While “slamming lawmakers for ‘bickering’ that gets in the way of recovery,” President Obama, Reuters’ Laura MacInnis reports, pledged “to deliver fresh ideas to create jobs“:
“I’m going to be putting out more proposals, week by week, that will help businesses hire and put people back to work,” he told the Michigan event.
But Obama did not immediately spell out any new initiatives beyond renewing his call for Congress to extend a payroll tax cut, advance trade pacts with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, and deliver patent reform.
Typical Obama. Offer a speech promising new proposals, but fail to offer the specifics. Remember, his much heralded April 13 budget speech? He still hasn’t delivered a plan spelling out the details of his proposal.
Maybe he will indeed spell out some new initiatives in the coming days, but it seems every new Democratic idea comes with a government check attached.
It’s not just the president. The Democrats don’t really seem to be the party of new ideas, but of the status quo. They haven’t put forward a plan to address the coming insolvency of Medicare. And we know that his last plan to put people back to work didn’t work as advertised.
Let’s hope he learns from his mistakes.