Obama job creation strategy: blame

by Dan Lucas

In his weekly address today on jobs and the economy, President Obama demonstrated once again that all he knows how to do is blame. No ideas, no leadership; just blame.

His weekly address is titled “It’s Time for Congress to Get to Work”. So President Obama is blaming Congress for this week’s hugely disappointing jobs report for the month of May. After almost 3.5 years in office, Obama’s blaming Congress once again.

This coming from the same President Obama who managed to blame George Bush again this week when former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura came to the White House for the unveiling of their portraits: “The months before I took the oath of office were a chaotic time,” Obama said, and then continued “We knew our economy was in trouble, our fellow Americans were in pain, but we wouldn’t know until later just how breathtaking the financial crisis had been.”

“The months before I took the oath of office.” Let’s take a look at those months – say, the 24 months before President Obama took office.

OH! That was a Congress completely controlled by the Democrats! So if President Obama is now blaming the current Congress for the economy, and it’s only half-Republican, then that must mean that the economy that President Obama inherited should be blamed on the 2007-2008 Congress, which was completely controlled by the Democrats!

President Obama has clearly demonstrated that he has no ideas, no leadership when it comes to fixing the economy and creating jobs. By this time, America knows that. The election this November, then, will be about whether more Americans want jobs or whether they want the “free stuff” that Obama promises – the “free stuff” that is taken from their friends, neighbors and future generations in the form of taxes and deficit spending.

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  • Rupert in Springfield

    Frankly I think we are at the point where people hear what BO says, but when its more of the same blame game they take a “yep right” attitude, ignore it and try and do what they can to save their own corner of the world, house payments, keeping their job, trying not to let their cars gas bill eat them alive.

    In short, I think most of the population gave up on the idea BO would have any solutions some time ago.

    What this means for BO is that with the hard core base, he is ok, attacking Republicans makes him look more authentic to those people who feel the only thing wrong with BO is he didn’t go far enough. Single payer as opposed to the BO care we got being an example.

    To the rest of the nation he appears more politician than leader, and leader is what people want right now.

    When things are more or less ok, people are content with politicians being political and arguing side issues that are more intellectual rather than affecting the entire nations every day reality. BO doesn’t seem to get this and thus remains stuck on intellectual tidbits, such as gay marriage, that are far removed from most peoples major concerns.

    The big question is, can Romney take advantage of this? Can Romney move himself into being viewed as the leader in comparison to BO’s intellectual tiddly winking.

    The Solyndra appearance had a chance to do both. It could have been viewed as either blame game politics, or standing on the mountain of rubble with a bullhorn leadership.

    I think the Solyndra appearance played more to the latter and was done well. Romney appeared to be saying more that we need an entire ethos change in Washington away from Keynesian trickle down from the government class and well connected cronies to the average person, and more saying that we have spent trillions over the last few years, BO seems to have no other ideas than spending more, and as far as most peoples lives go all those trillions haven’t changed a thing.

    This will resonate with people. Saying you need an ethos change in Washington resonates more as leadership than political bickering. That’s what Romney is doing. What BO is doing is saying congress needs to pass his programs. Even if people believed BO had some magic program that would do something, and they don’t, the question still remains in peoples minds – if you knew how to fix the economy, why didn’t you pass them when we were hurting and you had total control in the first two years? That’s a losing strategy.

    Right now the mo is with Romney. Given the absolutely horrendous recent jobs report BO has a lot to overcome. If BO thinks that hyping up political bickering in Washington is going to help him he is quite mistaken. That’s not because people hold congress blameless, its because people don’t believe BO really has a plan even if congress rubber stamped everything that came out of his mouth.

    For the past two years I have said I would be stunned and amazed if BO did not win reelection. I no longer believe that. The recent jobs report, the possibility of the WI recall failing and the apparent inability of the BO campaign to come up with anything at all inspired now makes me think the race is 50/50.

  • Kelly lLovelace

    Right on the mark

  • Bob Clark

    The guy submits a federal government budget for next year to both Houses of Congress, and in the senate no one votes in favor of the proposal (not even any of the Democrat Senators controlling the Senate).  Yet we are suppose to believe the GOP controlled House is the problem.

    There’s a new book out called “The Amateur,” detailing the failed hopey/changey presidency.  Supposedly the author of this book was in a meeting with the Clintons sometime last year when Former President Bill Clinton pushed for Secretary of State Clinton to run against Obama this year.  President Clinton also spoke of Obama’s ’08 campaign as this biggest fairy tale in politics he had ever encountered; and couldn’t believe the electorate was swallowing on the old hopey/changey stick.

    Hop’n Obama’s tossed this November.  Now that’s the kind of Change we can believe in!

  • 3H


    “The months before I took the oath of office were a chaotic time,” Obama said, and then continued “We knew our economy was in trouble, our fellow Americans were in pain, but we wouldn’t know until later just how breathtaking the financial crisis had been.”

    Sounds more like he is cutting some slack for GWB.  And, that statement is entirely true.  They were chaotic times, weren’t they?  You’re not trying to rewrite history to blame everything on OHB are you?  

    I’m not convinced that you really believe he’s not providing leadership, given his comment about a job’s bill he’s trying to get through congress, but it seems more like you don’t like the solution he’s advocating.

    Bob –

    Currently the Republicans block just about everything coming from the Democrats.  It never used to take 60 votes to pass the majority of legislation through the senate like it does now.   Who do you think should share the majority of the blame for that situation?

    • Rupert in Springfield

      >It never used to take 60 votes to pass the majority of legislation through the senate like it does now.

      And it still doesn’t for the budget, yet for three years we have been without one and BO’s budgets can’t even get Democrat votes.

      >Who do you think should share the majority of the blame for that situation?

      Doesn’t matter. BO totally had congress with majorities no president has had in our lifetimes for the first two years.

      Yet he spent almost all of that time not on the economy, but health care, which isn’t popular and stim1, which people feel was ineffective.

      Blaming congress wont work here. Not with the majorities he had those first two years.

      • valley person

         “And it still doesn’t for the budget, yet for three years we have been
        without one and BO’s budgets can’t even get Democrat votes.”

        This is a canard. Congress has passed budgets and Obama has signed them. How else do you think the government continues to pay its bills?

        The Senate voted 81-19 (14 Republican nays) on the 2011 budget in April last year.

        For 2012 Congress has passed, and the President has signed, multiple appropriations bills and other continuing resolutions.

        When know-nothing bloggers and talk show hosts say “Congress hasn’t passed a budget,” they are full of it. What Congress has not agreed to is a Budget Plan. The Ryan Plan passed the House, and no Plan has enough votes to pass the Senate. But we have a budget. 

        On Obama…the Republicans won the House back and a Fillibuster ready Senate in 2010. They have forced a reigning in of Federal spending, and have prevented new initiatives like state support for hiring back teachers AND increased spending on infrastructure projects. When you look at job growth and loss, we have had growth in the private sector and job loss in the public sector since this Congress took office. So yes, they have responsibility for the lack of total job growth.

        • Rupert in Springfield

          >This is a canard. Congress has passed budgets and Obama has signed them.
          How else do you think the government continues to pay its bills?

          Wow, this is a little scary.

          The short answer is no, the congress has not passed a budget in several years.

          The fact that you are unaware of this is a little does give some insight into why you will excuse absolutely anything so long as it’s a Democrat doing it.

          • 3H


            The 2011 budget was enacted on April 15, 2011, as Public Law 112-10, 

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_United_States_federal_budget 

            Ummmm… looks like the answer was, yes one was passed.

            So, what does this say about your insight? Do you find it scary that you didn’t know a budget was passed?  Does this mean that you will excuse “absolutely anything” so long as it makes a Democrat look bad?

          • simon

             Rupert is carefully crafting an apologia for being wrong…again.

          • 3H

            Because of the blackouts I had to stop holding my breath. 

  • Ya’fūr

    Bray tell, why the photo?  The electorate well knows what BO looks like, e.g., http://www.mastinepal.com/thread67578.html  
    or http://www.lovelongears.com/about_donkeys2.html
     with a jackstock size ego. 

  • JoelinPDX

    You have to wonder when Obozo is going to get the message that his liberal “ethic” doesn’t sit well with most Americans. He tried and tried to blame Romney for everything that was “wrong” about Bain Capital. Didn’t work any better than his constant “It was Bush’s fault” for the past three and a half years.

    You’d think that Obozo would finally get a clue and stop trying to blame all of his mistakes on someone else. Eventually he;s going to have to own up to being the worst president in history. But don’t count on anything like that happening before he’s un-elected in November.

    • David from Mill City

       

      Since President Obama took office no one has had control of
      the Senate.

      The President does make laws, he can only request laws and
      if passed by both houses he can sign them into law. Currently there are at
      least two bills requested by the President that would put people to work doing
      needed jobs. The Republican controlled House has not acted on either.  Saying they have not acted when they have not
      is not placing blame it is stating a fact.

      As to the Republican proposals, they increase unemployment
      reducing consumer demand thus making the economy worse.

      We are being given a clear choice in November,  continued attempts to fix the economy or a
      major depression and rapid movement to third world status.

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