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Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 07/19/2012

Obama's White House jobs council fraud

The president can't manage his own White House jobs council. The community organizer who never had to account for how well the community was organized can't even manage his own creation.  The story of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness is a perfect metaphor for the president's hostile view of the private sector and how it can create and supply jobs for Americans.

Revelations about the comical neglect and disintegration of the White House jobs council come immediately after the president said he didn't think building a business was much of an accomplishment anyway. His jobs council hasn't met in six months and doesn't have plans to meet again in the near future. Many members haven't endorsed the president, he has ignored many of the jobs council recommendations, and one of the council's key staff members appears to have quietly left for a job . . . in China! Is this sad, funny, pathetic or all of the above? How can the president keep a straight face when he talks about reducing unemployment, ending outsourcing, etc., if we give him another four years in power?

I'm sure the president regrets the day he allowed the jobs council to be created. The idea that he would assemble and take advice from distinguished business leaders was never serious. At the time, I'm sure it was just one more phony photo-op and cynical gesture concocted by White House business liaison Valerie Jarrett. Obama knew it was a joke, nothing more than a throwaway talking point for his apologencia to use to try and mask the truth of his anti-capitalist core beliefs. Every member of the council should resign, Congress should defund any money that could be used for it and investigate how money was spent on the council, and all its records and communications should be made public.    

Obama doesn't like private business or even being around private business people. At least we know he doesn't like for them to be in his Cabinet or on his staff. After all, in one of the books he wrote about himself, he refers to his own private-sector employer and other private businesses as the enemy.

The president's disdain for private business probably shapes his growing personal dislike for Mitt Romney. The president has called him a felon, a liar and a tax cheat. It must really get to him that a successful businessman, of all things, could remove him from the office that he is so desperate to keep.

The story of the White House jobs council is here to stay. The president said he wants to tell more inspirational stories about himself — well, the story of him marshaling the wisdom of America's innovators and job creators to help during a time of great economic turmoil in America won't be one of them.

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