I’m going out on a limb and predicting that President Obama will talk about jobs in the State of the Union address tonight. It’s an easy bet because he has often claimed that jobs are a prime focus for his administration, just as he said back in 2010:

Oh yeah, President Obama has been great about creating jobs. Here’s a graph from the government explaining how we needed to pass a huge stimulus to help America recover from high unemployment numbers. And tacked on the government chart are the actual unemployment numbers. Looks like the stimulus was a success!

August 2012 Unemployment

But there’s a problem with the President saying he wants to create jobs: the government can only create government jobs. It is incapable of creating private-sector jobs. That is the responsibility of — hello! — the private sector. The force of government can best be compared to the brakes on a large truck. The brakes are incapable of making the truck go any faster, but they have a great deal of influence when it comes to slowing things down. Likewise, government isn’t designed to create jobs, but through its actions, laws, and regulations, government can exert a great deal of influence in slowing down the economy, which leads to job scarcity. The uncertainty of Obamacare, the way government has blocked the building of the XL Pipeline, and regulations by the EPA that are causing coal-fired power plants to shut down are three examples of government slamming down the brakes on the American economy.

Back in November 2011, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the following to Andrea Mitchell of NBC News, with regard to the American Jobs Act:

“Well, we’re not focused on polls. I mean, we’re a year away from an election. The president is focused like a laser on passing the American Jobs Act, on making sure that we can put people back to work.”

Like a laser, huh?

Focused like a laser on jobs

Here’s a question I’d like to see answered: when you leave your home, do you lock your door?

I can’t answer for you, but I do. The phrase, “a man’s home is his castle” certainly applies to me, and I rule here as a benevolent monarch, just as long as my wife allows me. I don’t lock up my house because I hate people, but because I want to know who is in my home. People have no right to enter my home without permission to do so.

“You’re just one of those weird types who hates people!” Ah, no, I just said I don’t. I just simply believe in boundaries, and no one should enter my home without being invited in first. Just like vampires. But if you’re invited, then you’re more than welcome in my home. Several years ago, I received a request from a friend passing through town. She wanted to know if she could crash for the night. I happily told her that she should consider herself at home, but she’d have to let herself in since we were out of the state at the time. I trusted her to be a good guest in our home and to make sure it was properly locked up once she left. She didn’t disappoint.

So you need to be invited to enter my home. I don’t care whether you come in to steal my stuff or just to clean things up, like Sue Warren.

Police in Westlake say Sue Warren of Elyria broke into a home last week and began tidying up, but she didn’t take anything. They say she then wrote out a bill for $75 on a napkin and included her name and address.

One officer says Warren told him she does it all the time. Only now, she’s in jail on a burglary charge.

Wow. Imagine being arrested for burglary, just for doing jobs that people don’t want to do. OK, that’s a little snarky, but I think you can see where I’m going. Just as my home is my castle, and I reserve the right to admit only the people I choose, this same principle extends to the borders of the United States. We have rules in place to determine who may enter and who may stay. We may choose to amend these rules, but if we simply ignore them and turn a blind eye to those who break them, it sends a clear message to scofflaws and squatters that they can trespass with impunity. If this goes on, eventually certain parts of our nation may become too dangerous for law-abiding citizens to inhabit.

Let me be clear about this: I don’t care where you came from. American citizens came from all over the world. We’re proud mutts, and most of us can trace our ancestry to half a dozen nations or more. Since America has always selected its citizens for excellence, the result has been astounding diversity, and we’re better and stronger for it. But would-be citizens have always had to go through the process of naturalization. We want more Americans, but we want them to be here legally. We welcome visitors from other nations, but they must maintain valid visas to stay here.

Bob Gorrell - Your house is our house

This Thursday will be our second Soup Night of the year. The last time we made three soups and had about ten people to gobble them up. So far we’re on track to entertain many more this time. We supply the soup at these gatherings, but people are responsible for bringing their own bowls and spoons, and maybe some bread, too. Since it was well received last time, we’ll probably continue Soup Night every month or two just because it’s fun. My wife reminds me it’s also delicious. But if we ever reach a point where total strangers start walking into my house, picking up bowls and scarfing down food like Goldilocks, we’ll stop having Soup Night.

I can’t speak for everyone, but I love guests, whether in my home or in my nation. But people who break in, regardless of their motive, get my dander up. It’s nice that some of them are cleaning up and doing chores around the place, but that doesn’t change the fact that they broke the law to get in. Such “guests” need to be shown the door. And if we lock our door at home, it makes sense to lock the nation’s door as well.

Cross-posted at Rotten Chestnuts.