Morning Mix: The American Jobs Act. No, The Other One
When President Barack Obama introduced the American Jobs Act during his speech in front of both the House and the Senate, he asked that Congress put aside the political games and just pass the bill.
Looks like Texas Republican Louis Gohmert wasn’t listening, because he’s more interested in playing games.
Congressman Gohmert has pulled a “fast one” on the president, creating and filing his own American Jobs Act of 2011 in the House so that Obama can’t use the name. Gohmert said, “After waiting to see what the President would actually put into legislative language, and then waiting to see if anybody would actually introduce the President’s bill in the House, today I took the initiative and introduced the ‘American Jobs Act of 2011.’”
Gohmert had already received a copy of the bill, of course, after sending off snarky messages on twitter a few days earlier complaining that no such piece of legislation actually existed yet. “What was #Obama holding in the Rose Garden today? Did he leave it sitting on the podium? We still don’t have it. Where’s the bill?”
So what is this master plan that the GOP has for their own jobs bill. Well, it has only one plank — totally eliminate corporate income taxes. A tactic that, if it occurred, would leave the country looking at an additional $300 billion shortfall each year on top of the already existing deficit.
But hey, anything to play a few more political games, right?
In general, the move shouldn’t really have come as much of a shock. After all, Gohmert is the congressman who thought that whacking “Nancy Pelosi” golfballs would help him add a little “oomph” to his swing, and that families who have a union member who is striking shouldn’t be eligible for food stamps. Petty seems to be his forte.
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