House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is quite displeased with President Barack Obama’s “all or nothing” approach to passing his American Jobs Act. “I reject the all-or-nothing approach that the president has laid out,” Cantor said Friday on CNBC. “I mean, nobody works like that. Washington certainly doesn’t. That creates the conflict. That creates and brings on the rancor. We want to work together, we want to find places that we agree on and not dwell on the big differences.”
In fact, he’s starting to think the President is just a wee bit pushy overall. “By the president saying, ‘Pass my jobs bill,’ you know, he’s insisting in saying, ‘Cram it down people’s throats,’ when we, and I don’t think the American people, want to see tax increases at a time when we’re trying to focus on job growth and getting middle the class back to work.”
So once again we are back to the Republican laundry list of items they would like to see pass, with no compromise on any of the pieces of legislation they aren’t as happy with. According to the latest memo from Speaker of the House John Boehner, legislation allowed to pass is: “extending the ability of companies to expense 100 percent of the cost of certain properties, eliminating a 3 percent withholding provision for government contracts, reducing regulation of small-business capital formation, creating incentives to hire veterans and modifying unemployment insurance.”
Not allowed? Rescinding tax cuts on the wealthy to generate revenue, any spending on infrastructure like roads, bridges and buildings, education spending to help states not lay off teachers, or anything that could actually prevents layoffs or be a project that directly hires people.
In essence, if we only pass all of the parts that Cantor, Boehner and the other Republicans approve of, and nothing else, or else pass no act at all, aren’t we simply doing the GOP’s “all or nothing” plan instead?
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