Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:13 PM
Bill USA (3,375 posts)
Congress Ignores Jobs, Despite Americans Ranking Issue Their Top Priority
WASHINGTON -- Congress has a lot on its plate these days. Immigration reform and gun control have taken center stage in the Senate, and House Republican leaders are ramping up their calls for a balanced budget. But the one issue that Americans routinely say matters the most appears to have taken a back seat: jobs.
Gone are the days of party leaders demanding action on "jobs, jobs, jobs." When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) recently outlined the top 10 priority bills for the year, just two of them were directly related to job creation. (A third one has jobs in the title, but the "Agriculture Jobs Bill" is actually just the farm bill). House GOP leaders, meanwhile, emerged from their annual party retreat last month with their members fired up about one issue: their "No Budget, No Pay" proposal, which would temporarily withhold lawmakers' pay if they don't pass a budget.
Some senators tried to explain the disconnect between what the public says is their biggest priority and what Congress is actually doing.
"Well, there are lots of subjects out there with great import, and somehow or other, we bounce from one to another depending on the severity of an incident," Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said. "We should be talking about jobs because therein lies our return with the economy."
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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:49 AM
JayhawkSD (1,297 posts)
1. And Obama's current "stump" tour theme is gun control.
Not exactly stumping for jobs himself, is he? Jobs have never been at the top of his "to do" list, and have been a subject of conversation only at election/reelection time.
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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 07:25 PM
Bill USA (3,375 posts)
3. Obama has introduced numerous jobs bills- most have been filibustered to death by the GOP
here's a good article on GOP's filibuster record....it lists many bills filibustered by the GOP:
Why is the Republican Record-Breaking use of the Filibuster -- Not a topic of the News?
and here's one that focusses just on the jobs bill killiing agenda of the GOP:
Natural Born Job Killers: Republicans Obstruct over 4.2 million jobs
The only failure in Republican attempts to totally destroy the economy was their inability to obstruct the President’s stimulus the Congressional Budget Office and several independent agencies claim created over 3 million jobs. However, they have made up for that success by refusing to consider President Obama’s American Jobs Act proposed over a year-and-a-half ago, and coupled with severe austerity measures at the state and local level, they have been successful maintaining unemployment at over 8% instead of less-than 6% if they were not intent on obstruction and economic devastation.
There is no doubt the Republicans know what works to improve hiring and economic growth because every Republican administration has invested in hiring more public employees during a recession, and they always depended on federal funding to increase the workforce at the federal and state level, and not giving more tax breaks to their imaginary “job creators” they claim leads to full employment. The GOP austerity measures were not limited to blocking federal money to help states hire and retain employees, because states with Republican governors and legislatures made drastic cuts in the public sector workforce and many turned down federal aid to demonstrate their contempt for their residents, and the federal government. In California, for example, a Republican in Congress, Jeff Denham, is attempting to block implementation of a much needed high-speed rail project that will create over a million jobs as the largest earth-moving project in the state’s history, and sustain hundreds-of-thousands more jobs for maintenance and operation in cities up and down the state. His argument is that the government cannot afford the cost and the money is better spent creating jobs…with more tax cuts for “job creators.”
The austerity measures Republicans are implementing have never worked during a recession and despite the abject failure of every European country that enacted austerity, they are hell-bent on following the countries that have no growth and soaring unemployment. Even the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Willard Romney, admitted that austerity during a recession is disastrous, and yet Republicans have killed over 600,000 public sector jobs that prevented 2.3 million downstream jobs from being created. Coupled with Republican obstruction of the President’s job plan in January 2011, they have effectively prevented 4.2 million Americans from finding good, living wage jobs, or enough to bring the unemployment rate down to 5.5% in a little over a year. Instead of cutting 600,000 teaching, police, firefighter and other public jobs, if states had increased those lost jobs by one-half, the unemployment rate would be under 5% and tax revenue would be up, the deficit would be reduced, and the economy would be humming along.
Republicans are now claiming that letting the Bush era tax cuts for the rich expire will kill more jobs, but the facts, and history, do not bear out their fallacious assertions. During the Clinton Administration, the wealthy paid 3% more in taxes and the economy added 22-million jobs, wages increased, and businesses boomed. In fact, during the Eisenhower Administration, the wealthy paid nearly 90% in taxes during the time when hundreds of thousands of soldiers returned from World War II, and the infusion of cash created the nation’s highway system, a booming economy, and the great middle class. The GOP knows how to create jobs, but they have no interest in America’s economy, or its people and they must relish the thought of killing jobs and retarding economic growth as they planned in 2009, and will continue throughout 2012.
Obama has been trying to pass bills that would stimulate jobs growth from the very beginning to recover from the Republican Trickle Down Deregualtion disaster - but the Republicans have fought him every step of the way. It has been their plan to keep him from succeeding in repairing the economy after the GOP's near destruction of it - as the only way they could win in 2012. Fortunately, most people weren't fooled by there strategy.
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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:27 AM
Paranoid Pessimist (437 posts)
2. Good ol' Boy Obsma
I think he looks a little awkward the way he holds his skeet shooter. He looks like he's posing, not like someone who is comfortable holding a shotgun. His gun looks less meaningful than George W.'s flight suit.