Dan Gainor

What a difference a year makes. President-elect Barack Obama hasn’t even taken office and we’re experiencing climate change.

Not the global warming variety that keeps bypassing the bone-chilling American winter. It’s change in D.C. Obama, who promised a government of “change” unveiled a switcheroo in his Jan. 2 radio address, also available on the Change.gov Web site.

Obama is releasing details of his economic recovery plan that includes spending hundreds of billions of dollars. It also entails a major jobs component. “The No. 1 goal of my plan, which is to create 3 million new jobs, more than 80 percent of them in the private sector,” he says in the new video.

That’s quite a goal for a new government that only recently was snowing the American public and the media on the very same issue. Call it the great snow job of 2009. It wasn’t the fluffy, light kind of precipitation reminiscent of Hallmark cards. This was the heaviest kind that buries us 3 feet deep.

It was all part of how Obama was getting away with the Big Lie on the economy. Only a few days before the latest Obama comment, his economics team was running around the country saying they will “save or create” 3 million jobs.

Sometimes. Other times, they claimed they would actually create 3 million jobs. Before that, the number was 2.5 million.

Listen to some of Obama’s top snowmen. First up is former Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers who will head the White House National Economic Council in the Obama administration. According to a Summers op-ed in the Dec. 28 Washington Post, “a key pillar of the Obama plan is job creation. In the face of deteriorating economic forecasts, Obama has revised his goal upward, to 3 million.” Summers goes on to say that “more than 80 percent of these 3 million jobs will be in the private sector.” Summers sums it up by say: “This is a bold goal.”

Then we have David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the incoming president. Axelrod told a CBS “Face the Nation” audience the very same day that job creation isn’t the real goal – stopping unemployment is. “So we want to create 3 million – or create or save 3 million jobs to forestall that.”

In an amazing exercise in doublespeak, Axelrod even referenced the Summers op-ed and still, using an appropriate Clinton-era term, parsed it differently.


Dan Gainor

Dan Gainor is The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow and director of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute.
 


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