The president and his party made a profound, even tragic miscalculation when they placed health care reform in front of job creation on their list of priorities. Self-indulgence proved ineffective in fighting double-digit unemployment. The nation will suffer the consequences of delay for years to come.
President Obama made the following statement at an October 26, 2010 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner:
So most of the 8 million jobs that we ended up losing in this recession we had lost before any of the economic policies that we had a chance to put into place could take effect. And most economists estimate, including John McCain’s economist, that had we not taken these steps, unemployment might be at 12 percent or 13 percent.
So an economy that was shrinking is now growing. We’ve seen nine months straight of public sector job growth. 
The president may have been referring to private sector job growth, which he has been touting to anyone who will listen. The public sector did not gain, but lost 159,000 jobs in September 2010 . On the other hand, the public sector has benefitted tremendously since Mr. Obama came to power, so even if the president meant to say “private,” we know what he was thinking.
The national unemployment rate is still 9.6%, but the jobless rate in some states is much higher. Michigan’s unemployment rate is 13%, Nevada’s is 14.4%. California’s 12.4% and Florida’s 11.9%.  A recent economic release summarized in one simple sentence just how much progress we made tackling joblessness over the past year:
The national jobless rate was unchanged in September at 9.6 percent and also little different from a year earlier (9.8 percent). 
The economy is not adding enough jobs to make a difference, but we are throwing billions at fixes that benefit labor unions and public sector employees at the expense of private sector businesses. The hubris of the Democratic leadership, and the vitriol focused on their political opposition and its support base, have been truly historic. As you go to the polls today, remember this snippet from House Speaker Pelosi, bragging to a union audience about approving billions in Pell Grant funding by adding the spending to the health care bill:
Wall Street is also unhappy because when we passed the health care bill, we passed the biggest program for affordability for higher education in our country, certainly since the GI Bill of the 1940s. This meant there was increased funding for Pell Grants to make them more available and in making college more affordable and lowing interest rates on student loans so that families were paying less and banks were not getting more. They’re very unhappy about that. 
This has to stop.
Now go vote.
1..Remarks by the President at a DCCC Dinner. October 26, 2010.
2..Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment Situation Summary. October 8, 2010.
3..Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary, October 22, 2010
5..Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Remarks This Afternoon at United Steelworkers International Women’s Conference October 18, 2010.