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Obama pursuing losing strategy

September 14, 2011

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“If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person.” — Bill Clinton

Nearly every time President Obama delivers a speech about the economy or jobs, something bad happens. His speech to Congress last Thursday night is the latest example. The next day, the Dow Jones Industrial Averages plunged 303 points, a decline replicated in other indexes in the U.S. and overseas.

This president is such a prisoner of his leftist ideology he seems incapable of pulling a Clinton and triangulating to get something done that motivates the private sector to hire workers and spur economic growth.

How many more of these speeches must we endure before everyone realizes his ideas and proposals aren’t working? Repeatedly in his Thursday speech the president appealed to Congress to “pass” his “jobs bill.” From the White House Rose Garden Monday, he announced that the bill was on its way to Congress. Let the political posturing begin!

The president claimed to have signed within a month of taking office “the biggest middle-class tax cut in history.” Washington Post’s Fact Checker columnist Glenn Kessler called his claim “ridiculous.” Kessler gave him four Pinocchios, his highest award for dissembling.

The president’s approval numbers continue to fall because the public is slowly getting it. In 2009, in another speech, the president promised his stimulus policies would create 3 to 4 million new jobs by the end of 2010. They haven’t come close. In fact, jobs were lost, leaving a net deficit of 6.7 millions jobs since the recession began, according to Heritage Foundation calculations and U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics figures.

President Obama is like a lost man who refuses to ask for directions. That’s because he has never worked in the real world with people who create real jobs. He operates on theories and an ideology that is incapable of achieving his goals.

Example: He speaks mostly of redistributing wealth, not creating wealth. He wants us to hate the wealth creators, rather than follow their example. The result has been a growing dependency on government, robbing too many of their liberty and opportunity.

Like the floodwaters that have devastated the northeast, the federal government has overrun its constitutional limits. It should not be spending and borrowing more, but less.

The biggest contributor to economic uncertainty is Obamacare. Businesses don’t know what their costs will be and so some are either getting waivers (if they are politically friendly to the administration), or ending private insurance for their employees.

Ask yourself: If the federal government has made such a mess of Medicare and Medicaid (not to mention stretching Social Security to the breaking point) what reasonable hope is there that it will do better with an even larger national health care monstrosity? One might as well spring Bernie Madoff from prison and put him in charge of stock portfolios.

There was a time in America not too long ago when people mostly looked out for themselves and their relatives. Parents cared for their children when they were little and the children returned the favor when their parents got old. Now we dump the kids in day care and they return the favor by dumping their elderly parents in nursing homes. The Fifth Commandment about honoring your mother and father was once taken seriously. Now it’s the government’s responsibility because too many think we are constitutionally mandated to be free of “burdens.”

If we want government to become smaller and perform within its constitutional boundaries, we are going to have to expect less from it and more from ourselves. President Obama understands none of this because others have largely aided him throughout his life and unremarkable pre-presidential career. He has great form, but little substance, except his failed ideology. The tragedy is he has learned nothing from failure.

If the wisdom of Bill Clinton isn’t sufficient for him, here’s Sophocles, who wrote in “Antigone,” “All men may err; but he that keepeth not his folly, but repenteth, doeth well; but stubbornness cometh to great trouble.”

— Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services. His email is tmseditors@tribune.com.

Comments

Kendall Simmons 2 years, 7 months ago

I find it interesting that Cal Thomas keeps criticizing Obama for having "never worked in the real world with people who create real jobs".

However Cal never mentions that that description actually fits him perfectly as well. Cal has always worked in media. He has never worked in the "real" world himself

(Media? Real world? Hahahahahahaha.)

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

The current regime goes to one of its most tried and true dodges, blame Bush and comes up short. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/new-white-house-strategy-solyndra-debacle-blame-bush_593566.html

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Kirk Larson 2 years, 7 months ago

The rich don't create wealth, they own it. Wealth is created by the people who do the work, i.e labor. In the past thirty years huge amounts of wealth have been created. Worker productivity has tripled, but wages are stagnant. Labor is not getting its fair share for all the wealth it has created. There is class warfare in America; the rich fired the first shot.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 7 months ago

When are the Dems going to wise up, dump Obama, and nominate Hillary for 2012?

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AppologiesMyLiege 2 years, 7 months ago

Liberal Obama did say that Solyndra would be the wave of the future. I think Liberal Obama's strategy is to have the poor ride the wave. Hang ten, Hawaiian style.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

County, it seems the Senate Democrats don't agree with your view of Porkulus II.. http://hotair.com/archives/2011/09/14/no-way-obamas-jobs-bill-will-pass-the-senate-say-democrats/

In other laughing stock news: http://minx.cc/?post=321383

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CountyResident 2 years, 7 months ago

No one had a chance to read Obama's Job Bill on Friday. Now that everyone has had a chance to read theJobs Bill, the stock market has been up everyday this week. The Dow is up over 200 points today.

I can be as silly as everyone else here.

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Wadde 2 years, 7 months ago

Obama's strategy is not losing; obama still has time to refine his projections for recovery and Employment Creativity.

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 7 months ago

NY-9 voters were faced with two options. One was a liberal Democrat who championed Obama’s policies, which have failed this country and precipitated our economic problems. A career politician who thinks every problem can be solved by another government program, more spending and tax increases. On the other hand, Republican Bob Turner understands how to promote growth, free enterprise, and that a growing economy is the way to strengthen Social Security and Medicare. Turner rejected the Middle Eastern appeasement policies of Obama, which have proven to be constant pressure on Israel, ineffective diplomatic overtures to Iran, and public support of the Ground Zero Mosque.

Will Obama get the message? Did he get the message from the 2010 midterms? No to both. In fact he will continue to double down on his failed anti-prosperity liberal policies. Only this past Monday did he release (yet another) plan under the guise of a "Jobs Bill" which promises to raise taxes on those who actually hire workers and invest capital. President Downgrade Obama just doesn’t get it. I believe most thinking people have already given up on him. Obama 2012, blame you can believe in!

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 7 months ago

It's priceless watching both sides wrangle over "fixing" our economy. There is only one economic unit in this world, the GLOBAL economy. We can help ourselves some with a rational, balanced approach to our defict issues, but we are tied to all others on the planet even if Wall Street and Washington don't want to admit it.

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madameX 2 years, 7 months ago

"The biggest contributor to economic uncertainty is Obamacare.."

Okay, I call bullcrap on this. I would think that worldwide economic uncertainty, residual problems from the mortgage crisis and the sort of self perpetuating general uncertainty that comes from everyone who's in a position to make a move that might improve the economy being too chicken be the first to make a move, among other things, would be the biggest contributors to the US's economic uncertainty. This thing you call "Obamacare" is way down there on the list.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

Candidates from that party that has been declared dead many times on this award-winning website won two special elections yesterday.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 7 months ago

"Nearly every time President Obama delivers a speech about the economy or jobs, something bad happens. His speech to Congress last Thursday night is the latest example. The next day, the Dow Jones Industrial Averages plunged 303 points, a decline replicated in other indexes in the U.S. and overseas."

And worse than that-- my cat puked up the biggest hairball I've ever seen. Thanks a lot, Obama.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 7 months ago

Excellent column. Just ask the voters of New York's ninth congressional district, heavily laden with registered Democrats, who have just elected a Republican congressman in their district - the first Republican to have been elected there since the early 1920s.

Solyndra, anyone? http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/solyndra-collapse-waste-half-billion-obama-gop-critics/story?id=14424323

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