With his own party admitting that his meager efforts to restore the economy and create jobs have been a complete failure, it seems the time has come for President Obama to look for scapegoats. So who will it be? Parasitic trade partners? Nah, that would just make the cocktail parties at the G20 meetings a bit awkward. Greedy CEOs of global corporations? Nah. Why piss off your biggest donors?
Instead, he’s decided to blame American workers for being “soft” and “uncompetitive.” As detailed in the above-linked report about an interview with an Orlando television station:
“… the United States “had gotten a little soft” in the years before he took office, and needs to regain its “competitive edge” in the global economy.”
What a crock. Americans are still, by far, the most productive workers on the planet. Many are working 12 hour days, 6 or 7 days a week (with all that overtime off-the-clock, by the way). And, when they’re not at work, they sleep with their cell phones next to their pillows, at the boss’ beck and call 24/7. Most are afraid to take vacation that they’ve earned or to call in sick when, by all rights, they should be in a hospital.
How is that Americans are blamed for losing their competitive edge when workers in France and most of Europe, where we have trade deficits that, on a per capita basis, are even bigger than China’s, are coddled with 35-hour work weeks and take far more vaction than Americans? Why isn’t their low productivity a problem for them? Why can’t our president ask himself the same question?
Now that he has Americans feeling bad about themselves, let’s buck them up with a vision of their savior, Obama, riding to the rescue:
“… making sure that we’re revamping our education system, making sure we’ve got world class infrastructure, investing in basic science and research and technology, making sure that we are moving manufacturing back to the United States, and that we are being tough with our trading partners — making sure that they’re not taking advantage of us … there are a lot of things we can do …”
Wait a minute. Isn’t this the same crap we heard three years ago before the election? “Being tough with our trading partners.” Oh, you mean like your first visit to Mexico to talk about NAFTA, when they slapped us with tariffs and sent you home with your tail between your legs? Have you done anything in response to that yet, other than to capitulate and let Mexican trucks cross the border? And exactly what have you done to “make sure that we’re moving manufacturing back to the United States,” aside from saying the words? Yeah, there’s a lot of things you could do. When do you plan to start?
Perhaps realizing that he may have just insulted voters, he closes with this :
We still have the best universities, the best scientists, and best workers in the world. We still have the most dynamic economic system in the world. So we just need to bring all those things together.
That’s not what you said at the beginning. You said we’re “soft” and have lost our “competitive edge.” It seems that the only place we’ve gotten soft in the last two decades is between the ears of our politicians and the only thing we’ve lost is leadership and the ability to correctly diagnose our problems.
Obama is rapidly moving beyond being merely a disappointment. This guy is really beginning to annoy me.