Kevin McCullough
All of a sudden President Obama is using words that--up until recently--have been largely missing from his vocabulary. Words like "hire, small businesses, and private sector," went missing from his strategy for so long they could pretty much parody a Dr. Evil scene from the Austin Powers films making references to concepts long forgotten. Just think, "death star" and "tractor beam."
 
Did the press conference on Friday, concerning the jobs picture, seem as odd to you as it did me?
 
"The sooner we get this done, the sooner that the markets know that the debt limit ceiling will have been raised and that we have a serious plan to deal with our debt and deficit, the sooner that we give our businesses the certainty that will need in order to make additional investments to grow and hire," Obama said.
 
Please, for the love of all that's holy, somebody... anybody... pull the man aside and let him know that small businesses aren't hiring right now because "Congress isn't willing to extended a credit card" (that should've been cut up a long time ago.) Also, the markets, have little to do with rapidity in the "hiring" and "growing" processes.
 
Those are features that are usually exhibited strictly by whether the business climate in America is favorable, or rotten. One tends to see increases in growth and hiring, the other pretty much chokes it out.
 
Odd that a President who has such immense business experience could figure this out... Oh wait...
 
First, we'll blame it on those demonic republicans who are uncooperative.  If that doesn't float, then and only then will we begin to hypnotize the population into a mantra and narrative so sinister they will have to believe it.
 
So... We'll just lie to them.
 
Of course they already had been doing so not twenty-four hours previously.
 
The top banana in the Obama 2012, had been asking the nation to look deep into his eyes as he swung that gold watch before our heavy, sleepy, eyelids.
 
“The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” David Plouffe said, on July 7. “People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’”
 
Actually Americans do vote on those issues, when they themselves are out of work. Especially when you keep telling them that it either could've been worse, or most damning of all, "They should be thanking the administration..."
 
President Obama constantly has exhibited hostility towards the small business market by lumping 75% of small businesses into the same category as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Then with profound confusion upon his face he wonders why small business owners don't like him much.
 
Yes, all of a sudden he's worried about the private sector--and here we didn't even think he knew what it was.
 
I'm still not convinced he does.
 
For if he did, he'd stop making up funny whoppers about how the unemployment numbers are in the tank in 2011 because of some fictional debt limit. The truth is he told us in 2009 that the unemployment numbers would be in the mid-6's by summer of 2011--which is why we had to pass that stimulus so dog gone fast.
 
But I guess the debt limit was about as valid a reason as any of the others he expressed for the slow movement in unemployment relief. He cited natural disasters. (He turned them into eco-calamities.) He cited spikes in energy costs. (He caused them through limiting refinement capacity and moratoriums on drilling.) He cited state budget cuts. (But he sided with the unions who worsened them.)
 
Oddly he even said that part of the American economic downturn had to do with the fiscal crisis in Greece. (Yep the run-up on the price of Feta cheese has killed all of us.)
 
The man is desperate. He refuses to admit his goals were askew and his methods faulty. He needs the economy to create in excess of 250,000 new private sector jobs a month to get re-elected. The Hill newspaper prematurely reported that this month's numbers would be under half that at 100,000. The fInally tally weighed in at only 18,000 new private sector jobs.
 
"The economic challenges we face weren't created overnight and they're not going to be solved overnight," he said. 
 
That's very true Mr. President, but you've had more than 912 nights to get them solved. And in that time you've played 76 rounds of golf, taken 48 days of vacation, and presided over 149 campaign fundraisers.
 
When could you have possibly had the time to take responsibility for the loss of jobs? (Now over 2.5 million and counting on his watch.)