Obama’s Job-Killing Agenda

Tait Trussell is a national award-winning writer, former vice-president of the American Enterprise Institute and former Washington correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.


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First, businesses with fewer than 50 employees have stayed small to keep from providing government-approved health insurance or paying a fine.  Enterprises with more than 50 people will see health overage costs go up with the mandate that they must buy costly government insurance or pay a penalty. Employers of every size don’t know what “qualifying” health insurance is and how much it will set them back in future years. Hiring has dwindled.

Twenty-three states are right-to-work states, which secure the right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. Employment in right-to-work states typically grew 15 percent in the past decade, while the others grew only 7 percent, as described in The Weekly Standard of July 25 by contributing editor Noemie Emery.

She noted that the states patterned after the Old European model—high taxes, excessive spending, strong public unions (all heartily respected by Obama)—suffered the same plight as Europe, “while those with free market models did not.” The eight states “with no state income tax grew 18 percent in the past decade,” according to election expert Michael Barone.

The minimum wage, which Democrats have so faithfully pushed for years, is a great creator of underemployment when employees can’t afford to hire unskilled workers. This is among the job killers in the Obama lineup.

Just how can Obama keep his youthful band of worshipers in tow? Many can be sent to college through Pell grants. The economy has no jobs for its new generation. So, send them to college, where they can be taught socialistic principles to fit the Obama philosophy. A major problem for Obama is that only 45 percent of young people — his most ardent supporters — are working. Sixteen to 24-year-olds can’t seem to find work. The so-called “Millennials” voted two for one for Obama in 2008. But the Democrats have kept millions of young people from working by raising the minimum wage and expanding welfare programs to keep them subservient.

Although nearly one in ten workers is unemployed now, Linda Chavez writes July 22 in Townhall, jobs are available that go unfilled every day. About a third of those receiving unemployment benefits “get a job immediately after their eligibility expires.” In 2009, when the economy was in worse shape, 3 million jobseekers went unemployed.

How could this be? Obama liberals are convinced that unemployed benefits must be extended for the jobless, lamenting that about a fourth of the unemployed have not held a job in more than a year. But liberal policies “have actually created the problem rather than alleviated it.” This ruling class is “succumbing to the European pattern of unemployment.”

European nations—so admired by Obama—have “traditionally had a more generous (some may say lax) safety net, including unemployment benefits…In some cases Europeans who lost their jobs could expect to earn as much in government benefits as they did when working and do so for at least a year…. The real problem in long term unemployment may be a president who wants to emulate the European social model.”

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  • Jeff Orr

    Obama as president is probably God's punishment to the US for being such wicked country. Mabe we will do better next time.

  • geez

    Obama is the punishment for thinking a junior senator raised by communists could result in anything good for a freedom loving country. What a pathetic excuse for a leader. 2012 will result in Mr Manchild going on a book tour with his dear friends Mr Peanut farmer Carter and Mr Sexy (where's that cigar been?) Clinton. Don't let the door hit you and Lurch in the arse, although it would be hard to miss Lurch's.

  • Cuban Refugee

    What else could we have expected from a radical community organizer who, five days before the (s)election that will go down in infamy, called for the "fundamental transformation of America" — who told him America needed to be transformed into a communist economic disaster? What other president in the history of our country during his first 24 hours in office has signed an executive order that would hide all his records from public scrutiny? The Usurper's designs are becoming more transparent by the day, and our beloved republic will go down in flames if he is not stopped. Even in the blue state where I live, heard sotto voce in the supermarket, restaurants, the tennis club, and at the bank is the word that Congress needs to start using at the top of their lungs: IMPEACHMENT.

    • JonB

      Hear, Hear!!!!

  • DelawareBob

    The illegal aliens in this country aren't helping either. The illegal aliens who do not have our jobs are using this country as a welfare country. Look at how many anchor babies we have paid for. About 4.2 million over the last 18-20 years, then we have to school the illegal alien children and the parents get on welfare, get public housing, food stamps and everything else. Sooner or later the Federal government better wake up and get these illegal aliens out of this country. And, oh. Don't forget the billions that is sent out of this country by the illegal aliens. Tell me, how does that help us.

  • tanstaafl

    Obama is not eligible to be the POTUS. Why would he respect any American value when he has no respect for the Constitution?