The West Can’t Wait
Yesterday afternoon, President Obama arrived in Las Vegas for a re-election stop. He picked up some cash from major donors and rallied his disaffected supporters at a campaign event. Tonight, he heads off to Colorado to do the same. In between his trips, he jetted off to Los Angeles to hobnob with his Hollywood buddies. But, did he take the time to notice what his policies have done to Nevada families? Will he bother to notice the struggling Colorado economy between his two fundraisers at Denver’s Pepsi Center?
The numbers say it all:
–Since Obama became President, Nevada has lost 79,600 jobs. Colorado has lost 66,800.
–The unemployment rate in Nevada has increased from 9.9 percent to 13.4—the highest in the nation.
–Nevada also has the highest foreclosure rate in the nation. Las Vegas has the highest rate among metropolitan areas.
–In Colorado, 104,000 properties have received foreclosure filings since Obama took office.
President Obama promised the stimulus would save or create 34,000 jobs in Nevada. Since the first stimulus was passed, Nevada has lost 65,900 jobs. Colorado was promised 59,000 jobs, but they lost 47,700. The first stimulus failed both states, and, yet, he’s trying to sell a second one. The first three years of the Obama administration have brought nothing but pain, and he has the audacity to ask for another term.
This week, the president and his team are unveiling a new slogan, “We Can’t Wait.” Supposedly, it’s to galvanize support for a new package of policy proposals, but it sounds more like something that would come out of his Chicago-based campaign headquarters.
It’s too bad it took plummeting poll numbers for him to adopt this new mantra. Americans have been waiting for years for action from this White House—from housing policy to a comprehensive jobs plan. Instead, we’ve gotten little more than warmed-over liberal leftovers: more taxes, more spending and more regulation. The result has been a stagnant economy.
In any case, though, they do have a point. We can’t wait anymore. Nevadans can’t wait, and Coloradans can’t wait—till 2012.