This jobs report ought to prove for people that businesses hire when people spend money on goods and services. There is a direct link between hiring and consumer spending. Businesses don't hire because they get a tax cut or because they're free to pollute rivers and air. Republicans are blowing hot air. Republicans represent business. Only business. They believe in trickle down. Consumers have long been the engine of our economy. We are the job creators. When we have money in our pocket, we spend it. In fact, consumers drive our economy more than we should. Obama has been working on getting others to boost the economy in the form of exports -- increasing demand for our goods and services in other countries. Exports have been on the rise. That could be hampered, however, by the European financial crisis.