The “Pivot to Jobs” Will Be an Attempt to Sell Trade Deals

A number of liberals are sitting around today puzzling through the deal that just happened yesterday. And one thing they’re asking is, “how will Obama pivot to jobs?” One of the many lame excuses the White House has offered for the urgency of this deal, after all, is that by clearing it off the table, it’ll allow the Administration to finally address jobs.

If the debt deal passed yesterday drastically cuts discretionary funding, they note, then there will be no funding for investments in jobs.

But that ignores one thing: Obama has told us how he plans to “pivot to jobs:” he plans to focus his attention on three trade deals–with Panama, Colombia, and Korea–as a central part of his program to address jobs.

Nevermind that these trade deals will send jobs overseas. Nevermind that these trade deals will result in fewer jobs.

Obama plans to, nevertheless, claim he wants these policies in the name of jobs.

Update: Obama made these comments on July 8, in response to last month’s crappy jobs report.

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emptywheel @ddayen A very good question. I'm not even sure I have a hotel room, much less swank dinner reservations. @bmaz
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emptywheel .@AllThingsHLS Surely you're not suggesting the FBI is held to a higher standard of competence than the Senate?
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emptywheel @AllThingsHLS 5 days! It's only the equivalent of a pen register on every American...
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emptywheel Garden variety pen registers have to be renewed every 90 days. The current phone dragnet is already 91 days old. https://t.co/ZySYAei2Bf
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emptywheel Behold, BR 15-24, the Longest-Serving Phone Dragnet Order Ever https://t.co/ZySYAei2Bf Feinstein wants to extend it over a year.
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emptywheel @flyinggibbon No staff, which I think extends to friends and their yachts.
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bmaz @weems @OKnox No, that's a decent plan. In fact, I try to impart upon clients to avoid handcuffs at all costs. Some of them even heed advice
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bmaz @weems @OKnox I have several utility knives out in my workshop, is this the kind of "utility" we are talking about? #FirstCutIsTheDeepest
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emptywheel @ubiqunity But even under Stellar Wind they did period renewals.
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emptywheel @ubiqunity Not a dumb question! FISA Pen Registers have to be renewed every 90 days, so Internet dragnet on which phone was based renewed.
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emptywheel Today current phone dragnet order turns 90 days old. Think that makes it the longest-serving dragnet order. DiFI wants it extended a year
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