My Email from Barack Obama Regarding his Joint Session of Congress’ Job Speech, and My Reply
By: Jim Byrd
I received a personal email from our President, Barack Obama. He bemoaned his frustration with having to work with another branch of the government, and for good reason. The poor man suffered through two years of a do-nothing Congress that was elected the same day he was elected reigning down from above “Hope and Change.”
For the entirety of his first two years, he tried to work with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Sure they colluded, then circumvented the Constitution and congressional protocol and made ObamaCare law without a vote in the Senate. But what the do-nothing Congress did not do was pass a budget in 2010, legalize gay marriage, grant amnesty to all illegal aliens, increase business regulations 100 fold, and significantly raise taxes on the wealthy–all things important to the progressive agenda. Is it no wonder federal spending was out of control, and Obama was forced to almost double the federal deficit; he did not have a budget to guide him. He can’t be faulted for that. Anyway, I could go on and on about how the Democratic Party controlled Congress and the White House, but accomplished nothing, but that would distract from the personal email I received from Barack Obama, and my courteous and counseled reply. He called me “friend.”
From: Barack Obama
Date: August 31, 2011 10:51:52 PM EDT
To: admin Office
Today I asked for a joint session of Congress where I will lay out a clear plan to get Americans back to work.
Next week, I will deliver the details of the plan and call on lawmakers to pass it.
Whether they will do the job they were elected to do is ultimately up to them.
But both you and I can pressure them to do the right thing. We can send the message that the American people are playing by the rules and meeting their responsibilitiesâ€”and it’s time for our leaders in Congress to meet theirs.
And we must hold them accountable if they don’t.
So I’m asking you to stand with me in calling on Congress to step up and take action on jobs:
No matter how things go in the weeks and months ahead, this will be an important challenge for our organization.
It’s been a long time since Congress was focused on what the American people need them to be focused on.
I know that you’re frustrated by that. I am, too.
That’s why I’m putting forward a set of bipartisan proposals to help grow the economy and create jobsâ€”that means strengthening our small businesses, giving needed breaks to middle-class families, while taking responsible steps to bring down our deficit.
I’m asking lawmakers to look past short-term politics and take action on that plan. But we’ve got to do this together.
I will deliver this message to Congress next week, but I’m asking you to stand alongside me today:
More to come,
After much cogitation, contemplation, and serious thinking, here is my reply directly to President Obama:
From: Jim Byrd
Subject: Very Frustrated
Date: September 02, 2011 11:59:59 PM EDT
To: Barack Hussein Obama
I am sure your job creation speech and proposition will be absolutely spectacular. How could it not? You have had two years and eight months to perfect it and address the unemployment issue. I understand that great things and great ideas take time to ruminate until fruition, especially within a great mind such as yours. I am certain that most Americans will not understand your logic, as it will certainly be “beyond their pay grade,” just as many are incapable of understanding your profound logic that the only way to reduce our national debt is to double what we borrow. Genius. But pay no mind to them, Mr. President.
I am still confused about the brouhaha that erupted regarding your wanting to save the country, slash unemployment by half, and showcase your job building prowess on television to the American people during a joint session of Congress next Wednesday at coincidentally the exact time of the Republican presidential debate. Coincidences are funny things, aren’t they? You told Congress that you are showing up with teleprompter and television cameras in tow to address Congress next Wednesday, and that should be the end of it. The lack of respect from the Republicans is appalling, don’t you agree?
These Republicans and Tea Partiers are gnashing their teeth and wringing their hands about some silly archaic precedent that needs to be followed before you can address a joint session of Congress. Something about the House of Representatives and the Senate being required to adopt a concurrent resolution to allow a joint session of Congress to receive the President. I have never heard of such a thing, and I am sure neither have you, especially since you served in the Senate. You have to be invited? You are the President, you should be able to just tell them when you will be there, then show up. Just last month while seeking Hispanic votes, you told La Raza, â€œBelieve me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting.” So just do it. And so what if Congress has three hours of voting scheduled on their first day back starting at 6:30. They should come back a day early and take care of that business. After all, you cut short your latest vacation to take control of Hurricane Irene. Seems like a fair trade-off to me.
I also hope that Congress will do the job they were elected to do as do you. So far the Republicans have been doing exactly what they were elected to do: keep taxes low, reduce the debt, try and reduce government regulations so businesses can create jobs, and a sundry of other nefarious things the Tea Party is demanding of them. It is the Republicans doing the dirty work of the Tea Party and the vast majority of the American people who elected them in an unprecedented sweep in the 2010 elections that is thwarting your ability to lead this nation down a nuanced and understandingly sustained delayed path to prosperity.
You are correct, “it has been a long time since Congress was focused on what the American people need them to be focused on.” What has it been, 25 days or so since they left for their summer recess? That is far too long to not focus on what the American people overwhelmingly elected them to focus on in the 2010 elections. You should be able to call them back. If I were you, I would have called both John Boehner and Harry Reid from the fairways of Martha’s Vineyard and demanded they return to Washington, D.C. and focus.
We all look forward to your bipartisan proposal to finally grow this economy and create many jobs. But please do not make the same mistake as with your last stimulus package. In the sage words of uber-Keynesian and Nobel Prize for Economics winner Paul Krugman regarding your trifling $800 billion stimulus package, “I’d like to see it bigger. I understand that there’s difficulty in actually spending that much money, and I–they’re also afraid of the–of the T word. They’re afraid of a trillion dollar for the two-year number.” Well, since there was not much difficulty in spending that $800 billion, and fast, please think on a grander scale next time around.
I have a few suggestions for you if you decide to implement another stimulus package:
Remember that stimulus grant you gave to the Nevada Clark County Urban Forestry Revitalization Project? The one where you were going to revitalize urban neighborhoods in Clark County with trees, plants, and whatnots. And don’t forget the green-industry training as well. Well, you only gave them $500,000 to plant some trees to stimulate their economy, and it resulted in only 1.72 jobs. Can 1.72 be considered plural? I’ll have to check on that. Imagine if you had spent $1 billion in Clark County. That would be 2000 jobs created. I am sure that is plural, but I am not so sure what the county would look like with a billion dollarsâ€™ worth of trees and such. I will check with a landscaper and get back with you.
Remember your $2.4 billion to advance car batteries? Johnson Controls, Inc. in Holland, Michigan got $300 million of that stimulus money. It created 150 jobs. Now that is getting closer to spectacular. Only $2,000,000 per job created. Imagine if it was $300 billion. That is 150,000 jobs that you would have created. But keep in mind the rule of economies of scale. I am sure that if you spent $300 billion, the cost per job would drop to at the most $1,650,000 per job. I am sure you will agree that is quite the bargain.
Remember the $500 million you gave to Solyndra for some “shovel ready” jobs producing solar panels? Well, as you may know, they filed bankruptcy and the stimulus money actually produced 1,100 employees who just lost their jobs. But this is a double positive for you. I am working on an algorithm that will calculate the exact dollar amount that the layoff of 1,100 employees will stimulate the economy and create jobs. The serendipity of the possibilities of a positive economic impact from these 1,100 layoffs is almost immeasurable. Hear me out:
Your very own Nancy Pelosi enumerated the benefits of unemployment insurance:
“It injects demand into the economy… is a job creator. This is one of the biggest stimuluses [sic] to our economy. Economists will tell you this money is spent quickly. It injects demand into the economy, and is job creating. It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name because, again, it is money that is needed for families to survive, and it is spent.”
And your very own Press Secretary, Jay Carney, said, “There are few other ways that can directly put money into the economy than applying unemployment insurance.”
And don’t forget what your very own Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, just recently stated regarding food stamps: “Food Stamps have contributed to job growth in the private sector for 17 consecutive months and serve as a form of economic stimulus, and having people on food stamps acts as a stimulus, creating $1.84 for every dollar spent.”
And you have said yourself, â€œItâ€™s probably the biggest boost that we can give an economy because those folks are most likely to spend the money with businesses, and that gives them customers.â€
So the stimulating effect of the 1,100 unemployed Solyndra workers if they file for unemployment benefits and Food Stamps, according to your calculations, could be the equivalent of 10,000 jobs. Be sure to mention that in your speech. That will knock them over.
So in conclusion, I am anticipating your speech next Wednesday, I mean Thursday now, right? I will certainly have my DVR programmed to record your speech in its entirety, as I, along with most of the nation, and members of Congress, will be watching the NFL’s opening night with the Saints vs. the Packers. You have already created a mini economic stimulus of sorts, as there was a run on smart phones and ear-buds at the Georgetown Best Buy by congressional members. Although I am certain it was not for the purpose of video streaming the NFL game during your speech.
More to come,
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