July 6, 2011

#AskObama: #WhereAreTheJobs?
Seven Simple Questions In 140 Characters Or Less
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1. Where Are The Jobs? #AskObama 2. Why Should You Not Be Held Responsible For Your Promise That Unemployment Wouldn’t Go Above 8% W/Stimulus? #AskObama 3. You Promised To Cut The Deficit In Half By The End Of Your 1st Term But Actually Increased It. Is This A Failure Of Leadership? #AskObama 4. Since Your Own Advisor Said You Own This Economy, When Will You Stop Blaming The Previous Administration And Take Ownership? #AskObama 5. Was Your Commerce Nominee Right To Call NLRB’s Attempt To Destroy Boeing Jobs In SC Not The “Right Judgment?” #AskObama 6. CBO Director Recently Said CBO Couldn’t Score Your April Budget Speech; Why Hasn’t Your Speech Been Turned Into A Budget? #AskObama 7. Why Do You Insist On Claiming You Started An “Unprecedented” Review Of Job-Killing Regulations When It’s Not True? #AskObama

1. Where are the jobs? #AskObama
The Current Unemployment Rate Is 9.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 7/6/11) The Unemployment Rate Has Remained Above 8 Percent For A Record 28 Straight Months And 13.9 Million Americans Remain Out Of Work. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 7/6/11)

2. Why should you not be held responsible for your promise that unemployment wouldn’t go above 8% w/stimulus? #AskObama
President-Elect Barack Obama’s Economic Advisors Crafted A Stimulus Bill They Predicted Would Keep Unemployment Below Eight Percent. (Christina Romer and
Jared Bernstein, “The Job Impact Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Plan,” 1/9/09)

President-Elect Obama Released The Graph So That “The American People Can See Exactly What This
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Plan Will Mean For Their Families, Their Communities, And Our Economy.” “I asked my nominee for Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Dr. Christina Romer, and the Vice President-Elect’s Chief Economic Adviser, Dr. Jared Bernstein, to conduct a rigorous analysis of this plan and come up with projections of how many jobs it will create – and what kind of jobs they will be. Today, I am releasing a report of their findings so that the American people can see exactly what this plan will mean for their families, their communities, and our economy.” (President-Elect Barack Obama, The President Elect’s Radio Address, 1/10/09)

3. You promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of your 1st term but actually increased it. Is this a failure of leadership? #AskObama
In February 2009, Obama Said That He Would “Cut The Deficit In Half By The End Of [His] First Term In Office.” “Yesterday, I held a fiscal summit where I pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office.” (President Barack Obama, Address to Joint Session of Congress, 2/24/09)  Obama Has Racked Up Three Record Trillion Dollar Deficits. “The federal budget deficit is on pace to break the $1 trillion mark for a third straight year. Record deficits are putting pressure on Congress and the Obama administration to come up with a plan to rein in government spending. … Three years ago that would have ranked as the highest ever for a full year. Instead, this year's deficit will likely exceed last year's $1.29 trillion imbalance and nearly match the $1.41 trillion record reached in 2009. The budget year ends on Sept. 30.” (Martin Crutsinger, “Federal Budget Deficit On Pace To Break $ Trillion For Third Straight Year,” The Associated
Press, 6/10/11)

The Deficit This Year Is Slated To Reach A Historically High $1.65 Trillion. (Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Of The U.S.
Government, Office Of Management And Budget, 2/14/11)

4. Since your own advisor said you own this economy, when will you stop blaming the previous administration and take ownership? #AskObama
Obama Senior Advisor Said “Of Course” Obama Owns The Economy. NBC’s MATT LAUER: “You would agree with that: He owns this economy?” OBAMA SENIOR ADVISOR DAVID PLOUFFE: "Of course he does."
(NBC’s “Today,” 6/30/11)

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5. Was your Commerce nominee right to call NLRB’s attempt to destroy Boeing jobs in SC not the “right judgment?” #AskObama
Obama “Dodged” Question About NLRB Lawsuit Against Boeing. “During his press conference, President Obama just dodged a question about whether the suit filed by the National Labor Relations Board against Boeing was contributing to a bad regulatory environment that was hurting businesses.” (Phillip Klein, “Obama Dodges
Question On NLRB's Boeing Suit,” The [Washington] Examiner's Beltway Confidential, 6/29/11)

Obama’s National Labor Relations Board Has Declared That Boeing Opening A New Plant In South Carolina Would Be “Illegal.” “At issue is whether Boeing, which is slated to open a plant this summer in North Charleston and create thousands of jobs, can legally do so. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) contends in a complaint recently filed against Boeing that the company can’t open its plant in ‘right to work’ South Carolina because the move is allegedly motivated by an attempt to avoid strikes and thus intimidate Boeing workers elsewhere.”(Kathleen Parker, Op-Ed, “The NLRB Fires A Shot South Carolina Can’t Ignore,” The Washington Post,
4/22/11)

Obama’s Commerce Secretary Nominee Says NLRB Action Against Boeing Is Wrong. SEN. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON (R-TX): “Let me just ask one last question, and that is, you’re obviously a member of the Boeing board? … And you’ve made a very good statement about regulatory excess. Do you think the stretch that the NLRB is making to try to keep Boeing from choosing where it manufactures its products is the overreach of
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regulation?” SECRETARY OF COMMERCE NOMINEE JOHN BRYSON: "I think it’s not the right judgment. Maybe if I’m … I wasn’t thinking of it so much as regulation, it seemed like such an unexpected kind of legal proceeding that none of us on the board – we thought we were doing the right thing for the country and we looked hard at maintaining the jobs in Washington and expanding the jobs elsewhere for the benefit of the country and never thought for example of putting those jobs outside the U.S." (Committee On Commerce, Science, &
Transportation, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 6/21/11) 

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The Seattle Times: We Wanted The Jet Built In Washington, “But That Is Boeing's Decision To Make, Not The Government's.” “The ‘other state’ is, of course, our own. This newspaper favored the company building the second 787 line here. We want Boeing to build its next commercial jetliner here and all its commercial jetliners here. But that is Boeing's decision to make, not the government's.” (Editorial, “NLRB Complaint
Against Boeing Needs Critical Look,” The Seattle Times, 6/13/11)

6. CBO Director Recently Said CBO Couldn’t Score Your April Budget Speech; Why Hasn’t Your Speech Been Turned Into A Budget?#AskObama
CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf Says Obama’s Latest Budget Is Too Vague To Be Scored. REP. PAUL RYAN: “The president gave a speech on April 13th, where he outlined a new budget framework that claims $4 trillion in deficit reduction over 12 years, have you estimated the budget impact of this framework? ELMENDORF: No, Mr. Chairman. We don’t estimate speeches. We need much more specificity than was provided in that speech for us to do our analysis.” (Committee On The Budget, U.S. House Hearing,, 6/23/11) Some Background On That Obama Speech About His “Budget”: “Obama Has No Plan To Balance The Budget — Ever.” (Robert Samuelson, Op-Ed, “Obama Abdicates On The Budget,” The
Washington Post, 4/24/11)

“We Aren’t Having This Debate, And President Obama Is Mainly To Blame. His Recent Budget Speech At George Washington University Was A Telling Model Of Evasion, Contradiction And Deception.”
(Robert Samuelson, Op-Ed, “Obama Abdicates On The Budget,” The Washington Post, 4/24/11)

ABC’s Amy Walter: “While Politicians On Both Sides Of The Aisle Have Stressed The Need To “Put It All On The Table”, The President Made Clear That He Was Leaving A Lot On The Floor.” (Amy Walter,
“Analysis: Obama's Debt Speech Sounded Like Campaign Fare,” ABC News’ “The Note” Blog, 4/13/11)

Walter: “This Speech Wasn’t So Much About Coming Up With A Bi-Partisan Plan To Tackle The Deficit As It Was About Setting Up The Battle Lines For A 2012 Campaign.” (Amy Walter, “Analysis:
Obama's Debt Speech Sounded Like Campaign Fare,” ABC News’ “The Note” Blog, 4/13/11)

Instead, Obama’s Supposed Budget Proposal Was Nothing More Than A “Reelection Speech.” “President Barack Obama gave a terrific reelection speech Wednesday. It wasn’t billed as that. It was supposed to be a number-packed speech about budgeting and spending and all manner of fiscal gobbledygook.”(Roger Simon, “Barack Obama To Soak Rich, Please Democrats,” Politico, 4/13/11)

7. Why Do You Insist On Claiming You Started An “Unprecedented” Review Of Job-Killing Regulations When It’s Not True? #AskObama
In Its First Two Years, The Obama Administration Has Proposed At Least 408 “Economically Significant” Regulations – Each Regulation Has An Economic Impact Of Over $100 Million. “[A] Competitive Enterprise Institute study found 339 ‘economically significant’ rules, defined as costing $100 million or more, in the last two years under Mr. Bush, but 408 such rules in the first two years of the Obama administration.” (David Boyer, “Employers Skeptical Of Obama Vow Of Less Red Tape,” The Washington Times, 7/4/11)
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The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: Obama’s Claim That He Initiated “Unprecedented” Review Of Regulations Just Isn’t True. “Watch out when someone says ‘unprecedented.’ It’s almost never true. That’s the case here. Obama clearly has forgotten Al Gore’s “reinventing initiative,” which supposedly resulted in the elimination of 16,000 pages of federal regulations. (Frankly, we were always suspicious of that claim.) Other presidents, such as George H.W. Bush, also pledged to cut down on red tape. It’s a hardy perennial.” (Glenn Kessler, “The Missing Facts In President Obama’s News Conference,” The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker, 6/30/11) Politifact Rated Obama’s Claim That His Regulatory Review Is “Unprecedented” As “PANTS ON FIRE.”
(Robert Farley, “President Barack Obama Claims His Regulatory Review Is Unprecedented,” Politifact, 6/29/11) 

Politifact: “Lots Of Presidents Have Done That.” “Obama claims that his administration is doing something unprecedented – ‘no administration has done this before,’ he said -- by having each agency review existing regulations, with an eye toward eliminating ones that don't make sense. Lots of presidents have done that. We rate Obama's statement Pants On Fire.” (Robert Farley, “President Barack Obama
Claims His Regulatory Review Is Unprecedented,” Politifact, 6/29/11)

The Associated Press Dismissed Obama’s Claim That He Had Ordered An Unprecedented Review Of Regulations. “THE FACTS: Plenty of other presidents have gone on the hunt for needless federal regulations.” (Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Obama And His Gallery Of Rogues,” The Associated Press, 6/30/11)

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