Early Draft of Obama's Jobs Speech

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    An unofficial early draft of Obama's Jobs Speech, and one that is much more honest than the end product he delivered.

    Members of Congress, honored guests, my fellow Americans:

    Jobs are the No. 1 priority of the American people. Jobs are the No. 1 priority of my administration's rhetoric. Jobs have not been the No. 1 priority of my administration's policies, however. Let me explain why.

    A British statesman—I believe it was Harold Macmillan—was asked what he intended to do if elected prime minister. He answered, roughly, "Deal with matters that arise." That has not been my approach.

    Elections have consequences. We mastered the use of slogans and imagery and won the presidency. Now the power is ours to choose our agenda, and we chose not to be distracted by matters that arise—say, the country's economic crisis. We chose instead to pursue the things that we know should be pursued.

    These things are called shibboleths—badges of identity that signify us as "progressives" and entitle us to a sense of superiority. One is nationalization of health care, an emblem of our "caring."

    One on which we've made less progress is the displacement of fossil fuels in favor of "green energy," at much higher cost. Accompanying this shibboleth are related shibboleths—about "energy independence," about "global warming"—that, like all shibboleths, are impervious to examination.

    Another is union power—labor is good, management is bad. I could go on. These shibboleths are so important that, as you will have seen by now, we will not allow them to be impeded or delayed by matters that merely arise, such as the public's crying need for jobs. So we have blocked drilling for fossil fuels in as many places as possible, protecting Americans from the jobs that would be created.

    So we have sacrificed jobs in order to punish Boeing for building a plant in South Carolina that would employ nonunion workers.

    So we enacted a health-care plan whose unimaginable complexity and cost can only weigh negatively on every private-sector employer.

    I have chosen to pursue this agenda, notwithstanding its untimeliness in the face of matters that have arisen (i.e., the economic crisis), in part because I'm comfortable with it.

    Consider my background. I don't know much about business and, frankly, don't care to. You see, I have a self-reinforcing image of Barack Obama. I am high-minded. Business people are greedy and, somehow, lesser. I stay focused on that.

    Some might say, "Had I known this I never would have voted for you." A) You weren't listening carefully; and B) that was my intention, my art. To conceal—for instance, by dropping one's Gs—is what it means to be an effective left-wing ideologue in America these days.

    I am not anti-business. I get a supreme sense of satisfaction when business leaders approach me and, in a deferential manner, ask for subsidies and regulatory favors that will determine whether their companies succeed or fail. Like solar subsidies. This is the kind of job creation I'm interested in.

    My administration has taken flak because of our "investment" of tax dollars in a solar company that last week filed for bankruptcy. Don't be misled. If such companies were profitable and could survive without subsidies, they would not be fit objects of government charity, nor would their leaders approach me with a deferential mien.

    Their dependency is what makes them loyal constituents, generous with a campaign donation, willing to go on CNBC and praise our policies. You can always count on me for job creation when it means taking money from independent businesses, those that are answering the call of the marketplace, and giving it to dependent businesses, those that are answering the call of government.

    In closing, let us recognize that an election is approaching. The time is upon us when my administration must ratchet up its rhetoric to make it sound like your agenda (jobs, growth) is my agenda.

    Indeed, I will begin tonight by junking the more revealing passages of this draft speech and pretending that I place a higher value on job-creating pragmatism than on my progressive shibboleths.

    This, I hope, will cause you to re-elect me. Thank you for listening.


    Jenkins: Obama's Jobs Speech—an Early Draft - WSJ.com
     
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    This ***Independent*** believes that Obama came out with a reasonable middle ground approach. I have voted for Conservatives since Reagan but they have become so out of touch and so wall streetish that I don't see a candidate in their camp that has any idea what 'common sense' is.
     
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    Perhaps instead of trying to find facts, you should get a clue.
     
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    That was relevant.....
     
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    Other than the Employer Payroll Tax Cut he mentioned there was Nothing new in his Speech, and I am sorry it's not Middle of the Road. It's More spread the Wealth Government spending. Another Round of Rewarding Unions, with some Tax Cuts thrown in to make it look middle of the road.

    The Real catch, He claims it will be paid for, but puts the heavy lifting of paying for it on congress, and suggested they do so by Taxing the Rich, and raising Capital Gains Taxes.

    Sorry that's not Middle of the Road, and it's not Responsible. If Obama had a real plan, that was really paid for, it would include details on what cuts, or Tax Increases were needed to pay for it.

    This was Nothing but show, The President and his Staff came up with a Bill that they know Republicans can not vote for with out Betraying their no new Big spending Bills Promises, That if they do pass lets Obama Doll out Billions in Hand outs, and Contracts to UNION workers who are of course funding his Re-election.

    Total Joke of a President.
     
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    I feel like someone should point out that this isn't so much an "unofficial early draft" as a deliberate fabrication. Everyone realizes this, right? The WSJ writer suggests it was given to him by an "unreliable source", and the comments refer to it as "brilliant satire". It's not real.
     
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    Did you know that gullible isn't in the dictionary?

    Jeebus, get a sense of humor.
     
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    Really? Nahh. Can't be. You're making shit up. I just checked.
     

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