PLAN 9, 10, 11
Plans for jobs creation are a dime a dozen. The White House has one. Congress has one. Assorted politicians are flirting with a fiscal opus of some sort. Maybe Lady Gaga should come up with something. She’s rich. She employs people. She must know something. And there’s always “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” just in case people run out of ideas.
Meanwhile, the presidential hopefuls are vying with one another to be the first to issue wisdom and bask in the results. Herman Cain has been talking jobs for months. So has Newt Gingrich. Nimble but unpopular presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman already issued his “common-sense” plan in New Hampshire. Buddy Roemer unveiled his ideas outside the Chinese Embassy with a flourish. Mitt Romney has scheduled his big reveal over Labor Day. And President Obama prestidigitates his job-creation proposals Thursday.
“If the past nearly 32 months are any indication, none of them will pass, work or matter,” observes Los Angeles Times political writer Andrew Malcolm. “Unemployment, which was supposed to stay beneath 8 percent if we threw $787 billion in stimulus money at it, is now 9.1 percent. Consumer confidence has tanked. Economic growth is virtually stagnant. Except for jobs plan speechwriters. They are in huge demand.”
Those speechwriters had better be good, too. According to a new Fox News poll, 6 out of 10 Americans disapprove of the way Mr. Obama has handled the jobs-creation challenge - 86 percent among both Republicans and tea partyers, 67 percent among independents and 37 percent among loyal Democrats. And some heavyweights are simply weary of White House theatrics.
“Frankly, we’ve had enough speeches from the president. If he has a jobs proposal, put it in writing, give us a cost estimate, and send it over. I want to read the bill, not listen to talking points off a teleprompter,” says Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican.
W AND 9/11
It took 10 years. There has been much criticism. But former President George W. Bush has won the public-opinion wars for the way he handled the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, one of the most trying, hair-raising, menacing situations ever to surface at the White House. A decade after the attacks, 56 percent of Americans approve of the way Mr. Bush specifically “dealt with the situation,” says a new Pew Research Center Poll. Among Republicans, 84 percent give him a positive review; among independents, the figure is 55 percent.
But alas, Democrats will be Democrats: 39 percent approve of Mr. Bush’s actions after 9/11, the survey found. See more numbers gauging the public’s lingering sentiments about it all in today’s Poll du Jour.
Where, oh where are the presidential hopefuls? It’s getting complicated. Tracking and extrapolating upon the appearances and/or big announcements of Sarah Palin has become a favorite press parlor game. Protests of Mitt Romney as he seeks to hone his tea-party appeal has surfaced: FreedomWorks will rally against Mr. Romney during his very first tea-party event in Concord, N.H. on Sunday.
Meanwhile, here’s where White House hopefuls will be over the long weekend and Labor Day:
Iowa: Mrs. Palin
New Hampshire: Jon Huntsman, Mr. Romney, Mrs. Palin