Gary is an author, trial lawyer, Mequon-area resident and town of Cedarburg supervisor. He is a columnist for the News Graphic and writes for several Wisconsin area magazines and is a national columnist with The American Thinker and PJ Media. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and has three sons ages 18 to 28. Gary won Ozaukee County in his bid for the Wisconsin Assembly's 60th District in 2011, but came up just 58 votes short.
Never in the history of America has a president talked more about creating jobs and done less to actually create them. If speeches could put people to work America would have the lowest unemployment on the planet. Unfortunately, unemployment continues to rise as a president challenging Herbert Hoover's place as the greatest job terminator in U.S. history continues to read from the teleprompter. Instead of looking at his own job-destroying policies – a failed stimulus, mounting debt, repeatedly raising the minimum wage, Dodd-Frank, the socialized health care debacle, or his continual class-warfare rhetoric - President Obama continues to blame our downward employment spiral on a laundry list of things, including bad luck, the Arab Spring, ATMs, the internet, and even the weather. When will he realize that socialism brings bad luck to everybody?
In his 2009 Inaugural Address the president of hope and change spoke to his swooning minions and promised, "The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth." That was nearly three years ago and the unemployment rate was 7.2% and gas was $1.79 a gallon. Nearly 1000 speeches later the unemployment has spiked past 10%, gas is nearly $4.00 per gallon, and over 13 million more people are on food stamps. We tried to warn the swooning masses of hypnotized Bush-haters that the 44th president of the United States was all hat and no cattle. Now they know.
Obama has spent the majority of the 1000+ speeches he has given trying to convince America that he knows what to do to help the private sector create new jobs in the face of spiraling deficits and debt, and that he is doing it. But few are buying it – least of all the engine of employment, small business owners. In April of 2009, at a Georgetown University speech given even as retail sales "unexpectedly" decreased by 1.1%, the president claimed there were "flickering signs of improvement." His plan for jobs back then included singing the praises of the largest recovery plan in U.S. history. He called it "a plan that was already in the process of saving or creating 3.5 million jobs over the next two years."
Who can forget the infamous "Jobs Summit" in December of 2009, a week after unemployment hit 10.2%? He encouraged a bunch of his pals and community organizers to "bring their A-game" and to come up with "fresh perspectives" and "new ideas." They talked and talked. Obama said he was looking for "specific recommendations" that could be implemented to spur job growth "as quickly as possible." Missing from the list of attendees were the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, small business owners, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses – critics of Obama's policies. In his closing remarks, Obama said, "We want to make sure we get in as much discussion as possible." There was plenty of talking, but the jobs summit soon went away and nothing ever came of those specific recommendations.
A few months later, despite mocking "blue-ribbon panels and commissions" during his 2008 campaign, the president assembled a "Blue Ribbon Panel" to determine the cause of our debt, deficit, and unemployment – something it appears only the president and Democrats in Congress don't understand. Nothing came of it.
In late 2009, the Washington Post reported on President Obama's "renewed focus on jobs" and for the third time in six days, Obama gave a speech which was supposed to outline new ideas to create jobs. Once again, the speech mainly touted the $787 billion economic stimulus packed passed earlier that year and also recommended that Congress pass a side-splitting "cash for caulkers" plan that would offer financial incentives for home weatherization and called on Congress to again extend unemployment benefits. One might have expected his next suggestion to be putting more air in our tires again.
The following month, we were told that President Obama was planning to put a "heavy focus" on jobs and that he was now going to "redouble" his efforts. In January of 2010, the president gave the State of the Union Address, announced that he was going to "make job growth his topmost priority", and urged Congress to boost the economy with a new burst of stimulus spending. "Change has not come fast enough," he admitted, as he urged Congress to move forward with his job-killing trillion dollar health care overhaul.
In March of 2010, with unemployment at 9.7%, Obama signed into law an economically-flawed and unconstitutional $15 billion jobs bill which provided employers an exemption from Social Security tax withholding through year's end for any employees added to the payroll who had been unemployed for 60 days. Each job created would cost taxpayers $88,000, with almost all of the jobs created at high-turnover businesses such as fast-food restaurants. The ineffective bill encouraged employers to make economically-unsound business decisions that they wouldn’t otherwise make, except for the perception of the tax breaks offered - the farthest thing from genuine job creation.
In September of 2010, a jobs bill proposed by Obama and Senate Democrats ran into obstacles because it put struggling U.S. companies at a competitive disadvantage. Obama then travelled to Ohio and gave a speech revealing that his jobs plan consisted of another $150 billion or so in federal spending. He touted a Toledo restaurant as a major beneficiary of the government takeover of Chrysler. Less than two years later New Chet's Restaurant closed its doors.
In July of this year unemployment rose to 9.2%. The economy added
only 18,000 jobs, less than one-tenth of the amount needed to find jobs for all the people coming out of college and entering the job market for the first time. Over 14 million people were out of work. Obama announced that although the economy was facing "tough headwinds", he was going to "work together to get things done" – like "streamlining our patent process."
In August, Obama began campaigning on his failed promises by driving around in two buses that soaked over-burdened taxpayers to the tune of $1.1 million each. The bus tour quickly began to resemble a national funeral and the bus a black hearse. The purpose of the desperate bus tour? More talk about jobs. But wait, it turns out he is not even on the buses. Our fearless speechmaker is literally flown from town to town and joins the buses just as they are about to enter a new speech venue. In Texas, they describe somebody who is all talk and no substance as "All hat, no cattle." It is used in reference to people imitating the fashion of cowboys. These people wore the hats, but had no experience on the ranch - thus, like Obama, they were all hat, no cattle. As Obama disembarked from his greenhouse gas-spewing caravan with not a single American flag visible, he told the crowd, "I want to sell goods all over the world that are stamped with three words: 'Made in America." He then got back into his buses which were made in Canada.
This past week, Obama announced once again that he would finally come up with tangible ideas for job creation – but not until next month after he returned from yet another well-deserved vacation. He will give yet another speech. Stop me if you've heard this one before. This speech is supposed to contain "new ideas" for speeding up job growth and all of his proposals would be "fresh ones." The Huffington Post reports that the "new ideas" will include help for millions of Americans who have been unemployed for months – in other words, more welfare and debt. On day 938 of his presidency, the president with a laser-like focus on campaigning and professional speech-making has announced that he'll have a jobs plan in a month or two. Sadly, it was just one year ago almost to the day that the president - vacationing at Martha's Vineyard - said he would return from vacation in September to propose a jobs plan, which turned out to be nothing but an ineffective tax credit which revealed how little the president and the rest of his economic advisors really know about the private sector.
Small businesses and corporations which employ America know that the key to true and lasting job creation is lower taxes and certainty. Our president's speeches and redistributionist policies have fueled the “uncertainty” in the private sector and have prevented businesses from hiring. As Steve Wynn aptly put it, business owners "fear" our president. "I'm telling you that the business community in this country is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the president of the United States," Wynn said. "And until he's gone, everybody's going to be sitting on their thumbs."
Real job creation in America requires reining in government, tackling spending, increasing domestic oil production, lowering tax rates, stripping regulations and the repeal of Obamacare. Instead, the president's Agriculture Secretary has announced that Obama already has a jobs program in place – and it's called food stamps. Michelle Obama has urged young people not to go into Corporate America and her husband plays the class warfare card which demonizes and harms the very businesses needed to put America back to work. The simple truth is that until Barack Obama and his minions in Congress realize what the real problem is, our president's laser-like focus on jobs will continue to resemble a night-light.