In the last six months the President has traveled to over 100 fund raisers but not once has he convened an official meeting of his jobs council. That’s Barack Obama.
Two possibilities for reasons immediately come to mind. First, raising money is such an all out priority that spending an hour or two improving the jobs picture is a sacrifice he doesn’t want to make; or second, he knows what the Council will advise him to do and he knows he won’t do it. Both are likely to be correct.
Obama’s animosity toward the business world is very clear. There is the statement in Dreams from My Father where he said his one and only job in a business firm was “like working behind enemy lines”. Then there is his promise to put the coal industry out of business and his assurances to ACORN organizers and labor unions that in healthcare ”single payer is the goal” That of course means there would be no more insurance companies. And as we watch Air Force One jet from fund raiser to fund raiser at our expense, let us not forget how he railed against the captains of industry who came to his beck and call on smaller jets paid for, not by us but by their own stockholders. Obama is not about follow the recommendations of advisors who tell him the way to create jobs is to create a favorable climate for private industry.
His record of job recovery coming out of a recession is the worst since the days of FDR in the 1930s. The only accomplishments he has going for him with independent voters are 1) the Navy Seals got Bin Laden on his watch and 2) the passage of Obamacare. The first had little to do with Obama’s planning and the second is unpopular and it’s a job killer. He can’t run on his record so he has chosen a combination of the Alinsky model of demolishing your opponent and the ACORN tactic of gaming the election process as his strategy for winning re-election. These are unsavory tactics but, unfortunately, the community organizer in Barack Obama excels at both.