American Elephants

Things Look Bad. But Never Fear. Obama Will Return in Septmeber and Make — a Major Speech. by The Elephant's Child

The great listening tour is over, and President Obama has retired to Martha’s Vineyard to rest and ponder just what he will say in his “major jobs speech” in September.  Of course nobody listened on the listening tour, it might better have been called a “blaming tour.”

“Over the last six months, we’ve had a string of bad luck” Obama said  at a town hall on Monday, mentioning the Arab Spring, the Japanese tsunami and Europe’s debt crisis. “So there were a bunch of things taking place over the last six months that were not within our control.” Uncertainty, you see. The recovery was going fine until they started rioting in Libya, and then it just all went to hell.

Of course he blamed Bush for the mess he inherited, and some in Congress who “would rather see their opponents lose than America win”— attempting to blame the Republicans for the economic malaise.  He blamed “gridlock” which means that the Republicans wouldn’t agree to raising taxes as he wanted. He blamed  business —companies needlessly sitting on piles of cash, who should “step up” and start hiring.  I read that he brought up ATMs again. And of course he blamed an assortment of straw men.  In other words, it’s not his policies, not his ideas, not his ideology, not his fault. Obama does not take responsibility for his presidency.

But never fear. just as soon as he is rested up in the elite playground of Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama will return to Washington D.C. and make a major speech on jobs. Another 408,000 new jobless claims this week, up by 9,000 more than last week.  We’ve had quite a few previous major speeches on jobs, so there’s lots of material for the speechwriters.

This time it may be different.  I’m betting on a new Department of Jobs, a Department of Innovation, and an Infrastructure Bank.  Increased money for Food Stamps will act as a stimulus for new jobs, and all those new departments would be sure to create millions of jobs if the Republicans would just get out of the way. Since they undoubtedly will not go along with any such thing, he is free to blame Republicans for the joblessness in the country during the campaign. Will he get away with it?

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