to raise the minimum wage paid by federal contracts, the first of many executive actions the White House promised would be a theme of his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The president's taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology.

Rule of law doesn't simply mean that society has laws; dictatorships are often characterized by an abundance of laws. Rather, rule of law means that we are a nation ruled by laws, not men. That no one--and especially not the president--is above the law. For that reason, the U.S. Constitution imposes on every president the express duty to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed."

Source: Wall Street Journal editorial on 2014 State of the Union , Jan 28, 2014

Lowest labor force participation in over three decades

Q: You want a new investigation into the IRS?

CRUZ: Well, what I put out are the questions that I'm hearing from Texans all over the state. I spend a lot of time traveling the state of Texas listening to Texans. And the questions they raise--over and over again, they say, why are jobs and economic growth so dismal? We've got the lowest labor force participation in over three decades, since 1978. President Obama [should] address the fact that his economic policies are not working and that they're exacerbating income equality. They're hurting the people who are struggling the most.

Q: Well, of course, what he would say is that he is creating more jobs, that unemployment is going down and on and on. [Is this like when you] tried to shut down the government in demand for some action by the president?

CRUZ: President Obama dug in and said he wouldn't compromise. The senate Republicans were invited up to the White House and [Obama] said "I invited you here to tell you I will not negotiate."

Source: Face the Nation 2014 interview: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jan 26, 2014

Extending unemployment benefits exacerbates joblessness

Q: How would you help Americans build a financial nest egg for their retirement?

A: The private sector creates jobs. But government can kill jobs. Extending unemployment benefits does exacerbate the jobless situation, because it subsidizes unemployment and increases the tax burdens on those who are employed. We should reform our tax code to be flatter and fairer, and pass a strong Balanced Budget Amendment to stop out-of-control government spending and debt. 25 million Americans are out of work because of foolish federal policies that are destroying jobs; I will lead the fight to reduce the burdens on small business and to unleash new jobs and vibrant economic growth.

Source: Dallas Voter Guide in 2012 AARP Senate Voter Guide , Aug 24, 2012

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