It is mid-June. Five months until November, and mid-term elections. The administration is looking for areas of opportunity, to add to their resume, and by extension the resume of those who support their extreme liberal agenda. Particularly important are items which can be “fixed quickly” (at least with appearances).
The oil spill? Still very messy and more importantly, a tool to talk about energy policy and a symbol of the evils of petroleum. Don’t fix that, too quickly. So, let’s make sure the Coast Guard is on duty, checking the boats skimming the water for life jackets.
Immigration? Don’t like the “racist” laws in Arizona, which simply re-state the federal laws and define the terms under which the police should review the status of people already being checked out for other violations. As a matter of fact, let’s SUE the state of Arizona for passing the law, not tell them; but have our Secretary of State announce it on a foreign interview show in South America.
Here’s an idea. We have been losing jobs, steadily, and rapidly, since before the Obama Administration. When the subject is raised, for a change, point out he “inherited” a bad economy.
(Let’s recall, George Bush inherited a bad economy. He campaigned, in 2000, that a recession was coming, and his critics said he was “talking down” the economy, and sure enough, six months into his administration the recession arrived. His response? Tax cuts, and the economy rebounded for seven years.)
Fair enough. It is 18 months later and what is the Obama plan? What is the result?
Yesterday he traveled to Ohio, to trumpet the 10,000th road project paid for with stimulus money. He pronounced it a “big deal”. Not sure if he views job creation (a big deal) to be as important as VP Biden views the passage of health care (a big f***ing deal). They have invested much more time and energy in the health care laws than in job creation.
So, 10,000 road projects, and unemployment is unchanged. Around 10%. Their supporters will point to last month’s jobs number and crow about the 400,000 gain in jobs; but we know this is due to 360,000 jobs with the 2010 census. Only a few jobs over 40,000 in the private sector.
Census and road construction jobs. Does this sound like long-term economic growth? Don’t those jobs eventually go away?
Consider Omaha mayor, Jim Suttle. He wants to expand the Hilton hotel downtown. Revenues were down in 2009, because of the tough economy. He believes the issue is, not enough space was available. He thinks, if they build more, at a cost of $ 35 million, they will bring in more business.
Fair enough. This expansion could generate as much as $ 1 million in additional revenue. So, optimistically, if successful this will take 35 years to pay off. Do you think the economic and political landscape might change in 35 years? If the extra revenue does not come, the taxpayers will foot the bill. I thought the only legal gambling was across the river in Council Bluffs?
The benefits of this expansion? It could create 30-40 new jobs, plus the construction jobs it will create. Until those are completed.
So if we are adding one new job for every $1 million invested, what will the mayor need to add the 1000 new jobs that is his goal? (Answer: $ 1 billion) It also occurs to me, if the President is celebrating 10,000 road projects, were the first 9,000 pot holes in Omaha? Because those are not completed, yet, either.
Try to keep that employment number up as long as possible. Or at least for five months.
(PS, I can’t believe I overlooked the natural marketing bonanza of the “Suttle Shuttle”!!)