Obama jobs council releases new recommendations

posted at 4:20 pm on January 17, 2012 by Tina Korbe

If Obama treats the recommendations of his jobs council like he did the deficit-and-debt-reduction recommendations of the Erskine-Bowles debt commission, then this matters not at all. Nevertheless, the ideas his latest council presented are worth considering for their own sake:

Obama’s jobs council is calling for an overhaul of the corporate tax structure, expansion of domestic petroleum drilling and a raft of reforms to federal regulation.

As first reported by Reuters, the new corporate tax rates should sink to “internationally competitive levels,” the report says, as well as an “all-in strategy” to cut reliance on foreign fuels by promoting domestic sources.

This is just the latest in the new stream of GOP-sounding policy proposals coming from the White House this year. Last week the proposal was to streamline the government by consolidating federal agencies.

Not surprisingly, these recommendations resonated with Republicans in the House, who have not merely suggested similar approaches to job creation, but have also passed bills to expand domestic energy production and reduce regulation:

The long-term recommendations, a year in the making, have been met with support from Republicans, particularly the call for significant tax reform and increased domestic oil production. “President Obama’s own panel of experts has endorsed the approach to job creation House Republicans have been pursuing for more than a year,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said.

“American job creators understand that we must ease the regulatory burden on small businesses, foster private-sector innovation, transition to a more competitive tax system, and utilize the vast energy resources we have here at home. Nearly 30 House-passed job bills are awaiting action in the Senate, most of which address the recommendations made today. With American small businesses still suffering from the misguided policies implemented by the president, there is no excuse for these pro-growth bills to collect dust any longer,” Boehner said.

The president today boasted that he hasn’t let the jobs council’s previous recommendations collect dust; he claims he’s implemented at least 16 of the council’s 35 executive action recommendations. You can bet, though, he’ll do little to forward these proposals. He’s already warned that getting congressional action “in an election year” will be difficult (by which he means he hopes Congress won’t take action so as not to spoil his “do-nothing Congress” narrative). The recommendations will serve as a nice talking point for the president’s State of the Union address next week and no doubt Obama will point to the recommendations of “his” jobs council on the campaign trail, but he won’t take more than symbolic action (of the “we can’t wait” unilateral variety) on the most pressing issue the nation faces between now and election day.


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Wonderful. Another council of some type comes out with recommendations which the ONE will conveniently ignore.

Nothing new here, move on.

GCStateConservative on January 17, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Probably wasted a lot of paper to say…. “Uhhh, just pass some of the GOP House bills.”

michaelo on January 17, 2012 at 4:25 PM

They have absolutely no intention whatever of actually doing anything that resembles constitutional governance (or any kind of governance or that matter)…

I am just so sick and tired of actually paying these people for putting on an effing SHOW.

njmax on January 17, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Can anybody point me to that Section of the Constitution which makes job creation a duty or power of any branch of the government?

Here’s how you create jobs … you get the political pigs in perpetuity, and their bureaucracies, the hell out of the way.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 17, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Contessa Brewer wants to know if the committee has a degree in job creation.

BacaDog on January 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Out with the old….In with the NEW !!!

FlaMurph on January 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I guess now it’s up to Harry Reid. :)

Paul-Cincy on January 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

How much money do these commissions cost us, not just directly, but with loss of productivity, meeting space costs, and the dreaded food costs?

jukin3 on January 17, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Every recommendation mentioned in this article has already been proposed by the Republicans, and has been publicly denied, stonewalled or attacked by Obummer and the Dems.
How about a few rhetorical questions:
How long have Tea Party Republicans been calling for “drill here, drill now”?
How many times have Republicans said we need to cut back on government regulations, while Obummer implements more burdensom and costly regulations; and then stated that “regulations create jobs”?
How many proposals have Republicans made to cut tax rates, while the Dems push more class warfare and calls for more “soak the rich”?

dentarthurdent on January 17, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Your brain on excuses, its whats for liberals.

Speakup on January 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I guess now it’s up to Harry Reid. :)

Paul-Cincy on January 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

That’s funny sh!t right there. Hat Tip to you sir.

D-fusit on January 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

The recommendations will serve as a nice talking point for the president’s State of the Union address next week

Not again.

chemman on January 17, 2012 at 4:44 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on January 17, 2012 at 4:29 PM

That is to simple for the Ivy League educated smucks that what to compound theory upon theory while arguing how many regulations can you fit on the head of a pin.

chemman on January 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

He is really amping up this fake move to the center:

1) Proposal to consolidate some agencies.
2) 3 times at church in the last month.
3) Some new centrist-sounding job proposals.

Sounds like someone doesn’t like his poll numbers.

johnboy on January 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Obama’s
” job council”
I believe is a group of millionaires and billionares and corporate jet owners who fund the Obamas,
it is a group let by GE’s Immelt ( who doesn’t like to pay taxes)
and members include
Richard ” the thug” Trumka
Penny ” the Chicago looterss” Pritzker
and
Josheph “hotel workers mafioso” Hansen .
Sure, they know what they are doing !!

burrata on January 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM

They will bring it up right after the election …

tarpon on January 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Obama jobs council

The Obamoxymoron of the day.

stukinIL4now on January 17, 2012 at 5:18 PM

“This is just the latest in the new stream of GOP-sounding policy proposals coming from the White House this year.”

Is there something going on later this year that we don’t know about…?

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Seven Percent Solution on January 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Is there something going on later this year that we don’t know about…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Well there are those Olympics in London ;-)

burrata on January 17, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Yeah, Barry will jump right on those recommendations, just like he quickly approved the mission to get OBL, or expediting the Keystone Pipeline.

GarandFan on January 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

If the GOP were smart (yeah, I know), they’d use this to their advantage.

Syzygy on January 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

BHO is more full of shite than a Christmas goose.

He doesn’t mean a word of what he says.

amadan on January 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM