Earlier this year, President Obama disbanded his Jobs Council. With the election won, Obama didn’t need the flimsy cover that he actually cared about creating jobs anymore. Not that it mattered—the council seldom met and accomplished nothing.

But at least the jobs council had people on it who created actual jobs. On Thursday, Obama sought economic advice from a group of people’s whose policies over the past several decades have led to consistently higher black unemployment rates and the destruction of the black family.

Participants in the meeting included:

• Melanie Campbell, President, National Coalition of Black Civic Participation
• Ralph Everett, President, Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies
• Wade Henderson, President, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
• Ben Jealous, President, National Association of the Advancement of Colored People
• Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women
• Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition
• Al Sharpton, Founder and President of National Action Network
• Rev Derrick Harkins, 19th Street Baptist Church
• Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project

No surprise, really, that Obama would include slanderer Al Sharpton in his little powwow. Is the way to get the economy running to accuse prosecutors of rape and then get sued for slander? Trickle-down economics works when the money comes from lawyers’ fees?

In other economic news, higher taxes lead to less spending. And if you’ll recall, “the rich” weren’t the only ones to get their taxes hiked on January 1.

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