How far will the bar be lowered so the country can afford Barack Obama’s reelection ploys? Last week he offered us his idea of a carrot, a new jobs bill. Next week we get whacked with the stick when he tells us who will pay. We do not need the American Jobs Act, or any bill laden with agenda, favors, and spending for special interests. Instead, here are ten demands we can address right now, without spending $440 billion. They may not create lots of jobs, but we have no reason to believe the Jobs Act will, either. At least these will be good for morale, because they address problems that make responsible Americans angry.
1. Democrats should shut up about tax increases. Stop threatening to penalize higher earners and businesses. We already know the money is destined for the president’s supporters by way of infrastructure spending, education spending, and other handouts. We are staring another recession in the face. Now is not the time to threaten anyone.
2. Illegal immigrants must go. Their presence is an affront to every American who has ever paid so much as a dime in taxes. We are sick to death of listening to lies about our future depending on the administration’s favorite ethnic group. If the president wants to create jobs, he can hire lots of ICE agents, buy a stack of plane tickets, and get on with the deportations. He will finally have done something conservative Americans can applaud.
3. Stop handing our tax dollars to illegals. The economy cannot support paying for their education, health care, subsidized college tuition, benefits obtained by fraud, or tax credits (see: New Immigration Policy Could Force Us to Overlook Fraud). States granting resident tuition to illegals should have their federal assistance cut off immediately, and we should deny access to our public K-12 schools, as well. Is it too difficult to do this because we cannot determine who is here legally because of identity fraud? If it is, how do reform advocates plan to sort out the identities of over 11 million illegal residents the administration wants to put on the path to citizenship?
4. Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. Infrastructure projects cost taxpayers too much because of this antiquated law that enriches unions. The Recovery Act forced taxpayers to fork out prevailing wage rates for federally funded projects, and rest assured this new jobs bill will have the same requirement. Davis-Bacon needs to be scrapped before we spend another cent on overpriced union labor.
5. States and localities should fire public employees they cannot afford. Paying salaries on a temporary basis with federal money fixes nothing. It only postpones the day that state and local governments have to account for their spending habits and debt. If we cannot provide services without these extra jobs, then salaries and benefits should be cut until they become affordable. This is how the private sector survived the recession. Why do state and local governments deserve better?
6. Scrap the National Labor Relations Board. It just gives the Federal Government another excuse to interfere. The list of union-empowering, business-punishing actions our government boasts on the NLRB website makes one wonder why more employers are not fleeing to China.
7. Dump Arne Duncan, Hilda Solis, and Janet Napolitano. We have no use for an Education Secretary who advocates $150,000 teacher salaries while his boss demands we bail out state education budgets. We do not need a Secretary of Labor whose primary concern appears to be the welfare of foreign nationals. Janet Napolitano? Please.
8. Stop preventing states from doing the jobs Washington refuses to do. Alabama and Arizona tried to protect their citizens from illegal immigration. The Obama administration sued, then refused to enforce the law. Disagreeing with our laws does not make them go away, and it does not give our president the right to do whatever he wants.
9. Never, ever pull another stupid stunt like the debt ceiling debacle. We are still paying for the fallout. The stain on America’s credit is never going to go away, no matter what the coming years bring.
10. With America facing a grim economic future with no jobs, massive debt, and no hope, Congress should pass a suicide tax credit. They can call it something clever and appropriate, perhaps a take on Cash for Clunkers. The long-term unemployed will get the joke. So will businesses that refuse to talk to jobless applicants. The families of those who have had enough can use the credit for college tuition, health insurance, or even buying a new house, if that ever becomes a wise investment. This is a good way to create opportunities for those who decide to stay the course, because it dilutes the playing field. Even the more liberal-minded might be interested, because they can step aside for illegal immigrants who need work.
This tax credit has a bonus selling point. Anyone who takes advantage will never again have to listen to another Barack Obama speech about creating jobs by spending billions. That would make the trip to a happy afterlife more than worthwhile.