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Having just been rolled by tea party Republicans in the debt ceiling circus, Barack Obama now says that his priority is job creation. Wow, what took him so long?
Jobs should have been Priority Number One when he first took office. But instead, the Obamacans put Wall Street banksters first, dumping trillions of dollars from our public funds into saving the butts of greedheads who crashed our economy. They bailed out Wall Streeters without even requiring that the bankers invest in job-creating, grassroots enterprises. The jobs will come later, they said. Wrong.
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A fragile recovery did sprout in 2009, but, oxymoronically, it was called a “jobless recovery,” and workers keep getting pink slips. Obama himself explained that jobs are “a lagging economic indicator.” Later, he told us.
Then, last December, with an exploding crisis of joblessness knocking our economy to its knees, who did the White House help? The superrich! Their ridiculous Bush tax breaks were extended for another two years, without any requirements to use this windfall to create a single job. “Soon,” Obama said back then – we’ll get to that pesky job issue… soon. Now, the day after signing the debt reduction monstrosity that slashed trillions from programs to help working families, the president says that, at last, he’s ready to take action on jobs.
Really? What kind of action? “I will urge [Congress] to immediately take some steps – bipartisan, commonsense steps – that will make a difference,” he boldly declared. But as we’ve seen, “bipartisan” steps only go backwards. And, as for “immediately,” the Urger-in-Chief, added that lawmakers should do it, not right now, but when they get back from their month-long August vacation.
It’s always mañana with Obama when it comes to workaday families.
“With Debt Ceiling Fight Behind Him, Obama Promises Action on Jobs, The New York Times, August 3, 2011.
“With Default Averted, Obama Looks To Jobs,” www.abcnews.com, August 2, 2011.