One thing I know is true (parroting BO) is that we will hear little new in the State of the Union address from this president, even though he admits he received a history-making “shellacking” in November 2010. He will focus on job creation and deficit reduction, as he calls for more spending on infrastructure and education.
In an email to Organizing for America (OFA) Obama said he will call for “responsible” deficit reduction, meaning no reduction in Democrat pet projects, and how ironic is it that his call for jobs creation might be accomplished due to the continuation of tax cuts, thanks to Republican determination.
That is why jobs must be our number-one focus in 2010, and that’s why I’m calling for a new jobs bill tonight. ~ Barack Obama January 27, 2010
A month later in February 2010, the Heritage blog, The Foundry is talking about the utter failure of the $787 billion stimulus.
Also only a month after the 2010 SOTU, the White House changes the rhetoric from “jobs saved because what if those jobs would not have been lost in the first place, to jobs “funded” through Stimulus.
From Obama’s first State of the Union, he mentions jobs 24 times. In his own words:
1) Now, as we stabilized the financial system, we also took steps to get our economy growing again, save as many jobs as possible, and help Americans who had become unemployed.
2) And we’re on track to add another one and a half million jobs to this total by the end of the year.
Last October, Vice President Joe Biden wrote to the President that ”We continue to show consistent progress on your commitment to create or save 3.5 million jobs by the end of calendar year 2010.” The joblessness numbers for the year just past would not seem to support Biden’s statement, unless The White House saved well over 2 million jobs which might have been lost. It is another claim which will have to remain unproved.
One thing is for certain. The White House and Fed have added about 6 million jobs to the economy in the last two-and-a-half years if they are to believed. The problem is that no one can find them.
Oh…and look at this: stimulus creates nearly 1 milllion green job.
And, oh, look again…anticipated in the 2011 speech:
Obama will argue that the US, even while trying to reduce its budget deficit, must make targeted investments to foster job growth and boost US competitiveness in the world economy. The new spending could include initiatives aimed at building the renewable energy sector — which received billions of dollars in stimulus funding — and rebuilding roads to improve transportation, people familiar with the matter said. Money to restructure the No Child Left Behind law’s testing mandates and institute more competitive grants also could be included.
What can we anticipate the bailout of teacher’s unions to be in 2011? And are the newly- stimulated jobs-to-be required to be shovel ready?
3) The plan that has made all of this possible, from the tax cuts to the jobs, is the Recovery Act. That’s right — the Recovery Act, also known as the stimulus bill.
4) Economists on the left and the right say this bill has helped save jobs and avert disaster.
5 and 6) That is why jobs must be our number-one focus in 2010, and that’s why I’m calling for a new jobs bill tonight.
7) We should start where most new jobs do — in small businesses, companies that begin when — companies that begin when an entrepreneur — when an entrepreneur takes a chance on a dream, or a worker decides it’s time she became her own boss.
8) Tomorrow, I’ll visit Tampa, Florida, where workers will soon break ground on a new high-speed railroad funded by the Recovery Act. (Applause.) There are projects like that all across this country that will create jobs and help move our nation’s goods, services, and information.
9) We should put more Americans to work building clean energy facilities — (applause) — and give rebates to Americans who make their homes more energy-efficient, which supports clean energy jobs.
10 and 11) And to encourage these and other businesses to stay within our borders, it is time to finally slash the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas, and give those tax breaks to companies that create jobs right here in the United States of America.
12) The House has passed a jobs bill that includes some of these steps.
13) I urge the Senate to do the same, and I know they will.
14) And I want a jobs bill on my desk without delay
The “Jobs” bill passed in March 2010 and cost taxpayers $17.6 billion. Harry Reid had to abandon his plan for a $150 billion bill. As of November 2010 the unemployment rate was 9.4%, beginning at 9.7% in January. A major question: how many jobs were lost in January as temporary holiday jobs dissolved?
15) …these steps won’t make up for the seven million jobs that we’ve lost over the last two years.
16) We can’t afford another so-called economic “expansion” like the one from the last decade — what some call the “lost decade” — where jobs grew more slowly than during any prior expansion
17) They’re [China] making serious investments in clean energy because they want those jobs.
18) A strong, healthy financial market makes it possible for businesses to access credit and create new jobs.
19) …clean energy [investment] — in the North Carolina company that will create 1,200 jobs nationwide helping to make advanced batteries; or in the California business that will put a thousand people to work making solar panels.
20) But to create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives.
21) Because the more products we make and sell to other countries, the more jobs we support right here in America.
22) We will double our exports over the next five years, an increase that will support two million jobs in America.
23) If America sits on the sidelines while other nations sign trade deals, we will lose the chance to create jobs on our shores
24) That’s why we’ve excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs, or seats on federal boards and commissions.
President Obama used his recess-appointment power to place four former federal lobbyists — representing defense contractors and the agri-chemical industry among others — in top policy jobs. Obama’s maneuver dodges a Senate floor debate and sweeps under the rug an inauspicious milestone: The appointment of the 50th lobbyist to a policymaking job by a president who claims he’s “excluded” them. [Click here for our list of known lobbyists in policymaking administration jobs.]
State of the Union No. 2. Let’s give him one more in 2012, if we must, and be done with it.