Skip to comments.Flashback: Critics Not Invited to White House ‘Jobs Summit’. December 2009
Posted on 05/22/2012 3:24:58 AM PDT by Son House
Representatives from NFIB and the Chamber of Commerce said their organizations were not asked to attend, but representatives from some of the countrys largest unions, Change to Win and the United Steelworkers, will participate.
The nations unemployment rate has climbed steadily throughout Mr. Obamas presidency - from 7.6 percent in January to 10.2 percent in October - leading critics to question the effectiveness of unprecedented levels of government spending in his first 10 months in office.
The administration may have snubbed business trade associations but invited more than a dozen chief executive officers of large and small businesses, including Rose Wang, president of the Binary Group, an Arlington government contractor. Ms. Wang said she plans to suggest tax credits for new entrepreneurs and workers who go back to school to learn new skills.
The panel does not include free-market voices who will contend the administration is spending too much or interfering too much in the economy, or that it is hurting job creation by increasing the burden of taxes and government debt, said Josh Barro, a senior fellow on fiscal policy at the conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute. I expect these economists will generally call for more Keynesian stimulus - more deficit spending and more aid to state governments.
Mr. Obama has a mixed track record when it comes to soliciting balanced views at White House forums. On health care, he initially invited a broad cross-section but in recent months has focused more on Democrats. On immigration, his June summit was stacked mostly with lawmakers who support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and he excluded one prominent critic, Rep. Steve King of Iowa, who is the top Republican on the immigration subcommittee in the House.
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