With his administration’s failures mounting by the day, is it any wonder the president is turning up the sarcasm? Unfortunately for Americans who are out of work or struggling to make ends meet, his shtick is not just stale – it’s downright unproductive.

Those who saw President Obama speak at a bridge yesterday didn’t hear any solutions to America’s jobs gap. Instead, all they got was a stand-up routine. Higher taxes may be the go-to idea in this administration, but for workers who are left with less money in their wallets at the end of the month, it’s not a joke.

So when the president says “House Republicans have refused to act on this idea,” it’s just another way of acknowledging that House Republicans have made the American people’s priorities our priorities.

It’s clear President Obama is hopelessly out of touch – claiming House Republicans are “not doing anything” just doesn’t fit reality. Surely by now he’s heard about our jobs bills “on the news”? After all, dozens of them are sitting in the Senate, being blocked by Democrats like Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Seriously, don’t take our word for it. Track them all – more than 40 of them – at speaker.gov/jobs.

Instead of talking about all the common-sense jobs bills he’s threatened to veto, President Obama claims that “Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every serious idea to strengthen the middle class.” But of the three campaign issues he mentioned yesterday, none will create new jobs:

  • Increasing the minimum wage will actually kill jobs. That’s just a fact, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and President Obama’s Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen.
  • More unemployment checks won’t create less unemployment. In fact, the evidence suggests they create more.
  • Fair pay can’t help women who can’t find a job, but it is something everyone in both parties supports – even if President Obama’s White House has a significant male-female pay gap of its own.

As one Minnesota reporter put it after the president gave a similar spiel there, “We didn’t hear anything new at all in this speech.” If President Obama is out of ideas, here’s a good place to start.