You may want to sit down for this, because it may come as a shock. President Obama did not take my advice on his Jobs3 speech last night to a joint session of Congress.
I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I am.
Instead, Obama went green. That is, he recycled almost the entire speech from stuff he's said before.
The main thrust of the speech? "Pass this bill!"
First we must ask, what bill? The idea that there is a bill waiting on Congress to pass that Obama and the White House have crafted is as imaginary as the 3.5 million jobs the first stimulus created or saved. As imaginary as the strawmen Obama builds and burns in every speech he gives.
Second, just as the speech itself is recycled, so too is the demand to "pass this bill". Obama did the same thing with the first stimulus bill -- the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Back then we saw headlines like this:
So after such strident demands back then, how did things shake out once ARRA was passed? I'm glad you asked.
ARRA made it out of Congress on Feb 13, the same night Obama and the First Lady hosted a concert honoring Stevie Wonder at the White House and one day before Obama and the First Lady had a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner in Chicago. It was four days before Obama signed the act into law.
That's how important it was to pass that bill now! Concerts and dates took precedence over actually signing the bill into law.
We can be assured that the disconnect between his words and reality are every bit as true now when it comes to passing this (heretofore non-existent) bill as it was in 2009.