By Javier ManjarresPresident Obama spoke yesterday at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio, “asking for more time to fix the economy.” While this is a thankful reversal from his assertion last week that “the private sector is doing fine,” his request for more time begs the question: what exactly has he been doing as President these past three and a half years?
In his speech, Obama asserted: “I believe that you can’t bring down the debt without a strong and growing economy. And I believe you can’t have a strong and growing economy without a strong and growing middle class.”
He’s right. But while the President has had three and a half years to encourage the growth necessary to have a strong economy, he hasn’t even come close. The President talks a good game, but so far he’s managed only to amass huge amounts of debt for our children to pay off with very little to show for the cost.
No wonder President Obama sounds like a broken record: if no one’s fixing the economy, the economy will always need to be fixed.
In fact, Obama was at Cuyahoga Community College two years ago to give…almost exactly the same speech. Then as now, he did not present any specific proposals but rather spread around the blame. He trumpeted his $787 billion stimulus while blaming Republicans for his and the economy’s problems. Sound familiar? The President’s speech writers apparently have a very easy job.Notably, Obama wasn’t the only Democratic president to visit Cuyahoga CC that September in 2010: Bill Clinton was there as well. And he suggested that if Obama couldn’t get the job done by 2012, he should be voted out of office. He said: “The Democrats are saying something like this: Look, we found a big hole that we did not dig, and we didn’t get out of it in 21 months, but at least we quit digging. So, don’t go back in reverse, give us two more years and if it doesn’t work you have another election in just two years, you can vote us all out then.”
Yes President Clinton, we couldn’t agree more.
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