Plouffe demonstrated his policymaking ignorance in a recent Washington Post op-ed column when he came to the subject of jobs.
"Even without a difficult fiscal situation, the government can have only so much direct impact on job creation, on top of the millions of jobs created by the president's early efforts to restart the economy," he said.
In fact, government can have a huge impact on jobs through consistent policies that create an economic climate for capital formation, investment, risk-taking and incentives for work and wealth creation. He need only look to the Ronald Reagan tax cuts in the 1980s or even the capital-gains tax cuts that Bill Clinton instituted to see how this works.
Plouffe also offered ideas such as "green jobs" by dumping more money into pie-in-the-sky climate-change spending, but in the end he threw up his hands and said that "full recovery will happen only when the private sector begins hiring in earnest." No kidding? So why not give the private sector the tax-cut incentives to do that, instead of more borrowing and spending.
The jobless economy, he insisted, is not Obama's fault. "The recovery act has been stigmatized," he complained. Yeah, by double-digit unemployment and the job-killing fear among Main Street businesses that they are going to be taxed more than they are now under Obama's agenda.
Plouffe was also brought in to take control of the campaign committees and to repackage Obama and his message, but a political wave has been building over the past year that threatens to engulf the Democrats in the midterm elections. And it appears to have accelerated in recent weeks.
In the Senate, independent election forecasters now say Republicans are poised to win at least four more Democratic seats in Arkansas, North Dakota, Delaware and Nevada where Majority Leader Harry Reid is toast. At least three more of the party's seats are tossups: Illinois, Colorado and Pennsylvania. Right now, Democrats are facing at least a half-dozen losses in the Senate, and that could run higher if unemployment remains in the 9 percent to 10 percent range this fall (which Fed economists are still predicting).
In the House, the bleak political environment is already sending more Democrats into retirement, the latest being Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas -- the fifth Democrat to call it quits in the past few months. More retirements are expected.
Heading into this year, House Democrats were looking at potential losses of between 20 to 30 seats. Now some analysts are saying that it is possible they could lose their majority.
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