Obama watch: while the world awaits a baby, some await a sustainable economy.
Anticipating Obama’s speech later today, the Washington Post knows that the President’s theme this week will center on middle class economics. Other issues have eroded the focus and the President wants to put it back where there might be greater payoff in Election 2014, and where he would like to make genuine progress to conclude his second term.
Wanted: Can-do Congress
In order to get anything done in the future, American voters must serve up a different congress. House Republicans thwart progress, and apparently they are proud of that. GOP leadership are saying that they are doing nothing on purpose and plan to retire laws, rather than updating or replacing them. What a bummer.
America needs a sustainable economy
The President is most likely to plead for support for job creation policies that are based upon infrastructure and public health and safety improvements, that are government work. Needed are private sector jobs and smaller government employment. If you don’t believe that, look at Detroit, Michigan as an example of what happens when government outstrips private sector growth and revenue production.
President Obama’s best play in his presidency was leading with a new energy paradigm based upon renewables and solar power. That is a sound strategy without any better alternative.
The first step is to achieve energy independence. Getting America away from the Middle East will lessen the pressure on foreign policy that requires military intervention. The administration and congress are too slow at exploiting domestic fossil fuels to achieve this.
Second, and concurrently, the economy must transform from petroleum-based power to solar and other renewables immediately. It is a race against time, and we are behind the power curve.
Third, energy strategy is the catalyst for reengineering American cities and how we live, work, and transport. Invention, innovation, and business development will come from a president and congress that are committed to renewing America toward a sustainable economy.
It isn’t likely that you will hear these words from the President because he and his advisors can’t see the forest for the trees.
“Obama seeks to put economy, middle class back in spotlight
By Scott Wilson, Published: July 21 E-mail the writer
President Obama will deliver a series of speeches this week designed to push the economy, and his proposals to ensure its long-term growth, toward the center of the national political debate after months of focus on other issues.
White House officials described the effort Sunday as a way for the president to revisit some of the economic themes he has spoken about since his early days in the U.S. Senate and to outline how he intends to appeal to Congress and the public to secure his goals in the months ahead.
“The president thinks Washington has largely taken its eye off the ball on the most important issue facing the country,” senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer wrote in a mass e-mail Sunday that described the White House’s focus on the economy in the weeks ahead.
“Instead of talking about how to help the middle class, too many in Congress are trying to score political points, refight old battles, and trump up phony scandals,” he continued. “And in a couple of months, we will face some more critical budget deadlines that require Congressional action, not showdowns that only serve to harm families and businesses — and the President wants to talk about the issues that should be at the core of that debate.”