If I had a nickel for every time Mr. Obama mentioned “Jobs” last night…I would have $1.85. Don’t get me wrong I am very happy, elated even that Mr. Obama (I may start calling him President Obama if this turns out to be more than a nice speech and unemployment gets down to about 5.5 or 6%) has finally stood up and made a challenge to the GOP with his speech to Congress. If politicians were judged on speeches alone Barack Obama and Bill Clinton would be on our currency. I don’t think there has been anyone better than those to gifted orators. However speeches don’t get America back on track and while it was a very moving speech, to me that’s all it was…more words.
I was excited to see him go right after the Republicans almost daring them to obstruct, but let’s be real in order for there to be any change in the Republican game plan; We the People, have to step up and demand that JOBS and not tax breaks for corporations and the rich are what we want, and we want them NOW not in 14 months. Speaking of which, I did get a kick out of the Republican candidates and their responses, Mitt Romney said “Mr. President, you are 960 days late.” Does that mean he agrees with the plan? Don’t hold your breath. While I keep hoping that the bloom falls off the rose of Governor Perry quickly, I’m afraid that America may just ignore what he is actually talking about and elect him on soundbites alone. (I am confused I thought Republicans don’t believe in Science, but a G.W. Bush clone is in the lead. Maybe they think that God made him in W’s image.) In any case his response was “President Obama’s call for nearly a half-trillion dollars in more government stimulus when America has more than $14 trillion in debt is guided by his mistaken belief that we can spend our way to prosperity. Like the president’s earlier $800 billion stimulus program, this proposal offers little hope for millions of Americans who have lost jobs on his watch, and taxpayers who are rightly concerned that their children will inherit a mountain of debt.” and let’s not forget the economic dribble that flowed out of his head on Wednesday “Keynesianism is dead”, an out and out lie. Although he and his cronies are trying to make that true. Michele Bachmann just played to her base and didn’t even see the speech but basically said and I’m paraphrasing here…”Whatever he said was wrong and I am right.”, which has been the same since he came into office. Herman Cain said incredulously “We waited 30 months for this.” Rick Santorum just seems so hateful, I tune him out right away, I read the transcript briefly and he said this wasn’t a plan it was a re-election speech…DUH. I’m not sure what Ron Paul said but he has gone off the deep end…the other night in the debate he said he could create more jobs by eliminating the minimum wage (While humming “Don’t Fence Me In”), he could also create more jobs by bringing back slavery for the 99% of the country (Serf’s Up Dude), then we’d all have jobs.
My problem with Mr. Obama’s jobs plan is, as I had stated last month that anything less than $1 Trillion (Yes that is a Trillion), would fall short much like the $800 B stimulus they did two years ago. I understand why he came in so conservative, he needs to get it past the Republicans. That’s why I suggested he come in at $2 Trillion and let them water it down to $1 Trillion. Maybe I sound naive but I think that if you are going to fall flat on your face you should at least go down swinging. I mean let’s look at the facts, the bailout was Bush’s idea and Mr. Obama got it passed, it probably saved about 3 million jobs and kept us from sliding into another Great Depression. Now look at all of the Republicans blaming this whole problem at his feet and they have succeeded in passing this all onto him and the Democratic Congress. So to do something again that isn’t going to be big enough is just asking for trouble. I may be wrong but I remember back in 2009 when both me and my Co-Host Andrew “The Rock n Roll Psychic” Brewer said the stimulus wasn’t big enough (although we actually said it was fine if it was going to bailout Main Street instead of Wall Street) and Mr. Obama didn’t push for more because the Republicans were beating him up too much. Looking back the conservative approach didn’t work so well, did it?
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