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Clueless On How To Create Jobs

December 4, 2009

Fresh after rolling out his surge-and-withdraw Afghanistan strategy, President Obama held a forum at the White House to seek new ideas on how to solve the job crisis and to create jobs.   He needs them.  Everything that he has tried so far has failedHis team of czars  and economic advisors is like the gang who could not shoot straight.  They are clueless.

Although the unemployment rate dropped slightly in November to 10%, unemployment has grown nearly 40% since Obama took office.

Bill O’Reilly offered a few ideas of his own on “The O’Reilly Factor” last night.   Most of them were straight-forward conservative ideas that would rely on the private sector to create new jobs.  But one of O’Reilly’s ideas was incredibly bad – a new 2% sales tax.   What a great way to stimulate consumer demand, Bill!  It’s good that you were not invited to the jobs forum. 

But why were the United States Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business barred from participating in the forum even though their members have created more than one hundred million jobs?  Could it have something to do with their opposition to Obama job-destroying initiatives such as Obamacare and cap-and-trade?

You would think that, if the administration were really serious about wanting ideas that will actually create jobs, it would turn to those who have real world experience in actually creating jobs.  But this is an administration made up of political hacks, academics and social engineers who think they know better. 

Obama’s stimulus plan has failed.  The administration was even caught making up job growth figures so it could claim that the stimulus plan was working.  The federal budget deficit tripled to a record $1.4 trillion under Obama’s watch.  The “cash for clunkers” program provided a temporary bump for new car sales – but more for the Japanese car makers than for American car makers.  

We are looking at more of the same.  Democrats are talking about a second stimulus plan.  Spending remains out of control.  And Obama himself came up with another clunker idea of his own at his jobs forum – a program of weatherization incentives for homeowners and small businesses that would follow the “cash for clunkers” model.  That’s like putting on a band-aid to stop massive bleeding.

Here is a better idea, Mr. President.  Sack your economic team.  Bring in people from the private sector who have a track record in creating real jobs.  They know that the only real path to putting millions of Americans back to work is to create the proper incentives for investment and entrepreneurial drive with pro-growth tax and regulatory policies.

  1. erictheredvm permalink
    December 4, 2009 7:15 am

    Right on the money, Mr. Klein. Yesterday, El Rushbo said:

    They’re asking today, “Why aren’t we creating jobs?” … If you have a business, would you expand it if you didn’t know what the rent was going to be? Would you hire employees if you had no idea what your income was going to be and what your taxes were going to be, what your rent’s going to be, and what you’re going to have to pay them? Would you hire any new employees right now on the verge of this health care debacle without knowing what that’s going to cost you? Would you hire anybody on the verge of all of the disaster that is openly being planned and talked about in Congress? Would you hire anybody or start a business today if you had no idea how much of the profit you will get to keep?

    Three questions, all with obvious answers, so obvious anybody could answer them … unless your name is Obama.
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  2. In the Know permalink
    December 4, 2009 9:36 am

    Breaking news:

    Obama administration announces plan to begin printing jobs to reduce number of unemployed on paper.

    • December 5, 2009 9:03 am

      I think they already did that, after all unemployment dropped big time from 10.2% to 10%, meaning that Obama’s stimulus is finally working. At least on paper.

  3. Carterthewriter permalink
    December 4, 2009 9:52 am

    The easiest way to avoid responsibility is to form a committee so the blame can be evenly distributed. I wonder who paid for those to attend. It had to be quite a sum; for six months from now, what will they have to say for themselves?

    • Marylou permalink
      December 4, 2009 11:16 am


  4. Marylou permalink
    December 4, 2009 11:15 am

    Thank you!! I was hoping to see an article about this. Obama and his peeps have little clue about private sector dynamics and least of all the real way to create prosperity (jobs). They actually seem to believe that taking our money and making govt jobs is creation when in reality it is stealing from us to puff themselves up and cost us even more.

    They have no clue about how business operates but why should they? They, too, went to govt schools but also had leftist influences as they were growing up.

    Where are we teaching it?!! in some homes, person to person. I hope more entrepreneurs will take on the challenge of teaching about our free enterprise system under our Constitution so beautifully designed for us so that we can hold on to our freedom and combating the horrible info that is being fed to our children in the govt schools.

  5. donnamarie permalink
    December 5, 2009 5:24 am

    Now I really get it, “Those who can do, those who can’t teach.” That is why the liberal hacks are in all of the universities and public schools. Or better yet, a new t-shirt says: “Those who can do, those who can’t do more.” Yeah, they teach others how not to be able to “do it”.

    Oh my goodness, we are so screwed.

    • donnamarie permalink
      December 5, 2009 5:26 am

      I misspoke my second sentence should read: That is why the liberal hacks are in all of the universities, public school and Obama administration.

  6. MMM permalink
    December 5, 2009 7:06 pm

    Here’s the best coverage of the ‘jobs summit’ that I’ve found. It seems perfectly clear to me, that Mr. Obama’s response indicates that he doesn’t give a damn about ‘the little guy’ without a job, just his legislative agenda — which, by the way, according to Rasmussen, we’ve already lost our ‘appetite’ to support

    Here’s the text from the New York Times, December 4, 2009.

    Mr. Obama told the chief executives that he wanted to know: “What’s holding back business investment and how we can increase confidence and spur hiring? And if there are things that we’re doing here in Washington that are inhibiting you, then we want to know about it.”

    He got a blunt answer from Fred P. Lampropoulos, founder and chief of Merit Medical Systems Inc., a medical device manufacturer in the Salt Lake City area. Mr. Lampropoulos said some in his discussion group agreed that businesses were uncertain about investment because “there’s such an aggressive legislative agenda that businesspeople don’t really know what they ought to do.” That uncertainty, he added, “is really what’s holding back the jobs.”

    The president acknowledged, “This is a legitimate concern,” one that he and his advisers had discussed before he took office.

    But Mr. Obama said he had decided that “if we keep on putting off tough decisions about health care, about energy, about education, we’ll never get to the point where there’s a lot of appetite for that.”

    In other words, in typical ‘community organizer fashion’ I’m going to validate your quesiton, but we decided on this agenda before I took office, and we’re going to continue running the country into the ground.

    Fred Lampropoulos is a former Green Beret, by the way, and recently dropped out of challenging the R-Senator from Utah. We’ve got to find a place for this man to represent America in the future — entrepreneur, patriot, and articulate — give him air time!!!!!


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