President Obama faces a sunset deadline for the President’s Jobs Council. Even with a progressive view, when it was first announced two years ago, I met it with skepticism. Why?
The entity was created resulting from political whiplash from the stalled economy. To be honest, I don’t think President Obama and his crew have a clue about how to optimize performance from private enterprise. Bobby Jindal was correct, that is the side of the equation for which Republicans are supposed to know best.
There again is a deficiency. The plastic medicine cap salesman from Cincinnati, speaker Boehner, doesn’t have experience on the correct scale. Current GOP top leadership is void of private enterprise skill, knowledge, and experience.
Combining Democrats and Republicans experience in private enterprise: 0 + 0 = 0.
The theory behind the President’s jobs council was to bring forward business and industry experience to provide answers to what is needed to create the optimal business environment.
Outcomes would be expressed as:
- Laws and regulations
- Taxes and incentives
- Competitive analyses
- Understanding the variables
None of that happened because the President is good at organizing but not so good at managing to get things accomplished.
In fact, the deficiency that makes this bad therapy is that only when private enterprise and investors respond to a positive environment, one that is stable and certain, will business thrive.
Sustainable economics should have been on the agenda, along with energy strategy. Those are actionable topics that require more support from business and industry. That didn’t happen because there was a failure of leadership.
The President benefited from just enough improvement to escape the job problem and to get reelected. Yet, deficient economic performance from a deficient economic model remains with us. If the council didn’t get that message across, then it is time to shutter it like Solyndra.
"Obama faces major dilemma over reauthorizing his jobs council
By Niall Stanage and Amie Parnes - 01/27/13 06:00 AM ET
If President Obama does not reauthorize his job council this week, the move will likely spark criticism from Republicans and could disquiet some Democrats.
Obama has a lot on his legislative wish list, and Democrats on Capitol Hill do not want the White House to get distracted from the top issue on voters’ minds: jobs and the economy.”