As expected, Gov. Rick Perry has introduced a high level of energy into the field of Republican candidates hoping to oppose President Barack Obama in 2012. Perry has zoomed to the top in various polls, and fellow frontrunner Gov. Mitt Romney isn’t the only one to take note.
Obama is apparently wary of Perry’s momentum. That could be a factor in the president’s request to US Speaker of the House John Boehner and his counterpart in the US Senate to permit Obama to address a joint session of Congress. Obama wants to deliver his jobs proposal on the same evening a GOP debate will be held—September 7.
Perhaps being on the campaign trail has jarred Obama although he took a vacation before storms hit the East coast. The president is, in fact, sounding a little like his former challenger Sen. John McCain.
Obama is now promoting the idea of putting country above party, something he and his fellow progressives have, frankly speaking, doggedly refused to do even once.
In 2008, McCain often brought up the concept of ‘Country First.’ Few may remember another spot on assessment McCain made during the debates ahead of the 2008 general election. At one point, McCain addressed Obama as “Senator Government.” That was viewed as a slip by McCain, but it has proven true as Obama’s time in the Oval Office has progressed.
It is somewhat ironic that Obama would press anyone about his jobs plan, because his administration has been anything but friendly to those who create jobs. Here are a few of the many assaults on jobs:
- The Lilly Ledbetter Act permitting lawsuits going back to—well, whenever—over the issue of equal pay for women.
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—Popularly called ObamaCare, this bill not only contains tax increases and cuts to seniors who pay for Medicare Advantage. PPACA, confirmed the director of the Congressional Budget Office, will eliminate 800,000 US jobs.
- Obama’s National Labor Relations Council is strong arming Boeing in an effort to increase jobs in a forced unionism state and delete them in a right to work state.
- Federal law enforcement officials’ raid on Gibson Guitars—Gibson created about 580 new jobs over the last two years in a down economy. At stake: questions about wood Gibson acquired.
- Obama’s Occupational Health and Safety bureaucrats will now charge and penalize employers whose employees choose to text while driving if this occurs during work hours.
- Obama, said one business owner, shut down the Gulf ‘in a single day,’ penalizing companies in the offshore drilling industry for another nation’s faulty practices.
Considering the disaster progressives have made of an already troubled economy, it comes as no surprise Obama would attempt to detract attention from his challengers’ debate. Hopefully Boehner will remind the president he had ample time to talk to Congress but chose instead to campaign and vacation.
It’s doubtful Americans would be riveted to the TV to hear Obama speak about jobs anyway. Most have heard the familiar routine many times and his oratory has become so familiar no one takes it seriously anymore except the loyal progressives whose vote he can count on despite a record of failure.
At the moment, despite Obama’s spending hundreds of billions of dollars on his Stimulus program, the only thing “shovel ready” about that expensive boondoggle is the pile of political rhetoric steaming amid record debt.