First, we had the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA. Now, we have the American Jobs Act, or AJA.
These are bold new ideas! That’s why the president needed a primetime address before Congress to introduce it. And of course, they’re not calling it a stimulus. It’s a jobs act.Read more
President Obama said the following during his jobs speech last night:
“Millions of Americans rely on Medicare in their retirement….But with an aging population and rising health care costs, we are spending too fast to sustain the program. And if we don’t gradually reform the system while protecting current beneficiaries, it won’t be there when future retirees need it. We have to reform Medicare to strengthen it.”
Isn’t that what Paul Ryan and the House Republicans have been saying for months, while Obama has been busy demagoguing their plan?Read more
At 6:51 a.m., the White House sent out an email with the following subject: "Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Backs American Jobs Act." It was odd, not because Snyder is a Republican, but because the governor's statement was not an endorsement of the president's plan at all.Read more
I find it truly comforting that some things never change — and two of those things are President Obama’s ideas and rhetoric. Obama’s long-awaited jobs speech offered his usual mix of hyper-partisanship (no longer convincingly masquerading as post-partisanship), class warfare, and thinly veiled resentment that, in our form of government, he cannot simply do whatever he wants.Read more
In a speech to a joint session of Congress this evening, President Obama introduced a $450 billion stimulus proposal plan he claimed would get Americans back to work. "There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation. Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans – including many who sit here tonight. And everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything."Read more
Here’s how bad it’s gotten for President Obama:
At 9:20 p.m., the White House press office sent out a statement of support for the president’s proposal from ... the Center for American Progress (see below). That’s newsworthy!Read more
Fred Barnes, with Mara Liasson and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
Washington Post: "Coincidences don’t happen in presidential politics. Ever."
Politico: "If he has a jobs proposal, put it in writing, give us a cost estimate, and send it over. I want to read the bill, not listen to talking points off a TelePrompter."Read more
Lately, I’ve been staying up late at night because I’m just too stressed over the state of the union. Unable to sleep, I often find myself toggling between scores of Excel spreadsheets, crunching all sorts of numbers to get my mind around the gaping budget deficit that is threatening the country. It isn’t pretty, as we all know, and unfortunately my computations have only made me feel worse.Read more
I knew pretty early on during tonight’s speech that President Obama had rejoined—or joined—the historical American foreign policy mainstream. It was when he mentioned Charlotte (the city, not the spider):Read more
It was true then, and with each new bit of historical understanding we continue to realize it was more evil than we previously knew.
The Senate Republican Policy Committee provides some helpful perspective on the speech:Read more
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