In today's column at the Washington Post, Eugene Robinson has proposed that in Obama's much anticipated 'Jobs' speech this September( where Obama is expected to put out a plan outline of a plan to the uneasy public) Robinson says the following (emphasis mine):
President Obama's promised jobs plan needs to be unrealistic and unreasonable, at the very least. If he can crank it all the way up to unimaginable, that would be even better.
Wow, I thought 'unrealistic/unreasonable' argument was the exclusive property of the Tea Party. And what is Mr. Robinson's reasoning for lowering the President to the level of the despised Tea Party? Why to get reelected of course (Snarky comments mine):
Obama can quite likely win (reelection) by convincing voters that even if they're unhappy with his economic policies, the nation is better off sticking with him — because (wait for it) - any of the Republican candidates is likely to make things much worse.
WOW! I mean - Just… WOW! New campaign slogan: "if you vote for me it won't get any worse". Sounds like a winner to me.
And what new and exciting ideas should the President convey to the unwashed masses:
Obama and his advisers know very well that this is the wrong time to cut government spending. They know that using federal money to seed big new initiatives — to upgrade the nation's crumbling infrastructure, jump-start the "clean" energy industry, retrain the unemployed so they can compete in tomorrow's job market — would give the economy a much-needed boost.
Such ambitious proposals would demonstrate that the president is willing to think big
Is it just me or do these 'new ideas' sounds a lot like the old ideas? You know the old idea where the administration flushed almost $1 trillion down the drain under the guise of stimulus. Where do you start with this nonsense? "Jump-start the (non-existent) green industry? Increase government spending? And all the other Keynesian nonsense that has failed over and over again.
So, to get back to Mr. Robinson's premise, that Obama should be unreasonable/unrealistic/unimaginable, the question is: How much more unreasonable/unrealistic/unimaginable can the man be? Should Obama be shooting for a bond rating of single A or maybe triple B?
I like Eugene Robinson but on this one he is just re-heating the Keynesian Kool-Aid again.