Big news: President to deliver major jobs speech in September

posted at 3:25 pm on August 17, 2011 by Tina Korbe

After months under fire for producing no plan to address the debt, deficit and unemployment, the president has at last decided to … give another speech. The Washington Times reports:

Seeking a jolt for a wilting economy, President Obama will give a major speech in early September to announce new ideas for speeding up job growth and helping the struggling poor and middle class, a senior administration official told the Associated Press.

The president’s plan is likely to contain tax cuts, jobs-boosting infrastructure ideas and steps that would specifically help the long-term unemployed. The official emphasized that all of Mr. Obama’s proposals would be fresh ones, not a rehash of plans he has pitched for many weeks and still supports, including his “infrastructure bank” idea to finance construction jobs.

On a significant and related front, Mr. Obama also will present a specific plan to cut the suffocating long-term national debt and to pay for the cost of his new short-term economic ideas.

His debt proposal will be bigger than the $1.5 trillion package that a new “supercommittee” of Congress must come up with by late November.

Hmm. Sounds a little like the budget speech he gave in April — a roundabout way of addressing the problem without addressing the problem and, more importantly, without committing to a concrete plan. As the CBO director said of Obama’s budget speech, “We don’t score speeches.” Similarly, a speech won’t change the realities to which job creators respond.

And, frankly, I’m not holding my breath to hear much “new” from a president who hasn’t had a new idea since the legislation that profoundly deepened this mess (and yes, that would be Obamacare!). Supposedly, the tax cuts the president will pitch will amount to more than the payroll tax cut extension he’s talked about heretofore — but, for all we know, that could mean a payroll tax cut for employers as well as employees (both of which exacerbate the underlying driver of our debt — rapidly impending entitlement insolvency).

More not to look for: Any assumption of responsibility from the president, who, as he has toured the Midwest to make the case to the American people that he has “stabilized” the economy (in the words of the dear Democratic National Committee Chairwoman), has made a point to paint an image of this Congress as the do-nothing obstacle to his purportedly proactive leadership. Although … if he’s referring to the Senate’s refusal to produce a budget, then I agree with him! Still, the guy’s like a poor baseball player batting .222 and hoping to lead the team in hitting, not by improving himself but by tearing his teammates down. The president’s approval rating stands at an all-time low — but no matter as long as he can manage to make Congress and his GOP competitors look worse.


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So what is he saying on the bus tour?

“Tell Congress to get back to work passing the plan I haven’t put forward yet.”

KW64 on August 17, 2011 at 4:59 PM

The whole country is holding their collective breath. The constant lies and deceptions from Obama and his propaganda tools in the mainstream media on a daily basis are getting really, really old. Obama and his mob should just shut up and give us a break.

volsense on August 17, 2011 at 5:00 PM

What’s the hurry, CHAMP?

jawbone on August 17, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Seeking a jolt for a wilting economy, President Obama will give a major speech in early September to announce new ideas for speeding up job growth and helping the struggling poor and middle class, a senior administration official told the Associated Press.

There is his problem (among many. He’s got to keep his class warfare arguments no matter what he proposes. He can’t see that his government is wrecking the country as a whole and he only wants to help a few people.

grahsco on August 17, 2011 at 5:19 PM

The whole country is holding their collective breath. The constant lies and deceptions from Obama and his propaganda tools in the mainstream media on a daily basis are getting really, really old. Obama and his mob should just shut up and give us a break.

volsense on August 17, 2011 at 5:00 PM

That could backfire if ‘the plan’ doesn’t live up to the hype….

tinkerthinker on August 17, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Re ‘Infrastructure Bank’, you have to give it to the spin-meisters in the Light-colored House. Obviously ‘Stimulus’ is no longer on the list of approved sales points.

slickwillie2001 on August 17, 2011 at 5:23 PM

…. see you all in rehab.

Seven Percent Solution on August 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM

You missed one “My predecessor”
That one along can take out a liver…

JusDreamin on August 17, 2011 at 5:28 PM

No doubt Obama’s shiny new jobs “plan” will be mostly a rehash of the stuff Congress found unacceptable the first time, so that when they turn him down again, he can say it’s their fault the economy isn’t getting better. It just never occurs to him that people have already seen through all his little tricks.

RebeccaH on August 17, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Hey, Zero, lemme give you a trillion dollars worth of free advice. To quote the great Cajun philosopher Troy Landry:

“When the goin’ get’s tough, SHUT UP AN’ DO YOUR JOB!

SuperCool on August 17, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Big news: President to deliver major jobs speech in September

How… Unexpected!

RJL on August 17, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Here’s a real life conversation on this:

I-banker: Yeah, well the company wants to go out into the market [with its bond deal] in early September.
Me: Really?
I-banker: I wonder about that, because there isn’t really anything in the next few weeks that might indicate additional stability in the capital markets, so I don’t know how realistic that is…
Me: Well, Obama is going to give a big speech in early September, you know. That will make things better, right?
Entire call: [General laughter.]
Me: I guess that doesn’t even pass the Wall Street Giggle Test, does it?

Doodad Pro on August 17, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Big news: President to deliver major jobs speech in September

He planning on again breaking out the cheapo-deluxe fake Roman columns for this doozy?

pilamaye on August 17, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Here’s a plan Obama could use to get more jobs!
It will allow him to emulate another Great President!
A president with a proven record on Civil rights, Immigration, Federal funding for education, Medicare and Medicaid and Gun control!

All he has to say is

I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.”

DSchoen on August 17, 2011 at 6:02 PM

The shortest speech ever given….”I won”

right2bright on August 17, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Higher taxes, more stimulus, print more money, begin Obamacare 2 years early, mom jeans at Martha’s Vineyard.

Philly on August 17, 2011 at 6:47 PM

and eat your peas.

Philly on August 17, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Love the caption under the photo. Heh.

jdflorida on August 17, 2011 at 8:26 PM

So instead of saying “My plan was scattered somewhere throughout the speeches I gave in the past,” now Obama can say: “My plan will be in the speech I’m going to give in the future.”

Taking non-accountability to a completely new level.

logis on August 17, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Where has he been the last 2 years? Somehow I doubt the Idiot has a plan now.

steveracer on August 17, 2011 at 10:17 PM

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