How can a Jeep TV commercial make more sense than America’s economic policy?
(Page 2 of 2)
Take, for example, the spending priorities evident in the $787 billion economic stimulus bill that President Obama and the Democratic Congress passed in February 2009. It was very heavy on handouts, entitlements, jobless benefits and bailout money for state and local government, and very light on anything that would create jobs in manufacturing or construction.
The stimulus bill spent $288 billion on temporary tax breaks, including $500 rebate checks for nearly everyone (including those who do not pay any income taxes) — a one-time handout that had no visible effect in creating jobs. It earmarked another $224 billion for entitlements — Medicaid payments, unemployment compensation, aid to local schools, etc. That’s more checks in the mail to favored Democratic constituencies, but no job-creating punch.
Compared to those money spigots, the amount devoted in the stimulus package to actually building and making things was puny. Only about one-tenth of the money, $81 billion, was marked for infrastructure. Only $51 billion of that amount was for roads, bridges, railways, sewers, public transportation and the like. That kind of spending creates real jobs in construction and manufacturing — in the steel mills, equipment industries, machinery, and the like.
Why is it that Congress and the president don’t get the simple message of the Jeep ad: “As a people, we do well when we make good things, and not so well when we don’t”?
The stimulus program’s failure to create jobs and to keep the national unemployment rate from rising apparently has made no impression on Obama and the Democrats in Congress. Since then, they have rammed through policies that will only make it harder for American industries and small business owners to remain competitive.
By imposing new health-care costs, much more Federal regulation, and talking about plans to raise taxes in 2011, the Administration has created an anti-business climate that chills investment and job creation. The current stall in the fragile economic recovery is a product of that climate.
“It’s pretty hard to be pro-job and anti-business,” Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, one of the Republican presidential hopefuls for 2012, told an Iowa audience recently. “That’s like being pro-egg and anti-chicken. It doesn’t work out so well.”
In this political environment, what America has become good at producing are Federal debts, budget deficits, long-term joblessness, entitlements that the nation cannot pay for, more people dependent on the Federal dole, and frustration and anger among people who work hard, pay their taxes and their bills, pay off their mortgages, and don’t expect handouts. These are not the people high on the priority lists of the Obama administration or the Democratic majority in Congress.
I am not sure that the Republicans really get the message of the Jeep ad either, or can offer the policies to make America a nation of builders and makers again. I think if one of them could articulate the message as well as Jeep did in this commercial, voters would listen and cheer.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online