I know this blog is supposed to about college and other topics related to higher education. The main reason people attend college is to improve their chances of obtaining a good job. Therefore, I felt that in this instance, writing about a political speech which would affect the job prospects of so many people, would be appropriate.
Obama’s speech in which he introduced his so called “American Jobs Act” last night was ill timed. I’m not referring to the fact that it had to be rescheduled because the original date he requested to give his speech on was already loaded with debates in the House of Representatives. I’m not referring to the fact that because it was run at 7 p.m. EST, those of us in the Central Standard Time zone who are fortunate to still have a job to go to had to rush home to watch the televised speech while those on the West Coast who were fortunate to have a job (and electricity amid widespread loss of service), mostly had to listen to it over the radio. No, it was ill timed because it was made on September 8, 2011, close to 32 months after he took office and approximately 14 months after he last had a democrat majority in both chambers of Congress when he could’ve easily passed whatever laws he felt like passing without having to concern himself with opposition from republicans and tea partiers. Why wait til just months away from the election season kickoff to launch such an ambitious initiative?
It’s also ill timed because his recent actions take away any credibility his plan to get America working again may have had. For starters, it was right after the debt ceiling compromise made in early August that he mentioned he would have yet another plan to create jobs. This plan would be so wonderful and glorious, the American people, with unemployment rates above 9%, wouldn’t mind waiting for him to return from birthday fundraisers and his family vacation for him to present it to them.
In mid August, Obama signed an order allowing the halting of deportation proceedings against more than 300,000 illegal aliens in the U.S. This action was hailed as a victory for advocates of open borders and illegal immigration. What the media failed to report was that with the stroke of his pen, Obama literally added at least 300,000 new workers who would be eligible for legal work authorization which in turn allows them to obtain a social security number (and SSA benefits), unemployment benefits, etc. If Obama really was interested in lowering the unemployment rate by putting Americans to work, why add so many new people to the workforce when the jobs simply aren’t there? He doesn’t want to stop there either. He has repeatedly expressed a desire to pass legislation, the 8th such immigration amnesty/legalization program in 25 years, that would legalize the estimated 12-18 million illegal aliens currently in the US which would add anywhere from 8-15 million new workers to the US workforce literally from one day to the next. Bad timing?
...with the stroke of his pen, Obama literally added at least 300,000 new workers who would be eligible for legal work authorization which in turn allows them to obtain a social security number (and SSA benefits), unemployment benefits, etc. None of these were scientists or doctors, they were people in deportation proceedings. And now, unemployed Americans, including recent war veterans, get to compete with them for non-existent jobs.
And just over a week ago, a California solar panel company, Solyndra, which Obama had touted as an example of his green energy job creation initiatives, went out of business and filed for bankruptcy. Obama toured the plant last year and stated,” …through the Recovery Act, this company received a loan to expand its operations. This new factory is the result of those loans.” Obama’s stimulus initiative awarded this single company $535 million in stimulus, taxpayer funded guarantees. Money US taxpayers will likely never recover. This is not an isolated incident either. US taxpayers lost $1.3 Billion in the GM and Chrysler bailouts and yet Obama still thinks those bailouts were a good idea as well.
Most importantly, it was delivered at a bad time because it hasn't been completed yet. Obama was very vague about how this new stimulus/bailout would be financed although during the speech he stated several time that the Act was already "paid for." Now, we all have to wait another week or so to hear Obama talk about the most important part of this legislation. How many more missed episodes of TMZ and reruns of The Simpsons must I endure in order to hear the president talk about one policy which, with his track record and crack(ed) staff of so called experts, is undoubtedly bound to fail?
How many more missed episodes of TMZ and reruns of The Simpsons must I endure in order to hear the president talk about one policy which, with his track record and crack(ed) staff of so called experts, is undoubtedly bound to fail?
I was a die hard Obama fanatic back in the day and don’t regret campaigning and voting for him over Senator McCain who I firmly believed would’ve reinstated the draft and had us invade Vietnam. I used to get into shouting matches and such with members of my military unit back then because most of them were Republicans. But I am now tired of Obama’s flowery speeches which tout policies that have cost numerous billions in failed bailouts, reward lawbreakers and are meant as incentives for his reelection rather than for the good of the country. I truly hope that if this legislation becomes law, it will accomplish everything Obama said it would. Alas, Obama policies have all failed so I won't hold my breath on this one.
Interestingly, immediately after the speech, which fell just short of a promise of a job for all, a Porsche in every driveway and caviar in every pot, most networks immediately began their sensationalistic reporting on recent coincidental leaks from the government on “unconfirmed and unsubstantiated” threats regarding terror attacks that could likely occur anywhere in the US anytime this weekend, leading viewers to prepare for the apocalypse and to put off pondering any of the statements Obama had just made in his speech. Come to think of it, for the Obama administration, perhaps the timing couldn’t be better.