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  • Obama Faces the Music of His Unsuccessful Policies

    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards dinner in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: Chris Kleponis

    President Obama’s speech to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) this weekend was another rallying cry to pass his new jobs bill. Meanwhile, the country is losing faith in the “hope and change” people voted for less than four years ago.

    Some CBC members were upset with Obama after he told them to “stop complaining” about the country’s bad economic situation and high unemployment rates.

    The African-American unemployment rate stands at 16.7 percent—a 27-year high that is up 11.5 percent since Obama took office, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    In the speech, Obama upset leaders like Representative Maxine Waters (D–CA) when he urged CBC members to “Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying.”

    Waters said she found Obama’s speech “a bit curious” and noted that he has not addressed other demographics in such a rough manner.

    It was just five months ago that 83 percent of African-Americans held “strongly favorable” views of Obama. Now only 58 percent hold that view, according to a new Washington Post–ABC News poll. In fact, his favorability ratings among all demographics are dropping.

    As for the jobs bill, Senate leaders aren’t very enthusiastic about helping it along. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) said last week that the Senate floor was “pretty well jammed now,” indicating it might be awhile before the chamber could find the time.

    With the weakest labor market since the Depression, how can the President expect anyone to “march with me,” as he demanded this weekend, when he doesn’t seem to have a clue where he’s going? The new jobs bill—with its tax hikes and retreat from fixing entitlements  — proves that.

    As Heritage’s Curtis Dubay wrote after the President’s speech regarding the tax-heavy bill:

    The brunt of these tax hikes would fall on job creators—businesses that employ workers and investors—that the economy desperately needs to start adding new jobs. Raising their taxes will only cause them to cut further back on their hiring plans or scrap them altogether. And without seriously tackling spending, taxes will have to rise perpetually.

    The economy and the American people cannot afford the President’s government-growing, job-killing conception of tax reform.

    Thus far, the President’s plans for moving jobs have disappointed both parties and upset nearly every demographic. It is commonly known as insanity to keep doing what doesn’t work over and over again, expecting a different result. The President’s inability to recognize this is propelling him a direction he probably doesn’t want to go.

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    12 Responses to Obama Faces the Music of His Unsuccessful Policies

    1. Loretta Paraguassu says:

      Baloney! Twist a speech and you have political slander. Yes, Republicans will be happy to leave millions unemployed just so that they can leave one man without a job. Pres. Obama's list of accomplishments since he has taken office is a long one. Among other things, he has pulled us out of Iraq! He has pulled off a healthcare bill that seven presidents before him couldn't put in place. And, as far as jobs are concerned, where is the cooperation from Republicans? Job creators! Greedy corporations that prefer to sit on their cash rather than hire workers. The tax increases are mostly just replacement of the overly generous handout to the rich that came to pass under W.

      • Joe says:

        Seven presidents before him couldn't put it in place because we wouldn't let them. And this one will be gone by 2013. Pull the blinders off your eyes.

    2. Bob_G_of_Iowa says:

      I can't believe we have a president who's so stupid or detached from reality. Maybe he appointed too many "czars" who have their heads up their butts and give him bad advice. Even his own people are starting to blow him off. For the Congressional Black Congress to make the comments they have is heartwarming. For once they aren't calling a white man a "racist". With his failed stimulus and bailout, Mr. Obama needs to do the Country a favor and resign. Better still, the "old" men in Congress need to "grow a pair" and impeach this usurper of the Constitution.

    3. Slick says:

      Look behind you, Mr President . . . NO ONE is following!!!! That is what happens when you continue to speak untruths, called LIES by a congressman from NC or SC, and think that if you say something long enough and loud enough, we will HAVE to believe you!!!!

      Here's an old saying for you: "Don't poop in your own nest," and Mr. President, perhaps you have done just that!!!!!

    4. Slick says:

      Look behind you, Mr President . . . NO ONE is following!!!! That is what happens when you continue to speak untruths, called LIES by a congressman from NC or SC, and think that if you say something long enough and loud enough, we will HAVE to believe you!!!!

    5. Brad - Detroit says:

      My company (like many others in this area) was hiring at a fairly brisk pace the last 6 months as turnover reigning supreme with people trying to get raises about the only way you can these days – by changing jobs. But now with the self-fulfilling prophecy of a double-dip recession looming, my company has now enacted a hiring freeze. Since the America Job's bill name is already taken, maybe Obama can change it to the America Anti-Jobs, Big Government, Higher Taxes Bill ?

      • Craig says:

        Seriously? Hiring at a brisk pace? In Detroit? I haven't seen anyone hire at a "brisk pace" in Detroit, in years–with the exception of (maybe) Compuware. Not anyone. Not anywhere close to Detroit. We still have the highest unemployment rate in the nation, without even considering the people who have run their unemployment benefits out and are still unemployed. What jobs were your company's employees leaving to? Out of state jobs, maybe? That seems to be the trend.

        • Brad - Detroit says:

          After years of the automotive industry purging their ranks, yes – they were hiring over the past year and a half. Engineering jobs and professional positions. Those were easy "overhead" to cut when times starting getting rough in 2008. Here we are 2 years later after we hit bottom – in mid-2009, and I had several job offers the past 6 months. But that reflects, again, the hidden statistics behind unemployment. It is really high for the uneducated. Those jobs are easy to out-source. Folks with college educations still only have a 5% unemployment rate. Can only remark to the situation I know.

        • Bobbie says:

          Probably government jobs where pay and benefits are unearned and tax payers, who's money is earned, are held accountable to government make work and limitless expenses, regardless of the peoples' interest of any (government) job or quality etc., that people could do for themselves, now taken by government control.

    6. Jeanne Stotler says:

      If the truth be known, unemployment is about 20%, those who are now out of school and loking for jobs, those whose unemployment has run out and those who just gave up are not counted, as well as those, like my sons who are self employed. both are painting contractors and they have not had enough work for the last 2 yrs. to keep themselves going not alone hire any helpers .

    7. Craig says:

      Times were already getting rough for the auto industry long before 2008. You seem to have been oblivious to this, somehow. I was in the tool trade and watching it slow down to the point of nearly going under in 2001. Prior to that I was working 80 to 100 hour weeks to try and keep up with demand. Who was in charge then? I'll give you a hint: It wasn't Obama. This mess started many years ago.

    8. Craig says:

      My previous comment was meant for Brad – Detroit.

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