He of course took the opportunity to herald what a great job he's doing with the economy now since the unemployment rate is back down to only 10%. Oh praise the Messiah for his great work. Then he talked about his job summit and what they are doing to increase jobs.
First we had our shovel ready project pork filled stimulus bill and endless chants of how it will create green jobs. Then we had the crap and trade discussions and how they were going to create green jobs. Then came the cash for clunkers fiasco so we could drive greener cars, and now the jobs bill is focused on what? You guessed it, green jobs.
It is becoming increasingly evident to me that if you don't work in construction or an industry related to replacing bad energy hogging products with shiny new green ones, then the President doesn't give a rat's ass if you're out of work. His answer has repeatedly been to give government money to certain industries in order to create jobs in that industry. But what about the rest of us? What about the millions that are out of work and aren't in his pet industries? Well, we're pretty much screwed.
I work for a large company that already does it's best to be a "green" company. We went paperless years ago, we limit travel and hold meetings over the phone. Nearly half of the workforce uses a home office so we don't drive our gas guzzling, air polluting cars in to work every day. But are we benefiting in any way from any of the job creating actions this administration has
I'm in the insurance industry (oh the shame and horror) and we supply a service to other companies. As those companies lay off their employees we have less work to do and so need fewer employees ourself. In an effort to save jobs, the company this year elected to not give raises and keep the people in the hopes of riding this wave out safely. Right now the best case scenario is that the same thing will happen in 2010. The worst case is that layoffs will be made.
What the President refuses to acknowledge is that all the businesses that offer services or products unrelated to his precious climate change agenda are scared to death of what is coming down the pike. They're afraid of the immense taxes and fines that will slapped on them through healthcare legislation, cap and trade, card check and a myriad of other abominable policies that this leftist Congress will attempt to pass. As a result, they aren't hiring until they know what the situation is going to be.
The only acknowledgement I heard of this was that "Employers don't like uncertainty so we need to get healthcare passed as soon as possible." The sheer short sighted stupidity of this comment had me floored. So we want to let our employers know that they're definitely going bankrupt instead of just facing the looming possibility. I can see the jobs boom now.
Out of one side of his mouth Obama says that the government can't create jobs, and out of the other side of his mouth comes the statement that the government will give certain industries money to create jobs. That aint how it works bucko.
Wouldn't it be nice if he stopped focusing on creating green jobs and started focusing on creating REAL jobs? I know, there I go chasing windmills and building those sand castles in the sky again.