Written by Brian VanHeuverswyn, Waukee, IA
961 Days. 2 years, 7 months, 19 days. That’s how many days there were between President Obama’s inaguration day and when he released his “American Jobs Act” (September 8, 2011).
Now, I’m no genius, but if I were elected president in the middle of a recession, and I had “inherited” such a bad economy, I probably would have made a jobs bill my number 1 priority…but I guess that’s just me. Our President, for whatever reason, waited almost 3 YEARS to release his proposal. 3 Years! Instead of making it a priority, he focused on a health care bill that did nothing at all for our economy.
Critics might say that the health care bill was more important to the country than a jobs bill. I think that’s pure crazy talk, but let’s go with it. If that were true, then why not work on a jobs bill WHILE you’re working on the health care bill? Better yet, why not start working on a jobs bill immediately following the passage of the health care law? The health care law was passed on March 23rd, 2010 which means that there were 534 days (a year and a half) between the time that the health care law was passed and when the President released his jobs act. What took so long Mr. President?
Plus, don’t forget that the Democrats controlled the House and the Senate for the first 2 years of the Obama administration. This notion that Republicans somehow impeded (or are impeding) the passing of a jobs bill is sheer lunacy. Instead of blaming Republicans and asking why they won’t pass a jobs bill now, why not ask our President why he chose to do nothing for 3 years? After all, he had full control of the legislative system for 2 years, and could have passed whatever jobs bill he wanted.
And finally, let’s not forget that when President Obama released his jobs act last year, it wasn’t the Republicans that stood in its way, it was the Democrats. The bill failed to get out of the Senate last year because there weren’t enough Democrats willing to vote for it.
If you’re out of work or if your employment situation is not where you would like it to be, I’d encourage you to think about this. Do your research and decide for yourself. Why did he wait 3 years before he did anything to try and help the American worker? Was it politics? Was he punting on the issue until after the mid-term elections to try and make Republicans look bad? Was he scared that his plan would fail to create jobs and therefore negatively impact his chances for re-election? Or was it simply ignorance and inexperience? No matter how you slice it, he did nothing for 3 years and unemployment is still over 8%.
If you want to know why you’re still out of work or underemployed, I’d say that you should ask Mr. Obama, but apparently he doesn’t have the answer.
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