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TomCADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-17-11 11:05 AM
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Republican leaders oppose most of Obama's jobs plan
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Source: USA Today

House Republican leaders are objecting to many of Obama's jobs proposals, while the White House attributed GOP criticisms to politics.

"The question for the Republicans is, why do they think doing nothing to help the economy now is an acceptable answer?," said a statement from White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage.

In a Friday memo to all House Republicans, GOP leaders came out against nearly all the major proposals in Obama's $447 billion job-creation plan, including his middle-class tax cuts and his approach to federal spending on transportation and school construction.

The Republican leaders said cutting payroll taxes through 2012 would lead to a tax increase in 2013 -- an argument that didn't deter Republicans from a much bigger, 10-year tax cut in 2001 that was extended last December but is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2012.

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The 112th Congress once again is going to earn its reputation as the worst in history by sitting on its hands as the ranks of the unemployed continue to grow. Of course, the corporate media continues to run interference, thus while people might hate Congress, they think their individal representative is fine. Finally, the corporate media generally refuses to call out Republicans for doing absolutely nothing! Instead, Republican action is blamed not on Republicans, but on President Obama's failure to convince Republicans!

So, the crazier Republicans act, the more they benefit, as people blame Democrats and President Obama.

The problem with this corporate media dynamnic, which stretches back to Bill Clinton, is that Republicans are rewarded for their bad behavior because they are not held accountable for their own actions or inaction. We blame Democrats and give Republicans a free pass. In other words, why should Republicans lift a finger when they know that with the corporate media's help, the American people will blame a Democratic President. Indeed, the incentive is for Republicans to actively sabotage the economy while they remain safe behind the Blame the Democrats narrative.

This is why Republicans could shut down the government and waste time impeaching Bill Clinton. This is why Republicans almost shut down the government, then almost defaulted under President Obama. The Republicans know that with Fox News driving the corporate media narrative, they generally won't be held accountable. Thus, Republicans can even vote against their own proposals, because the American people will not notice.
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