As explained by Charles Krauthammer:
John Boehner invites businessmen who have been screwed over by the Obama administration’s policies to sit in The Speakers’ Box..
Republicans hold their cards close to their chests - No formal response is planned by Republicans after Obama’s jobs speech.
It is, as expected, a cynical hodgepodge of retreads with $450 billion in new spending, which the President knows has no chance of passing.
Obama promises; “Everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything.”
An AP Fact Check begs to differ about that, (and other Obama assertions.)
Reactions from the right:
Charles Krauthammer, again. (plus Fox News Allstars):
@guypbenson: That was a shallow, callow campaign speech masquerading as something important. Truly awful
Michelle Malkin: Reuse, recycle, rehash.
President Obama gave a rousing speech. The b.s. deserves bullet points — it will be easier:
- $450 billion paid for by …well, that plan is to come
- pass it! even though there’s no bill to read, let alone pass
- URGENCY — even though the speech could wait until after vacations, and after the two years the Dems had a supermajority
- Dems love it! — they believe they just threw the burden onto the Republicans hoping everyone will forget they’ve been in charge
- the plan is Stimulus II — a last-ditch effort by Dems to infuse money into the economy with hopes it will be enough to bump down unemployment rates in time for the election
- it was a political, not a policy, speech and President Obama plans to stump it “everywhere”
- a little perspective
A symposium at Big Government features enthusiastic thumbs downs from all participating bloggers.
The sometimes quasi-conciliatory tone in his speech contradicts his and Big Labor’s Labor Day declaration of ‘war’ against GOP ‘barbarians’ and ’sons of bitches’. Looking to get mommy and daddy (Congress) to open up its checkbook again will cause some behavioral modification. His presidency is effectively over. But that doesn’t mean the press can’t go full-court press to pretend otherwise as it goes to hyperdrive trying to turn the country’s ire on the Republicans.
John Nolte, EIC, BigHollywood:
This speech was an unmitigated disaster. To paraphrase “Animal House, ” angry, desperate and patronizing is no way to go through life. Welcome to “Stimulus 2: Electric Fail-a-too.” Furthermore, it’s a shame it took the President nearly three years into his term to figure out taxes and regulations hurt job growth. Who knew! I’m glad that after frittering away 30 months on boondoggles like ObamaCare and all those vacations, that he’s finally got some energy towards, you know, the economy — but no one trusts this president anymore. He’s feckless, incompetent and adrift. This is a man who got everything he wanted passed for full two years and in turn put us in this position. More of the same is not the answer, nor is talking down to everyone when the pile of rubble you’re hollering from is your own doing.
Dana Loesh, EIC, BigJournalism:
He called a joint session of congress to rehash his Stimulus 2009 speech. The admin proposed to seize capital from job creators to pay for the reduction of private sector jobs and the increase of public sector jobs. He proposed nothing short of a game of cups. Every job mentioned tonight was a union job. Richard Trumka, who was a guest of honor while earlier 500 of his members took six hostages in Washington, told the President today on TV that he better “go to the mat” for them. Obama did.
Via Hot Air:
How excited are economists? This excited:
[E]conomists on both ends of the political spectrum say infrastructure improvements might not make much of a splash in the short-term.
“It’s not good stimulus,” said Alice Rivlin, a Democratic member of the president’s Debt Commission and former head of the Office of Management and Budget.
“It doesn’t come online fast enough. If you’re really talking about things that will create jobs quickly, you need to rely on either direct government hiring in the manner of things done in the Great Depression, or demand-side things that will get more money spent by wage earners,” she said.
Alan Viard, an economist with the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute, said infrastructure spending can be “reasonably powerful” but cautioned additional funding might not be the most effective way to spend the taxpayers’ dime.
I don’t think Obama even understands why his first stimulus program failed. There is no evidence that he has progressed beyond his mindless “spending equals stimulus” mantra. The man has not the most elementary grasp of economics. He is like a medieval doctor who continues to bleed a dying patient, convinced that he is applying the right remedy, and if he just draws a little more blood the patient will recover. Or, to transition to a different metaphor, he is like a dog who can whistle but only knows one tune; so, no matter what the occasion, the tune he knows is the one you will hear.
Herman Cain’s entire reaction:
We waited 30 months for this?
I could continue, but you get the idea. The speech was crap.
If you’re still not convinced, this should seal the deal: Maxine Waters Is Happy With His “Big Plan”…
“I think he got it right,” the California Democrat said on a CBS News webcast shortly after Obama finished his address to Congress.
Top Republicans play nice, pretend to be intrigued …
“The proposals the President outlined tonight merit consideration. We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well. It’s my hope that we can work together to end the uncertainty facing families and small businesses, and create a better environment for long-term economic growth and private-sector job creation.”
While we disagree on how we should grow America’s economy, I do not question the President’s motives or his commitment to our country. Plain and simple, my point is that good people can disagree. We need to focus on areas where there is common agreement – to do what the people sent us to Washington to do, which is to grow this economy and create jobs.
There are certainly goals that the President outlined tonight, that Republicans can work with him on. Good people can disagree; we should move quickly to pass the areas where there is common agreement, so that we can grow this economy and create jobs.
The strategy being, to show a willingness to work and cooperate with Obama to get something done, even though they know most of his policies are worse than useless.
To be continued.