He called it the American Jobs Act. Barack Obama made a 33-minute campaign speech on jobs before a joint session of Congress to promote his latest plan for dealing with chronically high unemployment. But there was nothing new. Nothing original. Even the name is recycled from H.R. 4213, the American Jobs Act of 2010. What did it consist of, you ask? Extending unemployment benefits, tax credits for some small businesses, extending tax reductions for others, more money thrown at public education and infrastructure spending. What does the American Jobs Act of 2011 have in it? Extending unemployment benefits, tax credits for some small businesses, extending tax reductions for others, more money thrown at public education and infrastructure spending. The Obama jobs plan is his banal response to the urgent crisis of our economy. More of the same of that which did not work last time it was tried.

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The Obama jobs speech was political theater, pure and simple. By holding it before a joint session of Congress, he had the added optics of Democrats standing and applauding at every choreographed cue, though they did miss one! Obama used the opportunity to wag his finger at Republicans, demanding that they pass his bill immediately. He placed responsibility on their shoulders, since he has yet to accept any on his own. Obama would not even give a responsible answer to how to pay for his $447 Billion election season giveaway, putting that on the shoulders of the Congressional Super Committee, already tasked to reduce federal spending by $1.5 Trillion dollars.

The best description of the Obama jobs speech came from Fox News host Greg Gutfeld on his late night talk show, Red Eye, overnight. Gutfeld said the speech was like that of a desperate ex-boyfriend trying to get back into a relationship with a former girlfriend, promising her anything and everything. Indeed, Obama′s poll numbers are pathetic. About 80% of the country believes the nation is headed in the wrong direction. His support among women and Hispanics, core groups which Obama needs, are below 50%. More than 20% of Democrat voters in general are dissatisfied with Obama.

The American Jobs Act of 2011 is not much different than the American Jobs Act of 2010. The Barack Obama speech on jobs last night before a joint session of Congress offered absolutely nothing new in the way of ideas. The Obama jobs plan will not help job growth in the slightest. If anything, the $447 Billion dollar package only adds more uncertainty to the nation′s economic climate as the provisions are all very temporary, last only one year in most cases. Next week, Speaker John Boehner will be presenting an alternative jobs program. We shall see if it has some real legs to it, unlike the farce Obama spelled out last night.