For Immediate Release:
November 22, 2013
Branstad’s 152,700 Broken Promises
Des Moines – With another grim jobs report released today, the Iowa Democratic Party is launching the Branstad Broken Promises job counter in order to hold Terry Branstad accountable for his broken jobs promise to Iowans.
Terry Branstad promised Iowans he would create 200,000 new jobs – plain and simple. Only 47,300 jobs have been created since the start of the Branstad administration, though he claims to have created over 128,000 jobs.
Branstad is also ignoring 80,700 jobs lost in the last three years. He is only calculating one-half of his jobs equation, and is making dishonest claims about the wellbeing of Iowa’s economy. There are 152,700 jobs left for Governor Branstad to create, and that’s 152,700 promises broken to Iowans.
The tried and failed economic strategy of giving large corporations and the wealthiest tax breaks at the expense of the middle class has had catastrophic consequences for the economy. Terry Branstad wants to continue with the failed policies of the past that Iowans don’t agree with, Republicans don’t win with, and working families suffer from.
“Branstad would rather ignore reality and the families losing jobs across the state than admit that the classic GOP top-down approach causes too much suffering for too many people,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan. “Governor Branstad is running away from his own promise, attempting to distract Iowans with his ribbon cutting ceremonies and fundraisers with Tea Party elites to turn the conversation away from his failures and broken promises.
“Terry Branstad’s economic plan has cut critical investments that would grow middle class jobs, like investments in education and giving the working families the tax breaks they need. Time and again, Terry Branstad, like Republicans across the county, has proposed tax cuts for the wealthiest and large corporations at the expense of the middle class. Branstad doesn’t have a jobs plan other than giving tax breaks to companies that don’t need them and trying to grow the population in a state that he governs.”
The too small gains and even bigger losses are leaving too many of Iowa’s families and communities disappointed. Iowa under Branstad is not what a strong economy looks like – this is an economy that lagging behind the recovery of other Midwest states. Terry Branstad still owes Iowans 152,700 jobs, and until he meets his pledge, each one is a broken obligation to Iowa’s working families and middle class.
Iowans can track Branstad’s broken promises at http://branstadsbrokenpromises.com.