“President Barack Obama, the joke's on you,” reported the Associated Press Monday. While the president had a “chuckle” last week about jobs hanging in the balance, increasingly, it’s he and his failed economic agenda that have attracted ridicule – and late night laughs. We’re all for jokes, but with a “new normal” of stagnant wages, rising costs, and persistently high joblessness, there’s little funny about the president’s handling of the economy. Still, that doesn’t seem to be a concern for the president, as he has adopted an if-you-can’t-beat-em-join-em approach and will travel to Los Angeles Tuesday to appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Yes, as part of his latest pivot to the economy, the president believes Leno is the perfect setting to discuss his ideas for jobs. It makes sense, really.
When it comes to the president’s performance on the economy, Mr. Leno will surely find no shortage of material, but if he’s looking for ideas worthy of mockery, here are just a few suggestions:
- The notion that the president is willing to force a shutdown of the government if spending cuts he proposed and signed into law are not replaced with higher taxes. It just sounds like a gag, right? In fact, it’s a strategy the president and his team are actively planning for right now. Such a brazen move is a clear lose-lose scenario – job-destroying taxes or a government shutdown – for American families already facing too many obstacles out of the “new normal.”
- A train wreck of a health care law that has broken nearly every promise with which it was sold. Costs have gone up; access is going down for too many; full-time jobs are being lost; whether you want to keep your current doctor doesn’t really matter; and that user-friendly online portal to health care options you were promised? Not so much. And don’t even get us started on delaying mandates for big businesses, but not American families.
- Blocking the Keystone pipeline at the same time as asking taxpayers for more ‘stimulus’ spending. The president loves to promote the idea of building new taxpayer-funded infrastructure to create jobs. His excitement dissipates, however, when it comes to a privately-funded energy pipeline that’s been blocked for years now, despite having passed every environmental test. Wonder why?
As Speaker Boehner said recently, “President Obama’s economy is no laughing matter.” That’s why House Republicans have pursued a different approach, acting on the GOP Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. It focuses on expanding American energy production – not blocking it; reining in Washington red tape and spending – not swelling them; making our tax code more simple – not more costly; making health care more affordable – unlike Obamacare; expanding educational opportunities; and much more. You can read about our focused solutions to escape President Obama’s “new normal” at GOP.gov/JOBS.