... but it's still probably better that what Mitt Romney is offering
With two weeks until the election, President Obama has unveiled an agenda for a possible second term in office. The webpage is entitled "Plans", but most of what you'll find on the mini-site aren't plans for the future but descriptions of the past. For example, if you click through the first link, it loads a page of Economic Issues that includes the following items.
President Obama refused to let the American auto industry die. He took a chance on Americans, and it paid off. More than 1 million jobs were saved, the U.S. auto industry is roaring back and adding jobs and all government loans were paid back ahead of time. [Description of past events]
U.S. manufacturing has added 459,000 jobs since January 2010--the most growth in a decade.[Description of past events]
President Obama has a plan to bring jobs back to the U.S. by eliminating tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and creating incentives for businesses to bring jobs back to America. [Actual plan!]
President Obama passed Wall Street reform to make sure that Americans would never again have to pay to bail out big banks. [Description of past events] ...
It's perfectly legitimate for any incumbent president to talk about the past. And this one has a lot to talk about. His administration parachuted into a financial meltdown, helped to save the economy, and oversaw a steady, if slow, recovery. But two years after the midterms, the president has failed to pass anything more than a tax extension over the Republican Congress. His campaign has resisted new details about future plans, as if stoically resigned to the fact that putting a second-term agenda on paper is amount to publishing in the fantasy genre.
Even so, the president's new second-term agenda isn't really new, and it's barely an agenda. The president has a plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest 2% of the households. That's the same thing Democratic presidential candidates have been asking for since 2003. He has a plan to use "war savings" to reduce the deficit, but can you really count events that were going to happen anyway as "savings"? (Can I use count my "not-going-to-Las-Vegas-tomorrow savings" to pay back my credit card?) Too timid to re-up the American Jobs Act and call for stimulus, the president shuffles forward with mini-steps toward energy and education reform.