Biden, Reid, and Obama remain ‘wet behind the ears’ on job creation

October 24, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden seems to think that the most effective way to prevent rap and murder is for government to pay for more police officers on the street.  Such was Biden’s rhetoric in a speech at the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Oct. 18, as reported in the “Washington Times”:

“It’s not temporary [administration’s proposed stimulus] when that 911 call comes in and a woman’s getting raped, if a cop shows up in time to prevent the rape.  It’s not temporary to that woman.”

In the same speech Biden wished Republicans were themselves rape victims: “I wish they had some notion of what it was like to be on the other side of a gun or [to have] a 200-pound man standing over you, telling you to submit.”

When Joe Biden was confronted a day later on 10/19 by “Human Events” reporter Jason Mattera whether he really meant that rape will continue to rise unless Republicans act to pass the first part of Obama’s jobs bill which addresses the hiring of cops, Biden didn’t back down, but instead responded with anger:  “Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise.”

President Obama’s shameful response to Biden’s allegations were positive, as confirmed by White House press secretary Jay Carney at his press conference on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Facts informs us that police budgets are the responsibility of each individual state, not federal bureaucrats.  What happens when money given by government to hire new or to retain hired cops runs out?  States will either have to cough up the money or lay off public employees.

Logic reveals that policemen are not present at the scene of an on-going rape to keep it from happening.

Facts, however, did prevail in this “Washington Times” report by Dave Boyer on Thursday, Oct. 20, “White House backs Biden’s rape, murder remarks”:

“Changes in crime rates from year to year have many possible explanations, from changing demographics to the number of officers deployed on the street versus the number of police assigned to desk jobs.  The FBI reported that overall crime in the U.S. was down sharply in 2010 — murder was down 4.2% from the previous year, rape down 5% and robberies down 10%, compared with 2009.  The decrease in crime rates came at a time when most state and local governments already were well into severe budget cuts and layoffs of public employees.”

Obama’s own lack of logic, and the impetus behind his frenzied, national campaign-like appearances to push his $450 million jobs, was captured in these words by Ed Morrissey in a HotAirnotes posting:

“The President’s “jobs” bill doesn’t go directly to hire police officers anyway.  Instead, “It allows states to paper-over budget gaps for another year rather than address their systemic budgetary issues, and protect unionized bureaucrats whose jobs should be on the chopping block.”

Obvious is that the purpose behind Obama’s union-backed $447 billion tax-hiking jobs bill is to provide yet another government stimulus program aimed at getting teachers and public-sector employees back to work.

Isn’t it more than enough that the American people were misled in February of 2009 when told that the $787 billion spending stimulus scheme would cut unemployment to 8% in 2010, only to see it rise to between 9 and 10% where it remains to this day?  In my own misguided state of Illinois, it was announced on Friday, Oct. 2l that the state’s jobless rate had edged up from a seasonally adjusted 9.9% in August to 10% in September.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) made these uninformed remarks on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, October 19 in defense of the first piece of Obama’s so-called Jobs Bill calling for a $35 billion dollar state subsidy to pay unionized state public employee salaries (The $450 Jobs Bill was broken up into pieces to be voted on piece meal in the coming weeks after the whole was defeated on Tuesday, October 11.).
“It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine.  It’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is about.  It will put hundreds of thousands of people back to work teaching children, have more police patrolling our streets, firefighters fighting our fires, doing the rescue work that they do so well.”
James Sherk in The Heritage Foundation “Morning Bell” of October 21, titled, “Biden and Reid’s Jobs Bill Farce”, refutes Senator Reid’s rhetoric:

“Senator Reid is not just mistaken; he has his facts exactly backwards.  If the recession has barely touched one sector of the economy, it is government.  Since the recession began in December of 2007 the private sector shed 6.3 million net jobs, while government payrolls are down by just 392,000.  That amounts to a 5.4% drop in private sector employment, while government has slipped only one-third as much at 1.8%. Education-related government jobs have fallen even less, down 1.4% . . . Relatively few government employees are unemployed.   Only 4.7% of government employees cannot find jobs — half the national unemployment rate.  Government employees have the lowest jobless rate of any industry.”

Despite Senator Reid’s vigorous defense of the first part of the Jobs Bill On October 19 that would have provided a $35 billion state subsidy to pay for unionized state public employee, the Senate voted down the measure the following day. The legislation needed at least 60 votes to pass; the vote was 50-50.  All Republicans voted against the legislation.  Two level-headed Democrats, Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), broke ranks and voted against it with the Republicans.

It is ill-conceived for Obama and his liberal cohorts to believe that out of their tax and spend stimulus programs jobs will flow, but this is the only idea most Democrats seem willing to entertain.

Didn’t the $787 billion stimulus bill (also know as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) signed into law on Feb. 17, 2009, fail to jump start the economy and create jobs?  Now Democrats have the chutzpah to admit failure while claiming they need billions more to do exactly the same thing under new rhetoric, a new name and a new tax bill, marketed as a $450 billion Jobs Bill to be financed by taxing millionaires and billionaires.

Given the current administration’s obsession with man-made global warming, the economic lunacy of employing tax and spend methods to create economic recover has been extended by the Obama administration to its Energy Policy.  Billions of dollars are being squandered to advance and support green technology (windmills, solar panels and energy efficiency) under the false assumption that alternate forms of energy will provide the means through which this nation can divorce itself from fossil fuels and still be privy to economic growth and five million jobs.

Meanwhile, and in tandem, Obama’s EPA has issued rules and regulation aimed at reducing the number of coal and oil-fuelled power stations which will result in the loss of thousands of jobs that need not be lost if not for the administration’s unfounded belief that man-made global warming exists and that CO2 is the cause.  The Obama administration, along with many European nations, has chosen to disregard the thousands of scientists throughout the world who refute the idea of man-made global warming to the detriment of their own economies.

Of note, as stated by Jay Lehr, Ph.D., Science Director at The Heartland Institute at a recent Heartland event in Chicago:  Global temperatures have not risen since 1998; it was seven degrees F. warmer in the 13th century when Greenland was actually green; carbon dioxide is to plants what oxygen it to man, it is not a pollutant; historically, CO2 concentrations have risen after, not before, warming periods; and 900,000 years of ice core records show continuous 1,500-warming cycles.

The Heartland Institute hosted its Sixth International Conference on Climate Change in Washington, D.C. on June 20 – July 1, 2011, “Restoring the Scientific Method,” where dozens of think tank cosponsors and hundreds of scientists gathered in an effort to “restore the scientific method” to its rightful place in the debate over the causes, consequences, and policy implications of climate change.

It matters not that the U.S. has oil reserves that are equal to those of Saudi Arabia and that Illinois has been dubbed the Saudi Arabia of coal production.  Drilling for oil would be a good start toward renewing economic growth in this country.

The meddling of The Obama administration in its unrelenting zeal to advance green technology recently garnered headlines with the exposure of Solyndra and other energy investments in which billions of dollars of taxpayer money was wasted in non-productive ventures without creating jobs.

The same meddling by the Obama administration occurred in the Obama-favored unionized auto industry where an agreement was reached that raises federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks to an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.  Devised by the EPA to limit greenhouse gases (one volcano eruption produces more greenhouse gas than), these overly stringent standards could add $10,000 to the cost of a new car.

According to a Heritage Foundation “Morning Bell” report issued on July 28, 2011:

“Higher prices reduce demand and force people to hold onto their older vehicles longer.  Reduced demand means fewer car produced, leading to automakers shedding jobs.  The Michigan-baased consulting firm Defour Group projected that a 56 mpg standard would kill 222,000 jobs. . .

Forcing automakers to achieve the 2025 standards could likewise result in the loss of life as the weight of vehicles would need to be reduced, leading to less safe cars on the road, thereby contributing to between 1,300 and 2,600 deaths in a single representative year.”

Job creation depends on American Free Enterprise, not government meddling to advance a political agenda.  Accordingly, economic growth and recovery is achieved from the bottom up and not from Washington down.

Values associated with free enterprise include individual initiative, hard work, freedom of choice, and the free exchange of trade and capital. These are the ideas that built our nation.  Free Enterprise is a powerful idea that is inseparable from the American Dream.  It offers the opportunity to dream big and to turn that dream into a reality.

Apple Legend Steve jobs, through free enterprise, used his freedom and ingenuity to make the world richer.  He kept making things better until his body failed him.  Having the vision and the drive to succeed, Steve Jobs unlocked his potential without government interference or government financial largess. His financial success as an entrepreneur also created thousands of good paying jobs.

In a new biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson, the author relates that during a meeting in 2010 with President Obama, Jobs warned the president that he wasn’t going to win re-election because of what Jobs perceived to be a pervasive anti-business climate in his administration.  Jobs cited excessive federal regulations and operating costs for business as harmful legacies of the Obama White House.

It will possibly take a new administration to set this nation on the road to recovery, one not committed to the ill-conceived notion that investing in and promoting green energy, coupled with drastic and unnecessary EPA regulations, will result in job production and provide the impetus to lift this nation out of its economic morass.

The 2012 elections represent cross-road elections unrelated to partisan politics.  Will free enterprise values win out — the means to build this nation, create economic prosperity, and in which government has a limited government role — or will the Obama administration be awarded another four-year term to continue its American experiment of spreading wealth through selected government investments in the belief that government is the creator or jobs and wealth and that government knows best what its citizens want and need.

It will be up to the American people to decide.  The re-election of President Obama would likely signal the end of the American dream and this nation’s influence and standing in the world, and well as its decline from a once great and prosperous nation to a nation of third-world status.


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