Scroll for updates…Obama retreats from multi-billion-dollar EPA ozong regs…
Photoshop: Leo Alberti
Now, the lib media is discovering just how fitting that moniker has been.
After today’s report of ZERO net job growth, the New York Times “reports” on the “demeaning” “new” label:
It took the Republican National Committee exactly 94 minutes to coin a new, demeaning title for Barack Obama: President Zero.
In an email to reporters, the R.N.C. took note of the worst job report in nearly a year, saying that there has been “two and a half years of Obamanomics and nothing to show for it.”
The monthly report, which showed a 17,000-job gain among private employers but no growth overall, provides Mr. Obama’s Republican rivals with the perfect opportunity to criticize him as they prepare to gather for another nationally-televised debate next week.
And it gives Mr. Obama an even more gloomy backdrop for the jobs speech he will give to a joint session of Congress next Thursday. In the speech, Mr. Obama is expected to call for a renewed national effort to put people back to work and trim the nation’s deficit.
It’s not a “new” nickname. It’s just been re-confirmed.
In response to the dismal zero-growth news and jobless rate stuck at 9.1 percent, President Zero’s Labor Secretary Hilda Solis told a cable news anchor this morning:
Right off the cliff…
WSJ… “The U.S. economy failed to add jobs for the first time in almost a year, raising the odds of a return to recession and putting more pressure on President Barack Obama and the Federal Reserve to revive a moribund labor market.”
CNBC… “It was the first time since World War II that the economy had precisely net zero jobs created for a month.”
Update: On Tuesday, Doug Powers noted that House GOP John Boehner sent the White House a letter flagging massively expensive, proposed EPA smog regs.
Today, the White House rejected the controversial ozone regs:
President Barack Obama on Friday asked the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw a proposed regulation for ozone air quality standards, citing the nation’s wobbly economy.
President Obama, in a statement, said that by requesting withdrawal of the ozone regulations “I have continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover.”
A passenger enters a Kansas City Metro bus that warns of an Ozone Alert in Kansas City, Missouri, last month.
The EPA’s ozone rule has been among the more controversial regulations proposed by the environmental agency. Republicans and industry groups say the rule would be too costly to implement and lead to a slowdown in economic growth. Earlier this week, House Republicans said they would hold a vote this winter on a bill to prevent its implementation.
You might consider this another bow to Boehner.
Photoshop credit: Roger B.