Junior Reduced to "Rhapsodizing" Over Scraps

In a jobless recovery (I’m removing the quotes) which barely squeaked out a meager 2000 new jobs in February, waaaaaay below what was expected even by pessimists, Bush found himself in Bakersfield, CA yesterday frantically struggling to come up with some good economic news, and sonuvabitch if if he didn’t find some.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., March 4 — President Bush rhapsodized Thursday about the possibility that a stock-car firm in this hot, dry community will add two jobs this year, as he refined his campaign message of economic optimism.Bush, seated on a highchair along with five small-business workers and owners, was speaking at a “conversation on the economy,” a talk-show-type event the White House stages regularly in front of television-friendly signs that say, “Strengthening the Economy.”

Prompted by the president, chassis-maker Les DenHerder said the tax cuts Bush backed might allow him to hire two or three more people.

Glorioski, Sandy! Break out the champagne! Two, maybe even three new jobs! The crisis is over!

“When he says he’s going to hire two more, that’s really good news,” Bush said. “A lot of people are feeling confident and optimistic about our future so they can say, ‘I’m going to hire two more.’ They can sit here and tell the president in front of all the cameras, ‘I’m going to hire two more people.’ That’s confidence!”

Yessiree, Bob. I’m pumped.

This here is what’s generally known as “scraping the bottom of the barrel,” and Junior is so out of touch that he doesn’t even know it. He said this as if he actually believed it represented great economic news, not the sad, pathetic dregs of his massively ineffective economic “policies”. DenHerder’s small company makes fiberglass stock cars–not exactly the new wave of the future manufacturing economy.

DenHerder, 47, said he plans to spend $50,000 on a welding machine and pipe-bending equipment, and expects to save about $7,000 because of the new tax laws.”That’s how the economy works,” Bush said. “He makes a decision. It affects a lot of people, the decision you make. So when you hear ‘tax relief,’ I hope people connect tax relief with decision-making — and decision-making to jobs. That’s what we’re talking about. That’s why the tax relief was important for job creation.”

He really believes this shit. We’re haemorrhaging millions of jobs and he’s ecstatic because the $$BILLIONS$$ he gave away to the rich in tax relief might have resulted in adding 2 or 3 jobs here and a half dozen there. One is becoming justified in asking: “What planet does this guy live on? Does he have even a smidgen of a clue what’s going on with regular folks?”

Two lousy jobs. How dare he?

(Thanks to Phaedrus for the link to The Center for American Progress)

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