Roll together the recycled rhetoric with its partisan tone, finger-pointing, straw-men arguments, failed policies of tax and spend, and you have President Barack Obama's empty-suit speech of Sept. 8.
But Obama also introduced something new. No longer is he asking for an immediate vote on a bill thousands of pages long that no one has read. Now he pushes Congress to pass a bill that wasn't even written at the time.
Obama used some variation of the phrase "pass this bill" 18 times during the address. Yet as of Sept. 14, the bill has not been formally introduced by any member of Congress. I doubt any Democrat seriously concerned about his re-election will take the plunge.
Obama's plan includes $450 billion in new spending, much of it directed to purposes that benefit his big labor backers. I guess it was no coincidence that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sat next to Michelle Obama (campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/trumka-sit-michelles-box-obama-speech).
Obama's proposal to pay for the majority of his vague plan is to dump the cost onto the deficit-reduction super committee, which is already hard pressed to find a way to cut $1.5 trillion from the federal budget (thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/180437-obama-calls-on-supercommittee-to-pay-for-jobs-plan).
Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress would be foolish to buy another pig in a poke from Obama considering the performance we have seen from past stimulus efforts.