Obamateurism of the Day

Do you ever wonder what the conversation must be like in the Oval Office between a President and his advisers?  In this administration, Barack Obama must be wondering the same thing.  In his remarks last Thursday, Obama expressed amazement that anyone thinks reducing regulation could help create jobs:

“The answer we’re getting right now is: Well, we’re going to roll back all these Obama regulations…Does anybody really think that that is going to create jobs right now and meet the challenges of a global economy?”

Obviously Obama must have missed this three weeks earlier:

The U.S. government must reduce business regulation to spur job growth, said Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive officer of General Electric Co. (GE) and head of President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

“The one thing I hope to get done is to create more jobs,” Immelt said in an interview on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” scheduled for broadcast today. “There’s got to be some simplification of regulations.” …

“We’re big enough companies that we can muscle through regulatory” pressures, he said. “We can comply. We can do the things we need to do.’”

“If you’re a $50 million business, it’s just so much harder,” he said. Seen from his perspective, small business “has all the problems GE has, only on steroids.”

Just imagine what it might be like if Obama actually listened to what some of his advisers had to say.

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