Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on June 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama tried pushing back last week after an awful jobs report — by blaming Republicans for not doing enough to protect public-sector jobs:

“These are teachers and cops and firefighters,” he said. “Congress should pass a bill putting them back to work right now, giving help to the states so that those layoffs are not occurring.”

On the official White House schedule, this briefing was billed as Obama “delivering remarks urging Congress to act on the ‘To Do List.’”

IBD Editorials noted, though, that the “To Do list” has nothing to do with addressing state or local jobs:

The only things on that list are tax incentives for companies to create jobs at home; help for underwater homeowners who want to refinance; some targeted small business tax credits; more money wasted on “green” energy; and a silly new “Veterans Jobs Corps.”

Not that it matters, since Democrats have entirely ignored Obama’s picayune To Do List anyway.

There may be a reason why that issue isn’t on Obama’s “To Do List.” It already appears on his Already-Done List, as IBD points out:

However, on that same White House web page, Obama lists all his amazing job creation accomplishments, with little green check marks to show they’ve been done. Things like “Rescue the auto industry” and “Sign 18 tax cuts to help small businesses.”

And right there on that list are these: “Keep 400,000 teachers in the classroom” and “Keep police officers, firefighters and other first responders on the job.”

So, help us out here. If Obama’s already saved these jobs, why is he saying state and local governments are cutting them and putting the economy at risk?

Because Obama’s stimulus package only kicked the underlying issues of the size and costs of state and local governments down the road temporarily.  He didn’t “save” those jobs at all — he just “rented” them.  And now he wants more money from Congress to temporarily rent them again, and keep the states and localities from making the long term budgeting decisions that are now three years past due.

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Saviors gotta save.

NeighborhoodCatLady on June 18, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Republicans have also not offered any useful tips on how to improve the president’s golf game. Gee wiz.

KCsecurity1976 on June 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

the rent is too dang high

cmsinaz on June 18, 2012 at 8:05 AM

He didn’t “save” those jobs at all — he just “rented” them.

heh.

ted c on June 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM

this economy is getting driven like its a rental car.

ted c on June 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

I am sensing ‘panic’ from The Won…

More popcorn, please…

Khun Joe on June 18, 2012 at 8:09 AM

If memory serves, lil’ choomie (queen of the backnine) was discussing jobs in the private sector when he mentioned teachers, cops and firefighters.

How does further “renting” (nice one, btw) of PUBLIC sector employees do a dang thing for PRIVATE sector employment?

Gads, this idiot is just mindlessly reading this nonsense.

Oh, wait- that’s ll the failure ever did. Never mind.

GrassMudHorsey on June 18, 2012 at 8:09 AM

ted c on June 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

lol

cmsinaz on June 18, 2012 at 8:10 AM

And right there on that list are these: “Keep 400,000 teachers in the classroom” and “Keep police officers, firefighters and other first responders on the job.”

Regardless of the fact that one of the areas clearly not in the federal government’s swim lane is hiring teachers, police officers, or firefighters.

Happy Nomad on June 18, 2012 at 8:12 AM

We should be so lucky that government was composed only of firefighters and cops. Why do the lefascists always neglect to scream “We need to put IRS clerks and congressional-cafeteria dishwashers back to work!”

Bishop on June 18, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I can feel some Barky passive aggressive BS on the way.

“Hey, give me some stimulus. You know, it’d be a real shame if your house burned down because all the firemen in America were fired. And it’d be a shame if you got mugged while running out of your burning house because there are no cops left.”

CorporatePiggy on June 18, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Apologies in advance to all the cops, firefighters, and teachers out there, but I’m getting kind of tired of hearing about them, as if they have the only jobs in the country that matter. What about all the medical professionals whose jobs hang in the balance of that God awful healthcare leviathon? There are thousands of us who will be hung out to dry as tests, therapies, surgeries will be regulated, decreasing the need for the professionals who administer them.

waterytart on June 18, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Rerun? Wasn’t he on the TV show Good Times? Makes sense.

While Rerun and Moochelle are enjoying their good times partying in the WH, golfing, fundraising, and vacationing, we’re treated to finger-pointing and blaming of the European headwinds, tsunamis, obstructionist Republicans, blah, blah.

I’ve seen this one too many times. It has been in syndication since day one.

Too bad we can’t change the channel sooner than November 6th – though it will be a much anticipated birthday present for me.

VibrioCocci on June 18, 2012 at 8:15 AM

In Obama’s world, if I pay my son to cut the grass I’ve created a job and should pay the government something for the privilege of being a job creator (and give him all the credit).

So when the grass needs cutting in a week or two and I pay my son to cut it, is that a job created…or saved?

CitizenEgg on June 18, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Why do the lefascists always neglect to scream “We need to put IRS clerks and congressional-cafeteria dishwashers back to work!”

Bishop on June 18, 2012 at 8:12 AM

For the same reason our enemies claim that American drones only hit orphanages and hospitals. If you want to increase the size of government you threaten cuts in places that people care about, not the clerks.

Happy Nomad on June 18, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Rerun? Wasn’t he on the TV show Good Times?

The show was What’s Happening!

Happy Nomad on June 18, 2012 at 8:19 AM

And now he wants more money from Congress to temporarily rent them again, and keep the states and localities from making the long term budgeting decisions that are now three years past due.

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This trick also provides Axelrude another opportunity to sandbag Republican governors by mentioning “Federal bailouts for state and local governments” whenever appropriate or whenever the LSM can engineer a Sunday morning confab confrontation between a Republican governor and Axelrude. Believe me, that’s part of the MO of this administration – make the states look weak, needy and indebted to the Federal government.

ExpressoBold on June 18, 2012 at 8:20 AM

He didn’t “save” those jobs at all — he just “rented” them. And now he wants more money from Congress to temporarily rent them again,

Yes, but the good news is this time he only needs to rent them for a few months (until November 7th). After that, he won’t care about anything but scheduling his next round of golf.

It’s all about the O.

AZCoyote on June 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

In Obama’s world, if I pay my son to cut the grass I’ve created a job and should pay the government something for the privilege of being a job creator (and give him all the credit).

In Obama’s world, the only thing that matters is he, himself, and……………CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!

pilamaye on June 18, 2012 at 8:26 AM

He wants to rent them again because he needs more campaign contributions from the unions and the only way to do that is to rent more teachers and cops.

flytier on June 18, 2012 at 8:33 AM

And right there on that list are these: “Keep 400,000 teachers in the classroom” and “Keep police officers, firefighters and other first responders on the job.”

Help me out with this.

When a guy makes a statement like this, the automatic implication is that opposition to this plan is rooted in a desire to see education fail and kids suffer, neighborhood security to suffer and fires or car accidents go unattended. How does one counter this type of argumentation?

ted c on June 18, 2012 at 8:33 AM

This incorrect and absurd terminology of calling these Public Sector Servants “employees” really steams my mussels. They only provide some minimal level of service to the tax paying private sector (a lot of the time, no real service provided), in which they should be subject to regular private sector employment rules.

Termination at will. That’s the way I have been treated, and I’m sure most of the posters here.

electricfunksandwich on June 18, 2012 at 8:33 AM

The majority of firefighters in the country are volunteers so….

docflash on June 18, 2012 at 8:35 AM

When is this president not trying to deceive people?

forest on June 18, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I am always amazed that, in these days of cameras/microphones/videos/webpages everywhere* – politicians still think that they can say wildly conflicting things and nobody** will notice.

* except certain Obama fundraisers
** viewers of ABC/NBC/CBS/CNN/MSNBC

revwillie on June 18, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Why should any public servants, especially teachers, firefighters, and police have such an unbelievably generous retirement package that is NOT MATCHED, as far as I can see in private enterprise. Why do I have to pay your pension for the rest of YOUR life?

Public sector unions need to be immediately dissolved.

electricfunksandwich on June 18, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Citizen egg
nice , but it would be job saved til spring, then job created

angrymike on June 18, 2012 at 8:36 AM

And now he wants more money from Congress to temporarily rent them again, and keep the states and localities from making the long term budgeting decisions that are now three years past due.

What he needs is a crisis, and Jerry Brown’s just the person to create one. Too bad it will come after Obama’s loss. The state of California will be asking for more Fed dollars, (your tax payments), to balance their budget. Since the “king of liberal lunacy” won’t reform the public pension programs—and he won’t get his tax increase—the only alternative is to turn to Congress for mo’ money. Brown’s been “renting” out the CA debt load for over two years now. Next up, CA IOU’s

Rovin on June 18, 2012 at 8:38 AM

The majority of firefighters in the country are volunteers so….

Understood, but in many townships and cities, they are city workers. Consequently, these are public union workers in which I have no say in how my money will be spent on their salaries and future pensions.

That is the problem. They are not accountable to me or you.

electricfunksandwich on June 18, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Citizen Egg at 8:17am, the kid cutting the grass would count as a ‘green’ job and it would count as created this week and saved the next week, thus causing the unemployment rate to be unexpectedly lowered.

Kissmygrits on June 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM

In Obama’s world, if I pay my son to cut the grass I’ve created a job and should pay the government something for the privilege of being a job creator (and give him all the credit).

So when the grass needs cutting in a week or two and I pay my son to cut it, is that a job created…or saved?

CitizenEgg on June 18, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Both. But better still, when you hire him to cut the grass again after two more weeks, it will be another job created/saved!

bofh on June 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM

My mom and dad heard me say “cop” once. I had a lengthy sit-down with them about how disrespectful saying “cop” was to a police officer.

To hear/read our Commander in Chief referring to public peace officers as “cops” twists my spine. Who writes this crap?

Sinatra_98 on June 18, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I ain’t no economist, but wouldn’t a state need to create 50 private sector jobs just to pay the salary and bennies for a newly hired public sector worker?

Cause all them public sector workers get paid out of tax dollars from the working class and all that . . .

BigAlSouth on June 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Re. presidents & bad economies:

In a fascinating foretaste of things to come, at the end of this 1994 video, the man who is now Obama’s chief strategist jokingly said about bashing (GHW) Bush, “It’s the only thing we have left!”

Yes it is.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/​06/13/​flashback-axelrod-called-bush-%​E2%80%98out-of-touch%E2%80%99-​for-playing-golf-in-bad-econom​y/

itsnotaboutme on June 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

…pivot…pivot…pivot…pivot…pivot…pivot…pivot…divot…FOREward!

KOOLAID2 on June 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Regarding presidents & bad economies:

In a fascinating foretaste of things to come, at the end of this 1994 video, the man who is now Obama’s chief strategist jokingly said about bashing (GHW) Bush, “It’s the only thing we have left!”

Yes it is.

Link fixed:

http://dailycaller.com/2012/06/13/flashback-axelrod-called-bush-%E2%80%98out-of-touch%E2%80%99-for-playing-golf-in-bad-economy/

itsnotaboutme on June 18, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Help me out with this.

When a guy makes a statement like this, the automatic implication is that opposition to this plan is rooted in a desire to see education fail and kids suffer, neighborhood security to suffer and fires or car accidents go unattended. How does one counter this type of argumentation?

ted c on June 18, 2012 at 8:33 AM

It’s fear mongering. It’s an empty threat. Teachers, fire fighters and police officers are hired and mostly funded locally. Local boards levy taxes and decide what they can afford.

When the federal government gets overly involved in local issues, it throws off the natural ability to pay for these services. It temporarily allows local government to live beyond their means, to hire more people than they can afford. It gives the federal government leverage to influence local policies, rules and regulations.

Local districts become dependent on federal monies to keep up the unnatural level of services to which they have become accustomed. Obama believes more is always better when it comes to public sector unions, who, of course, funnel money back to the DNC.

Fallon on June 18, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Republicans have also not offered any useful tips on how to improve the president’s golf game. Gee wiz.

KCsecurity1976 on June 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

And they are being RAAAAAAACIST because they won’t help dear leader improve his game.

Mini-14 on June 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

And right there on that list are these: “Keep 400,000 teachers in the classroom” and “Keep police officers, firefighters and other first responders on the job.”

Mr. President is a drama queen. He says these things knowing full well they’re not true, but if’s intended to let voters know that NOT ONLY do Republicans want to roll your granny’s wheelchair down a cliff, they ALSO don’t want to hire enough police to keep you safe or enough firefighters to keep your home from burning to the ground, or enough teachers to educate your children. In other words, he’s a liar.

scalleywag on June 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM

He didn’t “save” those jobs at all — he just “rented” them. And now he wants more money from Congress to temporarily rent them again, and keep the states and localities from making the long term budgeting decisions that are now three years past due.

rent
Noun:

1. A tenant’s regular payment to a landlord for the use of property or land.
2. A large tear in a piece of fabric.

Obama has accomplished meaning #2.

landlines on June 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

It would sure be refreshing to have a president that actually told the truth. Even Clinton can’t keep up with the Liar-In-Chief.

Christian Conservative on June 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

“These are teachers and cops and firefighters,” he said. “Congress should pass a bill putting them back to work right now, giving help to the states so that those layoffs are not occurring.”

Then there’s the Scott Walker method…make the teachers and cops and firefighters contribute a modest amount to their health insurance, like other people do, and let them decide whether or not they pay union dues. The smart ones drop the union dues to pay for their health insurance, and don’t lose anything, and it becomes cheaper for municipal governments to hire more teachers, cops, and firefighters. Without any help from Obama or Congress.

White House To-Do List:

1. Fire Barack Obama

Rest of Country To-do List:

Elect 49 more Governors like Scott Walker.

Steve Z on June 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Only in a liberals mind is there just three career choices: police firefighters and teachers.

They fail to mention the root cause of overspending which is liberal politicians.

dthorny on June 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I’ve got something for the jug-eared-idiot “To Do”.

Don’t know if he’s limber enough though.

Tim_CA on June 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM

At the top of Obama’s “to do list” is to finish turning America into socialist Europe.

jqc1970 on June 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

So, help us out here. If Obama’s already saved these jobs, why is he saying state and local governments are cutting them and putting the economy at risk?

That doesn’t matter. What really, really matters is that Hollywood loves him. The economy can wait…

/s

TN Mom on June 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Obama is a destructive ignoramus.

Teachers, firefighters and policemen jobs are not hired to fill boxes, but rather as demand necessitates.

Who voted for such an idiot?

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

In Obama’s world, if I pay my son to cut the grass I’ve created a job and should pay the government something for the privilege of being a job creator (and give him all the credit).

So when the grass needs cutting in a week or two and I pay my son to cut it, is that a job created…or saved?

CitizenEgg on June 18, 2012 at 8:17 AM

It’s both. And it’s also a green job, no matter how much gas or electricity is used for the lawnmower and edge trimmer.

Freelancer on June 18, 2012 at 9:11 PM