What Pres. Obama Should Say at His Press Conference
Today, President Obama will be holding a press conference to discuss the economy and his jobs bill. It’s his twelfth speech in less than a month on his jobs bill, so we know what he’s going to say. He’ll repeatedly claim that Republicans are the ones blocking his bill and urge Congress to “pass this bill.”
But what he should say to the American people is that he is wrong.
He doesn’t have to say that, specifically, but a little honesty from this President would be nice. He should admit that his policies have failed to turn the economy around and that trying them again is not the best use of taxpayer money. We know his plan won’t work. And essentially saying “give me your money, I can spend it better” is bad politics and policy.
If he were to be honest with the American people and admit that the economy is not as strong as it should be, and the reason for that is the fact that businesses are confused – they don’t know what taxes and regulations are coming down the pike – and that the best way to remove that confusion and apprehension is to let them know what’s coming. What would be best is to remove the threat of higher taxes and more regulation, but that’s a pipe dream with this President.
He should admit the economy is not doing well, instead of continually claiming that he has righted the ship but that it’s not sailing fast enough. He should admit that raising taxes on anyone in an economy like this is not the right thing to do, and even threatening people with higher taxes is a drag.
Then he should remind us that tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, and remind us why we’re still there. He should remind us that terrorists still exist, and are still very much active, and that in order to protect America, we need to keep fighting them.
If he were to do all that, and say that the only way for him to win re-election next year is to change course and adopt conservative principles, he would see a boost in his poll numbers.