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2 years and 4 meetings later, Obama shuts down 'jobs council'

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By Doug Powers  •  January 31, 2013 04:08 PM

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The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (aka “jobs council” aka “who?”) hadn’t met in over a year, and today they officially disbanded:

President Barack Obama created it in 2011 and filled it with prominent business leaders and economists. Its authority runs out Thursday, and the White House says it’s not renewing the panel.

Instead, a White House official says the administration will focus on new ways to engage with the business community and create jobs, including expediting permits for infrastructure projects.

Obama met with the jobs council only a handful of times, most recently in February of 2012.

Playing the part of Yoko in this particular group’s breakup was the president’s full plate, and it probably didn’t help matters that the president’s council recommended things the president didn’t like.

Drudge strikes again:

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Over at Hot Air, Ed Morrissey examines what happened on the job creation and workforce front during the life of the “jobs council.” However, the purpose of the panel wasn’t to do something as much as to give the appearance that something was being done, as the original head of the council sensed:

The panel’s start-up was delayed, and Volcker, known for taming inflation as Fed chairman in the 1980s, told colleagues he sometimes felt it was more of a public relations tool for the White House, according to a person familiar with his views.

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