Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dereliction of Duty

Jobs must be our No. 1 focus in 2010. — Barack Obama, January 27, 2010.

So much for all that.

After a year of crisscrossing the country hawking his health care boondoggle, President Obama in his State of the Union address graciously took note of a separate, minor problem — America’s continued mass unemployment.

Obama’s first year in office saw the economy bleed millions of jobs and bottom out at the lowest labor force participation rate in 25 years. The official unemployment rate for December was 10 percent, a scary but misleadingly sunny number which failed to take into account the millions of Americans forced into part-time work or those who left the job market altogether in frustration and disgust.

Naturally, such dismal statistics got fair media play as 2009 wound to a close. So the president paid lip service to the jobs situation when he addressed Congress in January, 2010, promising to buckle down and concentrate on getting Americans back to work in the coming year. A lot of Americans, a lot of jobless Americans, likely gave a sigh of relief and uttered a hearty “it’s about time.”

Unfortunately for them, what came instead was a renewed frenzy to pass nationalized health care, and a corresponding neglect of the still dismal unemployment situation. The last weeks have seen 1) the release at last of the president’s own health care plan, 2) a much ballyhooed but still farcical health care summit, and 3) yet another public presidential plea (yawn) for the necessity of national health care. And now Obama is reportedly gearing up for yet another health care tour as his allies in Congress prepare to make their final push to pass this misbegotten legislation by Easter.

Meanwhile, millions of Americans continue to fill the unemployment lines or take menial work in order to have something on their resume besides a year-long gap of eating Cheetos and playing Guitar Hero. One can only conclude that Obama does not care whether you have a job or not, so long as he can force government health care down your throat.


Conservative Scalawag March 9, 2010 at 7:58 PM  

While I don't think a government can create a job, they can destroy them with taxes,regulations, and interferance of business - or lasse-fair.

If the president, both this and others afterwards would adopt Austrian economics,and lasse fair, enact the Fair Tax,and get rid of the Fed,then return to the gold standard. Well then, the country would be better, people weather, and the country more prosperous

Elizabeth McKenzie March 9, 2010 at 8:09 PM  

Have you heard they are closing all waters to recreational fishing. More jobs lost. I don't get why the media is so stupid. I blame them even more than I blame Obama. He's being enabled by them.

As for health care, it makes me sick to my stomach. Where is the supreme court? Where are those that should be screaming "Unconstitutional?"

This has been the longest year of my life, I swear.

Thanks for the post. Visit my other blog at: http://mckenzie-elizabeth.blogspot.com/. I haven't been too active in that because of a death in the family.

Chuck March 9, 2010 at 9:54 PM  

TC, he's going to hold a jobs summit


What else do you want?

Bob Qat March 9, 2010 at 10:01 PM  

Elizabeth McKenzie, the SCOTUS cannot rule on intent. The Court has to wait until Federal Health Command becomes reality. Then they can be asked to rule.

Miss T.C. Shore March 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

What else do I want, Chuck? How about a new President. One who has actually read the Constitution.

Thanks for the comments regarding Constitutionality, Liz.

Bob: True, enough. Still, We the People should be shouting "Foul" on the Constitutionality of this bill.

Good points, also, Scalawag.

Chuck March 9, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

TC, did you go to the link? It's a jobs summit for Muslims. Just a little sarcasm

Miss T.C. Shore March 9, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

I had not when I wrote my comment, Chuck. I since have. Sickening. Not that he shouldn't have a "jobs summit" with muslims. But that he should focus on jobs (or Entrepeneurship) for Muslims while ignoring the unemployment rate for the rest of America.

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