The Corner

Today’s Questions for the President

It’s reported that the new jobs plan that you will unveil next week will, once again, focus in substantial measure on “green job” creation.

What, specifically, are “green jobs” and why do their creation merit more of your attention than other jobs?

Precisely how many “green jobs” have been created in the last two and a half years? At what price per job?

How many “green jobs” need to be created over the next 14 months to fulfill your promise of lowering the unemployment rate to 5.5 percent by November 2012?

What qualifies you, or any other politician, to determine which jobs are worthy of creating?

What evidence do you have that government can create jobs for which there is little or no current market demand?

Why do you believe your government-command approach to job creation will be any more successful than had been that of, say, the Industry Secretariat of the Odessa oblast?

Peter Kirsanow — Peter N. Kirsanow is an attorney and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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