The to-do list: Jobs – it’s in there

During the State of the Union President Obama said he got the message from voters. The economy and jobs were the 2 items all Americans were concerned about and wanted the Government to focus on. President Obama promised to do what the people wanted.

Then President Obama went back to the White House and did what he wanted to do. Health Care Reform. He’s made perhaps a dozen speeches explaining that Health Care Reform, with it’s mandatory cost to every American and increases in taxes, will improve the economy and thus improve the job market. Which somehow seems to still not be what polls or the elections in Massachuesetts, New Jersey and Virginia were about.

Nevertheless, Health Care Reform is again on the final path to approval. Like it or not it has been manuevered to be able to pass in the most partisan display of political philosophy trumping public opinion ever. Assuming that Democrat leadership can cajole, purchase, pressure, or covince other Democrats to vote in line no matter what their constituents believe.

This opens up the White House to enact new legislation on seperate issues. Most might expect President Obama to move on to job creation, or otherwise improving the economy. Just as he promised to do in the State of the Union Address. Perhaps expecting the Administration to tackle failure of programs designed to help the 11 million homeowners in trouble with mortgages (25% of all mortgages). But that would be wrong.

Next on the plate appears to be immigration reform. An issue very important to Hispanic voters and a big reason for their support in the 2008 election. An issue that has remained dormant along with roughly 85% of all the other 515 campaign promises made by President Obama in 2008. But this is an election year, and Democrats need to try to maintain their majority in Congress. Or at least not lose so drastically to enable a supermajority for Republicans.

How will immigration reform, essentially making the 12 million illegal alien criminals (because entering the nation without documentation is still a crime) citizens, improve the economy? Theoretically it will bring in more tax revenue – revenue that has already been spent decades out. Of course it would also mean increasing the number of people available for Government aide, increase the scope and difficulty of enacting the Health Care Reform, require even more Government growth, and encourage future illegal aliens to enter the nation seeking the same kind of deal. Then there is the universal voter registration, which I discussed previously.

The net result is another Bill that should take months to discuss and refine, that is going to instead be pushed forward to votes in the Senate in a month.

But perhaps then the president will be free to address the 9.7% unemployment rate, and the 19.7% underemployment rate that is plauging the nation? Not exactly. The next issue up is the revival of Cap & Trade. A Bill that lives up to the President’s promise of “neccessarilly skyrocketing” energy costs. A Bill that will increase electricity costs by 150% or 300% according to some estimates, not including the passed through costs from energy producers new and higher taxes. Which does not even touch on the thought that any product manufactered in the United States will cost more due to the increased cost of creating the goods and transporting them to consumers. But this issue is important to those that believe, absolutely, in global warming and the need for making America (and America alone) “green”. And it is an election year.

Could America see the President focus on job creation and improving the economy along with helping homeowners after the Cap & Trade Bill? Well considering that the Bill has sat quietly in Congress through half of 2009, probably not. Like Health Care Reform, the votes don’t exist for Cap & Trade. If they did it would have already passed Congress while Democrats maintained the supermajority. Thus it too is an issue that requires months of debate, and more than a few “special” incentives, to even get the Democrat majority to get in line.

If we imagine that President Obama and Congress align all the stars just right, that they make all the “deals” (or bribes and/or earmarks if you prefer) needed and rush headlong into all of the above issues, and then they further pass every version of every Bill before it is written or reviewed by Congress, jobs and the economy are still not in the forefront of the Obama Administration or Congress.

Because there is the mid-term elections to take on. That’s months of fund-raising and dinners with elites in each Party. That’s television commercials artfully championing any positive aspect of a candidate and highlighting every wrong of an opponent – even if either is only a contrived fact. That’s internal debates at Primaries (when and where Party officials were unsuccessful in blocking competition, ie. Senator Gillibrand), followed by external debates between the Parties candidates. Shaking hands and kissing babies takes a lot of time these days.

Thus, it is very likely that based on the current objectives of the Obama Administration and Congress that the Economy and Jobs will not be addressed in any meaningful manner before December 2010, if not January 2011. By that time President Obama will be working on his next State of the Union, where he will promise even more sincerely that he has heard the public’s voice.

Don’t you feel more confident now?

About the Author

Michael Vass
Born in 1968, a political commentator for over a decade. Has traveled the U.S. and lived in Moscow and Tsblisi, A former stockbroker and 2014 Congressional candidate. Passionate about politics with emphasis on 1st and 2nd Amendments.

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