“At some level,” Jennifer Rubin writes, the president’s latest “high-profile speech” offering proposals similar to those he offered “in his first joint-session address, a month after taking office” is “comical“:
We have a 9.1 percent unemployment rate, have spent trillions (between the Bush and Obama administrations) in stimulus money, have near-zero interest rates, and he wants to spend another $300 billion in money we don’t have to “create” jobs.
Even after Republican victories in last fall’s elections in large part by opposing the Democrats’ big government policies and his own expressed concern for the burgeoning burden of federal debt, the president proposes more spending. That is, the only policies the president can offer are effectively the same ones long since enacted, policies which have been tried and failed.
“What he has tried,” Rubin quips in a question, “hasn’t worked, so he’ll do more of the same?”
This is a political speech intended to lay the foundation for “Congress won’t cooperate with me” excuse- mongering. But frankly, the public doesn’t want more boondoggle spending either.
Read the whole thing.
*big spending policies.