published Sunday, June 10th, 2012

This is the plan?

If President Obama wanted to highlight his befuddlement about what creates jobs, he hit pay dirt on the day when the latest U.S. unemployment report was released.

Try to get a handle on his activities, as reported not by conservative radio or websites but by Obama-friendly National Public Radio on the same day that we learned joblessness had risen to 8.2 percent in May:

“[The president] and other White House officials have gotten plenty of practice in trying to put the best face on dissatisfying economic numbers while trying to stay on the offensive,” NPR reported. “Obama, for instance, had a visit to a Honeywell plant in Minnesota on his Friday schedule so he could talk up his initiative to encourage employers to hire military veterans. It was part of a strategy to show that he has ideas for improving the nation’s job picture.”

Let us stipulate that employers are doing noble work and deserve commendation if they make extra efforts to give troops returning from places such as Afghanistan and Iraq a good shot at employment.

Nonetheless, the fact that Obama apparently thinks a federal initiative to encourage more hiring of veterans is going to improve employment as a whole is as telling a sign of his cluelessness as almost any he has shown so far in his three and a half years in office.

Promoting the hiring of one group of individuals — however deserving they are for the sacrifices they made for their country — is not in itself going to create jobs or a net increase in employment. It merely shifts hiring from one group of Americans to another. (Which, come to think of it, sounds a good deal like Obama’s views on income.) It suggests the president is more focused on rearranging employment than in growing it — or at least that he hasn’t the foggiest idea what grows jobs and is now reduced to grasping at a diminishing pile of straws.

At this point in his administration, though, it is too much to hope that he suddenly will recognize the colossal failure of his big-spending policies to create jobs and economic growth. The election is only five months away. Admitting that the “stimulus” failed and that the threat of heavy regulation of business via laws such as ObamaCare has scared companies and entrepreneurs away from investing and creating jobs would exact too high a political price.

No, Obama is going to try to ride this one out through November. There will be cosmetic changes at best to his economic approach, and the blaming of President George W. Bush for today’s economic woes will continue without a letup.

That some of today’s troubles are indeed the fault of free-spending Bush cannot possibly begin to excuse Obama’s unmitigated fiscal recklessness. Still, if the American people buy the excuses and keep Obama in office four more years, our country will be perhaps irretrievably different — for the worse.

Whom will he blame then?

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The Stimulus failed? The CBO says you lie.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/congressional-budget-office-defends-stimulus/2012/06/06/gJQAnFnjJV_story.html

But on Wednesday, under questioning from skeptical Republicans, the director of the nonpartisan (and widely respected) Congressional Budget Office was emphatic about the value of the 2009 stimulus. And, he said, the vast majority of economists agree.

In a survey conducted by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 80 percent of economic experts agreed that, because of the stimulus, the U.S. unemployment rate was lower at the end of 2010 than it would have been otherwise.

“Only 4 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed,” CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told the House Budget Committee. “That,” he added, “is a distinct minority.”

BTW, have you seen the President's Job's proposal, and looked at it? No, why not?

But hey, why don't you keep blaming Obama for everything and making excuses. That's what Mitt Romney wants to do, Romney is even blaming President Obama for his own words saying he wanted to fire more people.

No, instead of criticizing your hero Romney, you'd rather come up with senseless attacks on Obama. Apparently Obama can't do anything right. If he cleaned a piece of gum off his shoe, you'd probably rant at him stepping in it.

June 10, 2012 at 12:34 a.m.
conservative said...

It has been well said that "Socialism works until you run out of other people's money." The business community has finally joined the fight against the Socialist Obamination and the Demoncrats.

Hypocritical talk about free markets, economic growth, more jobs, blah, blah, blah from Obamination is falling on deaf ears. There is not enough time before the election to increase his fold of sheep.

June 10, 2012 at 9:31 a.m.
rick1 said...

conservative, notice how it is alright for Obama to still blame Bush for the economy but Bulbs is upset when Obama is blamed.

The Obama Administration also said that with the stimulus, unemployment should be roughly 5.7 percent in the third quarter of 2012. But the fact is the unemployment rate has been above 8% for 40 months. Of course none of this is Obama's fault.

June 10, 2012 at 10:08 a.m.
joneses said...

There is a saying that goes, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts, absolutely." It applies to any country whose leader is "above the fray" and not held accountable for his failures. So liberals I think it time you start holding Hussein Obama accountable and stop giving him a pass for all the lies he has told you.

June 10, 2012 at 11:15 a.m.

There's another saying:

Beware those who profess virtue in public, while sinning in the shadows.

rick1: Actually what's interesting to note is how outraged you are when Bush is blamed for anything, and yet somehow never want to admit that you're doing the same for Obama.

And really, you're like somebody complaining that the fire-fighters only managed to save half your house from burning, doubly-compounded by how you were the one that kept them from using the hose at full strength.

But none of that is anything you will ever take responsible for. You're not accountable for anything.

Despite the fact that your number one priority was making Obama fail.

Thanks again.

June 10, 2012 at 11:32 a.m.
rick1 said...

Blubs, I have stated before there were a lot of things that Bush did that was wrong. You are the one who can not take any responsibility as you believe nothing is Obama's fault.

I hope Obama is not reelected as his policies have done nothing but caused 40 months of unemployment over 8 percent. Millions of Americans have given up looking for work and are not counted in the unemployment rate. More Ameicans are on food stamps or some other form of govt. program because they can niot find work. Increased spending has dropping the value of the dollar and have caused prices to increased Obama has been a failure and if he was a CEO of a company he would have already been fired. It is time for him to be fired this November.

June 10, 2012 at 12:16 p.m.
rick1 said...

Bulbs, even Debbie Wasserman Schultz says the Democrats own the economy.

“We own the economy. We own the beginning of the turnaround and we want to make sure that we continue that pace of recovery, not go back to the policies of the past under the Bush administration that put us in the ditch in the first place,” Wasserman Schultz told Mike Allen at POLITICO’s ‘Playbook Breakfast.’

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57025.html#ixzz1xPMTcXDU

Start taking responsibility Bulbs and quit blaming everyone else.

June 10, 2012 at 12:21 p.m.

Actually, rick1, you are the one with the problem with responsibility. You still get upset at Obama when he points out where the problem is, I said you get outraged when Bush is blamed and you do. You are right now, with your attempts to create an argument about never blaming Obama. Do you not understand the difference between not blaming him for something in particular and having no accountability? Be responsible enough to admit the difference.

It also seems you missed the point of what Debbie Wasserman-Scultz said, which was to repudiate the arguments of a failing economy. Or do you agree with her? Great, then stop with your overwrought protests about the economy.

And if Obama were a CEO, you'd be cheering him on and voting in a bonus as you declared how great things were going. You'd find everything he did great. Same as if he was a Republican politician.

Ad you'd be hating on the complaining Democrats too.

June 10, 2012 at 1:32 p.m.
jjmez said...

There's an interesting article @ reader support news that ask the question, Did Republicans Deliberately Crash The American Economy?

rsn:

"Be it ideology or stratagem, the GOP has blocked pro-growth policy and backed job-killing austerity - all while blaming Obama."

June 10, 2012 at 2:55 p.m.
jjmez said...

rick1 said... Bulbs, even Debbie Wasserman Schultz says the Democrats own the economy. “We own the economy. We own the beginning of the turnaround and we want to make sure that we continue that pace of recovery, not go back to the policies of the past under the Bush administration that put us in the ditch in the first place,”

You may own your vehicle, but when it comes to you with a factory flaw do you not still hold the company responsible? Bush 'n company created the mess America is in. Regardless who has taken over the company and attempts to fix things, Bush 'n company are still at fault.

June 10, 2012 at 3:03 p.m.

Anybody who has had a wrecked car repaired knows it takes longer to get it fixed than it took to build it in the first place.

Even those hand-built custom jobs.

June 10, 2012 at 3:39 p.m.
fairmon said...

Everyone blames the president that can do very little without congress approval. We have the largest collection of economic imbeciles in the history of the country. Neither party dominates this category.

June 10, 2012 at 4:43 p.m.
joneses said...

Did anyone notice happywithbeingaliar is judging sinners? Talk about an amusing hypocrite.

June 10, 2012 at 5:08 p.m.

Did anyone notice Joneses complaining about another being hypocritical?

Such an example of my point.

Thanks again, you continue to be the best argument against the right-wing.

June 10, 2012 at 5:16 p.m.
joneses said...

happywithbeingafool

You continue to spout of your lies and you are the poster child for what is wrong with America and you continue to be the best argument against the fools like you that support complete government control of all our lives. You probably need someone to control your pathetic life as you have proven you have failed at life with all your lies about Hussein Obama. Hussein Obama is a complete failure. You should be ashamed of yourself. You are a just another foolish sheep being led to slaughter. Get a job looser and stop depending on people like me for your livelihood. You are a hypocritical foolish pathetic excuse for a human.

June 11, 2012 at 7:58 a.m.
chatt_man said...

Y'all go easy on newbulbs. If you get too rough with them, we now know what a mess they are to clean up.

http://www.epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup-detailed.html

June 11, 2012 at 10:36 a.m.
joneses said...

chatt

I am going easy.

June 11, 2012 at 10:50 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Joneses,

You never provide any examples or proof for anything you say.

June 11, 2012 at 11:22 a.m.

joneses, you are an excellent example of why the Republicans and conservatives have lost any sense of civility or integrity.

Thank you, for once again, validating opposition to you.

Or are you going to admit you are a false flag agent?

June 11, 2012 at 1:35 p.m.

Republican, Democrat, whatever. They both worked together to put us in the ditch we are in. There is almost no difference between the two parties anymore. See today's TFP article about georgia politics to see the former life-long Democrats jumping ship to the Republican side so they can stay in power. It is all just political theater at this point. They act like they are against each other and then work together when their power is threatened or when a bill comes up that would give power back to the people. Neither party represents the people anymore.

June 11, 2012 at 1:55 p.m.
conservative said...

FPSE..

The Republicans are the party of big government and the Demoncrats are the pary of bigger government.

They play their version of good cop bad cop

June 11, 2012 at 2:06 p.m.

Good luck with your cynicism.

June 11, 2012 at 4:26 p.m.
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