(CNN) – As he gears up for his likely presidential bid, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is hammering President Obama over jobs in a USA Today op-ed Thursday.
Romney, who also ran for the White House in 2008, charges the president has not made job creation a priority, has instituted a set of policies that have made recession worse, and has ensured a high unemployment rate for years to come.
"President Obama didn't cause the recession, but he made it worse and caused it to last longer," writes Romney. "From the outset, he inaugurated the most anti-investment, anti-business, anti-jobs policies we have seen since Jimmy Carter. Further, the White House has still not crafted any discernible plan to put Americans back to work."
The former business guru, who is likely to make economic issues a centerpiece of his campaign, adds a second stimulus is not the correct way to spur economic growth.
"Like putting a cup of gasoline on a fire, it produces heat only for a very short time," he writes. "A stimulus doesn't lead entrepreneurs and businesses to make the long-term investments in people and capital that will help the unemployed get the good jobs they deserve."
Responding to Romney, the Democratic National Committee said, "Perhaps before attacking the President’s record – which has seen an increase of more than 1.5 million private sector jobs over 12 consecutive months – Romney should examine his own record, which the Boston Globe called 'one of the worst in the country.'"
The high profile op-ed comes the same week Romney is showing more signs he is getting close to announcing a second presidential bid. Earlier in the week, he hired a key adviser from his 2008 bid, Lanhee Chen, to serve as his political action committee's policy director.
His PAC also announced it's donating $25,000 to the New Jersey GOP to help the state party as it aids Republican candidates in legislative elections this year – a donation that just may curry some favor with that state's popular Republican governor, Chris Christie.