“I have a pen and a phone. I do not have to wait for Congress to act.”
Hard to believe a grown man in one of the most powerful position in the world would say something so immature, isn’t it? Let’s lay aside the issue of constitutionality for a moment and go with it.
If you can do what you want, why wouldn’t you want to harness the EPA and use that pen for signing the Keystone Pipe Line into existence? That would create thousands of jobs and more consumer spending, not to mention more energy independence and lower fuel prices.
If people are working, they are buying things for work, like food, clothes, shoes etc. That gives merchants and investors of all venues sales and income. Sales generate sales tax for the states. Payrolls generate payroll tax and income tax. That is income for everyone involved. That is real trickledown economics in its simplest form. If people cannot afford to buy, no one gets paid.
What about that stimulus package with all of the shovel ready jobs mentioned when the bill was in the process of being passed? Last quote I heard said that there was no such thing as a shovel ready job. So, was this fiction created to get the bill passed? Regarding improving our infrastructure, FDR seemed to be able to want to get people working. He went through the proper channels of our government hierarchy with his New Deal. The Civilian Conservation Corps was created. They built bridges, schools, dams etc. The products of these shovel ready jobs have served America very well for decades. Most of the projects the C.C.C members produced and built are now in need of repair and renovations. If you wanted, you could find a way to create work and improve our infrastructure, especially since you feel that you do not have to wait for Congress to act.
In an article by Tea Party Economist.com, applications for jobless benefits increased by 8000 for the week ending 2/8/14. This brings the four week moving average to 336.750 unemployed. There are many people, qualified people, workers and management, just languishing for a decent job. Even the employed suffer, many have no options other than whatever they are doing, as there are no better jobs to be found. Those who are underemployed would like to move up or resume working in their career field, but there are so few options available. Most jobs that have been created in the last six years are minimum wage jobs. Higher paying manufacturing jobs have been shipped to countries where the wages are much less. The mill job that supported your grandparents and parents have long gone to countries where they have more relaxed standards and regulations.
We no longer make our products, we import them. So Mr. Obama, you could want to see the economy grow, not flounder as it has the last six years.
Maybe the problem isn’t a weak leader who hasn’t advanced the American people; maybe the problem is just a difference in wants.
We the People want strong leaders that continue and maintain our way of life, and we want opportunity for ourselves and the generations that follow. Nothing more, nothing less.