President Obama’s promised jobs plan needs to be unrealistic and unreasonable, at the very least. If he can crank it all the way up to unimaginable, that would be even better.
This is a moment for the president to suppress his reflex for preemptive compromise. The unemployment crisis is so deep and self-perpetuating that only a big, surprising, over-the-top jobs initiative could have real impact. Boldness will serve the nation well — and, coincidentally, boost Obama’s reelection prospects.
Not only is this President Obama’s third-straight record low showing in terms of job approvals, but he hasn’t had positive numbers on that score since the middle of May, when he was coming off the tail-end of the temporary bounce he got after Osama bin Laden’s death. And setting aside that three-week stretch, the last time more voters approved of Obama’s job performance than disapproved was in early April, when he managed a 48-47 showing.
What’s that old saw? Go big or go home? I think that applies here.