Certain persons are up in arms over Speaker Boehner's refusal to go along with the president's scheduling wishes for his address to a joint session of Congress, even going so far as to call for Boehner's resignation. Let's be serious for a second; President Obama is the one abusing his office here. His decision to reveal his vacation-inspired epiphanies on job creation in such grandiose fashion is an abuse of that custom and a transparent campaign stunt. And, so far, it's backfiring.
There's no compelling non-political reason for the president to go before a joint session of Congress with his "jobs plan." But in doing so, he hopes to elevate this speech above his many other recent addresses on the economy. (Pre-bus tour and pre-vacation, he was on the air every other day.) He knows as well as we do that the ideas will not be new -- just more "stimulus" and "investment" in government programs, fueled by non-existent money. He's hoping the gravitas and glamour of the setting will distract us from the staleness and already demonstrated ineffectualness of the offerings.
In this clip from yesterday's show, Mark Levin goes through some of Obama's "new ideas" and ends with a lesson in basic economics:
So once again, he takes money out of the private sector and gives it to government. How does taking money out of the private sector, giving it to government, create net jobs? How does that create net wealth? It doesn't. It doesn't. It cant. It won't. Look at the last thirty-two months. So this is what you're going to get to hear at 7:00 pm Eastern time on Thursday, Obama railing on and proving yet again that he's economically illiterate and that he is dogmatically attached to irrationality.That's from about 10 minutes in. But listen to the whole clip. It's very instructive. More from yesterday's Levin show here.
The joint session will also allow the president to give Congress a face-to-face two-minute hate with which, he ardently hopes, Americans will go along. He believes that the flip side of the public's contempt for Congress is esteem for himself. That ain't necessarily so; there's plenty of room in America's doghouse for Congress and the president.
Query: Will he make himself more, or perhaps less, popular by trying to weasel out of any responsibility for the state of the economy this far into his term? This chronic blame-shifting is a very unattractive habit in a president. And judging from his campaign email to supporters yesterday, that is the plan for next week's big speech.
Many thanks to Michelle Malkin for the Buzzworthy link.
That's one point scored against evil.
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