Ken Blackwell

Floundering. Flopping around like a fish on deck. That’s the best description of the Obama administration this summer. The president’s now on a bus tour of the Heartland. Next, he’s slated to go to Martha’s Vineyard for a well-earned vacation.

He’s done about all the damage he can do for one summer, so let’s give him a break. The media shows the president stepping smartly off Air Force One or briskly scaling the stairway up to Air Force One. It’s intended to impress us and it does impress. Until you recall that that’s $187,000 an hour to fuel and fly the jumbo jet, all added to our national debt.

Earlier this month, President Obama announced a new program for returning veterans. In his “Weekly Radio Address,” he called it “a reverse boot camp.” A what? What does that mean? Boot camp, as everyone knows, is designed to whip you into shape, to get you ready for the rigors of military service. So, what’s a reverse boot camp? To reverse that process would do what? Get you out of shape? Make you less prepared for your role? Leave you a couch potato? It cannot mean wear your boots in reverse.

Who writes this stuff, anyway? The president’s speechwriter makes $172,200 a year. Maybe we could start trimming the deficit there. Barack Obama is on record saying he’s a better speechwriter than his speechwriters. If this is what that speechwriter comes up with, Mr. Obama could hardly do worse.

Now making the rounds is this howler: The president is planning to unveil his new jobs proposals—in September. Why wait until after Labor Day? Wouldn’t it be neat to think, as we approach Labor Day, that the administration had a forward-looking plan in place right now? I think the 25 million unemployed or underemployed Americans would be especially excited to hear of a plan before they have to shell out for the kids’ new school shoes.

One of the trial balloons currently being floated is that the president will announce a new Department of Jobs. This has got to be a joke. Here’s a paragraph on the U.S. Department of Labor. It details the history of this federal agency, now approaching its one hundredth year of existence:

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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