Rose Garden Promises

It’s July 2nd and this is what the media is reporting from the White House:

“Obama confident in recovery despite jobs report”

“WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Thursday that he remains confident the economy will turn around in the short term and the nation will prosper in the long term despite another dose of bad unemployment news.

“‘And I’m absolutely confident that we can, at this period of difficulty, prove, once again, what this nation can achieve when challenged,’ Obama said in the Rose Garden after meeting with executives from energy companies.

“Earlier, the government reported that employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in June. The unemployment rate climbed to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent.

“Obama called that report sobering news but better than the last economic quarter and a sign that the recession is slowing.

“‘Obviously, this is little comfort to all those Americans who have lost their jobs,’ he said.

“Obama and his team have pointed to top energy companies in citing ways to steady the economy and put people back to work. The White House is working to keep energy in the spotlight even as Congress takes a break this week for the July 4 holiday.

“The House last week narrowly approved the first energy legislation to curb global warming following furious lobbying by the White House advisors and personal pressure by the president himself.

“‘So these companies are vivid examples of the kind of future we can create,’ the president said Thursday in the Rose Garden, flanked by energy industry leaders. ‘But it’s now up to the Senate to continue the work that was begun in the House to forge this prosperous future. We’re going to need to set aside the posturing and the politics, and when we put aside the old ideological debates, then our choice is clear.’

“He added: ‘It’s a choice between slow decline and renewed prosperity. It’s a choice between the past and the future.’”

Such nonsense! Here’s a man who promised that he would turn our economy around when he became president, but going into his sixth month we’re now hearing him say that “… the economy will turn around …”. That’s right. We, and the administration, just have to stand around and watch the economy turn itself around. Somehow.

After catering – with taxpayer money – to the very well-heeled in the financial world, the president is now meeting with executives in the very well-heeled energy company world. But that’s only right. After all, those elite were nice enough to fund his election campaign, so it’s only proper that he takes the time to show his gratitude – with, like, y’know, more taxpayer money. That’s the kind of joviality that goes on in the Rose garden – y’know.

Every day we read hundreds of pages of reports, opinions, and even criticisms in the media, but never once has anyone asked the administration how – how – it intends to turn the economy around. Because we’ve brought up this point in past commentaries we’ve anxiously waited for this question to be raised by someone in the media, or even in Congress – anyone.

According to the above report, “Obama and his team have pointed to energy companies in citing ways to steady the economy and put people back to work”– and we’re supposed to buy that nonsense. But as we learned from Will Rogers, most folks will buy that doublespeak because they read the president’s words in the newspapers. But we know a little fourth grade girl who won’t.

She remembers reading two months ago that the U.S. Department of Labor admitted that at least 24 million people were out job-hunting. “Are we supposed to believe that those 24 million people will be given jobs by the oil companies?” she’d ask. “What would they be doing – pumping gas at gas stations?” Drivers can do that all by themselves, she’d remind us.

Let’s just hope she doesn’t read that latest bit of mullarkey. She’d be asking how “energy legislation designed to curb global warming” would create the millions of jobs that have been lost since the beginning of this “recession”.

And why would the president believe that the 467,000 jobs lost in June is “a sign that the recession is slowing”, she’d probably ask. “Isn’t that worse than the 322,000 jobs lost in May?” she’d ask.

There’d be no point in arguing with her. She just doesn’t understand economics. She doesn’t realize that this recession will eventually right itself. It always does. Ask anybody. We don’t have to do anything about it. That’s just the way it is. Everyone knows that.

After all, even the “Great Depression” turned out to be a piece of cake. Everyone knows that, too.

But that little kid would keep on buggin’ us.

“It didn’t just ‘turn itself around’”, she’d say. [She’d kinda stamp her foot when she’d say that.] “My great-grandad said that World War II ended that depression.” [She’d stamp her foot again.]

She’s be right, of course. We didn’t tell her about FDR’s Emergency Shipbuilding Programs because that would only complicate things. She’d never get off our backs if she knew about that.

Pretty soon she’ll be old enough to read the newspapers and she’ll no longer be a pest. Like the rest of the gullible populace she’ll believe any and every report that comes out of the Rose Garden. She’ll be as meek as a lamb – and may never again get the urge to stamp her feet at us elders.