Today, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will kick off yet another PR stunt: “Recovery Summer!” This will be a six-week-long push to highlight all of those jobs created by “stimulus” spending. Over $1 trillion of it. As they celebrate all of those “Recovery Act” jobs, they won’t tell you that they are dead-end public sector jobs, paid for—in spades—by YOU and that they end when the project ends.
White House Senior Adviser and Chief BS’er David Axelrod said, “This summer will be the most active Recovery Act season yet….making it crystal clear what the cost would have been of doing nothing.”
Wow. Where to begin? First, unemployment was about 7% when these clowns came into office. It’s since spiked to and stayed at about 10%. The “stimulus” was supposed to keep the jobless number to 8% or below, according to Obama and Biden themselves. Heckuva job, guys! Second, if we hadn’t wasted that $1 trillion+, we’d have a lower deficit and national debt. Third, no one was arguing over a year ago to “do nothing.” The Republicans offered a much cheaper and targeted stimulus, loaded with tax cuts, which would have had this economy and jobs picture turned around by now.
And finally, today we got bad news on the jobs front. First-time unemployment claims spiked again last week, to 472,000. If there’s any semblance of a “recovery” going on, it’s happening without jobs. Private sector jobs. The kind of jobs that don’t cost taxpayers, but benefit them. The kind that beget other private sector jobs. The kind that improve the economy by creating real prosperity.
Instead of working to create those kinds of jobs, Obama and Biden are celebrating the dead-end public sector ones. Like the kind they now have.
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