President Obama’s Jobs Plan Speech

The President has started his bid to put forth a job creation bill in a stumbling and extremely partisan manner as he calls out the Republican controlled House of Representatives to follow his plan. First he publicly tries to embarrass Speaker Boehner by blaming him for being the first congressional leader in history to decline to hold a joint session of Congress for the president to address. Here the administration failed on two points; first the Republican Party already had a scheduled debate of presidential candidates at that exact time he wanted. Secondly, they failed to understand the mechanisms of how the Congress works and should have known it was impossible to follow the established protocols and get that time slot set with Congress just reconvening.

The President’s tone in his Labor Day remarks at the AFL-CIO Labor Day rally was more of the same we have seen from this president, constant campaigning, blame your opposition, and reward your political allies with taxpayer money. He speaks of putting construction workers back to work in shovel ready jobs repairing our country’s infrastructure yet the first stimulus bill did not meet this test. The President just doesn’t seem to understand that if he really wishes to jumpstart our economy to grow and raise revenues to lower our deficit, permanent changes in regulations that inhibit job growth and domestic energy production would be the place to start. He challenges the Republicans to put country before party, yet he is unwilling to embrace simple, commonsense solutions because they go against his party’s positions on energy. Ironic how now into his third year in the job, jobs are finally his top priority just before his re-election campaign. It is up to him to offer real solutions not political posturing for the next election. Given this President’s track record, I don’t expect anything more than proposing creating government jobs at the expense of the private sector and our free market, capitalist system.

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