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Obama is Pro-Growth… (of Government)

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Posted on July 11 2010 10:15 am
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President Obama and his top officials embarked on a public relations blitz last past week evidently designed to portray him as “pro growth.” All such political PR pushes tend to bear tenuous relationships with reality, but in this case the gulf between the truth and what the politicians are saying is about as wide as the Grand Canyon. Say what he will, Obama’s actions since his first day in office have made clear that his business is growing government. On all three basic measures of the size of government — work force, spending, and taxes — Obama has stimulated tremendous growth.

Take employment. In the private sector, unemployment stays stubbornly near 10 percent. Obama promised his $859 billion stimulus program would keep private sector unemployment below 8 percent, but his failure to reverse the direction of the economy on this score has been so dismal that he is now left to plead with audiences to remember that “it could be 12, 13 or even 15 percent.” The president might as well have conjectured a 20, 22 or 25 percent unemployment rate; it would still just be conjecture. What is real is that, while the jobless rate rises or falls slightly from week to week, there are 7.9 million fewer working Americans today than there were in December 2007.

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