From Michigan, the Plea: More Jobs, Fewer Programs

With President Obama in Michigan today, let’s also take a look at editorials in the Detroit newspapers:

Detroit News, “Obama’s stimulus plan is not working“:

Instead of more spending, Obama and Congress should turn to the only proven stimulus strategy: cutting taxes. Corporate and individual tax rates should be cut substantially, at all income levels, and the administration should signal that there will be no new taxes for anyone. Taxpayers allowed to keep more of their own money would spread it around the economy and trigger a broad and sustainable rebound.

The president should signal that his No. 1 priority is reviving the economy and set aside those pieces of his agenda — carbon cap-and-trade and health care reform specifically — that carry the serious risk of killing jobs and raising the costs of goods and services.

Detroit Free Press, “Above all, Mr. President, Michigan needs promise of jobs“:

So President Barack Obama makes his first return to Michigan since the 2008 election and plans to put on a big push for community colleges and the kind of training they offer.

Not a bad idea on its face. But Michigan has emphasized job retraining for months, if not years now — and yet people keep losing their jobs, even in supposedly hot fields such as health care.

Seems that Obama might do better to focus on encouraging folks here about how his policies — the stimulus package, in particular — are going to actually put people back to work.

This skepticism from Michigan provides political context, too, helping to explain the low-key, no-news reception the White House gave the union leaders yesterday. (See “Card Check: What a Disappointing Meeting for Labor.”) Perhaps President realized that a exuberant, arms-raised photo-op with the heads of the SEIU or the AFL-CIO would signal to the public that creating jobs was not an Administration priority — satisfying a political constituency was. So the union bosses were kept out of the public eye.

It looks like the White House asked for some back-up too. House Majority Leader Hoyer’s office just released a statement, “Economic Recovery on Track”:

Even before passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, President Obama cautioned Americans that economic recovery would take time. Since passage of the Recovery Act, the pace of job loss has eased substantially and the economy is no longer in a freefall. While there is still significant work to be done to restore our economy and bring relief to American families, economic experts agree that the recovery is working as designed and on track to meet its goals. Nearly a quarter of the recovery funds have been obligated in under a quarter of the days allotted.

On track…

(Hat tip for the Detroit editorials: Glenn Reynolds)


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