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The Jobs Speech: Barone on Barack, Milbank on Irrelevancy and Dakinikat invokes LBJ.

Posted on: September 9, 2011

One of the most astute political observers in America titles the president an ‘unhappy warrior’ as the latter cobbles together a hackneyed proposal to jump start job creation out of the Zero August. And he calls the address to the joint Congress what it really is, a campaign speech!!

Michael Barone has the rare mix of experience, of having visited every congressional district in the country, of  having lectured extensively, as well as of leading the American Enterprise Institute. In an article in the Washington Examiner, Barone exposes the president’s speech and its hidden flaws.

 

Obama assured us that this would all be paid for. But as far as I could gather, he punted that part of it to the super-committee of 12 members set up under the debt ceiling bill. He now blithely charges it with coming up with more than its current goal of $1.5 trillion in savings by Christmas’ [..]

As I read it, he’s not insisting on higher tax rates, though he apparently is not ready to agree to a tax reform that is scored as revenue-neutral, as the 1986 act was. [..]

Straw men took a terrible beating from the president. He assailed “tax loopholes” for oil companies, the chief one of which is that they are treated like other companies classified as manufacturers. The administration proposal is that the five largest oil companies shouldn’t be, because—well, because we want to get our hands on more of their money. [..]

When Barack Obama says, “This isn’t political grandstanding,” you have a pretty good clue that that is exactly what it is. Lest anyone doubt that, consider this from the third-to-last paragraph. “You should pass it. And I intend to take that message to every corner of the country.”

In other words, this was a campaign speech. It might result in passage of some of Obama’s proposals, and some of them might even do some good. [..]

Michael Barone. (Emphasis Added)

 

Barone analyses policy statements like no one else can. he can dissect a speech or a plan and see the hidden agendas and potential pitfalls and secret directions that the plan will engender. So then, what of the presidents job speech and its weakness?

 

…we didn’t see the kind of change of direction on policy that Bill Clinton made in 1995 and 1996, which enabled him to rise above his party’s 45% level of support in the 1994 elections (that’s the Democratic percentage of the House popular vote) and with 49% of the vote win reelection in 1996. [..]

I don’t think these proposals have the potential to turn around the careening economy, I don’t think many of them will become law …

 

And that is not good news for the nation.

Elsewhere in the press, Dana Milbank of WaPo, gives a laundry list of reactions from the GOP side of the floor and all but describes the president as a Rodney Dangerfield in the White House, he gets no respect.

The lawmakers weren’t particularly hostile toward the president — they just regarded the increasingly unpopular Obama as irrelevant…..

And such a sentiment:

   … wasn’t entirely limited to the Republicans. [..]

both sides had concluded it didn’t much matter: Obama has become too weak to enact anything big enough to do much good. [..]

Milbank notes that even the press wasn’t that curious anymore:

Usually, the press gallery is standing room only; this time only 26 of 90 seats were claimed by the deadline.

Milbank thinks all this is worse than Joe Wilson shouting lie.

Now, ain’t that the truth!

 

 

Dakinikat of Skydancing blog, a personal favorite for a variety of reasons, actually believes it’s time Barack Obama pulled a Lyndon Johnson!!

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2 Responses to "The Jobs Speech: Barone on Barack, Milbank on Irrelevancy and Dakinikat invokes LBJ."

Excellent post. There is a confluence of opinion across the political spectrum that Messiah Obama is the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time. He has no answers to our looming problems, and has the mind of a sociopath. It is as if the country has turned over the con of the ship in a typhoon to a novice who lacks basic seamanship training and becomes sea sick at the sight of a wave. He has lost the Hamptons and has become an obstacle to any serious discussion about job creation or the other existential problems facing the nation. We saw this clearly when he was asked to leave the room during the ill feited debt ceiling negotiations, after he reneged on an earlier agreement in principle which he reached with Boehner. Is he corrupt or is he merely incompetent? Probably both. If the ship of state is sinking, and the water is up to the gun’nels there is no point in having intermural discussions about the cause. Finally, you are right about Barone. For years he was with US News and he published one of the best reference books called The Almanac of American Politics. He has gravitas whereas Milbank and his ilk are more like Tinkerbell. But the law of averages catches up with even him, and his conclusion that Obama is irrelevant is hard to argue against. Thanks again for a great post, and I hope Sarah decides to run. Of all the candidates she is closest to the American People and the values which made this country great.

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