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Hey, it’s not nearly as bad as everybody’s saying—
WASHINGTON – In perhaps the boldest move of his presidency, Barack Obama has announced an ambitious new job creation plan that consists of planting gigantic boulders between you and your workplace.
In an announcement this morning, president Obama remarked,
I couldn’t possibly list all the employment opportunities that our new plan creates, so I will only name a few: Boulder Removal Engineer, Boulder-Mover Equipment Operator, Boulder Avoidance Transportation Specialist.
Our new plan creates real incentives for the entrepeneurs and small businesspeople of our nation to detect, avoid and/or remove these humongous boulders. And such a task will undoubtedly create much-needed jobs for American families.
Some say that boulders are dinosaur eggs waiting to hatch awesomely evil carnivorous beasts that will herald the end times. Others say boulders are mankind’s most powerful connection to a benevolent God who emerged autogenically from a mound of boulders.
But I submit that boulders– while not the answer to all our challenges– can be part of a practical, and uniquely American, means to get folks back up on their feet.
Everyone in politics genuflects in the direction of the job-creation powers of “entrepreneurs” and their ideas. But the generation of Democrats who rose to power with the Obama presidency and the current House majority don’t really trust or much like real entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship, the kind that creates industries and jobs on the scale we’ll need in the next century, is about two things: Ideas that spring randomly from some slightly crazed dreamer’s head; and worse, they often get filthy rich if the dreams are real. The left likes neither.
In their country, government guides capital to ideas prewashed for goodness. As to letting guys get rich, we know about that problem. Hating it isn’t just political. It’s cultural.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been repeatedly cited as one of the big-name business leaders attending Obama’s “Growing American Jobs Summit.”
While I agree that Schmidt probably has much more to say about what currently preoccupies business leaders and investors than, say, a New York Times columnist or a Governor of New Mexico who was almost Secretary of Commerce, does Google– Google?— really have much to tell us about the vast majority of businesses in this country, other than how frequently they Google “when the hell is the government going to stop trying to murder my business?”
To get some real answers on what’s ailing the economy, maybe Joe Biden can call in some of those poorly-situated moonshiners he pledged to save with the stimulus–
From the AP (the best line of all in bold):
The administration now acknowledges overcounting in the new numbers for the HHS program. Elizabeth Oxhorn, a spokeswoman for the White House recovery office, said the Obama administration was reviewing the Head Start data “to determine how and if it will be counted.”
But officials defended the practice of counting raises as saved jobs. “If I give you a raise, it is going to save a portion of your job,” HHS spokesman Luis Rosero said.
This suspension of logic and basic accounting principles is a brilliant move on the part of the White House:
- Giving a raise can be assumed to “save” a job, even if only a “portion” of that job (whatever the hell that means)
- That fractional job can then be recorded as a full job for the purposes of quantifying the impact of the stimulus
AllÂ the White House has to do is give $0.01 raises 100 times to employees at favored institutions (i.e. federal departments for social services, community organizers, etc.) to have saved 100 jobs each. Indeed, if they just ignore 2-decimal point rounding, they could probably save millions of jobs in one individual raise. Brilliant!
$219,000 to study the sex lives of female college freshmen?
I know some guys who’d do that for free– might even pay you for the privilege.