Obama and Vice President Joe Biden fed the expectation by predicting the report would be a good one. It was -- if you count Census jobs. There were 400,000 of those, or about 90 percent of the total, suggesting Obama and Biden see no difference between a temporary government job and a permanent, private one.
They ought to finally hear what employers have been telling them: Washington's taxing, spending, borrowing and red tape are holding back job creation. Nearly 5 million Americans have been out of work for more than a year, a dismal record of long-term unemployment.
But listening is not high on the White House agenda. Two people who have frequent contact with the administration told me recently that between Obama's "arrogance," as one put it, and his near-total reliance on his Chicago inner circle, as the other said, there is no welcome mat for dissent or fresh ideas.
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And this: The Times Are Changing, But Obama Isn't - Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard
Don't bet on his changing. But yes we can. In November.
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