The Upcoming Jobs Speech

President Obama is going to address a joint session of Congress on Thursday evening to lay out his “new” jobs initiative. Given his approval ratings in recent polls and the skepticism that will greet him from the Republican side of the aisle, he’s got an uphill climb—a steep uphill climb—in convincing anyone of the efficacy of any of his proposed policies.

That’s understandable. Based on what he already has said in advance, there’s not going to be anything new in it. The centerpiece will be government spending for infrastructure. If that sounds familiar, it should. It’s just the same old stimulus package he pushed through before—you know, the one that didn’t work because it was founded on faulty economic concepts. Apparently, no one has been able to convince him that his policies have failed. His narrative doesn’t change. Pretty soon, he’s going to lose his audience completely. Even his staunchest supporters might lose confidence in his word:

Yet he will find support in all the usual places. One of those places will allow him to maintain some credibility with the public simply because of its influence:

Enlightenment doesn’t come easily to those who don’t wish to be enlightened.