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Obama Channels His Inner Granholm

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By Doug Powers  •  January 26, 2011 10:37 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will soon start teaching at UC Berkeley about how to create jobs (working at unemployment offices), but last night it sounded as if President Obama has already taken Granholm’s course:

President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night was eerily similar to the failed economic vision that Granholm laid out in her State of the State address exactly five years ago: It even included her rhetorical ruse substituting “investments” for “spending.”

“If the states are the laboratories of democracy,” Granholm wrote in the Huffington Post last December, “Washington can take a lesson from what is happening in Michigan.” Sadly for the nation, Obama listened to his teacher.

“We need a moon shot,” said Granholm in the Huffington Post. “This is our Sputnik moment,” echoed the president on Tuesday. Granholm envisioned a transformation of Michigan from “Rust Belt to Green Belt” with massive, European-style public investments in infrastructure and alternative energy. “In five years, you’ll be blown away,” she predicted, in what would become her signature line.

It was, in fact, thousands of state jobs that were blown away, as Granholm’s vision diverted pols’ attention from much-needed reforms to the state’s budget and business climate. Since her speech in 2006, the state’s unemployment rate has exploded from 7.4 percent to 11.4.

The rest is here. Obama talks about a “Sputnik moment” while at the same time continuing to set the stage for a Hindenburg disaster.

As far as last night’s speech in general, even the Associated Press’s calculator says Obama’s numbers don’t add up.

**Written by Doug Powers

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