Obama Speaks on Jobs — Will Anyone Listen?
Happy Jobs Day! Oh, wait, maybe not so happy, with nearly half the working age population currently registering as “marginally employed” or worse.
In response to these dire statistics, President Barack Obama will be making a speech addressing his new plan for getting America working again. Calling his new legislation the American Jobs Act, Obama will unveil a proposal that is “expected to cost between $300 billion and $400 billion and contain a mix of tax cuts and infrastructure projects.” It will, among other things, ask for an expansion of the payroll tax cut, but spokesman Jay Carney said it will involve new proposals as well.
The big concern as always isn’t even what the president is proposing, as much as it is whether it can find any support among Republicans. Obama’s need to bring some members of the GOP into the fold, both logistically in order to get enough votes to pass a bill, and as a moral victory to declare it bipartisan, could once more force the administration to push something unappealing to Democrats in the hopes of getting through to a Republican Party hell-bent on obstructionism. With so much of their hopes of electoral victory in 2012 riding on the need for a bad economy and an ineffective president, will the GOP even be willing to consider a proposal that, if passed, would signal a win for Democrats?
And in some cases, lawmakers will literally be forced to listen. Numerous Republicans have made announcements that they do not intend to attend the president’s speech. However, Majority Leader Harry Reid has come up with a plan to at least ensure the Senate Republicans don’t make excuses and leave town — schedule a vote. The senate will be voting on a resolution to show “disapproval of the president’s request to increase the national debt limit.” If Republicans don’t vote, Obama’s request for an additional $500 billion in spending will be approved.
Frankly, Reid should have scheduled a vote to end Bush Tax cuts for millionaires instead.
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