During a White House jobs forum this afternoon, President Barack Obama promised to take "every responsible step to accelerate job creation." He also noted that some ideas could be rolled out immediately, such as a program to help make more US homes energy-efficient.
He also hinted at trade measures and new tax incentives as approaches to stem job losses that regretfully are the worst since the 1930s. "This has been a tough year, with a lot of uncertainty," the President said as he wrapped up the brainstorming session with over one hundred CEOs, small business and union leaders, as well as local officials. "There’s no question that it’s difficult out there right now,"
The president explained that there were some ideas that could be put to work almost immediately and other ideas that will funnel through as part of legislation for Congress to work on. He gave "moving forward on an aggressive agenda for energy efficiency and weatherization" as an example for something that could be acted on immediately.
Recognizing the disaster that is unemployment levels above 10 percent, Obama simply retorts "We cannot hang back and hope for the best." Duh. Who the heck is hanging back and hoping for the best? Everyone affected by job loss is scraping each and every day, watching while they lose their homes and other valuable possession. In the end, many have only their pride and the shirts on their backs to count as their possessions. Everything else has been taken and auctioned.
President Obama tempered his usual upbeat bullcaca with an acknowledgment that government resources could only go so far and that it is up to the private sector to generate large numbers of new jobs. Uh Oh. Is this Obama setting the stage to pass the buck? Should job creation not materialize, will he then say, Oh well, the private sector failed? This is a rather disturbing MO of his administration: when electric speeches don’t work, find someone else to blame! The President and his administration have been blaming previous administrations, stating that “we inherited this” bla bla, and lately, he wrongly blamed Rumsfeld for the situation in Afghanistan, prompting a retort from the former Secretary of Defense.
This outrageous behavior by the White House is downright unacceptable. By flagging others and throwing them under the bus, they’re basically exuding zero leadership. As disaffected as many of us were with the Bush years, at least he always took responsibility and never, as a way of doing business, did Bush ever blame previous administrations. It was always, ok, we’re in this mess, now how do we get out of it. Then the Bush administration put their heads down, and forward they went. Sometimes the direction was questionable, but there was always direction and there was always action, rather than empty speeches.
With Obama, there are only promises. And when those promises and speeches fail to deliver anything meaningful as invariably they won’t, they blame previous the administration, including staff members such as Rumsfeld. Now, it appears they are fattening up the private sector for the blame, should jobs creation fall flat on its face.
Hey Obama and Company! Who cares about the past? The ONLY thing that matters here is what you guys are going to do about the future. You’re at the helm now, show us some measure of leadership and competence! So far, you all are batting a big, fat, ugly zero. That’s right. Zero! Even your own party is starting to raise the pitchforks.