Van Jones on Jobs Report: ‘We Cannot Accept This as A New Normal’

October 5, 2012 - 2:53 PM

Van Jones

Former Obama green jobs czar and left-wing political activist Van Jones said at an Oct. 7, 2011 event in Washington, D.C., on Friday at the U.S. should have its own Arab Spring. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) - Van Jones, president and co-founder of the liberal advocacy group Rebuild the Dream and former Green Jobs czar in the Obama administration, said the job growth indicated by the September jobs report is “good, but not good enough.”

During a conference call briefing with Jones and Robert Borosage, co-director of the liberal Campaign for America’s Future, CNSNews.com asked for a reaction of both Jones and Borosage to the September jobs report.

“It is good but not good enough, that we have growth but slow growth,” Jones replied. “It’s an improvement over where things were when we were losing several hundred thousand jobs a month. And we have to give the administration some credit for reversing that state of affairs.”

Jones said: “But we cannot accept this as a new normal and both political parties are in danger of pointing to the pain of the middle class but not putting forth proposals that will actually address that pain and move us dramatically in a better direction.”

“Unfortunately right now in Washington DC, there is a lot more talking about the problem than championing with boldness and clarity, real solutions,” he said.

Borosage also characterized the growth as “slow” and said that more austerity measures by the government  -- cutting budgets, for instance -- will have negative effects on the economy.

“Well the September jobs report, 114,000 new jobs is a continuation of what we’ve had. Slow growth, growth that’s not strong enough, really to get us out of the mass unemployment that we still see plaguing the economy,” said Borosage.

“It is without any question a reaffirmation of what Fed chair Ben Bernanke, the conservative Republican, has been saying, it’s time for action on jobs. This is an economy facing severe headwinds and we need action to put people to work. And the last thing we ought to be doing is debating about more austerity or more of a squeeze that will in fact cost jobs,” he said.

Both Jones and Borosage were promoting the “New Middle Class Voter Guide” sponsored by Campaign for America’s Future.

Jones resigned form his post as Obama's green czar in 2009 amid controversy over his past statements, and because it became widely known that he signed a petition from the group 911Truth.org calling for an investigation ito the "conspiracy" behind the 9/11 disaster and whether the Bush administration "may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war."