By: Jeffrey Klein
A brand new poll just out from Democracy Corps, the Democrat polling organization founded by Democrats James Carville and Stan Greenberg, revealed that President Obama’s State of the Union job creation claims were one of the least popular messages tested–including those of Republicans, according to Conn Carroll’s Beltway Confidential article today.
The message, as excerpted … “In 2009, we were losing 750,000 jobs a month … biggest banks and auto companies on brink of pulling down economy … We righted the ship … over last 22 months businesses created 3 million jobs … more manufacturing jobs than 1990s … We still have a long way to go … [we] restored hope and possibility to the economy.”
How did that go over?
“Just pouring sugar on the thing to create a few temporary jobs is going to get us no place,” one Democrat-leaning focus group participant told Democracy Corps.
A Republican-leaning participant was even harsher … “I don’t see the kind of jobs numbers that I hear about from him.”
A memo of the polling results explains: “Voters report no improvement since last June in their job situation, experience with reduced wages and benefits, and health insurance coverage. Fewer have fallen behind on their mortgages, but this is a weak recovery at the personal level.”
An analysis of President Obama’s speech yesterday, before an audience of college students at the well-heeled University of Miami, portions of which are excerpted below from Bryan Walsh’s Time magazine article today, with my analysis providing confirmation of that sentiment.
BO: “We’re not going to … solve the problem of world oil markets. There is no silver bullet. There never has been.”
JK: It is not within the capacity of the Liberal Democrat Party to address the problem, because they are “married” to a voter base of anti-fossil fuel environmentalists, for whom facts and reason do not matter.
BO: … “America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.”
JK: John Hofmeister, former CEO of Shell Oil and founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy, disagrees, and told Fox News that oil production today is only 7 million barrels per day when it used to be 10 million per day.
“The failure of the United States of America, the world’s largest [oil] consumer, to adopt government policies to enable domestic production to increase and meet these conditions has been nil, nada, nothing, and that is unfortunate for American consumers.”
BO: “Last week, we announced … further energy exploration in the Arctic.
JK: Hofmeister indicates that the oil industry doesn’t need “exploration” leases … “We know where the oil is, but the government has to allow the companies to get the oil,” and charged the Obama administration with being “anti-drilling.”
The Alaska National Wildlife Preserve holds some of the largest known oil reserves in the world, and all things relative, resources and expertise are already in place, such that new fields could easily and quickly be brought online and connected to the existing Alaska pipeline.
BO: “We put … toughest fuel economy standards in history for our cars … trucks … and heavy-duty trucks … [to] average nearly 55 miles per gallon.”
JK: The CAFE standard was already high, at 35.5 mpg by 2016. By raising it 20 mpg over 9 years will add $3,000 to $5,000 to each new car’s price–eliminating 6.8 million, or half, of all new car buyers, as they won’t qualify for a new car loan, according to Bailey Wood of the National Auto Dealers Association.
That would send the U.S. auto industry into a tailspin, forcing the elimination of half of the remaining work force–mostly private sector labor union jobs.
BO: The payoff on [green energy] investments … don’t always come right away and some companies fail.
JK: To date, nearly $1 billion in Energy Department loans have been lost, as a result of the systematic and continuing failures of green energy company “experiments” like Solyndra, Beacon, Ener 1, and Serious Materials.
If the market wants it and there is a profit to be made, then investors will create it–without any help from the U.S. government and taxpayer dollars.
BO: “I will continue to do whatever I can to develop every source of American energy.”
JK: Obama had his chance but chose not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, an immediate source of 20,000 high-paying jobs, a prompt reduction in oil and gasoline prices, and the certainty of a future free from foreign oil.
There is no question that President Barack Obama’s radical socialist agenda is anathema to capitalism, and as such can offer no hope of producing an economic recovery, or returning greatness and exceptionalism to America.
The tip off is that he now only speaks before college students—because working adults would laugh him off the stage.
Copyright (c) 2012 by Jeffrey Klein