Emmett Tyrrell
Washington -- There is squabbling in the White House. President Barack Obama's approval rating has dipped to unprecedented lows in the polls, and he has not a clue as to what to do about it. Within the president's team there are the pragmatists led by David Plouffe (pronounced plu' fey) and William M. Daley who favor small gestures. I mean really small gestures. They would opt for free trade agreements, possibly with Gabon, perhaps the Maldives. They also support improved patent protections for investors, assuming they can find investors, and something about Michele Obama's garden. At least I thought it was about her garden. At any rate, it was small. Maybe they were advocating growing cherry tomatoes.

On the other hand, there is the president's Chief Economic Advisor, Gene Sperling, a small-stature man who advocates big initiatives. Citing public anger with Republicans over the debt-ceiling debates, he is for big, bold, new initiatives, says The New York Times. He is not all that convincing about the public's anger with Republicans, but he is pushing for large initiatives, like tax incentives for businesses that hire the unemployed. I am not clear why they would hire the unemployed if they have little work for them. Do they do it for tax incentives? Sometimes, I get the idea Obama, a former community activist, got the chief economic advisors he deserved.

The best example of the big ideas that these clowns are thinking about is that the administration will create a new department in the federal government called something like the Department of Jobs or the Department of Competitiveness. I kid thee not. It would include the Department of Commerce, the Office of the United States Trade Representative along with certain economic divisions of the State Department. Why not throw in the Department of Education and perhaps the Marine Band?

Obviously, this administration is making heavy weather of it, and things will be getting worse. I do not like to belabor a point that I have been making for a year now, but Obama is the least experienced man ever to be president. He is also about the most ideological man ever to approach the presidency. The combination of inexperience and pigheaded ideology does not make for a very good president.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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