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President Obama just doesn't seem to get it. Rather than addressing our current jobs crisis, he is persisting in ignoring it. Here is what he said during an Indiana factory tour yesterday -- the same day we got news that unemployment has again risen to nine percent:
"This is the kind of company that will make sure that America remains the most prosperous nation in the world. See, other countries understand this. We’re in a competition all around the world, and other countries -- Germany, China, South Korea -- they know that clean energy technology is what is going to help spur job creation and economic growth for years to come.
And that's why we’ve got to make sure that we win that competition. I don't want the new breakthrough technologies and the new manufacturing taking place in China and India. I want all those new jobs right here in Indiana, right here in the United States of America, with American workers, American know-how, American ingenuity."
I don't know anybody who actually thinks we are still the most prosperous nation in the world, or that we care about being in some imaginary competition with other countries. This is not the Jobs Olympics. This is not about patriotism or American exceptionalism. Other countries are not looking at the USA and thinking "Holy crap! They're gaining on us! Whatever shall we do?" This president may have succeeded in killing Osama bin Laden, but he has his head in the sand about jobs. The guy is starting to sound more and more like a G.E. commercial every day. It's probably no coincidence that one of his former campaign managers, David Plouffe, spent a year and earned over $1 million at G.E. before coming to work at The White House in January.
"This is where the jobs of the future are at," Obama enthused during his factory tour. That ephemeral, distant future. Only problem is, people need to eat today.
And he is still buying into the Republican deficit hysteria, still comparing the United States government to a family trying to tighten its belt and live within a budget:
"If we’re going to win the future, we’ve got to cut out the things we don't need, but still make investments in the things that we do. That's what you do at home. If somebody in your family loses a job, if your hours get cut, what do you do? You may stop going out to a restaurant to eat. You may decide we’re going to put off buying that new furniture or taking that vacation. But you’re not going to stop fixing the boiler or the hole in the roof. You’re not going to stop making sure that you got enough money to help your kids go to school. Those are the things -- that's like your seed corn. You don't eat that."
Is he kidding? People who don't have jobs are losing the very roofs over their heads and he talks about still having money to fix a hole in the roof? You can lose a job, yet still save money to help your kids go to school? I know he has been living in a bubble the past few years, but this is obviously a very clueless man who thinks every American family has thousands of dollars set aside for that rainy day.
The cognitive dissonance grows ever more jarring. Next thing you know, he'll be appearing in one of those scary-cheesy G.E. Ecomagination line-dancing commercials. If he really wants a taste of reality, I suggest he hold his next town hall/campaign pit-stop at an unemployment office. The people in line there are definitely not dancing. Somebody has to get him to change his tune. Maybe a John Philip Sousa March will take him right to Congress for some fist-banging and arm-twisting and soaring oratory for raising taxes on the rich to fund a New Deal-type jobs program.
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