Emmett Tyrrell

During the Prophet Obama's presidency the economy has continued to falter. Labor participation has actually declined. In June of 2009, 65.7 percent of the nation was at work. This past June the figure was down to 63.5 percent. Moreover, the President appears clueless about how jobs are created and insouciant about plans for creating jobs. On the Keystone XL pipeline he said this weekend that, "Republicans have said that [the pipeline] would be a big jobs generator. There is no evidence that that's true." He sniffed at 2,000 short-term jobs and 50 to 100 jobs over the long run. By contrast TransCanada, the company proposing the pipeline, claims 13,000 jobs will be needed for constructing the pipeline alone, and on Monday, in rejoinder to the President's remarks, TransCanada drew attention to government research showing that the pipeline could create as many as 40,000 new jobs.

Hillary may have been of some aid to President Obama in his quest for a proper pancake. Possibly he will avail himself to Botox? Yet I doubt even her cosmetics expert could help him with the economy. The fact is he is not interested in economic growth. He is a leveler. He would rather have a society in which everyone lives at the same level rather than one in which everyone realizes the potential of his or her talents. Frankly, I believe North Korea or Cuba have his ideal economies. Could we ever have North Korea or Cuba without the rough stuff? It is a thing to contemplate.


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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