Jeb Bush, the Republican presidential candidate of America, has opined in favor of opportunities for Americans to work for longer hours under the improved economic environment of the country. In his opinion, the economic condition of the country was conducive to more full-time jobs than ever before. He, while speaking at a forum hosted by the newspaper Union-Leader of Manchester, revealed that he aspired to generate an annual economic growth of 4% if he got elected in the November 2016 Presidential Elections. He added that to achieve economic growth of that proportion, the productivity of Americans has to be increased substantially. Bush stressed the need for workforce participation which had nosedived in modern times, and in his opinion, it meant opportunities to work for longer hours and gain more income.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) seized the opportunity to label Bush as being out of touch with the ordinary American’s concerns. Democrats had successfully used this ploy against the 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and hoped the same against Bush this time. Holly Shulman, the DNC spokesman, termed Bush’s statement as one of the most out-of-touch statement he had ever heard, and labeled him as his being against the middle class. Reacting to the Democrats’ comments, Bush said to a reporter after a town hall event in Hudson that there was a need for the U.S. economy to grow at a faster pace which will facilitate people to work full-time instead of half-time. He further added that it will add to the prosperity of the families. Bush said that his comment should be taken in the proper context, and added that he visualized people working for 40 hours rather than 30 hours for a high sustained economic growth, and to have more disposable income at their disposal. It will help reduce their dependence on government helps.