'In the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.'
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Obama Comes Up With A Plan

In 2008.

And photocopies it for 2012:
A Second First Term
Meet Obama's new agenda, same as the old agenda, only less.
Wall Street Journal editorial

Barack Obama won the Presidency in 2008 as the anti-George W. Bush and in 2012 he's been trying to win again as the anti-Mitt Romney, without elaborating much of a second-term agenda. Two weeks before Election Day, we now know why. His new ambitions look a lot like his old ambitions, except stuck on repeat.

On Tuesday Mr. Obama finally tried to give the future more definition with a new plan, except it isn't new and barely qualifies as a plan. "I've laid out a plan for jobs and middle-class security," he claimed in Delray Beach, Florida, brandishing a 20-page brochure titled "A Plan for Jobs and Middle-Class Security" and going on to invoke his "plan" another dozen-odd times. "I won't be running the okey doke on you," he added.

Voters may okey doke themselves if they believe this document, which is heavy on backward-looking and discredited factoids and light on economic specifics. For example, Mr. Obama wants to spend money to hire 100,000 math and science teachers for public schools. Isn't that what happened in 2009? And didn't his own Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, say that class size barely matters to education outcomes?

The President says he'll use community colleges to train another two million workers "for good jobs that actually exist," perhaps to distinguish these from the jobs he said the 2009 stimulus would create but actually didn't. And he says he'll create a million new manufacturing jobs by 2016 via a new temporary tax credit for U.S. companies that expand domestic hiring.

All of this is merely a kind of Junior Achievement version of the stimulus, trying to create jobs with more government spending that isn't affordable, or temporary tax favors that fail because they are, well, temporary. Businesses hire based on total employee costs, not one-off tax benefits. Since 2009 the country has lost 610,000 net manufacturing jobs, despite such preferences. [link]
There's a term for that.

Stuck on stupid.

Obama wants to "hire" 100,000 teachers and fund community colleges that will train millions of Americans ...

... to do what?

Join the millions already in the unemployment line.

We currently have 23 million citizens out of work or underemployed.  Highly educated.  Fully trained.  Millions.  Ready to go back to work.

But there is no work.

Training and education aren't the issue (except to the teachers unions).


Someone should try to get that concern into our president's thick skull.

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Headline of the day:

Obama campaign releases plan for next 4 years, which is pretty much the plan for the first 4 years except compiled in a glossy booklet