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What? No Jobs? Let’s Talk About It!

Apparently the Obama administration had discovered, 10 months into the presidency, that perhaps jobs are the highest priority for most Americans.

So? So they’re going to have a “jobs summit”. Yes sir, they’re going to get together and talk about it! Because, you know, talking about something always is better than not talking about it, I suppose.

Uh, but not till next month. You know – it’s not that important.

And sure while doing something about a problem is much better than talking about it, talking is what this administration does best.

Look at Afghanistan. They’ve been talking about that for almost 3 months since the commander has made his request. And he’s still talking about it.

But back to jobs:

“Hiring often takes time to catch up to economic growth,” Mr. Obama said. “Given the magnitude of the economic turmoil we’ve experienced, employers are reluctant to hire.”

Of course they’re reluctant to hire – health care is up in the air, cap-and-trade is on the horizon, the government is spending like a drunken sailor on shore leave in Shanghai, it has inserted itself into the business and financial markets to an unprecedented degree and there is no question that taxes are going up – some think dramatically. Why would any business worth their salt be considering taking on new employees or expanding at a time with the future as unsettled as it is?

“We all know there are limits to what government can and should do, even during such difficult times,” Mr. Obama said, “but we have an obligation to consider every additional and responsible step that we can to encourage and accelerate job creation in this country.”

This said by the same guy who assured us that his “stimulus” package would absolutely cap unemployment at 8%. We’re at 10.2% and rising and he’s reduced to pretending a smaller number of unemployed submitting applications for unemployment benefits than did last week is “progress”.  Oh, and using fake “saved and created” numbers.

Of course there are things the government can do to “encourage and accelerate job creation” that have absolutely nothing to do with more spending or extending unemployment benefits. But my guess is those won’t even be brought up much less considered. In fact my guess is the cry, led by Paul Krugman and others, is going to be “mo money”.

But hey, jobless folks, take heart. They’re going to talk about it. Next month. Right before Christmas I assume. Which will naturally delay anything being done till about the anniversary of his 1st year in office [if then]. And frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if we were still waiting on an Afghanistan decision then as well.

~McQ

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8 Responses to What? No Jobs? Let’s Talk About It!

  • Dave Barry once said that corporations love to hold meetings, seminars, and other highly addictive and self-indulgent activities because they can’t actually masturbate.
    It looks like government is in the same predicament.
     

  • We all know there are limits to what government can and should do

    Thanks, Mr. President, we needed the laugh.

  • I applied for another job today.    I’m to the point I’m willing to take a telephone debt collection job (the one I applied for yesterday) but I’d really *really* like to get the job I applied for today.
    So, you know, cross your fingers or say a little prayer.    It’s all “apply on-line” now so even the chance to get to speak to a person and impress them with your professionalism and good nature is sort of short circuited.
    The day before yesterday I applied to Krispy Kreme for a job making donuts.
    Obama can go suck something.

  • So? So they’re going to have a “jobs summit”. Yes sir, they’re going to get together and talk about it! Because, you know, talking about something always is better than not talking about it, I suppose.

    “This calls for immediate discussion!” – Stan, Judean People’s Front (LoB)

  • Our country has become a Dilbert cartoon, with Imeme in the role of the Pointy-Haired Boss: clueless, dishonest, self-absorbed, prone to give directions about things he really doesn’ t understand while ignoring experts, and with a marked tendency to blame others for his failures.

    But hey!  Maybe he’ll have a beer when he has this summit!  You know: to show that he’s really just a regular guy, just like the rest of us.  Only much smarter.  And much more caring.  And who knows instinctively when his Wagyu isn’t cooked properly.

  • Here’s an idea: instead of “doing something”, TAO and Congress should do nothing. That’s right, do absolutely nothing. In fact, how about a really long vacation to somewhere very isolated. If that’s too difficult, I have another idea: invite me to your “jobs summit”. I’ll do the talking and you do the listening. When I’m done talking, you execute the list of action items I assign to you. And when you are done, I will review your progress and give you a job evaluation.

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