Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bi-Partisan Rejection of the Jobs Bill

The President has been flying around the country trying to lift support for his latest stimulus (although I understand that word has been banned from the lexicon political speech by Nancy Pelosi) bill titled “The American Jobs Act”.  He has been saying “pass this bill, pass it right now” before he had even submitted it.  Using manipulative lines like: "If you love me, you've got to help me pass this bill!" 

LA Times Blog: Obama's urgent jobs plan:
So, as of right now, "right now" uttered on Sept. 8 really means sometime at least one month later.
Good thing the president's own Democratic party controls the Senate. Because, otherwise, there might be some kind of silly, unnecessary delays in deliberating Obama's urgent jobs bill that he says will surely help the nation's unemployed millions if only those Republicans don't connive to slow things down.

Pass this bill (later)! Reid blocks Obama jobs bill vote
“Twelve times the president has asked us over the last few weeks to vote on what he calls his jobs bill now,” McConnell said. “I don’t think the president is saying here he wants an extensive debate on it. I think he’s saying he wants a vote on it. And I want to disabuse him of the notion that we’re not willing to vote on it.”
But as shown in the video, it is Harry Reid who denies the vote and delays until later.

So why has it been so delayed if it would be as productive as Rep Betty McCollum said in her recent townhall
Zandi went on to say that if the plan was fully implemented, "It would increase real GDP growth in 2012 by 2 percentage points, add 1.9 million jobs, and reduce the unemployment rate by a full percentage point, compared with current fiscal policy...". 

The Republicans are stalling on the American Jobs Act because they think it will work, the economy will improve, and President Obama's support will increase.

The delay hasn’t tamped down the demagogic rhetoric any, but the reality of why the delay has been stated by Dick Durbin in a recent interview on WLS Radio, and its not the Republicans.
The oil-producing state senators don’t like reducing  or eliminating the subsidy for oil companies, you know that’s that’s an example.  There are some senators who are up for election who say I’m never gonna vote for a tax increase while I’m up for elections, even on the wealthiest people.  So we’re not gonna have 100% Democratic Senators.  That’s why it needs to be bi-partisan, and I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen.

This quote also reveals the fraudulent view that its only considered bi-partisan when Republicans ignore principles, and vote with the Democrat majority plan.

Dick Durbin states, and an article in the New York Times concurs , that there are not enough Democrat Senators in the Senate that will support the bill.
President Obama anticipated Republican resistance to his jobs program, but he is now meeting increasing pushback from his own party. Many Congressional Democrats, smarting from the fallout over the 2009 stimulus bill, say there is little chance they will be able to support the bill as a single entity, citing an array of elements they cannot abide. 
Another interpretation is that these Senators know its not the right bill/plan to help improve the climate for job creation. 

So when they scream invectives and say that the Republicans will not compromise, they really are really saying “its our way or the highway”, its only bi-partisan when its our way.  However here we have a case of real and honest bi-partisan rejection of this badly conceived bill.

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