President Obama took a little bit of time off from campaigning to hold a press conference Friday morning. He was late and it wasn’t really worth waiting for. It was his usual drivel “Let’s get workers back to work right now!” Basically, he’s telling the Congress “Do as I say.” He never meets with them. He never negotiates. He doesn’t lead. He doesn’t even work, all he does is deliver stump speeches and attend fundraisers. Peggy Noonan nailed it in her latest column.
President Obama’s problem now isn’t what Wisconsin did, it’s how he looks each day—careening around, always in flight, a superfluous figure. No one even looks to him for leadership now. He doesn’t go to Wisconsin, where the fight is. He goes to Sarah Jessica Parker’s place, where the money is.
There is, now, a house-of-cards feel about this administration.
It became apparent some weeks ago when the president talked on the stump—where else?—about an essay by a fellow who said spending growth is actually lower than that of previous presidents. This was startling to a lot of people, who looked into it and found the man had left out most spending from 2009, the first year of Mr. Obama’s presidency. People sneered: The president was deliberately using a misleading argument to paint a false picture! But you know, why would he go out there waving an article that could immediately be debunked? Maybe because he thought it was true. That’s more alarming, isn’t it, the idea that he knows so little about the effects of his own economic program that he thinks he really is a low spender.
I’ll probably have more from that column later when I get to all of the national security leaks coming out of this administration. It’s really quite alarming, and of course, it’s all about politics. But like this bumbled economics message of his, this will probably backfire on him, too.
Back to his message on the economy, and bashing Republicans.
The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone.
The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government. Oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, Governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don’t have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.
And so, you know, if Republicans want to be helpful, if they really want to move forward and put people back to work, what they should be thinking about is how do we help state and local governments and how do we help the construction industry? Because the recipes that they’re promoting are basically the kinds of policies that would add weakness to the — to the economy, would result in further layoffs, would not provide relief in the housing market, and would result, I think most economists estimate, in lower growth and fewer jobs, not more.
What planet is he living on saying the private sector is doing fine? And his prescription for how to solve our economic problems is more spending. This from the guy who claims he’s a low spender. Unbelievable.
Video of that clip is available at the link.
One more thing. The man who claims to be oh-so-concerned about the economy spends more time with Hollywood stars than he does meeting and negotiating with Congress.