Friday, January 21, 2011

A little experience goes a long way

So now we are told that Obama is easily frustrated. Who knew?

Baker opens with an anecdote from just before Christmas. Obama is sitting with his economic advisers to go over ideas for the State of the Union. He wanted a bold idea to bring down unemployment. But he didn't like anything his advisers were offering up. “You know, guys,” he said, according to someone in the room, “I’ve told you before, I want you to come to me with ideas that excite me.”

But it's not until a few paragraph later that we learn what Obama actually meant: He wanted "ways to juice the economy that are exciting, effective and politically viable." According to one adviser in the meetings, “The president wanted to lower unemployment but didn’t see a way to get more money out of Congress. He grew frustrated because the economic team didn’t have that magic combination.” Another said that Obama “was really frustrated that there weren’t solutions on the cheap.”

So, President Obama, how’s that OJT working out for you? All over America businesses deal with the challenge of finding solutions on the cheap. Contrary to liberal dogma, “throw money at it” is rarely a viable solution in the real world. However, in Obama’s defense, that little factoid was probably omitted from the Community Organizer’s Handbook.

Most people are aware that learning on the fly is rarely satisfying and nearly always frustrating. But then most people don’t get to play “trial and error” with the US economy. If the president is frustrated by the rigors of holding a real job and all that it entails he should try to imagine how we feel.


Fuzzy Slippers said...

What a whiny, head in the clouds loser. Ideas that "excite" him? Seriously? You know what excites me? An exceptional, successful, economically-booming United States of America. "Politically viable"? Does that mean something that will appeal to his lunatic base? Nothing that would appeal to them would freaking work. Ugh. What the heck is wrong with this clown?

ORPO1 said...

But he has also discovered that Other People's Money is not a magical tree.
Reality is going to smack him up side the head, Rudely!
I think he may pontificate a move toward the center but his socialist lack of values will be his undoing.

Quite Rightly said...

Has anyone told him yet that you can't "juice the economy" by driving energy prices through the roof?

No? Too boring perhaps.