If President Obama wins reelection, it will be because he has snookered the American public and outwitted the GOP. It will not be because his policies have succeeded.
As he campaigns for a second term, President Obama must convince voters that he has steered the economy in the right direction, and that his Republican rivals are to blame for our continued high unemployment.
This is his pitch, but it is dishonest, as is this line from the White House web site: “From day one, President Obama has focused on efforts that can help small businesses grow and expand.” The truth is, the president did not focus on jobs until well into his term in office. He launched the American Jobs Act – his response to our ongoing employment crisis – in September 2011. A full eighteen months earlier, in March 2010, he signed the healthcare bill that divided the country and alarmed small businesses about future hiring costs.
President Obama never expected The American Jobs Act to pass. Though it contained some proposals that had bipartisan approval, the $447 billion mini-stimulus bill also featured tax proposals and regulations that the White House knew full well would never get through the GOP led House. It was a scam – a diversion meant to flesh out the narrative that Republicans blocked the country’s progress, and to portray the president as fighting hard for our workers. A myth now debunked by Bob Woodward’s new book, The Price of Politics, that was born out of the failed debt ceiling negotiations. A myth – Blame the Republicans! — that is central to President Obama’s campaign.
In his address to a joint session of Congress a year ago President Obama urged legislators to pass his jobs bill “right now” – repeating that demand eleven times in thirty minutes. After two and a half years in office, why the sudden rush? Because job growth was slowing and the president’s approval rating was at record lows. His rattled advisors decided that it was time the president addressed the concerns of the nation. With unemployment stuck at 9 percent, ginning up jobs was the concern of the nation.
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