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David Axelrod: To Create Jobs We Need to Do More of What Didn’t Work the First Time

By Doug Powers  •  August 21, 2011 12:40 PM

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It’s too bad certain members of the administration feel compelled to offer previews of what might be in President Obama’s “jobs speech” next month, because they’re spoiling the, uh, surprise.

From The Hill:

David Axelrod said Sunday that lawmakers need to take action to jumpstart the struggling economy.

Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, Axelrod, a senior strategist for President Obama’s reelection campaign, previewed the coming jobs speech by the president next month. Axelrod emphasized that renewing a payroll tax cut and rebuilding the nation’s crumbling infrastructure will be among the items Obama will want to push through.

“Rebuilding the nation’s crumbling infrastructure” to create jobs? If only somebody would have thought to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to do that very thing sooner! Oh, wait. And don’t forget about the billions more put towards “crumbling infrastructure” last year.

Meanwhile, the president’s defense of the economy is “it would have been way worse if we hadn’t taken action”:

President Barack Obama said on Sunday he expects to be judged in the 2012 election over his governance of the American economy, which he said was still not growing fast enough.

“For me to argue, look, we’ve actually made the right decisions, things would have been much worse has we not made those decisions — that’s not that satisfying if you don’t have a job right now,” Obama told CBS in an interview taped last week and aired during his annual vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, an island near Boston.

Were it not for the Obama administration’s prowess, these folks might have had to wait in line for two nights instead of just one.

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