Jobs, Jobs, Nonsense, Schools, Jobs

Obama is bullying the hell out of his pulpit on his new jobs program. The messaging is consistent and strident, with ads and everything. He's reminded us that balancing the economy isn't class warfare; it's basic math. He's told Congress to pass the bill and pass it now. He's just been warming up; in recent stump stomps promoting the bill, he has really ramped up the challenges to Congress:
“It’s been two weeks since I sent it to Congress. And now I want it back. I want to sign this jobs bill so we can start putting people to work. I’ve got the pens all ready,” Obama said. “So my question to Congress is: What on Earth are we waiting for?” the president said at Abraham Lincoln High School.
Since he was most recently in Denver, Mark Udall weighed in on Obama's "investment in the American people":
In addition to tax cuts for working families, it includes investments that will help put people to work, get consumers spending again, create reliable infrastructure, and help businesses find agile, well-trained workers. The president's jobs plan reforms unemployment insurance to immediately help as many as 34,000 Coloradans put food on the table while they are looking for work. His plan could also lead to more than 6,000 jobs across the state by helping out-of-work construction workers find jobs rebuilding our outdated bridges, roadways and schools. And it invests in job training so that Latinos, women and low-income workers will get the necessary support to be qualified for these jobs. ...Targeted investments, reduced taxes and not a single dollar of deficit spending should be the ingredients for a bipartisan agreement — but it seems like some of my fellow members of Congress are too wrapped up in campaign politics to actually govern.
Ya got that right! And why should they bother with the hassles of governance when they always have supporters no matter how insanely they behave? To wit: Kyle Wingnutfield at the AJC seems to think that jobs end once they begin. Or something:
The legislation, submitted to Congress this month, would increase gross domestic product by 0.6 percent next year and add or keep 275,000 workers on payrolls, the median estimates in the survey of 34 economists showed. The program would also lower the jobless rate by 0.2 percentage point in 2012, economists said. For those keeping score at home, that’s a “jobs plan” that costs more than $1.6 million per job. If the president wants to spend taxpayer dollars to provoke demand-side job creation, he would be better off holding a lottery and giving $10,000 apiece to 45 million people.
Seriously, this is what passes for "intellectual analysis" on the right...fanciful economies in which a one-time boost of 10k is more beneficial than a steady, long-term job. Why, it's almost as asinine as Ron Paul's claim that lowering the minimum wage would help poor people. No; I am not making that up. Wingfield's piece also completely ignores the long-term value of investing in education, naturally.
Obama’s $447 billion jobs package includes $30 billion to renovate high schools and community colleges nationwide, and an additional $30 billion to help local jurisdictions hire and retain teachers. ...“Places like South Korea are adding teachers in droves to prepare their kids for the global economy. We’re laying ours off left and right,” Obama told students and teachers in the school’s parking lot. “All across the country, budget cuts are forcing superintendents to make choices they don’t want to make. . . . It’s unfair to our kids; it undermines their future; it has to stop.”
It's as though those of conservative bent are congenitally incapable of long-term vision; who in their right mind would suggest we shouldn't fund schools better and provide quality education to all Americans everywhere? Is it not patently obvious that a solid education opens the doors for people to be entrepreneurs and "job creators" and make industrious contributions to life, society and the GDP? Maybe they resent being too daft to grasp such concepts and don't want anyone else to be able to either?

The bill saves jobs, makes long-term investments in the country, cuts the deficit and is totally paid for.
President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan would help avoid a return to recession by maintaining growth and pushing down the unemployment rate next year, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. ...The plan “prevents a contraction of the economy in the first quarter” of next year, said John Herrmann, a senior fixed-income strategist at State Street Global Markets LLC in Boston, who participated in the survey.
What is Congress waiting for, indeed.

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