Obama Blames Technology for Job Failure–Again

Liberals never seem to understand that it’s really big government that causes the problems.
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On Sunday’s edition of This Week, ABC News aired an interview conducted with President Barack Obama on Friday. Among other familiar Obama tropes–such as the threat not to negotiate with congressional leaders over the debt ceiling, which is odd considering he’s perfectly willing to negotiate with Vladimir Putin–was the claim that slow job growth during his administration has been caused by technological advancement.

It is a claim that Obama has made repeatedly throughout his presidency. In 2011, he cited the same reasons for high unemployment in an interview with NBC News’ Ann Curry: “If you see it when you go to a bank you use the ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller. Or you go to the airport and you use a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate,” he said. He apparently believes there is a trade-off between innovation and employment.

That is an odd conviction for a president who purports to believe in the importance of innovation to the U.S. economy. The White House even has a “Strategy for American Innovation” that aims “to ensure economic growth that is rapid, broad-based, and sustained.” In his recent economic speech at Knox College, Obama pledged to push for innovation in manufacturing and education, going around Congress if necessary.



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