Jeb Bush: People Need to Work Longer Hours

Posted by on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 @ 10:07 AM
PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush greets local residents during a backyard meet and greet, June 17, 2015, in Washington, Iowa.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that in order to grow the economy “people need to work longer hours” -- a comment that the Bush campaign argues was a reference to underemployed part-time workers but which Democrats are already using to attack him.

During an interview that was live-streamed on the app Periscope, Bush made the comments to New Hampshire’s The Union Leader answering a question about his plans for tax reform.

“My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours” and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That's the only way we're going to get out of this rut that we're in.”

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