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‘The American Jobs Act Will …’

Posted on | September 8, 2011 | 31 Comments

“. . . never even make it out of committee in the House.”

Let’s be brutally honest, OK? I’m looking through the text of Obama’s speech and seeing all these assertions about what his plan will do:

The American Jobs Act will repair and modernize at least 35,000 schools. It will put people to work right now fixing roofs and windows, installing science labs and high-speed Internet in classrooms all across this country. It will rehabilitate homes and businesses in communities hit hardest by foreclosures. It will jumpstart thousands of transportation projects all across the country. And to make sure the money is properly spent, we’re building on reforms we’ve already put in place. No more earmarks. No more boondoggles. No more bridges to nowhere. We’re cutting the red tape that prevents some of these projects from getting started as quickly as possible. And we’ll set up an independent fund to attract private dollars and issue loans based on two criteria: how badly a construction project is needed and how much good it will do for the economy.

But it won’t do any of those things, because it’s never going to become law. It’s dead on arrival in Congress, so all the hype about his jobs plan was just sound and fury signifying nothing. Like everything else Obama says or does, the Big Speech was a complete waste of time.


UPDATE: Demonstrating that brevity is the sole of wit, Herman Cain’s reaction was exactly six words: “We waited 30 months for this?”


31 Responses to “‘The American Jobs Act Will …’”

  1. nontonite
    September 9th, 2011 @ 2:10 am

    I wonder if it matters whether it gets out of committee or not.  Then, BO can say that the Republicans are holding up his programs again.  And the lapdog media will gladly trumpet that nonsense.

    It’s all about getting re-elected.

  2. Steve in TN
    September 9th, 2011 @ 2:46 am

    According to @RichGalen the bill does not even exist.

  3. Anonymous
    September 9th, 2011 @ 2:48 am

    Jobs right now because everyone knows the best time to remodel schools is at the beginning of the school year.

    I worked in concrete construction for 35 years I’ve never built a bridge let alone repaired one. I don’t know how many construction companies there are/were but I’m sure less than 10% of them build roads and bridges. High way and bridge construction are very heavy equipment intensive. Repairing roads and bridges is very tedious and segmented schedule intense.
    I can’t imagine why Immelt didn’t explain this to him.

  4. JeffS
    September 9th, 2011 @ 2:52 am

    Building a world-class transportation system is part of what made us a
    economic superpower. And now we’re going to sit back and watch China
    build newer airports and faster railroads?

    Transportation construction projects were the mainstay of the so-called “American Reconstruction and Reinvestment Act”, and look how THAT worked. 

    And does O! mean the railroad that is plagued with safety and operational problems?  Uh huh.

    Everyone here knows that small businesses are where most new jobs begin.
    And you know that while corporate profits have come roaring back,
    smaller companies haven’t. So for everyone who speaks so passionately
    about making life easier for “job creators,” this plan is for you.


    My administration can and will take some steps to improve our
    competitiveness on our own. For example, if you’re a small business
    owner who has a contract with the federal government, we’re going to
    make sure you get paid a lot faster than you do right now. (Applause.)
    We’re also planning to cut away the red tape that prevents too many
    rapidly growing startup companies from raising capital and going public.
    And to help responsible homeowners, we’re going to work with federal
    housing agencies to help more people refinance their mortgages at
    interest rates that are now near 4 percent. That’s a step — (applause)
    — I know you guys must be for this, because that’s a step that can put
    more than $2,000 a year in a family’s pocket, and give a lift to an
    economy still burdened by the drop in housing prices.

    Start by kicking every regulator in the EPA out into the street, where they can sell their bodies for food.  Shut down the NLRB.  And stop raiding manufacturers over manufactured issues.

    Cliff Notes version of the speech:

    Pass this bill now.  Blah blah blah.  Pass this bill now.  Blah blah blah…..

    I must admit, I watched the speech with the sound turned off.  I loathe the sound of Obama’s voice.  It’s easier (and safer) for me to read the transcripts.  Watching his lips without sound is soothing, in fact.

    But I really wanted to focus on the audience, and their reactions.  And everything seem…..forced.  No real enthusiasm, aside from the usual sycophants. 

    Hillary never cracked a smile.  Michelle Obama appeared be bored beyond tears, and certainly unassed the AO in an unhurried but most expeditious manner.  Joe Biden seemed to lead the clapping and ovations, but his timing appeared off on occasion.  (Maybe his nap was interrupted by Obama’s voice?)

    When the camera panned the Joint Session, especially during the ovations, not everyone stood up to clap.  Hell, some folks never bothered to clap.  I couldn’t tell which section was D or R (no mingling this time, unlike the last SOTU address), but it appeared that the lack of ovation was somewhat bi-partisan.  Boehner apparently stood only when President Present enter and left the chambers. 

    All in all, it looks like President Zero scored a zero with his Big Speech

  5. JeffS
    September 9th, 2011 @ 2:53 am

    PS: Waxman still looks like a dessicated alien corpse.

  6. Anonymous
    September 9th, 2011 @ 2:57 am

    It doesn’t, the actual plan comes next Monday. If I understand correctly, how to pay for it just got dumped on the “super committee”. The scope and duties of that committee was determined by Congress and sign into “Law” I don’t understand how the president gets to expand or retask that committee.

  7. Anonymous
    September 9th, 2011 @ 3:01 am

    Being dead will create that effect.

  8. Anonymous
    September 9th, 2011 @ 3:06 am

    I missed the speech.  Just two questions.  Did Biden fall asleep?  Did anyone yell out – “You SCOAMF”?

  9. JeffS
    September 9th, 2011 @ 3:12 am

    Naw, Hair Plugs was awake and attentive the entire time.  Then again, he sat next to Boehner right behind President Zero, and was in the camera the majority of the time. 

    Maybe he had a nap just before the speech?

  10. Anonymous
    September 9th, 2011 @ 4:09 am

    Loved Cain’s response to the speech:  “We waited 30 months for this?”

  11. ThePaganTemple
    September 9th, 2011 @ 4:32 am

    He’s just wanting more money funneled to his union goons. He wants to add to the ranks of NEA teachers, for one thing, which is what all this hiring new teachers is all about. Repairing schools is money probably for another union. All this infrastructure spending is actually money to various state bureaucracies operating at a deficit, thanks to the public sector unions draining state coffers dry.

    Same old shit as the last time, and the minute he starts his crap about Republicans refusing to go along, they ought to publicly and loudly accuse him of the graft and corruption that he is attempting here.

    But of course, they won’t do that, will they? Of course not.

  12. Jacob Asplund
    September 9th, 2011 @ 5:09 am

    I think a modified version of Reynolds’ Law applies to everything Obama proposes: Subsidizing the markers of prosperity doesn’t produce the economic incentives that result in that prosperity; it undermines them.

  13. Anonymous
    September 9th, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    No no no there was something new. The constitution is “some rigid idea”.

  14. nicholas
    September 9th, 2011 @ 5:13 am

    What a minute, wait a minute!  He’s titling it The American Jobs Act?  Isn’t there some rule that whatever the title of the act is, the function will be directly opposite?  What’s the track record on that?  Get Smitty to work the numbers, but I’m pretty certain it’s way up there.  

    None of these “It will..” statements are valid.  As JeffS points out down below, the TARP act was essentially the same stuff.  How many broken school windows got fixed?  

    Even if this thing sailed through like the Flying Dutchman, at the end of the day there’s no way we’d end up seeing shovels being handed out.  Barry might get a good laugh or too, but is that really worth the 457 billion?

  15. nicholas
    September 9th, 2011 @ 5:20 am

    Wasn’t the economy and getting people back to work things Barry was thinking about night and day?  If this is what he thought we needed to do for jobs, why is he just now thinking of it?

  16. Anonymous
    September 9th, 2011 @ 10:15 am

     His ugly ass can start the process by listing all the regulations he’s willing to not enforce to get any of this crap to happen in a time frame less than geologic.

  17. Matt Lewis
    September 9th, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    No more boondoggles.

    See, that’s a nonstarter right there.  No self respecting Congress person can pass up an opportunity to put shrimp on a treadmill.

  18. Bob Belvedere
    September 9th, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    Certainly when your dead from the neck up and there’s a big hole in your soul.

  19. McGehee
    September 9th, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    Obama’s jobs plan will be what it has always been: Do whatever he thinks will fool enough people into saving his job.

    But if he puts that on paper and sends it to Capitol Hill it probably won’t get very far.

  20. ThePaganTemple
    September 9th, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    I forgot about that one, thanks for reminding me, After so long you start to tune this asshole out. Just as well, as he’s tuned out the American people when it comes to anything beyond getting their votes. And even there he’s so damn tone deaf he has Jeffrey Immelt and Richard Trumpka sitting with the First Bitch, so what can you say?

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  22. JeffS
    September 9th, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    Spot, AW.  About the only transportation infrastructure work that I can think of that could be done fairly quickly is repaving roads.  And that is fairly specialized work as well. 

    Which is pretty much what happened with ARRA  – I saw a lot of roads get repaved in Washington State, most of them what looked to be 2nd or 3rd priority projects, no more than local arterial roads, some of them fairly remote.

    Big whoop.

  23. ThePaganTemple
    September 9th, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    Hey, who wants to play a game? Who said the following-

    (REDACTED) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech on the economy:

    “Tonight (REDACTED) families heard a political speech from President
    Obama calling for more of the same big spending stimulus proposals and
    job-crushing tax hikes.  It’s been nearly three years, and Washington
    big government liberals have learned nothing from the disastrous results
    of their own failed policies.

    “After two and a half years of defending this Administration, my
    opponent (REDACTED) continues to fail to offer any new ideas other than
    the same tax, borrow and spend policies that have been paralyzing
    job-creating businesses with burdensome regulations and policies
    stunting our economic growth.  The American people deserve a real plan
    of action to create jobs and re-energize this stagnant economy.  We need
    to make America competitive again – not by growing government – but by
    revitalizing our entrepreneurial spirit with proven economic policies.

    “The hard-working men and women of (REDACTED) are looking for
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    our money in the USA!  It’s time to send a message to the rest of the
    world that ‘America is Open for Business Again!’”

    Sounds like the sober-minded thinking kind of person I’d sure be willing to vote for LOL

  24. William_Teach
    September 9th, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    Someone should have yelled out ” can you name a specific school, Chump?”

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    September 9th, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    It’s unfair to expect Obama to know this.  Anyone who walks on water and flies to date nights obviously has little experience with bridges and roads.

  27. richard mcenroe
    September 9th, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    Here in  LA those American Reconstruction Act billboards were all over the freeways.  Roads still suck, traffic’s still a mess and the surface streets still look like the “confidence course” at Ft. Benning…

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