SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in response to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ announcement this morning that the national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.7 percent in March, that underemployment increased to 16.9 percent and that more than 6.5 million Americans have been unemployed for six months or longer:
“It is clear from these numbers that the road to economic recovery is long and difficult. While it is positive to see that the nation added jobs last month, there remain 15 million unemployed Americans, including more than two million Californians. Putting people back to work will take a real commitment to getting government out of the way so that small businesses and entrepreneurs can flourish and succeed. The way to do that is to lower taxes, reduce and streamline the regulatory framework and get credit flowing again.
“Unfortunately, Barbara Boxer and her colleagues in Congress have failed to pursue these kinds of policies and have instead pushed forward an expensive and ineffective expansion of government. In fact, just this week, Barbara Boxer said that Californians are ‘grumpy’ as a result of the economic environment and Washington’s total failure to address it. What an insult to the intelligence of every Californian to equate economic devastation with a case of temperamental inconvenience. Barbara Boxer needs to get real: we are in an economic crisis. People aren’t ‘grumpy;’ they’re devastated. That is why it is time to replace her with someone who understands why jobs come and why jobs go – someone who will go to Washington to fight for every job, not by growing government, but by promoting real growth in the economy.”