Crap Is Always Shovel Ready!

The President and his surrogates are thumping the message; “Don’t go back to Republican policies of the past”.  The President remains convinced that his policies are correct according to the New York Times magazine, he just failed to market them sufficiently or correctly or often enough. 

The President has, in effect, also admitted that he or the people he relies on simply did not have a clue about “shovel ready”.  Apparently unaware that it can be nightmarish to accomplish bureaucratic approval of a fence in your yard let alone major construction projects.  I once went about getting approval for an exterior brick finish for a commercial building only to have the one that I proposed initially, and after 6 alternative proposals, finally approved, a year later.  That building was fully designed financed and, wait for it………..shovel ready! 

Let us engage the President on marketing and PR.  It stretches rational credibility, or as Hillary put it, the ability to suspend disbelief, to accept the premise that the marketing, messaging and PR associated with one of the most creative Presidential campaigns in modern history, relying on exactly the same people, has forgotten how to market ideas and generate positive PR?  Continual appearances by the President; story after story about how the White House “has” to get the President “out there” to defend and explain policy as the “communicator in chief”, “only he can do it”; two and three appearances a day in some cases and somehow public opinion worsens.  Why? 

We have evidenced a disregard for the fact that administration policy may have reached the point of being impossible to sell to a majority of Americans, agree or disagree.  If policy and the basis of thinking in support of that policy exclude the possibility that the policy is flawed we have to assume we will see more flawed policy associated with a death struggle to find a way to “market” it as opposed to fixing it and therein lays one of the President’s fundamental challenges regarding public perception.  

Blaming marketing and communication is consistent to the flawed logic associated with a misunderstanding of what shovel ready is; that being ignorance of how things actually work.  The obvious irony being that governmental mandates at all levels: zoning regulations, public approval hearings, environmental impact studies, traffic studies, historic district commissions etc. are significant reasons why shovel ready is meaningless short of all approvals being firmly in hand, waiting for the money.  Who should know that better than the folks who insisted on and rely on ever more regulation.?

Marketing success requires credibility.  Credibility born of the fact that the product is actually doing what you said it would do.  The President’s position that ideas and policies require a new “marketing” solution, or improved communication strategy is flawed to the point of being self delusional.  If a policy, idea or product is widely viewed as not working as advertised there is no communication strategy on earth that will save it.  In point of fact the insistence that marketing and communication is THE problem will only serve to expedite and accelerate negative perceptions.  An Edsel is an Edsel, is an Edsel!  It’s not a Mercedes it’s an Edsel.

The President gravitates toward generalities; loathe to be held to logical sequence or specifics enough to be challenged.  In point of fact I would agree with the President about Republican policies, if he were a bit more specific.  If he means the policies on display during the mid to late 1990’s the President and I have points of agreement.  If he means 1980 or 1994 we could not disagree more.

Republican economic policies, even in the 1990’s, stood up to a mild recession at the outset of the Bush Administration, the collapse of high tech the following Summer creating a variety of regional recessions and September 11th on the cusp of those two events.  The economy stood up to unfunded entitlements and no one anywhere was panicked about U.S. budget deficits, the status of the dollar, or generational debt, just saying.  Granted, all of that was brewing but the reality of Democratic policy in Congress precipitated the housing crisis.  Congressional Democrats dismissed and derided Bush Administration warnings about Fannie and Freddy.  Rep. Frank could not have been more dismissive of the warning or more firm in his statement that everything was fine and that there was nothing to see here.  The Bush Administration, according to Mr. Frank we’re essential morons for even bringing it up. Bush could have fought harder and shares the blame at that level, but he did identify the problem to a recalcitrant Congress.

The administration as reflected by its senior advisors will not succumb to the idea that flawed policy is the problem.  They cannot!  They will fixate on marketing and communications.  They will do so because it’s all that’s left short of an admission of failure.  They will rely on the President as the communicator in chief.  The numbers will not change for the better. It will exhaust the administration.

  • Bill Hedges

    Good old would of, could of, and should of. Doesn’t that sound so much better than ‘sorry, I made a mistake’. The 5 unthinkable words to utter. Especially from a HARVARD MAN. Obama did go there, right ?

    How many times has obama said, in effect, Republicans demonized obamacare. Unjustly. For racial reasons and political gain lied about obamacare. Obama, I’ll tell you about obamacare tomorrow. (wasn‘t there a character with Popeye who would paid next day ?), Pelosi would explain once passed. I believe all that like I believe Nancy was not informed about water boarding as she claims.

    I believe obama was hoodwinked about SHOVEL READY project. Yeah I do. Yeah. He also sleep through years of Rev Wright sermons and knew nothing of the preacher’s warped ideology philosophy. Thought Bill Ayres was a all right school mom teacher. Rev. Louis Farrakhan just a parish priest.. Acorn was on the up and up. Besides, shovel ready was a excellent term his flock could espouse. While glorifying his name and accomplishments. Without Congress bothering to read bills.

    I watched a Michael Moore movie last night. Was a boring night and besides I could not find my remote control. So I watched the whole thing. Movie had its moments that I cheered. Between throw ups. Wonder if barry watched that show. Obama has Michael’s flare you understand.

    I must admit barry has charisma. We all saw the clouds of people attracted to him. Way up there in the misty skies. At one time he was a god with a capital G.. A newly honorary royal Kennedy elite. Blessed by the papal monarch himself.

    The nuts came out of the woodwork to demonic him. Barry was not a American. Why is his birth certificate sealed ? His school records ? His father nor step father was never in the big war as barry said. Lawyer Barry was involved in threatening racial law suites against big banks if more loans not given to unqualified poor, reestablishing quotas along with Clinton. Obama surrounding himself with the architects of the housing recession.

    So many hints of troubles and power plays in paradise. Attempt to take over the census using Acorn employees. Acorn in obamacare. Big government bucks for Acorn (cycle of you give to me and I give to you. What barry and Bill Ayres did). Involvement of Acorn in election and housing sales. Stock given to campaign contributor car union members. Gee I got to stop. There is more however, like Joe the Plumber, bear gate, & Gulf gate.

    My all time favorite is__ obamacare will save all this money but full implementation is not happening for 4 years after passage. After Presidential election. Leaving all those poor unprotected souls in the ditch. Families having their life savings squandered by illness debt. Dying without health care in the richest Country in the world. Can’t we save all that money now PLEASE…

    Well I wrote my Saturday night novel. Threw my darts at barry’s lightness on the wall. After I call him a Flim Flam Man I’ll call it a night…

  • Bill Hedges

    The involvement of Bill Clinton, Frank, Dodds, lawyer obama, and Acorn needs to be fully investigated by independent prosecutor come new Congress.

    Being that this recession was caused by interactions of these people and organization. Including election of Barack Hussein Obama.. Connections to Wall Street Companies as well unions need to be thrown in as well.

    “Media Heresy: Bill Clinton Helped Cause 2008 Financial Crisis”

    http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/04/24/media-heresy-bill-clinton-helped-cause-2008-financial-crisis

    Lawyer “Obama Sued Citibank Under CRA to Force it to Make Bad Loans – UPDATED” with Acorn

    http://iusbvision.wordpress.com/2008/09/30/obama-sued-citibank-under-cra-to-force-it-to-make-bad-loans/

    Bush tried to change Wall Street as well as Fannie and Freddie, only to be spat upon by Democrats.

    “Franks Stopped Bush in 03 to regulate Fannie Mae 17 times!”

    From NY Times – September 11, 2003

    “The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago.”

    Under the plan, disclosed at a Congressional hearing today, a new agency would be created within the Treasury Department to assume supervision of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored companies that are the two largest players in the mortgage lending industry.”

    http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/franks-stopped-bush-in-03-to-regulate-fannie-mae-17-times/blog-29077/

    The many warning of disaster by Bush beginning year he was elected :

    http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/05/pelosi-caught-in-major-lie-says-bush-didnt-warn-congress-about-financial-crisis-records-show-he-warned-congress-17-in-2008-alone/

    Bush acted properly and stayed out of politics, even delaying his book release, until after mid-term election. Sure look forward to his book. Hope he talks. Maybe ex-obama economic experts will talk. Somebody needs to…

  • Bill Hedges

    Six Democrats running for office are being targeted by Susan B. Anthony organization. As you may recall last minute agreement got obamacare passed. No public funding for abortion. Obama made a executive order saying so. As most of us ignorant public know his order means nothing if it conflicts with law. Obama can strike it at any time. Obamacare was NOT finish being written at passage nor read by Congress members. Length of bill is now twice as long. Filling in the details and rules.

    There is legitimate disagreement over this issue. I agree with link that it is a “accounting gimmick”. Courts will have to decide. Unless added premium is charged to women to pay for abortion, then money used for abortion comes out of all our premiums and reduces benefits:

    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/204849.php

    My opinion is abortion is optional unless for woman’s health. With Incest and rape a abortion pill can be taken. Money to pay heath cost does not go for optional health benefit. Is legal but pay for it yourself. As I must pay for my optional heath care.

    Paul is being attacked by Kentucky attorney General over Paul’s religion. We heard such silliness over high school girl witchcraft. Hiring illegal through employment office.

    Ad smells of worse day of McCarthyism. Without proof, where is the shame. What was said of Paul is criminal in my ledger.

    Video of campaign ad:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/17/rand-paul-attacked-over-s_n_765674.html

    Don’t you have to have proof to say such wild outlandish things. Not anonymous source ?

    It seems almost charity towards Democrat in predicting only 60 turnover seats as Karl Rowe called it tonight.