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Rlaser focusemember when President Obama claimed he “would not rest” until Americans were back to work?  Remember how he promised a “laser-like focus” on jobs?  Well, it appears Obama has some serious ADD.  According to the latest Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report, Obama has only spent 3.6% of his presidency on the economy and jobs….and that is a conservative estimate.

Here are some other key findings in their report:

  • In 2013, Obama has spent a total of 6 hours in economic meetings.  (Wow…)
  • Obama has spent a total of 474.4 hours in economic meetings throughout his presidency, compared to 976 hours playing golf or on vacation.
  • Between 2009 and 2012, Obama’s time spent in economic meetings decreased by 79%.

Does that sound like laser-like focus to you?  I’m going with No.  And he’s looking pretty darn rested to me.  So our economy must be on obamabiketrack, right?  Again, that would be a No.  Unemployment still stands at 7.6%, with real unemployment around a whopping 14%.  Our national debt is at 16.8 TRILLION and climbing.  The stock market is being artificially inflated by the Federal Reserve, which economists believe is going to lead to an even bigger collapse than we experienced in 2008.  Social  Security is going broke.  Obamacare is a train wreck, costing billions more than anticipated, and is also causing massive losses of jobs or reductions in hours, and causing companies to close their doors.

But these issues appear to be unworthy of Obama’s time.  Instead he’s focusing on gun control (despite the fact the majority of Americans do not support it), promoting Planned Parenthood, and pushing immigration reform…a.k.a. amnesty (which the majority of Americans also do not support).  These are not the biggest issues facing our country.   According to a March Gallup poll, the issues most Americans are concerned with are:  1) economy in general, 2) dissatisfaction with government, 3) unemployment/jobs, and 4) federal budget deficit/debt.  See anything interesting in those answers?  That’s right….Obama isn’t focused on ANY of them.  In fact, he and his Democrat cronies all state that the economy is improving, and in fact, we don’t have a spending problem.  Democrat Whip Steny Hoyer claimed we have a “paying for it” problem.  Yeah, just like Mike Tyson, economyDennis Rodman or MC Hammer had a “paying for it” problem.  Are you kidding me?

It’s clear that Obama isn’t focused on helping the middle class, although he consistently claims to be working to protect them.  In fact, most of his policies will ultimately destroy the middle class.   Obamacare is hitting small business owners the hardest, and middle class workers are losing hours or losing their jobs altogether. Payroll taxes went up 2% this year, despite Obama’s repeated promises of not raising taxes on the middle class “a single dime”.  And let’s not forget the new internet sales tax, which will cost Americans more money, and place a tremendous burden on companies.  And don’t you love the names of these bills?  Note the “Affordable Care Act” and the “Market regulationsFairness  Act”.  Pfft.  What a joke.

Isn’t the President of the United States supposed to represent all Americans?  Aren’t they supposed to look out for the interests of all of us, not just those who agree with his ideology?  Obama doesn’t even attempt to work with the Republican party, or address the concerns of conservatives.  Not only has this president failed to bring Americans together, but he intentionally drives us apart.   The only thing this president has accomplished is to make us weaker as a nation.

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Yesterday, on Fox News Sunday, Speaker of the House John Boehner noted that the House passed 30 jobs bills in 2011, which have never made it to the floor of the Senate, thanks to Democrat Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.  While Obama constantly claims Republicans are the party of No, and that they are responsible for the lack of new jobs in this country, these facts speak otherwise.

On Speaker Boehner’s blog this weekend (www.speaker.gov/blog), the following article was posted, noting that Obama’s own Jobs Council has endorsed the approach to job creation that the Republicans have been pursuing all year, in order to get Americans back to work.   (Note how many bills have the comment “Senate has taken no action to date.”) Hmmm…who is the REAL party of No??

Yesterday, the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness released its year-end report, recommending how we can “create jobs in the short run and improve our nation’s competitiveness over the long term.” The recommendations focus on reducing regulatory burdens, simplifying our tax code, utilizing American sources of energy, and fostering private sector innovation and global competitiveness – the very approach House Republicans have advocated. As Speaker Boehner noted,  “With this report, President Obama’s own panel of experts has endorsed the approach to job creation House Republicans have been pursuing for more than a year.”  Not only does the report align with the approach Republicans have proposed, it reflects legislation already passed by the House and awaiting action in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The House has acted, and all we need now is a willing partner in the Senate to make many of the Council’s recommendations a reality.  That’s why Speaker Boehner yesterday urged, “the President to call on Senate leaders to take up these House-passed jobs bills so we can provide the solutions American job creators say are needed to put people back to work.”

Here are the ideas proposed in the Council’s report, followed by bills and ideas proposed by House Republicans.

President’s Jobs Council: Adopt an “All-In” Strategy on Energy – “In order to stay competitive, the U.S. must maintain access to abundant and affordable energy while reducing our reliance on foreign imports and moving toward cleaner energy sources.”
House GOP Solutions:

  • Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, H.R. 1230 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)
  • Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act, H.R. 1229 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)
  • Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act, H.R. 1231 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)
  • Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011, H.R. 2021 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)
  • North American-Made Energy Security Act, H.R. 1938 (Passed the House, Senate has taken no action to date)

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There is a shocking piece of legislation working its way through Congress. A Defense Authorization bill for 2012 allows for military detentions of American citizens on American soil. These can be indefinite detentions, with no trial.

The American Civil Liberties Union statement (more of an alert) on November 23, 2011 deserves special attention:

“The U.S. Senate is considering the unthinkable: changing detention laws to imprison people — including Americans living in the United States itself — indefinitely and without charge.”

“The Defense Authorization bill — a “must-pass” piece of legislation — is headed to the Senate floor with troubling provisions that would give the President — and all future presidents — the authority to indefinitely imprison people, without charge or trial, both abroad and inside the United States.”  

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