I guess if you’re a president trying to convince people that your economic policies are working, you go to the place with the biggest boom in job creation. Unfortunately for President Obama, Texas is creating jobs despite his policies, not because of them.
Nevertheless, that won’t stop him from taking credit for them…
Obama is planning a campaign-style “Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tour” across the country, beginning Thursday in Austin, a magnet for new tech jobs. The push seems designed to help jump-start the president’s second term.
From a political standpoint, the Obama White House sure could use a jumpstart: it’s gun control bill fizzled, immigration reform is on the back burner and their warnings about Sequestermageddon fell flat.
“Even though some in Congress are determined to create more self-inflicted economic wounds, there are things Washington could be doing right now to help American businesses, schools and workers,” Josh Earnest, deputy White House press secretary, said Sunday. “We need to build on the progress we’ve made over the last four years, and that means investing in things that are already creating good-paying, stable jobs that can support a middle class family.”
The so-called “jobs and opportunity” tour stops are similar to the “White House to Main Street” events the president conducted during his first term, and who could forget the “Recovery Summer” of 2010? Three years later, we’re still sitting on a real unemployment rate of more than 10%.