Barack Obama owes Americans 800,000 jobs to make up for the stunt he pulled last Friday and to create opportunities for his 800,000 DREAMers. With job creation averaging just over 100,000 for the past three months, this means that the president is going to have to pull off a feat rivaling his self-proclaimed victory over our second Great Depression. Let’s give him a break and downgrade our expectations to 800,000 new jobs by the end of the summer. That will keep us where we are now, at 8.2% unemployment, if his DREAMers manage to find work. Will the president feel up to the challenge, or will he regret his order to back illegals at the expense of Americans looking for jobs?
The GOP should change its slogan from “Where Are the Jobs?” to “Where are the 800,000 Jobs?” (see: A Jobless America and the Middle Class Poor. Step Up, GOP.). Obama job creation policy has tried to make government the focus of job growth and everything else this country needs to drag itself out of our slump. Since this is an election year and the president has been stumping for more public sector jobs, perhaps he can make room on government payrolls, and these 800,000 phony Americans can become 800,000 well paid public workers.
Friday’s Rose Garden announcement set the stage for Obama’s DREAMers to compete with citizens for jobs. Otherwise nothing was new, other than adding the expense of another bureaucratic process so illegals can be legitimized. Under Janet Napolitano Homeland Security gave up fighting the good fight over immigration a long time ago, colluding with the White House last year to change enforcement policy (see: Is the Homeland Security Enforcement Problem Caused by Resources, or Obama?).
The president knows he needs to get his foot in the door just in case the Supreme Court has the arrogance to disagree with him over Arizona. If things go south and Obama policies on immigration look like they are destined for the toilet, at least the president can say that he rescued close to a million illegals from the clutches of ICE. Unfortunately for citizens, he is not capable of sustaining even the appearance of meaningful job growth and just made things a little harder for the unemployed.
Considering we just added up to 800,000 more job seekers to our economy, this is a dangerous time for the White House to confront the failure of Obama job creation policies. Someone should have told the president that slicing up the country for special interests who promise to vote Democratic is not a strategy for long-term prosperity or job growth. If the goal was to create a permanent underclass we have succeeded beyond our wildest dreams, leaving jobless Americans in the lurch and offering them no hope for the future.
Is the White House out of ammunition? Last weekend we heard the assertion that a teacher can boost the earnings of a classroom by $250,000, an argument for hiring lots of teachers states cannot afford. This week we found out that illegals in their twenties might not have any idea whether or not they are citizens,¹ though we should expect that there would have been some contact with employers or officialdom at this point in their lives, or that their parents might clue them in that there is a problem. We have to hope that if Obama’s DREAMers are as promising as he claims they have been doing something other than watching television, roaming the streets, lamenting their underclass status, and waiting for their hero to make good on his promises.
We knew there would be a move to cut off the high court over Arizona, but we didn’t expect a preemptive strike from the White House. Senator Charles Schumer’s announcement that Democrats would try to block the Supreme Court decision on SB 1070 if the justices refused to endorse the party line should have been warning enough that something irresponsible and damaging was in the works. What the president has done to unemployed Americans and kids who need summer jobs is at best unconscionable, more of his strategy to engineer a dependent underclass in lieu of a sustainable recovery.
The president owes us 800,000 jobs to make up for the competition he has created between illegals and jobless Americans. Immunity for Obama’s DREAMers is not an issue of fairness, or children in their twenties who were dragged across our border through no fault of their own and who have had ample time to figure out what to do about their immigration status. The president said it best when he remarked “This is about jobs, your paychecks, your children’s future.”² Guess what? He just gave your job, paycheck, and children’s future away.