Rep. Cantor Clinging To Absurd Notion That GOP Majority Is Responsible For Job Growth

April 14, 2011 6:17 pm ET — Alan Pyke

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is once again claiming credit for strong job growth in recent months, this time on Twitter.

We've said it before, and knowing Cantor we'll be saying it again next month: Despite declaring in July 2009 (at the height of the recession and before Recovery Act spending could have any impact) that "This is clearly President Obama's economy," Cantor wants credit now that the employment picture is rosier. But the jobs market didn't suddenly jump from dismal to fast-improving "Since January," as @GOPLeader would have you believe.

President Obama and the Democratic Congress muscled the Recovery Act past near-unanimous GOP opposition, and that policy has led to a steady turnaround in jobs numbers. We are currently on a 13-month streak of private-sector job growth; Cantor might wish that GOP actions spurred this recovery, but wishing doesn't make it so.

Our graphic timeline of the recovery should make that abundantly clear (click to enlarge):