Obama goes small [Reader Post]


Barack Obama will unveil his new jobs program tonight and it’s shovel ready. Ready for a shovel, that is. It will look very much like the 2009 stimulus except that Obama will employ the crafty J. Wellington Wimpy strategy:

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

From Bloomberg:

President Barack Obama plans to propose boosting job growth by injecting more than $300 billion into the economy next year mostly through tax cuts, infrastructure spending and direct aid to state and local governments.

And here is the Wimpy strategy:

Obama would call on Congress to offset the cost of the short-term jobs measures by raising tax revenue in later years.

As in after the next election, which is when most of the painful Obama actions spring to life.

As predictable as a democrat spending more money, Obama will propose the extension of unemployment benefits and cuts in payroll taxes. It is also thought that Obama might adopt a worker training program originating in Georgia.

To address the problem of long-term unemployment, Obama will likely propose a national program, modeled after a Georgia initiative that allows workers who receive unemployment insurance to train for jobs at businesses at no cost to the employer. Obama, at a town-hall meeting in Atkinson, Illinois, last month, called the Georgia Works initiative a “a smart program.”

Naturally, the left objects to any program that could include work for receiving monetary benefits.

“I am writing to convey the AFL-CIO’s continuing and serious concerns about the existing Georgia Works program and any expansion of the Georgia Works model,” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka wrote in a Thursday letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
“I am also requesting that the Department investigate the Georgia Works program to determine whether it is in compliance with federal law and conduct a full audit and evaluation of the program’s operations to determine its impact on workers and their communities,” Trumka continued.

Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney assured that Obama’s speech could possibly include “some new proposals that you have not heard us talk about.”

$800 billion two years ago didn’t work so obviously one third of that will surely work.


Unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts do not create jobs.

Meanwhile, corporate CEO’s want Obama to simply get the hell out of the way.

We asked several CEOs leading up to the speech what bold steps Obama could take to reduce the 9.1 percent unemployment rate.

John Schiller, chairman and CEO of Energy XXI, said “if the government would get out of the way, from a regulation standpoint, and let us [XXI] do what we do good you’ll see us continue to hire and grow this economy.”

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Train at a business at no cost to the employer — a corruptocrap’s dream

The cartoon of Obumble as Wimpy is priceless. Let’s take the sonofabitch out in Nov 2012!! Oh, wait, I’m not allowed to say stuff like that. Only liberals are allowed to do it. My bad.

$800 billion two years ago didn’t work so obviously one third of that will surely work.

Make it more than 1/2 of that.

CBS News learned that the president’s jobs and growth package now could top $400 billion.

Obama wants to extend the employee payroll tax cuts (the same tax cuts that already have NOT worked).
But Obama might also want to cut payroll taxes for employers!
(Too bad he didn’t think of that the first time around.)

99 weeks on the unemployment dole let ”workers” feel comfortable not even looking for well over a year.
So, Obama wants to extend that another 50 weeks worth.
Just think, you can get laid off now and not even have to start looking for nearly THREE YEARS!

Now, Obama’s buddies in the unions won’t like this next part, but Obama is possibly going to ask for an apprentice-type system whereby an employer might provisionally hire someone getting unemployment and see how they work out.
Then, if the employer likes him/her work habits and abilities, the worker could be officially hired and paid instead of continuing to get their unemployment checks.
This only might help if there is enough demand to require a new employee.
(We could possibly use this provision to find a good estimator. They need excellent higher math skills. No faking that.)