Obama’s laser-like focus was a myth and his job council was purely political.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is letting his jobs council expire, cutting off one source of input from business leaders while unemployment remains stubbornly high.
Obama formed the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in January 2011, when unemployment was about 9 percent. It’s now 7.8 percent, though more than 12 million people are out of work.
AP won’t mention the mass exodus of Americans from the labor force or the 31-year low in the labor force participation as being the real reason unemployment is down.
Obama’s executive order establishing the council said it would go out of business Jan. 31, 2013. The White House said Thursday that Obama had no plans to renew its charter.
Of course he wouldn’t. It’s been over year since Obama met with his council and Obama never took their recommendations because most of them mirrored Republican ideas that would create jobs.
“The work of the jobs council was very valuable,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “While the president didn’t agree with all of its recommendations, he agreed with many of them and acted on a number of them.”
White House officials said Obama intended for the council to fulfill its mission and then wind down, and that he would seek input about the economy from business leaders in other ways. Among the steps Obama plans to pursue are expedited permits for public works projects, plus programs to boost entrepreneurship and workforce development.