Dan Gainor

Instead, the Obama administration has been claiming the job news is actually positive. In an exchange between ABC’s Jake Tapper and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, you see the White House disconnect on employment.

Tapper, the king of understatement, noted: “Job creation has not gone as well as you hoped.” A bit later Geithner spun like a top: “Now, we’ve seen six months of positive job growth by the private sector. That’s pretty good.”

Pretty good? Unemployment is at 9.5 percent and projected by the same White House not to drop more than half a percent in the next year and a half. Geithner shouldn’t be Treasury Secretary. He should become the public relations guy for BP.

Team Obama was pushing positive claims across the media. Democratic strategist Donna Brazille echoed the party talking point to the “This Week” audience. “Bottom line, it's about jobs, jobs, jobs,” she said of the economy. No kidding. But her side won’t admit how bad that bottom line is. It’s bad in almost Biblical proportions.

Instead, Obama has turned to a report from his own Council of Economic Advisers “stating that the $862 billion package of spending and tax cuts enacted last year has added between 2.7 percent and 3.2 percent to the economy and saved or created about 3 million jobs,” according to McClatchy.

Next, he tried a different spin. He blamed the other party. On July 24, Obama bashed the GOP for fighting his health care “reform” and pushing for cuts in both spending and taxes. “These are not new ideas,” Obama said. “They are the same policies that led us into this recession. They will not create jobs, they will kill them.”

Obama should know about killing jobs. His expansion of government has caused companies to leave trillions of dollars on the sidelines and driven consumer confidence to its lowest level since February.

In 1992, Bill Clinton became president saying, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Only the economy doesn’t vote. People with, and without, jobs do. It’s not the economy, it’s jobs. If the Obama administration is right and unemployment stays at 9 percent to 2012, it once again will be about one job – Obama’s. And angry voters will treat him like Job and give his job to someone more deserving.


Dan Gainor

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