No wonder the economy remains in so much trouble!
You know Obama is starting to panic when he calls a hastily arranged news conference to try and get ahead of the news and not simply be reacting to it as he has these past few weeks. But the risk for a news conference is that you have Obama off teleprompter. And while his gaffes may not be as bad as his foot in mouth Vice President Obama often says things that his teleprompter never would.
Always on Watch (AOW) has the story of Friday's news conference, along with video, of Obama declaring that "the private economy is .doing fine." Once the laughing stopped, Republicans came out to denounce how clueless and out of touch Obama is. AOW even has the instant video reaction from the RNC that would make a great campaign ad.
But it's what Obama said after that whopper which caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal editorial board. It's sometimes easy to overlook what appears to be boilerplate in Obama's remarks but this deserves closer attention. The WSJ editorial board picked up this snippet of Obama's remarks which followed the whopper:
OBAMA: "The private sector is doing fine. Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government—oftentimes, cuts initiated by governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don't have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.
"And so, if Republicans want to be helpful, if they really want to move forward and put people back to work, what they should be thinking about is, how do we help state and local governments and how do we help the construction industry."
The Journal Editorial Board points out that despite the recession, revenues for states have increased 6% over the last two years. The reason many states are still in deep financial trouble is the burdens placed on them by the greedy Big Labor unions that were just defeated in Wisconsin.
On Saturday, in his Weekly Address, Obama doubled down on more spending for government employees as if that is the answer for creating economic growth. Yet, if government spending was the key to economic growth Greece would be entering a second golden age!
What Obama wants to do is throw more money at states filtering it through the unions with another nice kickback to the Democrat Party. That's why the original 2009 Stimulus failed. It didn't go to creating jobs, but to protecting Big Labor and kickbacks to Democrat campaigns.
And while Democrats complain about Republican Super Pacs, it's no secret that the biggest big spender of all on campaigns are the labor unions with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) leading the way.
It's also no coincidence that in the wake of Gov. Scott Walkers reforms in Wisconsin, AFSCME has seen the number of dues paying members fall by more than half in that state. If Walker's reforms now spread to other states who are currently held hostage by Big Labor, AFSCME's national membership may plummet along with the dues that fuel Democrat campaigns.
So naturally Obama is going to go out there and suggest that instead of creating jobs for Americans who are out of work what he thinks is needed is another batch of taxpayer money going to his union friends so they can keep funding his campaign.
Sorry Obama. You blew hundreds of billions of dollars down your Big Labor rat hole with the Stimulus. The GOP won't let you skin the American taxpayer for more corrupt union payoffs. The handwriting is on the wall. You and your union buddies need to start packing!