Politicians can be masters at using hot-button events to create a dialogue that suits the needs of the moment. Plans for a Ground Zero mosque became a discussion of religious freedom instead of a condemnation of unpardonably bad judgment. The Tucson, Arizona shootings led to partisan pleas to tone down political rhetoric as power in Washington shifted and the GOP took control of the House.
Organized labor has plans to leverage the union-friendly atmosphere in Obama’s Washington to dig its talons deeper into our public sector workforce. Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole delivered on a promise made during his confirmation hearings to consider the issue of union representation for his employees, and has opened the door wide to allow a vote on collective bargaining.
The president kicked off 2011 with talk of compromise and progress, as if standing on the precipice of economic catastrophe had ushered in a great new beginning. Unfortunately for Mr. Obama, the new beginning that a GOP-controlled House will make possible is an end to the self-indulgence that has characterized public policy over the past two years.
A lot of effort goes into writing a State of the Union address. The media and pundits are scouring the speech for hidden meaning, so every word must convey exactly what the president intends. That is not to say that Mr.
2010 was a bad one, folks. At year’s end unemployment is barely changed. Small businesses are still struggling. We are so desperate for good economic news that favorable changes in indicators that would have gone unnoticed before the recession bring frenzied news flashes about a recovery.
This has been a tough year. Unemployment was 9.7% in January. Ten months, billions of dollars, and heaps of undeserved Democratic self-congratulations later, unemployment is 9.6%. Nearly 15 million Americans are greeting the holiday season without a job and with little hope on the horizon for 2011.