Something funny isn't going on

President's 'shovel-ready' remark is a slap at jobless Americans

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Our president may be lauded occasionally for his oratory, but Barack Obama's moribund stand-up comedy is funny as a crutch.

How dare President Obama make a joke out of joblessness.

There he was in Durham, N.C., this week, where members of his Jobs Competitiveness Council told him that government red tape and byzantine permitting procedures were holding up construction projects that his administration famously -- now perhaps infamously -- referred to as "shovel-ready jobs."

In response to this sad news, Obama uncorked this little nugget of flippancy: "Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected," he quipped to laughing subordinates.

What an utter disgrace for a president to joke about a crucial policy failure on jobs when legions of his citizens are out of work.

These jobs were a key selling point in the Obama administration's snake-oil sales campaign for its $830 billion stimulus package in 2009.

The whole point of these "shovel-ready" projects is that planning would be complete, approvals would be secured and the jobs could commence immediately after funding is allocated.

Now, to America's detriment, we know differently. But back then, it appears the only people who were "shovel-ready" were Obama's cheerleaders, eager to shovel out lies to the public to push the president's flawed policies through Congress.

The president even admitted it last year. In October, Obama told New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker that "there's no such thing as shovel-ready projects."

The very projects on which the bulk of the stimulus bill was predicated -- and they didn't even exist. In response, the rest of the mainstream media merely yawned.

Would the media have allowed George W. Bush to get away with such a blatant lie? They certainly didn't mind holding his feet to the fire when times were comparatively much better.

Unemployment under Bush was just over 5 percent in mid-2004, a little more than half of what it is now under Obama. Yet here was how Dan Rather accusingly led off his Oct. 8, 2004, CBS newscast: "Tonight, where are the jobs? "

If hypocrisy were gold, the media could solve Obama's government debt problems overnight. America's jobless rate is at its highest in a quarter-century. Where are journalism's talking heads demanding of Obama, "Where are the jobs?"

And where is Obama's sense of perspective? What kind of president would laugh off such an abject failure of his economic philosophy that has imperiled millions of American families?

Certainly not the kind of president you could even think about re-electing.

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DanK
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DanK 06/17/11 - 01:16 am
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Unemployment is a stubborn

Unemployment is a stubborn problem. But let's get one thing straight. The Republican emphasis on deep budget cuts will not produce a single job. Just as the unending transfer of wealth to the corporations and rich over the past decade has not produced more jobs. Not at home, anyway. American corporations slashed 2.9 million jobs in the U.S. this decade, despite the tax cuts, sweetheart handouts and incentives that both the Bush and Obama administrations doled out. And you know what? Those very same corporations hired 2.4 million new workers in other countries. Yep. They created jobs alright. They created them elsewhere. Meanwhile, back home, GE paid zero taxes and the GE CEO paid zero taxes. The average rich person paid 27% income tax. Right. While most of us paid a much higher percentage of our income to the government.

The Republican plan of cut-cut-cut will not create one new job in the U.S. More tax cuts and sweetheart deals for corporations and the rich will not create jobs at home either.

Obama is a right-centrist economically. His economic policies are no different from those of Bush or Reagan. I'm not happy with the economic policies of this administration either. But it is because they are the same as the economics of the Republicans.

Point to one Republican who has a plan for creating jobs in the U.S. They don't have one. All they have is the tired misconception that by kissing the fat fannies of corporations and the rich, jobs will automagically appear. Well, it ain't gonna happen.

Invest in education. Invest in research. Invest in health care. Employ people teaching, doing research, making our people healthier, smarter, richer. They will buy products. It is THEY who drive this economy -- the consumers. Employ them now, creating jobs, and the investment in them will pay off down the road in more jobs and a more employable populace as well.

Get out these stupid wars and redirect the money to our homeland. Where is one politician who will stand up for Americans and denounce the stupidity of Reaganomics, and put Americans back to work? Not Republicans. Not tea partiers. Apparently not Democrats either. It is shameful, and it is destroying our country.

And AC, if you had half a brain and the guts to speak honestly, you would be criticizing the Republicans and the tea partiers just as vigorously as you have the Obama administration. Instead, you are just a blind mouthpiece, regurgitating the propaganda that the right wing extremists churn out for the media. Shame on you too.

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Jon Lester 06/17/11 - 02:01 am
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Right on, DanK. Like Thom
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Right on, DanK. Like Thom Hartmann frequently says, $1 million spent on a school or some other infrastructure investment produces results over the long term. The same money spent on a missile or a bomb literally goes up in smoke upon first use, and the only return is whatever some local can get for scrap value of the fragments.

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Techfan 06/17/11 - 04:05 am
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Actually, the top 400

Actually, the top 400 taxpayers (avg income $270.5 million) averaged paying just 18.1% in 2008 (the latest year data is available). The top Republicans have admitted their number 1 priority is to defeat Obama, not create jobs. If they can keep the economy tanked until Nov 2012, they feel it's their best chance.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 06/17/11 - 05:24 am
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tech-fan--the opposition

tech-fan--the opposition party always wants to replace the party in power..you can not create private sector jobs with high taxes and excessive regulations. the stimulus plan was a transfer of wealth from the private sector to govt employess. it did absoluetly no good as it was intended to because it was a big govt handout to govt. employess. dank.. your rantings are bizarre to compare obumler with reagan..and what part of broke confuses you..if we dont cut.. our country goes like greece and everyone in it..if the FED keeps printing money to buy our bonds our currency will be useless..stable and fair tax coupled with fair regulations is what we need..not more big govt..taking water out of one end of the pool and putting in the other end does not raise the water level..especially with a bucket full of holes..that in a nut shell is the obama economic plan..

copperhead
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copperhead 06/17/11 - 05:43 am
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Would ONE hussein worshipper

Would ONE hussein worshipper please defend "shovel-ready jobs" ? Don't go off on a tangent just explain the "shovel-ready jobs" there is no such thing flip-flop.

copperhead
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copperhead 06/17/11 - 06:16 am
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Just as i suspected!

Just as i suspected!

mtxbass1
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mtxbass1 06/17/11 - 07:17 am
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I'm waiting on the next

I'm waiting on the next Chronicle editorial that bashes Mitt Romney for his latest comments to unemployed people about how he himself is "unemployed." When should I expect that?

Techfan
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Techfan 06/17/11 - 07:31 am
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Also Mitt's comment that

Also Mitt's comment that federal disaster relief is "immoral".

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/17/11 - 07:55 am
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Obama is a regular Henny

Obama is a regular Henny Youngman. One rimshot after another. Badum-ching!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/17/11 - 07:59 am
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The idea that these evil

The idea that these evil corporations are getting over on the government is that of the black helicopter crowd looking up into the sky. Corporations are people banded together to invest THEIR money. It is a legal entity. These people, individual investors, have already paid taxes on THEIR money, yet, the corporation (the people) will once again pay taxes on THEIR money.

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justthefacts 06/17/11 - 07:59 am
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I too, look forward to the

I too, look forward to the AC's editorial praising Mitt's common sense comment on the waste of the money spent on disaster relief. Katrina is the poster child for how the feds react to disasters.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/17/11 - 08:07 am
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Justthefacts, we will get the

Justthefacts, we will get the Chronicle to write something criticizing Romney if you can get Chris Matthews to stop spitting on the camera when Michelle Bachman is interviewed.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/17/11 - 08:09 am
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River, perhaps you misread my

River, perhaps you misread my comment.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/17/11 - 08:12 am
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Justthefacts...ha...I did.

Justthefacts...ha...I did. Sorry. You are apparently on the good side.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/17/11 - 08:24 am
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"good side", that is surely a

"good side", that is surely a matter of perspective :)

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kmb413 06/17/11 - 08:54 am
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How about the disaster relief

How about the disaster relief for the flooding in the mid-west?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/17/11 - 09:16 am
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How about it?

How about it?

faithson
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faithson 06/17/11 - 10:28 am
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830 billion dollar

830 billion dollar stimulus... 580 billion the repubs AGREED TO. It was the 350 billion more the demo's wanted that caused the commotion. PLEASE get off your soap box's on the stimulus. When you compare apples to apples the last administration was just as bad if not worse than the present one. If you want to complain please do so in the context of the whole putrid process that got us HERE.

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faithson 06/17/11 - 10:36 am
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Also; could some competent

Also; could some competent rational republican please explain to me how a new republican administration can 'create' the DEMAND needed in this economy. For the life of me, I cannot see how the government can help create 'DEMAND', an economic force that the 'credit' frenzy of yesteryear kept 'feigned' to policy makers.

copperhead
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copperhead 06/17/11 - 10:50 am
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STILL no hussein worshipper

STILL no hussein worshipper defending his lie about "shovel-ready jobs"????

copperhead
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copperhead 06/17/11 - 10:57 am
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FACTS? WE DON'T NEED NO

FACTS? WE DON'T NEED NO STINKING FACTS!!

copperhead
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copperhead 06/17/11 - 11:00 am
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Will no obama bin laden

Will no obama bin laden worshipper say how proud you are of all his lies and backroom dealings?

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12barblues 06/17/11 - 11:30 am
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"Unemployment under Bush was

"Unemployment under Bush was just over 5 percent in mid-2004"

The Chronicle fails to mention the umemployment rate jumped to over 9% in late 2008. Who's fault was that?? Here's a fact from the latest issue of Time - "From 2000 to 2007, the U.S. saw its weakest period of job creation since the Great Depression". That's what the Bush tax cuts did for us.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2076568,00.html#ixzz1POwJ...

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 06/17/11 - 11:53 am
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demand that grows the economy

demand that grows the economy is created by having extra dollars after your expenses are paid.. buisness call it profit..for the individual family it can be called disposal income...extra dollars after the necessary bills are paid..while the govt cant create demand per say...like an indvidual mandates to buy a product..unlawful obama care will fall on this but I digresss. the govt can thru tax code, regulations rhetoric and laws create an enviroment for an economy to flourish..when a business or an individual feels that things are going right they will invest..business may upgrade hire more etc..an individual may buy a new car take a longer vacation etc..all creating demand ...o'mbumler has stifled demand by excessive regulation taxes class warfare etcc. and they live like royality in the white house with extra parties trips etc..no compassion or true feelings for the average joe..no one feels like we are heading in the right direction..a leader that puts forward a can do attitude gives relief to buisiness and individuals thru tax relief and better regulations will help a lot.. boeing is a classic example how govt can create uncertainity and stifle good jobs that were to be added to SC economy but challenged by whom.. a govt agency..this creates uncertainity ..

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mtxbass1 06/17/11 - 12:51 pm
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nofanofobama. I personally

nofanofobama. I personally am also no fan of Obama, but please, try to get SOME of the facts straight.

The US has the lowest tax burden of any OECD nation. This has done nothing to spur job growth. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/are-taxes-in-the-u-s-high-o...

Which "excessive regulation" are you referring to specifically? Dodd-Frank? Give me a break. Both sides of the isle worked hard to get anything of value removed there. Regulators have missed EVERY SINGLE ONE of the deadlines that congress set. http://www.davispolk.com/files/uploads/FIG/050211_ProgressReport.pdf

No one feels like we are heading in the right direction. I will give you that and I agree with it. Very few however seem to have a plan to change any of this, or if they do, they are too afraid to stand up for it because it might affect their chances at getting reelected. Those that do speak up are ridiculed by their own parties on both the left and the right.

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socks99 06/17/11 - 12:37 pm
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Dank gets it almost right at

Dank gets it almost right at several points in his otherwise convincing spiel, but he's wrong to criticize attempts to see that government spending is effective.

His criticism of the corporate tax rate and the outsourcing of jobs ignores the reality that politicians of both parties have supported these things. In the bigger picture, U.S. economic policy has been turned-over to globalists who've competed in a race to the bottom in corporate tax rates, and real wages for workers. Granted, the internationalization of finance and an open-door policy towards foreign capital have given the U.S. great access to foreign capital. But is the U.S. better off if that capital is invested in a housing bubble or even in one of Obama's shovel-ready projects? Such policy miscues misallocated valuable capital, created great debts, outsourced American manufacturing jobs, and now threatens confidence in governments at home and abroad.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 06/17/11 - 01:16 pm
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mtx*** you got to be

mtx*** you got to be kidding***please read carefully **i mentioned nothing specfic..if you dont agree with the general thesis that fine..but dont say get some of your fact right..it wasnt intended to be a fact by fact post..however tax policy regulations, rhetoric, class warfare, lead to the decline of our economy..my facts would be based on my experts if i choose to do a post with that intent our experts would probably disagree...then you and i could argue about facts.....but by your answer i dont believe you are no fan of obama...its pretty obvious what he has done to our economy..

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