President Obama put conservatives in a bind with his jobs speech. If they co-operate in helping their fellow citizens, they violate their code of personal responsibility without social responsibility. If they don't co-operate, they look callous and irresponsible.
Judging from President Obama's impactful speech this evening, the administration has at long last recognized the severity of America's unemployment crisis and the need for a comprehensive policy response.
Even if the political will and leadership existed in Washington D.C. for a second larger stimulus, the government's ability to do what it takes has been compromised by the Wall Street induced financial crisis.
The country is in a perilous situation. The economic situation is dire. Congress is discredited. Republicans are in disrepute. And the president is in a dangerously weakened position. Just in time for the 2012 campaign.
Despite what the writers of the world want to believe, an out-of-the-blue come-to-Jesus speech from President Obama would fail just as disastrously as Carter's now infamous "crisis-of-confidence speech."
One may argue if Obama puts together a major job drive, the GOP would block it. However, then the president could stop playing only defense and go on the offense, making clear who has a major job-creation program and who is sabotaging it.