Obama Spinning His Wheels in the RV Capital of the World
All of this makes for a great national backdrop for Obama to sell his spending/stimulus plan and promote his promise of creating "three to four million jobs over the next two years." But the reality is that nothing in the Obama plan is likely to do anything to save Elkhart. The Obama administration is already scrapping Bush administration plans to open more areas in the U.S. for oil and natural gas exploration and drilling. The new administration's focus on exploiting any and all energy sources except American oil will help push gasoline prices back up to the $4-5 a gallon range that eviscerated the RV industry in Elkhart in the first place. Obama's "cap and trade" plans will certainly not rescue Elkhart's primary manufacturing base from oblivion. And will the new, more restrictive environmental rules and regulations that are intended to wean America from pickup trucks and SUVs (whether we like it or not) provide any help to industries that rely on those vehicles to tow their campers and trailers?
President Obama plans to help 95% of the taxpayers at the expense of the "evil rich top five percent." But that top five percent are the ones who may buy the expensive RVs that Elkhart makes ... if they have the money left over to do so. And exactly how are the billions in pork barrel spending on smoking cessation programs, electric golf carts, and Frisbee parks going to revitalize the RV industry?
The bottom line is that the trillion dollar spending orgy that President Obama touted in Elkhart and reiterated during his prime time press conference, will not cure the economic woes of that community. Once again, he is offering false hope and phony policies when people need results. A year from now will the mainstream media return to Elkhart and document the lack of results that flowed from Obama's promises, or will they simply follow the roadshow to another gullible town?