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A Second First Term
Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/23/12 | Editorial staff

Posted on 10/23/2012 9:21:16 PM PDT by Brandonmark

Barack Obama won the Presidency in 2008 as the anti-George W. Bush and in 2012 he's been trying to win again as the anti-Mitt Romney, without elaborating much of a second-term agenda. Two weeks before Election Day, we now know why. His new ambitions look a lot like his old ambitions, except stuck on repeat.

On Tuesday Mr. Obama finally tried to give the future more definition with a new plan, except it isn't new and barely qualifies as a plan. "I've laid out a plan for jobs and middle-class security," he claimed in Delray Beach, Florida, brandishing a 20-page brochure titled "A Plan for Jobs and Middle-Class Security" and going on to invoke his "plan" another dozen-odd times. "I won't be running the okey doke on you," he added.

Voters may okey doke themselves if they believe this document, which is heavy on backward-looking and discredited factoids and light on economic specifics. For example, Mr. Obama wants to spend money to hire 100,000 math and science teachers for public schools. Isn't that what happened in 2009? And didn't his own Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, say that class size barely matters to education outcomes?

The President says he'll use community colleges to train another two million workers "for good jobs that actually exist," perhaps to distinguish these from the jobs he said the 2009 stimulus would create but actually didn't. And he says he'll create a million new manufacturing jobs by 2016 via a new temporary tax credit for U.S. companies that expand domestic hiring.

All of this is merely a kind of Junior Achievement version of the stimulus, trying to create jobs with more government spending that isn't affordable, or temporary tax favors that fail because they are, well, temporary.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama
Meet Obama's new agenda, same as the old agenda, only less.
1 posted on 10/23/2012 9:21:19 PM PDT by Brandonmark
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To: Brandonmark

Obama needs a do over because the “dog ate his homework”... bad dog Bo... bad dog!


2 posted on 10/24/2012 1:19:07 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: antceecee

Obama spends so much time out golfing, I thought a good bumpersticker would be:

“Re-Elect Obama. Mulligans aren’t just for golf.”


3 posted on 10/24/2012 1:27:35 AM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: Brandonmark

“Barack Obama won the Presidency in 2008 as the anti-George W. Bush and in 2012 he’s been trying to win again as the anti-Mitt Romney”

No, he’s trying to win as the anti-Obama; he’s pretending the last 4 years happened under a Repub administration.


4 posted on 10/24/2012 3:23:00 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

“He’s pretending the last 4 years happened under a Repub administration.”

Didn’t George Bush do it?

/s/


5 posted on 10/24/2012 5:22:45 AM PDT by ripley
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