Obama’s Jobs Speech: The Fierce Urgency of Zero

On August 15  President Obama made headlines with a surprise announcement tucked into one his long rambling answers to a question from a town hall audience in Decorah, Iowa:

I’ll be putting forward, when [Congress] comes back in September, a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs, and to control our deficit.

In the very next sentence he unintentionally revealed his real agenda:

And if they don’t get it done, then we’ll be running against a Congress that’s not doing anything for the American people, and the choice will be very stark and will be very clear.

Obama had two years with an overwhelming Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate to initiate any policy he wished to create jobs.  None of his initiatives have been repealed.  We’re still living under the full effects of Obamanomics.
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As the charts show and the August, zero-jobs-created report emphasizes, Obama’s Trillions of dollars of “programs” to create jobs, from stimulus to cash for clunkers to non-existent “shovel ready” infrastructure projects  have utterly failed.  They failed because they are based on government power and control instead of the real engine of job creation and prosperity, liberty.
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Last week we learned that he will deliver The Big Jobs Speech to a joint session of Congress to ensure maximum hype and media attention. Typical of his arrogance and hubris he tried to schedule it for Wednesday at 8:00 PM, the same time as a Republican Presidential debate, televised from the Reagan Library in California.  But Speaker Boehner rejected Wednesday and Obama had no option but to speak on Thursday instead.

An excerpt from the letter Obama sent to Boehner attempting to schedule the speech for Wednesday reveals his theme for the evening:

Our Nation faces unprecedented economic challenges, and millions of hardworking Americans continue to look for jobs…Washington needs to put aside politics and start making decisions based on what is best for our country and not what is best for each of our parties in order to grow the economy and create jobs.

This is same script he’s been bellowing from for weeks at town halls and campaign stops.  He claims to know what government can do to create jobs but he’s being held back by politics.

There are actions he and Congress could take that would encourage more job creation.   They could repeal ObamaCare.  They could repeal Dodd-Frank, the 2,000 page monstrosity that creates a vast new infrastructure of financial regulation.

To his credit Obama recently ordered his EPA bureaucrats to cancel new ozone regulations that would have cost the economy thousands more jobs.  But he has not ordered his National Labor Relations Board to cancel its lawsuit to stop Boeing from opening a new aircraft plant and hiring several thousand workers in South Carolina.  Why would the NLRB do such a thing when so many millions of Americans are unemployed?   Because South Carolina is a right-to-work state, meaning those new Boeing workers won’t be forced to join a union as a condition of employment. 

It appears that he is unlikely to offer any ideas that would rein in government and liberate the private sector to grow and create jobs.  It appears that the real goal of The Big Speech will be to position the President in the mind of the voters as a victim of mean Republicans.

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