It was a busy day yesterday, so I didn’t get around to pointing out something that struck me as rather funny. With unemployment still at 9.2% and likely to increase in the coming months with an economy that has slowed to near-double-dip recession levels, President Obama and his fellow Democrats are talking about pivoting to job creation.
August 2, 2011: “OBAMA AND SENATE DEMS PLAN PIVOT TO JOBS: Senate Democrats hope they now have ‘checked the box’ on debt reduction and can move to an agenda focused on job creation and economic growth, through a combination of spending and tax cuts.” (Mike Allen, “DEMS PLAN PIVOT TO JOBS: Transportation, Infrastructure, Tax Breaks On Fall Agenda,” Politico’s “Playbook”, 8/2/11)
• “Dems want to change the subject fast, and polls show the need to talk more about jobs. Party officials say jobs will be their key message in August, followed by Hill action after Labor Day. Many Democrats fear the budget fights of this year have distracted from the issue that will be central to voters in the fall of 2012 – and officials want to get Paul Krugman off their backs.” (Mike Allen, “DEMS PLAN PIVOT TO JOBS: Transportation, Infrastructure, Tax Breaks On Fall Agenda,” Politico’s “Playbook”, 8/2/11)
Here’s the kicker, they’ve said the same thing before… nearly 20 months ago.
December 23, 2009: “SIREN: White House Plans ‘Very Hard Pivot To Jobs’ Next Month.” (Mike Allen, “SIREN: White House Plans ‘Very Hard Pivot To Jobs’ Next Month -- Will Be ‘Prescriptive’,” Politico’s “Playbook”, 12/23/09)
• “WEST WING MIND MELD — A VERY HARD PIVOT TO JOBS in January: “We’ll be very prescriptive on what we want to see on jobs legislation and we’ll work with Congress, [which] has an important role in it. When health care is done (not meaning the president has signed it — once it’s off the front burner), we’re going to make a very hard pivot to jobs in the run-up to the State of the Union.: You’ll see an intense focus on the economy and jobs from this White House in the beginning of 2010. It’s going to include what the president outlined in his Brookings speech on Dec. 8 (transcript ): infrastructure, efforts at green jobs through the retrofit/weatherization plan, small-business incentives for hiring and investment, as well as pushing for more lending for them. It all falls under the rubric of a MIDDLE-CLASS AGENDA. Hopefully this focus will give the country a psychological lift, even while we’re waiting for jobs numbers to rebound. The State of the Union is where we’ll take that economic message to tens of millions of viewers. We also think we’ll get to financial regulatory reform early in 2010. Cap and trade is tougher, but not unattainable.” (Mike Allen, “SIREN: White House Plans ‘Very Hard Pivot To Jobs’ Next Month -- Will Be ‘Prescriptive’,” Politico’s “Playbook”, 12/23/09)
I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but think of the time then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the American people would judge Democrats in the 2010 elections based on their record of creating “jobs, jobs, jobs.” The American people rendered their judgment then, just as they will do in 2012 with hollow promises to “pivot” to job creation.