It's an unholy charade
It's an unholy charade.
Jay Carney's rough week was a blessing to one man: his boss
Jay Carney's rough week was a blessing to one man: his boss.
President Obama stopped in Colorado last night to visit with survivors of Friday’s mass shooting and with the families of those who were gunned down. Afterward, he delivered some brief remarks, closing with this thought: “I hope that over the next several days, next several weeks, and next several months, we all reflect on how we can do something about some of the senseless violence that ends up marring this country.” Those words gave some hope to those of us who would like to see actual steps taken to make it harder for someone to shoot 71 people in the space of two minutes.
In yet another high-minded day on the campaign trail, the two sides are now battling over the propriety of President Obama’s having yesterday invoked his modest upbringing thusly: “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.” This was taken by campaign reporters, and the Romney campaign, as a not-so-subtle swipe at his well-born opponent, who this morning fired back: “I’m certainly not going to apologize for my dad and his success in life. He was born poor.
A week after introducing his jobs proposal, President Obama has hit a few obstacles. Republican leaders are criticizing the proposal more loudly than before. A failed green energy investment has much of Washington thinking scandal. And the polls still look pretty grim. So what’s Obama doing now? Exactly what he was doing before: Campaigning loudly, and insistently, for the jobs bill. That’s a really good thing – although he's going to need some help. And he's going to need it soon. The speech Obama gave last Thursday was everything it needed to be.
The jobs report is out and it exceeded expectations. But that’s only because expectations are low. The economy added a total of 117,000 jobs last month, which is about 30,000 more than analysts were predicting and, no less important, about 100,000 more than the economy created the previous one. But 117,000 new jobs is more or less what it takes for the economy to keep pace with population growth. So the problem isn’t getting worse but it isn’t really getting better, either.