Run For Your Life! He's Creating Jobs!

In his weekly radio address, President Barack Obama this weekend issued a dire threat: That he "won't stop until every American who wants a job can find one."

As readers will recall from last week, this soft pivotry of job expectation is in fact nothing new–the president and his party have been focusing on "jobs, jobs, jobs, and jobs" (including several signed-into-law jobs initiatives already long down the memory hole) since inauguration. It apparently has not yet occurred to them that the lousy jobs situation might in fact be related to their general approach toward jobs.

So what's Obama's plan? Mostly tinkering around the edges, some of it positive ("Let's cut red tape in the patent process so entrepreneurs can get good ideas to market more quickly. Let's finish trade deals so we can sell more American-made goods around the world"). But this speculative New York Times piece from over the weekend includes much to make you shudder, including:

The administration may also merge the Department of Commerce, the Office of the United States Trade Representative and some economic divisions at the State Department into a new agency, administration officials said. Possible names include the Department of Jobs or the Department of Competitiveness.

Competitiveness? Where have we heard that one before?

On Friday, Reason assembled a bunch of free-market types to come up with their own ideas for federal policies that lead to increased job growth. Read all about them here.

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  • Some Guy||

    Will Steve Jobs run the Jobs Department? Jobs.

  • Suki||

    Good call. He has created plenty of jobs in China.

  • Andrew Phule||

    Don't forget the Job he created which he initially refused to pay child support for.

  • Suki||

    Should he pay even if he wanted her aborted? Discuss.

  • ||

    Good morning, Suki!

  • Restoras||

    Well, I take comfort in the fact that whomever the administrator is he/she can just consult the Book of Job.

  • Or||

    "We ignore politics most of the time."

  • Aqua Buddha||

    Possible names include the Department of Jobs or the Department of Competitiveness.

    Lets merge that with HUD and Education and make it a Department of Wonderfulness!!

  • Spartacus||

    The Department of Winning The Future!

  • JohnG||


  • Andrew Phule||

    Obama: Head of the Department of. . . WTF

  • Vake||

    It's about time for a Department of Miscellaneous to scoop up all those random agencies.

  • ||

    Department of Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic (DORDCT pronounced "door-dicked")

  • Charlie Sheen||

    The Department of Winning The Future!

    Love it!

  • PIRS||

    What newspaper and what date is that front cover from?

  • BakedPenguin||

    Somewhere in Hancock Co., OH, 3/8/2009

  • ||

    One might say that I too was focused on "jobs" throughout my administration. Come 'ere Monica!

  • ||

    Allways shilling for Big Jobby.

  • Chris||

    Who wants a job when you can get infinite re-ups on unemployment checks?

  • some guy||

    Nothing lasts forever! Eventually you can retire and start getting Social Security.

  • tarran||

    Cutting red tape in the patent office will help create jobs?


    Making it easier for people to get monopolies will create jobs?

    Greasing the skids for large established companies to bludgeon smaller, newer competitors with bogus lawsuits will help create jobs?

    The Obama administration: King Midas reincarnated as a coprophile.

  • yes.||

    Not to mention the fact that you don't have to wait for a patent to sell your invention, you can file a year after offering it plus can get another year if you do a provisional. So the argument doesn't even make sense.

    I wonder whether this is a favor to some big wannabe-monopoly or to lawyers.

  • Shyla||

    Check out This American Life #441, (When Patents Attack) for some interesting background on the paradox of patents and innovation. http://www.thisamericanlife.or.....nts-attack

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Department of Labor De-unionization?

  • ||

    Dude makes a lot of sense when you think about it.

  • ||

    Possible names include the Department of Jobs or the Department of Competitiveness.

    Ministry of Plenty.

  • Corey S. ||

    The Department of Competitiveness (DepCom) will ensure competitiveness by only allowing two companies in each field, fostering the same awesome competition we have in politics.

  • ||

    A whole bunch of federal agencies were merged into the Dept. of Homeland Security and now everyone gets groped at airports. So will the Dept. of Jobs grope everyone at the unemployment office?

  • ||

    Obama is smart, he created his loophole when he stated the he won't stop until every American who wants a job can find one.
    He's either going to make a bunch of real shitty jobs or give those Americans massive handouts to not work, then no one will want his jobs.

  • ||

    Job. Not jobs, job. Singular. He's pivoting on saving his own job. See how one letter difference explained everything?

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    That he "won't stop until every American who wants a job can find one."

    You wonder what's been holding him back up until now.

  • jtuf||

    Given the evidence from the past two years, believing that Obama can fix the economy is as irrational as believing in creationism.


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