“No,” Jennifer Rubin writes this morning, Obama’s jobs proposal “isn’t anything new.” Yesterday, in a speech to union members in Detroit, he signaled that he’ll be proposing “a major infrastructure program and an extension of a payroll tax break in the jobs speech he planned to deliver Thursday before a joint session of Congress.”
He said, “We’ve got roads and bridges across this country that need to be rebuilt”. Um, wasn’t the “stimulus” with all its “shovel-ready” projects supposed to take care of that?
Instead of talking in unifying post-partisan terms, he attempted to bait his partisan adversaries, ”We’re going to see if we’ve got some straight shooters in Congress. We’re going to see if congressional Republicans will put country before party“. Why can’t this guy just put his proposals forward without questioning the motives of the Republican opposition?
In the speech, he repeated one of his rhetorical tropes, insisting (as if he hadn’t been president for the past 31 months) that the “time for Washington games is over. The time for action is now”.
Alas that the type of action the president favors is at odds with the type of solutions the American people favor. Looking at the most recent Washington Post poll, Jon Cohen and Dan Balz find that
. . . there has been little change in the widespread public perception that Obama favors a bigger federal government that offers more services.
That highlights a major disconnect between Obama and the public. Only 38 percent of those polled say they favor a larger government with more services, while 56 percent say they favor a smaller government with fewer services.
(Post article via Jim Geraghty.)