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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Under the last 11 presidents in the past 65 years since monthly unemployment rates have been tracked, there were 39 months of unemployment > 8%.

Under President Obama, in just 4 years, we have had 43 months of unemployment > 8%, AFTER spending almost $1 trillion on “shovel-ready” jobs.

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Obama: Slacker-in-Chief

Obama chillax
by Deroy Murdock

NEW YORK — Concerning the fun parts of his job, Barack Obama resembles the Energizer Bunny. If there are crowds to wow, entertainers to schmooze or donors to pitch, Obama is Johnny on the spot.

Too bad Obama’s sparks stop flying when it comes time for the serious, heavy lifting of the presidency.

This phenomenon’s most chilling example involves Obama’s national security-related presidential daily brief. As the conservative Government Accountability Institute calculated, and Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen first reported Sept. 10, Obama attended only 43.8 percent of his daily briefings between Jan. 23, 2009, (three days after his inauguration) and May 31, 2012.

Available nearly every day, the briefing allows the commander-in-chief to hear directly from top intelligence professionals about the latest threats to U.S. safety. These experts are on hand to answer questions, hear suggestions and otherwise help Obama foil America’s enemies.

But Obama has had higher priorities.

According to the institute’s data culled from the official White House calendar and Politico.com’s news coverage of that schedule, Obama chose to skip his daily briefings and, instead, simply read his briefing book.

This is a bit like studying one’s chest X-rays at home while spurning a radiologist’s offer to interpret them and answer pertinent questions.

In this sense, Obama quietly reviewed his national security X-rays alone during 56.2 percent of the time the institute analyzed. Obama missed 61.6 percent of these briefings in 2011.

Obama skipped his briefings between last Sept. 4 and 11, the entire week before the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, suffered an Islamic terror attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, technical officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

Who knows if a briefer’s classified utterance, or a particularly astute question from Obama, might have triggered tighter security in Benghazi and perhaps prevented the murders of four Americans?

Even worse, as Thiessen reports, Obama postponed and eventually skipped his briefing on the day after these planned and deliberate assassinations. This liberated Obama for a truly indispensable responsibility that day. As American embassies burned brightly throughout the Islamic world, Obama jetted off on Air Force One for a campaign fundraiser in America’s least solemn city — Las Vegas.

At last, three days after the Benghazi bloodshed, and nine days after his previous briefing, Obama sat still for a proper briefing Sept. 14, the White House schedule shows. Perhaps the scrutiny of Thiessen and other critics finally has inspired Obama to attend his briefings with the regularity of his predecessors.

Obama this week met with exactly zero world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, not least of them Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wants to stop Iran from redecorating Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with mushroom clouds. Obama found time, however, to serve as “eye candy” for Whoopi Goldberg and the cast of The View.

Obama has shirked his domestic obligations, too. He reportedly has held just two Cabinet meetings this year — on Jan. 31 and July 26.

While claiming to be totally focused on reducing naggingly high unemployment, Obama has not met with his Jobs Council since January. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney explained, “The president’s obviously got a lot on his plate.” This has included a $38,000-per-plate fundraiser at the Manhattan home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker and golf, of which Obama has enjoyed some 104 rounds as president.

Obama’s dereliction of duty would be bad enough if he were a latter-day Eisenhower: a well-respected, perhaps feared, world leader enjoying prosperity at home and peace (or at least a manageable Cold War) overseas.

Instead, Obama grows increasingly comical, the domestic economy languishes, and the American flag has become an alternative fuel source across the Middle East. Nonetheless, Ike Jr. parties like it’s 1959.

Perhaps Obama has devolved from president to slacker-in-chief in an elaborate display of empathy for America’s 12.5 million unemployed. With so many citizens not working, Obama may reckon, why should he?

Top 25 Obama Excuses for Economy & Unemployment

Top 25 Obama Excuses For a Failed Economy and High Unemployment

Harry S. Truman famously said of the presidency, “The buck stops here.” President Barack Obama might as well make his slogan: “Pass the Buck.”

While Obama claimed he wouldn’t make any excuses as President when he was on the campaign trail 4 years ago, his record of failed policies and lack of confidence has led to nothing but.

The May jobs report came out and the numbers are just getting worse. Only 69,000 jobs were added last month, pushing unemployment up from 8.1% to 8.2% and the underemployment rate from 14.5% to 14.8%. This comes as no surprise at all. The labor force participation rate is at a record low. It was only a matter of time before all those millions of Americans eventually came back looking for work. And this administration’s policies aren’t producing nearly enough confidence for consumers and business owners to spend, expand, invest, and create enough jobs.

Obama was given a Democrat-majority Congress upon winning the White House in 2008. He got a $787 billion stimulus, a $410 billion omnibushealth care reformfinancial regulation reform, and a jobs bill passed within his first 2 years in office, along with increments of quantitative easingfrom the Federal Reserve.

Since then we’ve racked up a record $15.75 trillion debt, record trillion dollar deficits, a first evercredit rating downgraderising inflation, and social safety nets going completely broke within the next 20 years.

But where are the jobs? Where’s the recovery? Where are all the fruits of those Keynesian economic solutions?

There aren’t any results, but plenty of excuses. Let’s run down the list of the top 25 that Obama has used to blame anything but his own policies:

George W. Bush

Tax breaks

Arab Spring

Japanese earthquake

Globalization

George W. Bush

Automation technologies

Eurozone crisis

Republican House

ATM usage

George W. Bush

The Weather

Bad luck

Super PAC ad spending

Lack of stimulus money

George W. Bush

The Tea Party

Unmanned airport ticket kiosks

Oil speculators

Underestimation of economic crisis

George W. Bush

Businesses not expanding

Americans being soft and lazy

Fox News

Energy companies not getting behind…algae

So what’s left? Planetary alignments? The McBurglar? The 2012 Mayan doomsday prophecy?

Mr. President, the truth of the matter is, whether you want to admit it or not, more regulation and government bureaucracy does no produce confidence  or certainty with the American public or job creators. Government cannot run an economy with public taxpayer dollars. Government should not be running every aspect of our system from health care to finance to education toenergy.

Employers don’t know what health care costs and liability for future hires will end up being under ObamaCare. Those that have jobs don’t know if they will be the next layoff tomorrow. Nobody knows what their tax rates will be come next year. Investors, business owners, and job creators have been shackled with excessive regulations and constant threats of higher taxes.

Blaming anything and everything else that happens won’t inspire confidence to re-elect you.

Barack Obama

Did Bill Clinton’s DNC speech persuade you?

If Bill Clinton’s speech @ the DNC persuaded you to support President Obama, can I ask you 

Did Bill Clinton’s words:

Create one single job?

Reduce the price of gas by 1¢?

Restore $1 of the $716 billion Obama cut from Medicare?

Add any value to your home?

Raise the median family income by $1?

Reduce tuition by 1¢ for college students?

Lift one American out of poverty?

President Clinton, like President Obama, is a gifted speaker. But words cannot erase the impact of President Obama’s failed policies that Americans feel every day.

Are you better off? Don’t you deserve better?