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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bmaz @billmon1 @jaolson28 ...for Sanders. Few more like that, and with Sanders econ message, it is possible there's some movement. Dunno.
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bmaz @billmon1 @jaolson28 Well I live where Hispanics are a healthy demo, and they are still pretty much Clinton. But Raul Grijalva is big catch
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bmaz @billmon1 @jaolson28 Agree. And if Sanders keeps making inroads with non-whites, which is entirely possible, she might be in real trouble.
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bmaz @Pachacutec_ @billmon1 @jaolson28 That Clinton way. But that will really piss off Sanders youth+movement people who'll be needed for general
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bmaz @billmon1 @jaolson28 Though I do suspect there is still some truth that the POC vote gives her a firewall in south and southwest.
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bmaz @AlGiordano I'll work on that.
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bmaz @billmon1 @jaolson28 But that is so Clinton isn't it? She lashed out when she could have moved toward Sanders stronger.
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bmaz @AlGiordano My apologies then; most every other Clinton supporter said differently.
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bmaz @billmon1 @jaolson28 Whatever the reason or reasons, and even if it is off slightly, the movement is pretty darn stunning.
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bmaz RT @billmon1: .@jaolson28 Get this: Looks like almost entirely white female voters who've shifted. Sanders goes from tied among them to abo…
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bmaz RT @billmon1: Have some confirmation on Quinnipiac poll from this morning. Reuters/Ipsos: Clinton: 48 Sanders: 45 Seems to be real https://…
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