Despite 40 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, and a 100 percent increase in the ranks of the long-term unemployed since the president took office, the president recently claimed that "the private sector is doing fine." Mr. President, the private sector is not doing fine. It's time for the president to stop pursuing policies that have failed to make things better and start working with Republicans to create an environment in which the private sector can flourish.