This is getting ridiculous.
Now would be a really good time for Obama to re-think the Keystone Pipeline. And Dodd-Frank. And Obamacare. And ANYTHING the EPA rules against outside of its own cafeteria.
Maybe lobbying and regulating against measures that would create jobs isn’t the right message a presidential reelection aspirant wants to project to the American people.
It occurs to me that maybe- I’m reaching here- the American people value the… um… jobs that would come along with the pipeline.
About 200,000-300,000 jobs would be created by the $7 billion pipeline project according to various estimate, including the estimates from Trans Canada, the compny that wants for build the pipline. A few jobs in the energy field tend to produce lots of other jobs. See: Dakota, South.
Because on Friday any president looking to be reelected got the worst of possible news outside of the Eurozonehr>
The Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported that the number of jobs that were created last month here in the USzone is roughly half of what economists expected, even in their worst case scenario, raising unemployment faster than people are leaving the job market.
That’s pretty darned fast.
Because up until now the only thing Obama’s done to help alleviate unemployment is to get people to stop looking for work. And as they stop, they help the “official” unemployment rate go down when people are subtracted out of the workforce.
It’s so bad that I half expect Obama and his own Mortimer Snerd, Jay Carney, to say that the real problem with unemployment is that “freakin’ people keep looking for jobs. If they’d just stop and claim to be disabled, unemployment would be solved. It can’t be constitutional for people to be looking for jobs this late in my reelection campaign.”
The U.S. economy created just 69,000 jobs in May, about half what analysts had forecast, and the unemployment rate spiked higher for the first time in almost a year, rising to 8.2%.
In addition, the government revised lower the number of jobs created in April to 77,000.
Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at BTIG LLC, said the worse-than-expected May jobs numbers had caused him to rethink his position on a second U.S. recession. Some encouraging news earlier this year – not least three straight months of 200,000 or more jobs added between December and February – led him to back away from an earlier prediction of a return to recession.
It was in the heady days of December and January when jobs were created that caused Obama to gamble on killing the Keystone jobs, while he proclaimed that finally the recovery is on the way, just as he did in January of 2010 and 2011. Somehow Obama keeps thinking that inflating stock markets are more important than creating jobs. And shame on you for thinking it has to do with the money Obama gets from Wall Street.
So, in March, as the country slid further backward, 56 Senators voted in favor of a plan that would allow the Keystone pipeline to go forward by cancelling the bureaucratic roadblocks put up by the Obama administration and his world-wide bus tour.
Yet, despite the majority vote, Senate rules apparently require a 60-vote supermajority to create jobs in this country. And, according to Democrat Party rules, any vote to create jobs also has to have a massive, wasteful, multi-trillion dollar appropriation attached to it.
This, of course, ruled out Keystone.
"By personally lobbying against the Keystone pipeline, it means the president of the United States is lobbying for sending North American energy to China and lobbying against American jobs," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said at a news conference as reported by CNN:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Obama is "out of touch" on the issue.
"At a moment when millions are out of work, gas prices are skyrocketing, and the Middle East is in turmoil, we've got a president who's up making phone calls trying to block a pipeline here at home," he said. "It's unbelievable."
Out-of-touch is Obama telling people that his plan to help the economy is getting people to buy $3,000 thingamajigs with $3,000 federal government thingamachecks.
But at least we know what happened to all the stimulus money now.
“If you’ve got $3,000 a year extra,” said Dr. Obama, the Great Law Giver and Economics professor on June 1st, “that helps you pay down your credit cards, that helps you go out and buy some things that your family needs, which is good for business. Maybe somebody will be replacing some thingamajig for their furnace. They’ve been putting that off.”
I know I’ve put off replacing my thingamajigs. Mostly because I don’t know what they are. But you can be sure whatever they are, their manufacturers and manufacturers’ representatives are writing big campaign thingamachecks right back to Obama.
So, I’m currently trying to replace the brain cells that I lost having to listening to Obama’s drooling, misinformed, misanthropic views of the world. But even for a thingamajig president disconnected from the rest of us humans, lobbying against jobs is not just “out-of-touch.”It’s ridiculous.
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