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Obama’s Job Forum: To Save or Create Friendships

December 3, 2009

I’ve been hearing of this “event” for days, weeks even. And every time I do, I roll my eyes. What is the purpose of this forum? According to Obama its a way to take a proactive approach to creating more jobs in our country. And that’s all well and good, because lets face it, as a fellow “funemployed” American, I’d like to increase my chances to landing a job. Unfortunately those who are attending are, at best, possibly capable of creating jobs, but what they lack in ability to create jobs, they more than make up for in their ability to donate money to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. That kind of left sitting bias is a bit concerning when you figure unemployed Americans are not looking for a political party leader to talk about jobs, they want him to do something or move out of the way so someone else can.

According to FoxNews:

Several attendees are labor leaders whose political action committees contributed impressive amounts to Obama’s war chest, including one group that gave nearly $29.5 million.

Anna Burger of Change to Win, who is invited to attend the forum, is secretary treasurer of Service Employees International Union Committee on Political Education, or SEIU COPE, a political action committee that gave $29,442,016 to Obama between February 2008 and September 2009. Burger gave Obama $750 in personal contributions.

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten will also be at the summit. The AFT, along with the AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education, gave Obama $1,997,375 in October 2008. And the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, which donated $673,309 to Obama from February to October 2008, will also be represented at the forum.

So, Obama is going to be gaining advice from those who spent a lot of money to put him in office. Fantastic. That’s almost like me dangling a sandwich in front of a starving man and telling him that he’ll get it if he tells me I’m pretty. I’m going to get what I want, and so is he. Everyone is happy, and nothing is produced as a result.

Obama said he’s willing to take into account any and all suggestions from anyone and everyone. He’s not going to cast aside ideas at this critical stage. He WANTS to create jobs. (All paraphrased because I was writing this as he was speaking at said forum.) Obama said he doesn’t want to take a “wait and see” approach to job creation. Really? Well, he NEEDED $800 billion in stimulus money to create jobs and prevent unemployment from “maxing out” at 8%. Then we heard, “well…all the stimulus money hasn’t really taken effect yet, lets wait and see what happens.” Then what do you know?? 10.2% unemployment. Suddenly its urgent?!?! (Or perhaps he needed another excuse to hang out with his friends, you know, away from the golf course)

And by “act” I assure you Obama means that he’s going to veto the Health Care Reform bill and cut taxes across the board, and especially for businesses. He’s going to include more free market ideas into his plans and create an environment for entrepreneurs to start businesses and business owners to grow and expand and create jobs. Are you laughing yet? Yeah…me too.

Reality is, this “forum” is doing nothing right now but make it look like Obama’s doing something and making sure his friends are happy. I hope for America’s sake that SOMETHING comes out of this summit/forum. I really do. Unfortunately, I also fear that if anything does happen, its not going to be good for the country or job creation.

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  1. December 4, 2009 8:17 pm

    You make a great point. If you are serious about creating jobs, the last person you would want to invite is a leader from a teacher’s union. School districts and their ability to hire more teachers is contigent upon taxes paid by for-profit companies–a government teacher’s union guy should not even be in charge of the room setup.

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