truth-has-a-liberal-bias
truth-has-a-liberal-bias:


There’s no good reason for Republicans to oppose the American Jobs Act period, let alone for them to refuse to allow a vote on it.
The only reasonable explanation for their blanket opposition is that they are playing political games, more interested in positioning themselves for the 2012 election than actually doing something to help address America’s economic crisis.
Meanwhile, even though they refuse to do anything at all about the economy, House Republicans are continuing to pursue their right-wing social agenda, reviving battles from earlier this year over funding for Planned Parenthood and public broadcasting…. They’re too busy fighting Big Bird to worry about something as mundane as creating jobs.

From: The Jed Report - Daily Kos

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

There’s no good reason for Republicans to oppose the American Jobs Act period, let alone for them to refuse to allow a vote on it.

The only reasonable explanation for their blanket opposition is that they are playing political games, more interested in positioning themselves for the 2012 election than actually doing something to help address America’s economic crisis.

Meanwhile, even though they refuse to do anything at all about the economy, House Republicans are continuing to pursue their right-wing social agenda, reviving battles from earlier this year over funding for Planned Parenthood and public broadcasting…. They’re too busy fighting Big Bird to worry about something as mundane as creating jobs.

From: The Jed Report - Daily Kos

truth-has-a-liberal-bias

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

President Obama’s jobs bill, as written, died a predictable death in the Senate (this week). Democrats were able to muster fifty-one votes for passage, but that’s well short of the sixty needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.

The New York Times called the vote both a “major” and “significant” setback for Obama in this morning’s edition, but in reality this was to be expected from the outset. No amount of press conferences, stump speeches or Congressional addresses would realistically advance the American Jobs Act past Mitch McConnell’s iron grip on his forty-nine-member caucus, which can filibuster the bill into oblivion. And even if it somehow passed the Senate, the Tea Party–dominated House would never touch the bill.

So now comes phase two: beating up Republicans for standing in the way of job-creating legislation while using that pressure to hopefully at least get parts of the bill passed. […]

seriouslyamerica

President Obama has made a variety of claims about the American Jobs Act, most notably the fact that the bill would boost the economy — and be fully paid for. How do those claims stand up to scrutiny? According to the non-partisan CBO, pretty well

All told, the American Jobs Bill, the CBO concluded, would reduce the deficit by $3 billion over the next 10 years, and that doesn’t factor in potential savings associated with increased revenue from a healthier economy.

The CBO’s findings don’t come as a big surprise — Democrats tend to take arithmetic seriously when crafting legislation — but they leave Republicans with no excuses for failure. The bill that’s on the table, as objective matter, creates jobs, cuts taxes, is fully paid for, and reduces the deficit.

squashed

A new approach from the Obama administration

squashed:

The Obama administration has pioneered the much maligned “lead from the back” legislative strategy. In the healthcare debates, for example, he acted less like a star player and more like a referee. On one hand, nobody likes the ref. On the other hand, he’s gotten results. The stimulus, the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank, the DADT repeal. While the process has been frustrating, the results have led (and will continue to lead) to very tangible help for millions of people.

(There were some big misses too. I would have liked to see a comprehensive global-warming legislation and a sane immigration policy. In the current climate, I’m not sure either is possible. Raising energy costs during the recession is not a politically viable option. And, since economic suffering has given rise to xenophobia, I’d be afraid of any immigration bill that made it through Congress.)

That ended when the Republicans took power. Obama has fairly well held the line in ensuring there aren’t substantial cuts to his core priorities. And we’re even seeing some military cuts—which are awfully nice. But this is all playing defense. Nothing new is getting done.

The Obama administration has switched tactics again. He’s proposed the American Jobs act and laid out a credible deficit reduction plan. Both solid (and fairly moderate) legislative proposals. Neither has a chance of passing in its current form. However, they may well give moderates in Congress the political cover they need to address a comprehensive tax reform that includes some revenue increases. And that would be another legislative victory for the Obama administration.

In the meantime, rallying public support around good ideas will refocus the national political conversation.

seriouslyamerica

Obama Tax Proposal Has Overwhelming Support

msmalcontent:

liberalsarecool:

Andrew Sullivan: “Every single poll shows that the American public overwhelmingly supports higher taxes on the wealthy as part of a package to cut the deficit. The margins are staggering: the NYT poll shows a majority of 74 - 21; even Rasmussen shows a majority of 56 - 34. What the president proposed this morning is simply where the American people are at. If he keeps at it, if he turns his administration into a permanent campaign for structural fiscal reform, I don’t see how he loses the argument.”

That’s 3:1 support!! Three regular people for every one delusional corporatist hack.

#end_the_plutocracy

There are people on this thread actually defending the rich.  How quaint.  Because we all know that people who make millions of dollars a year earned that all by themselves through their own hard work and they have no obligation to society.

image

leftliberty:

Obama unveils American Jobs Act
US President Barack Obama has laid out a jobs package worth $447bn,  staking his re-election hopes on a call for urgent action to revive the  economy and challenging Republicans who have consistently opposed his  initiatives.
Arguing his American Jobs Act before Congress on Thursday, the  president said it would “jolt” America’s ailing economy - which is  currently experiencing an unemployment rate of 9.1 per cent.
“It will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for  teachers, more jobs for veterans, and more jobs for the long-term  unemployed. It will provide a tax break for companies who hire new  workers, and it will cut payroll taxes in half for every working  American and every small business.
“It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled, and give  companies confidence that if they invest and hire, there will be  customers for their products and services,” said the president.
Describing the plan as bipartisan, Obama urged Congress to pass it without delay.
“There should be nothing controversial about this piece of  legislation. Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been  supported by both Democrats and Republicans – including many who sit  here tonight. And everything in this bill will be paid for,” he said.
Surprisingly weak jobs data has heightened fears that the United  States may be headed for another recession. The Federal Reserve is  considering ways to bolster demand but has said the onus for recovery  mainly lies with legislators who control spending.
Read more

leftliberty:

Obama unveils American Jobs Act

US President Barack Obama has laid out a jobs package worth $447bn, staking his re-election hopes on a call for urgent action to revive the economy and challenging Republicans who have consistently opposed his initiatives.

Arguing his American Jobs Act before Congress on Thursday, the president said it would “jolt” America’s ailing economy - which is currently experiencing an unemployment rate of 9.1 per cent.

“It will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans, and more jobs for the long-term unemployed. It will provide a tax break for companies who hire new workers, and it will cut payroll taxes in half for every working American and every small business.

“It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled, and give companies confidence that if they invest and hire, there will be customers for their products and services,” said the president.

Describing the plan as bipartisan, Obama urged Congress to pass it without delay.

“There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation. Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans – including many who sit here tonight. And everything in this bill will be paid for,” he said.

Surprisingly weak jobs data has heightened fears that the United States may be headed for another recession. The Federal Reserve is considering ways to bolster demand but has said the onus for recovery mainly lies with legislators who control spending.

Read more