If you needed further evidence that the Obama administration is running on fumes, last night was it.
People generally dismiss the sorts of unambitious proposals the president threw around for most of the speech as “playing smallball.” This was more like nanoball.
Open more job training centers! Have some more job hubs! Make sure it only takes a half an hour to vote! The president even announced the creation of a cute little new retirement-savings program so badly named that he muffed it three times in three sentences (it’s called “MyRA” — see, it’s like IRA only it’s “My RA”!).
Then there were the exhortations. Women don’t make enough money compared to men, he said — citing a much-publicized but wildly controversial stat — so maybe everybody should get on that.
Oh, and while they’re at it, employers should give people raises, like a guy who runs a pizza parlor who was in the audience next to a kid whose compensation he lifted to $10 an hour. They both looked bewildered to be there.