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Politics

September 14, 2011

The check is in the mail

WASHINGTON D.C> — Our nation’s economy must be strengthened.  No new jobs were created during the month of August, and unemployment remains over 9 percent, meaning 14 million Americans are still without jobs.  Cue President Obama’s preferred style of leadership: a high profile speech followed by campaign-styled stops in future battleground states.  

Throughout history, numerous politicians have believed that if they say something enough times, the people will believe it’s true.  I used to say that President Bill Clinton had a gift for being able to say things that weren’t true with greater conviction than anyone else.  That was before President Obama came along, proving that he is even more gifted than President Clinton.

Take, for instance, Obama’s 32 minute long address to a joint session of Congress earlier this month.  Billed as a “jobs” speech, President Obama pitched his ideas for yet another stimulus package, calling on Congress to “pass this bill” right away 14 separate times.  At the time of his call, there was no such bill, and up until that point, the President had failed to work with Congress and provide leadership to address our nation’s economy.  Now that his own re-election draws near, the President is trying to pivot and pass the blame to Congress.

In 2009, President Obama and the Democratically controlled Congress passed the President’s so-called stimulus bill that increased government spending by over $800 billion.  It failed to stimulate, and now the unemployment rate is higher than it was before the bill was enacted.  More government spending didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.

What’s worse, using the trappings of this major speech, he told the American people - who are rightfully concerned about runaway government spending - that the bill will be fully paid for. He said that three separate times during the speech.

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