Donald Lambro

Few Americans know about these and many other Republican proposals -- which would provide an influx of business growth and new jobs -- because they do not get reported in the nightly network news shows.

The one proposal that has unanimous Republican support in the House and Senate is preserving the top two Bush income tax rates, which are due to expire at the end of this year with the approval of Obama and the Democrats. If that happens, the top marginal income tax rates would approach or surpass 40 percent.

Many economists and most business executives say that with the economy showing signs of weakness and sluggish job growth, this is not the time to be raising anyone's taxes -- especially on small businesses that fall into these income brackets and usually account for much of the economy's job growth.

But Obama is not only going about the country insisting that the GOP has contributed nothing constructive to the debate over how to grow the economy; he is also vastly exaggerating the results of his own recovery agenda.

The White House now claims its spending stimulus bill has saved or created about 3 million jobs, a largely bogus number (even accounting for the slippery "saved jobs" that can't be proven and the temp jobs that have long since ended).

The actual number of jobs, as monitored by the watchdog website www.recovery.gov, "is 682,370 through March 31," says Peter Morici, an economist at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

"Including the multiplier effects of workers spending earnings in the private sector, the total impact is a bit more than 1 million jobs," writes Morici in his latest analysis of the recovery that he concludes "is flagging."

"Many stimulus jobs were temporary, but more jobs have been added since March, so the total impact remains about 1.1 million temporary jobs, costing taxpayers about $700,000 each -- not a good bargain!"

Obama's "blame game" strategy, as Morici calls it, doesn't hold water. "President Obama is again blaming Republicans for blocking his agenda," he notes, "but Congress has given him his head," passing virtually his entire economic agenda.

The results: minuscule private-sector job creation that's slowed to a crawl; plunging retail sales; a weak housing industry; and a weaker economy that is paralyzed by uncertainty and fear about the future.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.