On Tuesday, with the unemployed victims of his policies standing behind him, Obama held a press conference to put pressure on Congress to pass a bill to extend unemployment insurance.
As John Hayward wrote at Red State, “it’s awfully strange to see a President simultaneously claim that his economy is (finally) on the mend… while simultaneously demanding yet another “emergency” unemployment extension. Obamanomics is a perpetual unemployment emergency. Five years on, the American economy still can’t rise from its sick bed and pull the IV tube out of its arm.”
President Obama today declared that rallying behind the unemployed, by extending their emergency benefits again, is “who we are as Americans.” It was better when we were builders, explorers, and entrepreneurs. But our national identity is now defined by the food stamp, the welfare check, and unemployment benefits that have become functionally equivalent to welfare. ”Who we are” is a great national hospice, where a dying generation forgets that its grandparents were giants. The most important thing now is to insulate people from risk and consequence, which means we can never again dare to build and achieve. The last word anyone would use to describe Barack Obama’s electorate is “daring.”
There’s nothing sadder than listening to Obama regale his child-constituents with tales of mighty projects like the Hoover Dam or Golden Gate Bridge… projects he would kill deader than hell with regulations, if anyone were to attempt them today. Ask the Keystone pipeline folks whether Obama’s America is the sort of place that builds Hoover Dams. Obama spends vast amounts of money – more than any American president ever has, racking up more debt than all of his predecessors combined – but he creates nothing, builds nothing, leaves nothing except a pile of past-due invoices for the next generation.
At Breitbart’s Conversation, last week, I suggested that Republicans hold their own press conference at the same time on the Capitol steps, flanked by victims of ObamaCare. Obama used people who lost their unemployment benefits as political props, and the House leaders could have used people who lost their insurance due to ObamaCare. It was brilliant. The whole purpose of Obama’s “pivot” to class warfare is about changing the subject away from the O-Care rolling debacle. But nobody ever listens to me.
The always excellent Senator Jeff Sessions, however, did argue on the Senate floor, that Obama’s policies were “a tragedy’ for out-of-work Americans,” and outlined his ideas to get the economy working again.
Energy: “The Administration has blocked American energy. They have dragged their feet in every shape, form, and fashion, whether it is moratoriums in the gulf or blocking in Alaska, blocking the pipeline for our neighbors in Canada, or blocking production on public lands. This is not the way to create an economy.”
Trade: “We need to stand up for American workers and American manufacturing on the world stage. It is time to tell our trading partners: ‘We are willing to trade with you… but you have to play by the rules.’”
Immigration: “We admit a million [people] a year legally. We believe in immigration, we support immigration, but at some point you are bringing in workers to take jobs from unemployed Americans. So now we are here trying to extend unemployment benefits to help unemployed Americans. Is there no common sense in this body? How can this possibly be?”
Taxes and Federal Regulations: “We need a tax system that is not always going up but is more growth-oriented, simpler, more focused on creating growth. We need to eliminate every unnecessary regulation that burdens the American competitive marketplace and makes us less competitive globally instead of adding to them, and we have never seen anything like the plethora of new regulations being issued day after day, week after week, month after month, many of them challengeable constitutionally as being beyond the power of bureaucrats to issue…”
Debt: “Our debt is so large—$17-plus trillion—now that it is causing uncertainty in the economic markets. We have to get our spending under control… The unemployment bill that is before us today makes no attempt whatsoever to find spending reductions in other areas of this monstrosity of a government, but borrows every penny of it.”
Sessions was not among the handful of Republican lawmakers who joined Democrats to push the extension of unemployment benefits through the Senate Tuesday.
Meanwhile, House’s GOP leadership say the bill isn’t going anywhere until backers figure out how to pay for its $6.5 billion price tag.
Republicans in the House and the Senate want to see the new benefits paid for with spending reductions elsewhere, and have demanded Democrats come up with the cuts. Democrats countered that it’s up to the GOP to find the cash since they don’t think offsets are necessary — leaving little to negotiate on.
“They’re the ones that wanted it paid for,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Republican, told reporters Tuesday. “We don’t think it should be paid for. Why should the onus be on us?”
But House Speaker John A. Boehner said the House won’t take action on the extension of jobless benefits unless Democrats rewrite the plan to find other savings, and include some other pro-jobs programs.
“One month ago, I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work,” the Ohio Republican said. “To date, the president has offered no such plan. If he does, I’ll be happy to discuss it.”
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