Instead of an angry and frustrated president lashing out at everyone and everything that, like a spoiled brat, he feels has come between him and the lavish affection he thinks he deserves, he might have simply apologized to those he was supposed to help with the $700 billion dollars in stimulus funding, i.e. the unemployed.
The unemployed workers in this nation, who were promised "shovel-ready" jobs that Obama, having made grand and dramatic gestures of "providing" at the taxpayer's expense of hundreds of billions of dollars, now can only look down at their worn shoes with his pathetic admission that, in reality, there were none. It is the few who trusted him with their livelihoods who have been most egregiously harmed.
So now, Obama wants to continue unemployment benefits, as if that were some answer, to take more money from the few who are still working and divert it to the unemployed, rather than to provide other government assistance where it is needed. When all of it could have been avoided had he simply done as he promised and helped the private sector with the stimulus money. There are any number of programs that would have worked, if stimulating the economy was the real goal.
While I am not a government subsidy recipient, nor an advocate of government subsidies in the private sector, if it were the small businesses he wanted to help, he could give tax holidays. He could suspend the need to pay payroll taxes for a period of time, a relief of some sort of government obligations on small business. He could ask states to suspend vehicle registration fees to businesses for one year. There are all sorts of regulatory fees and taxes that could be eliminated without spending $700 billion. None of which were tried, or discussed. Why? Because jobs and the unemployed were never the target of that money.
What the unemployed should really be upset about is that most of the money went to government workers. So, the unemployed may not have a job, but they are assured that the person handing out the benefits will stay employed and may have even gotten a raise. The money went to unions who have been paying workers NOT work, sometimes for years; unions that already protect their workers from becoming unemployed. And, the private unemployed can also be angry that the money that should have been used to create a business environment conducive to restarting the private sector will be used to fully fund the Obama reelection committee funded through AFL/CIO, AFT, NEA and SEIU.
This is why the unemployed should support, with their unemployment checks, the effort of laying siege to DC, to demand that the money entrusted to the government go to restart the private sector, to provide actual jobs, not unending unemployment benefits that starve the soul of value and replace it with dependence.
Now, if you are one of those people who want to be unemployed, who find nothing wrong with living off of basic welfare for the rest of your lives, because there will never be a good time to run out of unemployment benefits, then this economy was made for you. But, if you are different. If you want the pride that comes with being self-sufficient and hate being beholden to a government agency for your daily bread, use the means the state has provided you to come to DC and participate in the siege for liberty, because economic liberty is every bit as much a right as any other.
Cross-posted at WASHINGTON REBEL.