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The bottom line is simple: No one thinks Mr. Obama understands the problem and has the solution. In fact, even the premise is wrong: The president can’t create a single job; he can only create the environment in which companies can make jobs. And really, it’s fairly simple: Hack taxes way back, corporate and otherwise, and offer long-term incentives for employers to hire. The more money a company saves, the more it can expand and the more people it can hire.

Most likely, the American Jobs Act will be replaced with a serious bill by the GOP majority in the House. Mr. Obama called for Congress to “pass the bill.” We’ll see if the Democrat-controlled Senate heeds his call.

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at