Karl Rove used twelve words to describe Obama’s Jobs speech. Note that Obama refused a meeting requested by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). So much for compromise. As Rove says, if Obama really wanted bipartisan support he would have worked with Republicans. We’ve been losing jobs for close to three years. Democrats were in charge for two of those years. Free Trade Agreement legislation has been sitting on Obama’s desk since arriving in the Oval Office, with thousands of jobs unrealized.
Washington, D.C. – The fact that the economy is struggling isn’t news to the 529,000 Ohioans searching for work. What might surprise them, however, is that the means to create some 250,000 jobs nationally are just sitting on President Obama’s desk.He has yet to act on several free trade agreements, which have been languishing in the Oval Office for three years. Meanwhile, on Aug. 5, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the national unemployment rate for July was 9.1%.Free trade agreements have had a positive effect on our nation’s economy. All the free trade agreements in force between the United States and its trading partners in 2008 created $304.5 billion in U.S. output and supported approximately 5.4 million American jobs, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Negotiations on the latest agreements – with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea – began in the Bush administration, and all were concluded years ago. But, President Obama must send them to Congress for its approval. Sadly, he refuses to do so – because of special interest concerns.These three trade agreements have the potential to boost the U.S. gross domestic product by $10 billion, according to the International Trade Commission. The president says that could lead to the creation of 250,000 jobs.
By Karl Rove
Published September 09, 2011 | FoxNews.com
Thursday night’s show by President Obama struck me as…
Presumptuous: He demanded – 17 times – that Congress immediately pass a bill no one has seen.
Tired: The speech contained little new, just mostly recycled ideas or extensions of current programs that haven’t worked.
Small: Its proposals, while expensive, offer little hope of really jump-starting the economy.
Mind-boggling: Mr. Obama wants to drains hundreds of billions from Social Security for another stimulus.
Slippery: It will all be paid for, the president said, but it’s up to a Congressional committee to figure out how.
Misleading: These were just GOP ideas. Really? Republicans have proposed another $450 billion stimulus bill, Mr. Obama?
Arrogant: He refused to consult in advance with anyone on the Hill, even refusing a meeting request from the House Speaker and Majority Leader.
Self-centered: The only job he’s really concerned about is his own. If he really wanted a bipartisan package, he would have worked with Republicans to come up with one.
Unnecessary: The president would have been better off traveling the country this week to lay out proposals, surrounded by people he could claim would might benefit.