RUSH: Folks, the media is starting to get all excited about Obama’s jobs program. We have audio sound bites to illustrate this. And I’m thinking maybe we might just start a countdown here. You know, a la Wolf Blitzer. (imitating Blitzer) “It’s three p.m. on the East Coast,” and da-da-da-da. Okay, so what has the president said? Obama’s gonna give his world historic jobs speech shortly after the September 5th holiday.
RUSH: By the way, ladies and gentlemen, the regime has formally requested a joint session to Congress for the president to announce his jobs plan on September the 7th. (interruption) No. Wait a minute, now, September the 7th, folks. He wants it at eight p.m., nationally televised address, joint session of Congress. It is the night of a Republican presidential debate at the Reagan library. Ye-e-e-e-e-s it is, and all the news networks are confirming. Now, Boehner can decide these things. Can you imagine if things were reversed and Pelosi is the Speaker and Bush says, “You know, I want a joint session of Congress speech on the night of a big Democrat Party debate.” You think Pelosi would go along with it? Boehner can tell Obama “no.” Give him a different date. Here’s Robert B. Reichhhh, former labor secretary this morning on MSNBC Live. The host Craig Melvin said, “Look, if he rolls out this big jobs plan, twists arms, hits the road and tries to sell it to Americans but doesn’t get it through Congress, then what’s next for this president?”
REICH: The president ought to be very bold. Uh, have a bunch of proposals that really are large enough to deal with the problem. Uh, tie them together. Ask for Congress an up-
or-down vote. If the Republicans say, “No,” then he ought to campaign on it. He ought to fight for it, mobilize and energize not only the Democratic base, but a lot independents and many Republicans.
RUSH: That is the plan. Whether Reich knows it or not, the plan is to propose something outrageous in terms of spending, and we’re getting details that it’s gonna be an extension of unemployment benefits. I’ve got some of the details, not right in front of me, but in due course. It’s gonna be big. It’s gonna be something the Republicans will reject, and then Obama’s gonna run around and campaign on their rejection, whether Reich knows this or not.
RUSH: So September 7th, jobs program, Obama has requested a joint session of Congress to make his presentation. It also happens to be at night of a Republican presidential debate. In fact, Rick Perry’s first Republican presidential debate at the Reagan library. So if we’re gonna do our countdown clock, we’re gonna have to reset it here. What would it be? A hundred seventy-six hours instead of 144. A hundred seventy-six hours from noon today, Obama’s historic jobs address.
Now, let me tell you about this jobs address. This is not cynicism. Obama’s plan, no matter the details and no matter how he tries to dress it up, the only purpose of his jobs plan will be to announce an increase in government spending to keep us out of a technical recession. We are at a 1% growth rate. Our economy is growing at 1%, and the GDP, economic growth includes government spending. Without government spending we would still be in an official recession, and that’s what Obama wants to avoid. He wants to get enough spending approved to get the GDP up in an artificial way. The larger percentage of the GDP represented by the government, the worse it is for people who want to have traditional jobs in the private sector, who want to try to build a nest egg, amass wealth, leave something for your family, you don’t do that through government. Government takes that opportunity away from you.
The more money that government sucks up from the private sector, the less opportunity there is for everybody that’s left in the private sector. None of that matters to Obama. What Obama wants to do is gin up enough government spending to keep us technically out of a recession. So let’s say that Obama increased government spending by, oh, X percent of our entire economy. Our GDP would go up by whatever that percentage is. And that’s what Obama, the Democrats are desperate to do. And that’s why they want to do this in a national primetime address. They want to increase spending enough to keep us from having two quarters of negative GDP in an election year.
This is not cynicism. I’m telling you the truth. The last thing on Obama’s mind is creating jobs. The only thing on his mind is reelection.