September 6, 2011 Leave a comment
President Obama held a rally with labor leaders yesterday in Detroit. Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa Jr. was Obama’s warmup act. He declared:
We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner. It’s going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We’re going to win that war.
President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.
Predictably the White House has no comment about Hoffa’s speech, which was given in front of Obama who said nothing about it during his 25 minute address. On one hand Hoffa’s comments are a very clear indication of how the leadership of the unions view politics. They and the extreme left really do view things as a war and they have little to no problem with violence. On the other hand Hoffa’s comments are almost laughably ridiculous. He apparently thinks this is the 1930′s where unions can get away with violent rhetoric because the public supports them and supports the left-wing pols they endorse. Polling indicates Obama has never had the rank and file union members, and has them even less so now.
While Hoffa’s comments are sure to be a hit on right-wing talk radio and blog roll today, it’s President Obama’s comments that are more interesting. Obama hinted at what will be in his big jobs speech on Thursday. It sounds like a good portion of the speech will be a proposal to spend more money in infrastructure. This includes an infrastructure bank, which would supposedly include the private and public sector.
In other words, if Obama’s Detroit speech is any indication of what his jobs speech will be he’s calling for Stimulus II. You’ll recall that Obama’s biggest argument for the Stimulus was all the “shovel ready” jobs that it would fund. Two years later Obama admitted that “shovel ready” didn’t mean right away. The Stimulus package did little, if anything to employ the American workforce. It was little more than a payoff for unions at the expense of taxpayers. Most of the “shovel ready” jobs already existed and they came at costs of over $250,000 per job.
So now it appears Obama is ready to offer Stimulus II. He’s learned nothing from the failure of Stimulus I. The President is devoid of new ideas, he’s clearly ready to retread a failed policy. People need to go to work now. There aren’t any shovel ready jobs that are being hoarded away for lack of funding. The fact of the matter is that when government spends on infrastructure, it takes two to three years before actual construction jobs are created. Stimulus II will create few if any jobs, but the jobs that it does create will happen during the next administration, not in the next year.
Last week the Weekly Standard declared Obama was President Zero. Zero jobs, zero ideas. That’s looking like an accurate statement. Job growth was zero in August and in September the President appears ready to show us he has zero new ideas. While Jimmy Hoffa Jr. will get all the headlines today for his ridiculous, violent rhetoric in Detroit, the President’s Detroit speech is far more important. It shows us that we have a President who doesn’t know what he’s doing and is unable to come up with any new ideas. His jobs speech is headed towards disaster.