Today’s Questions for the President

by Peter Kirsanow

During your remarks yesterday on the debt-ceiling deal you promised that you would now pivot and focus on job creation.

After your inauguration, you also vowed to focus on job creation. Immediately thereafter, unemployment rose from 7.6 percent to 7.8 percent.

You then promised that if Congress passed the $812,000,000,000 stimulus package, unemployment would fall to 6.2 percent by now and, in any case, would never rise above 8 percent. The next month unemployment rose to 8.8 percent.

You spent the next year focused on passing Obamacare. When it passed, you pledged to return your attention to job creation. Unemployment then rose to 9.8 percent.

The unemployment rate fell a few ticks to 9.5 percent in late spring 2010.You again promised to devote yourself to job creation during “Recovery Summer” of 2010. Unemployment ticked up to 9.6 percent.

After the mid-term elections in November 2010 you swore to pivot once again toward creating jobs. Unemployment rose to 9.8 percent.

The unemployment rate declined to 9.1 percent in late winter/early spring 2011. Then, after embarking on the Libyan operation, you dedicated yourself once again to job creation. Unemployment ticked up to 9.2 percent — three points higher and millions of jobs fewer than you promised when the stimulus passed.

Why will your latest pivot toward job creation be any more successful (or less damaging) than the previous half dozen?

What will you do differently this time that will actually create jobs? Why didn’t you do those things in January 2009?

How many non-government jobs — disaggregated by industry, occupation, and state — has your administration created (if any)? How much did it cost to create each such job? How many of those jobs were not related to government contracts?

How did you determine that your administration was responsible for creating such non-government jobs? How, specifically, did your administration “create” any non-government jobs? Do you have any data that shows how many jobs your administration’s policies may have forestalled or destroyed?

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