Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
It’s a retread, the same old failed solution to our struggling economy. President Obama’s misguided jobs plan offers more runaway spending, increased taxes, and adding to the deficit.
It took almost a week, but finally some news people are asking the obvious question: How many jobs do we get for that $50 billion? Simple question. Certainly someone had done the numbers crunching and had developed at the very least an educated prognostication and prepped the Obamessiah to handle such an inquiry even without a teleprompter.
So what’s the answer? You can probably imagine. Let’s go to the tape.
CNN correspondent Dan Lothian to Office of Management and Budget Director (OMB) Jack Lew: “How many jobs will be created with this plan?”
Lew answered that the administration had not proclaimed an estimate.
Lothian to Lew: “Why not?”
Lew: "We’ve seen the same numbers that you’ve seen that private forecasters put out. [i]t's always a challenge with these kinds of projections because they're subject to a lot of things other than just what you're proposing in the package.”
The conservative website HUMAN EVENTS cited predictions by the White House in January of ’09 that President Obama’s stimulus package would bring unemployment down to 6.8%, and that these figures were never realized.
HUMAN EVENTS to Lew: “How can there be confidence in any figures you offer on jobs created or what the unemployment will be, based on that record?”
Lew: “As you know, I was not a member of the economic team then, and I have an outsider's knowledge of the deliberations that were going on at the time. I will say that the Recovery Act produced the level of new jobs that was expected. What changed was that the economy was in a much deeper recession than anyone knew at the time. The hole was deeper, and it was that much harder to get out.
So I think there's a danger of ever predicting unemployment rates, because as I said in response to the earlier question, there's a lot of things that determine what the unemployment rate is and will be. So even if you create x-million new jobs, if you started out farther behind in economic growth, it's going to take longer to hit a certain level of employment/unemployment.”
HUMAN EVENTS asked Lew if there would be any more predictions of employment figures.
Lew: “I’m not making any other predictions.”
Typical White House. In over their heads. Never was, never will be ready for prime time.
An Obama lapdog, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel headlined a story today that
No quote in the article from Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner who says the jobs plan will hurt Wisconsinites and increase taxes by $405 billion.
Back at the White House, the greatest orator God ever placed on the planet can only muster, “No comment.”