Nearly two weeks ago, I suggested the President let go of his fixation on overhauling of the nation’s health care system and focus in the economy. If he did so, I argued, he’d reverse his slide in the polls and leave Republicans clueless.
Now, a recent helps to confirm my hypothesis. In the FoxNews poll I referenced on Friday, 76% of voters thought “fixing the economy and creating jobs” should be a “higher priority for the federal government” than reforming health care. Only 12% thought health care should be the priority. (H/t to Jennifer Rubin for highlighting this statistic.)
Rubin also seems to think voters may want the President to focus on job creation:
Obama wants to talk health care, but voters in 42 states may wonder why he isn’t talking about jobs: “Forty-two states and the District of Columbia lost jobs last month, confirming that the nation’s labor market continues to deteriorate even as more ‘green shoots’ are sighted in other areas of the economy. Fourteen states and the District suffered double-digit jobless rates in August as the unemployment rate increased in 27 states and the nation’s capital, the Labor Department reported Friday. As a result, states whose budgets have been battered by soaring unemployment, rising social spending and collapsing tax revenues took another big hit in August even as the nation appeared to be climbing out of recession.”
Here on the West Coast, nearly 1 out of every 8 Californians are out of work. I wonder if our junior Senator, who is up for re-election next year, has any plans is currently pushing any policies designed to increase employment in her jurisdiction. On her home-page, she links a video promoting Hate Crimes Prevention, but has nothing on jobs. She also links a release on Small Business Administration (SBA) “low-interest disaster loans” for five counties “to help them rebuild after the devastating Station Fire,” but nothing about programs to reduce the regulatory and tax burden which hurts small entrepreneurs more than large corporations.
It seems that Mrs. Boxer, like her former Senate colleague from Illinois, has priorities which differ greatly from the vast majority of her constituents. That said, given what she and he have done and would like to do to fix the economy, it might be better than they stay away from trying to fix it. Their proposed solutions would only make things worse while increasing the national debt and quite possibly also the tax burden.
But, if they studied policies which worked, maybe they’d change their minds. So, I encourage them to study the economic history of the past eight years. When they do, they’ll learn that high tariffs and excessive government intervention do little to create jobs. But, free markets and reduced rates of taxation do.