“J-O-B-S” have been the number one priority of the Obama Administration since “Day One.” Just ask him. Obama’s focus on “J-O-B-S” is carried by Liberals like a banner. It is proclaimed at every campaign event. It’s all part of that “Hope and Change” stuff that really should have been called “Hopeless Change.”
As Obama took office, the entire nation was behind him – more than half ready to proclaim him King Barack. Not only was all of America – including Republicans – poised to support him, but they were willing to make the sacrifices necessary to put our country back on track. Most Americans wanted to work, as they have since this country was founded. They wanted to build something for their families. They wanted to achieve the American Dream. Many aspired not to join the middle-class, but to climb the ranks to the one percent that Liberals seem so ready to despise. And even more basic, most Americans wanted to be in the workforce to make their mark on America, whatever that mark might be – to contribute to America’s future. Americans are born problem solvers and if you want to solve problems, the place to be is in the halls of government, the offices of Wall Street, the large and small stores and banks dotting the American landscape, the farms and ranches providing our food supplies, the assembly lines manufacturing the products other Americans use every day.
I once worked with a Russian lady who made the case that Russians were the most educated people in the world. But, she said, while they could converse freely about almost any subject in the world – while they could describe in detail, the workings of complex systems – they could fix nothing. On the other hand, she continued, Americans were often laughed at for speaking only one language, or having expertise in only one area, but we had the incredible ability to invent and to make things – and to keep the world moving.
So, when Obama failed to deliver on “J-O-B-S,” he failed Americans on several levels. He took away the very “Hope” he promised to grow and did his best to take away purpose, by filling the hole with welfare, food stamps, healthcare and government programs. On the plus side, he has provided Secret Service protection to golf courses on multiple occasions and he and his family have kindly afforded that same protection to some of the best vacation spots in America and the world.
Since Obama took office, presidential speeches have risen in number and in soaring rhetoric, to heights never imagined. It is difficult – some say impossible – to pass one day in America without seeing him on television, or hearing an Obama soundbite. And what happened to the “J-O-B-S?” Well, he tells us that there have been 29 straight months of job creation. He’s created millions of jobs.
If his were a classroom, some eager student might throw his hand up, to ask:
“If you keep creating jobs and the true unemployment rate continues to increase, what have you accomplished?”
Obama’s so-called best efforts have given us:
1) 8.1% unemployment – three tenths of a percent higher than when he took office. If we count those who have dropped out of the workforce and those who are working part time jobs and are still in search of full time employment, the true unemployment rate is over 14%!
2) We have the lowest workforce participation among men in the history of our country…and at the same time, our president actually started advertising the availability of food stamps in Mexico!!!
But, there’s good news!!!
As we move nearer to the 2012 presidential election, President Obama is once again “On the Job.” As always, “J-O-B-S” are his number one priority!
Right after his next round of golf…for sure, right after his next vacation…absolutely, no later than the end of a