“Obama Pledges Focus on Job Creation,” read the headlines.
Gerri Willis of the Fox Business Channel said she’d counted at least fourteen times that Obama has promised to refocus his attention to jobs.
Here’s a slightly different newsflash for you:
“Lucy Pledges To Hold Football For Charlie Brown”
For my part, I trust Lucy FAR more than I trust Obama. And I don’t trust Lucy at all.
At least Lucy didn’t issue her “pledge” at a campaign fundraising event, for one thing.
Obama laid out five things he said we needed to do to get our economy on track. Tax hikes (which the deal he just signed ixnays), infrastructure construction (i.e. another failed stimulus which aint going to happen), trade deals (which he’s actually had sitting on his damn desk for the last 2 1/2 years), green jobs and patent reform.
The only one that is realistic that Obama HASN’T ALREADY BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR THREE DAMN YEARS is patent reform. And like that’s going to save the world.
Even the lib Salon.com (which basically argues we need MORE ALREADY FAILED STIMULUS SPENDING) basically acknowledges that Obama is out of bullets, out of arrows, and is scrambling around looking for rocks to throw, as Charles Krauthammer put it today.
He’s either already tried it and it massively failed (the unemployment rate is actually HIGHER after Obama’s stimulus than Obama’s own experts said we’d have if we’d done NOTHING):
Or it has failed everywhere else it’s been tried, with an example of that being green jobs which worked oh so well in Spain (i.e., for every green job they created they destroyed 2.2 jobs):
The price of green jobs? Learn from Spain
By Doris de Guzman on April 8, 2009 7:33 PM
The group Western Business Roundtablesent an email yesterday about a Spanish study concluding that for every green job created in Spain resulted in the loss of 2.2 other jobs.
The study finds that only one in 10 renewable energy jobs created in Spain were of a permanent nature. Two-thirds consisted of temporary jobs in construction, fabrication and installation jobs; one quarter were positions in administration, marketing and projects engineering; and only one of ten was related to more permanent operations and maintenance of renewable power systems.
The study was prepared under the direction of Dr. Gabriel Calzada, an economics professor at Juan Carlos University in Madrid.
The study calculated that, since 2000, Spain spent $774,000 to create each “green job”, including subsidies of more than $1.3 million per wind industry job. It found that creating those jobs resulted in the destruction of nearly 113,000 jobs elsewhere in the economy, or 2.2 jobs destroyed for every “green job” created. Jobs lost were mostly in the fields of metallurgy, non-metallic mining and food processing, beverage and tobacco.
“The loss of jobs could be greater if you account for the amount of lost industry that moves out of the country due to higher energy prices,” Calzada said in an interview with Bloomberg News.
Western Business Roundtable also noted that the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently calculated that Spain’s annual emissions of carbon dioxide have increased by nearly 50 percent since the launch of the subsidized “green jobs” program.
The moral of the study, according to Calzada: Renewable energy stimulus and subsidies are not the answer to solving the current economic crisis.
Obama is a man without bullets – having shot it all in his failed stimulus – and utterly devoid of ideas.
But don’t worry, Obama is pledging to focus on jobs.
And you know he has the solution to our critical problem: yet another damned speech.
What’s funny is that the stock market took its dive today (after the feel-good kumbaya debt-ceiling deal coming together moment) right after Obama came out and started yapping about hiking taxes on job creators again.
Come on, Lucy, hold that football this time. Charlie Brown is running to kick-start Obama’s failed economy. It’s ALL on you, girl.