* * This is a guest blog post from the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in your favorite convenience store near the Slurpee Machine. * *
I didn’t do it.
President Obama says I’m to blame for high unemployment – part of the “structural” problems with the economy. Yes, he actually said my electronic brethren and I – who dispense cash and make lines move a little more quickly at the airport – are part of the reason 1.5 million fewer Americans have jobs than when the “stimulus” was enacted.
But before the president fingered us as responsible for job losses, he sought to take credit for the sluggish economy.
And even DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said this morning that Democrats own the economy. I don’t. I’m just an ATM. I don’t own anything.
So if there are any “structural issues” with our faltering economy, as the president said, it’s likely because of his policies – not ATMs. For example:
- SPENDING TOO MUCH: Democrats want to spend more of your money (and rack up more debt). I want you to spend it. The Democrats who run Washington spent almost a trillion dollars on a “stimulus” that didn’t work (and bragged about it during “Recovery Summer”) -- and they want to spend more! They haven’t passed a budget that spurs job growth and stops spending money we don’t have (note: Republicans have), and even worked with an army of lobbyists to fight spending cuts. You won’t catch me spending any of your money; I just want you to have it.
- TAXING TOO MUCH: Democrats want to take away more of your money through tax hikes. I just give you your money. Democrats imposed massive job-crushing tax hikes, penalties, and mandates in their health care law. And many want new tax hikes on small businesses. ATMs? We just give you your money. Sure, a lot of ATMs charge higher fees than we used to – and I apologize for that, seriously – but it’s only because Democrats in Washington made us do it (see Dodd-Frank regulations – and the next bullet). Democrats treat you like an ATM; I am an ATM.
- REGULATING TOO MUCH: Democrats complicate life for job creators by creating more red tape. I simplify things. The regulatory onslaught of recent years has paralyzed small businesses. From ObamaCare to Dodd-Frank, the national energy tax to the government takeover of the internet, excessive regulations – imposed and proposed – raise costs and create an environment of uncertainty that hurts job growth. Me? I just let you walk up, punch in some numbers, and take some cash. Simple.
ATMs and airport kiosks (and even teleprompters) are tools that help make life a little easier. Republicans have a plan for jobs that would make life a little easier for families and small businesses (Jobs.GOP.Gov) by removing barriers that are holding back our economy.
Instead of treating the American people like an ATM – and then blaming us for our economic woes – maybe the White House should take a cue from Republicans and focus on jobs?