Republicans Make Plans To Ditch Obama’s Jobs Speech


Despite the posturing and maneuvering over switching President Barack Obama’s jobs speech from Wednesday night, where it would conflict with the Republican party’s big presidential debate, to Thursday night, not every congressional Republican is even bothering to show up.

According to Roll Call, Georgia Congressman Paul Broun,† Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint have all stated they do not intend to go to the joint session.† Walsh, who is currently calling the president’s speech an “abuse of power,” stated in a press release that he doesn’t “see the point in being a prop for another of the Presidentís speeches asking for more failed stimulus spending and more subsidies for his pet projects.”† DeMint, meanwhile, is claiming that he is too “frustrated” with the president to be there in person.† Broun simply makes it a habit not to attend these events, preferring to host live twitter townhalls responding to them instead.

As Steve Benen best puts it, “[T]he White House continues to try to work in good faith on the issues that matter most, only to find some Republicans in Congress who literally arenít willing to hear the president out.”


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Robert Hamm
Robert H6 years ago

Obama did try to help small business. Not in the way you like of course. He tried to get health care costs off of the back of small businesses. That would have been a much better deal than a tax break. Businesses can see what health care options cost them. They petition the government to get that monkey off their backs. Of course you would rather think its because Obama wants socialism. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Your schtick is getting very boring.

Diane O.
Diane O6 years ago

Once again, Patrick loses control in public. You need to stay calm, Patrick, and stop handing your power away. This is the internet for heaven's sake.

I'll always question why Obama didn't help the middle class in the beginning of his presidency....but most of the liberals here on Care 2 simply don't want to discuss it. They never have a good reason why he let us down when he could've lifted the small businesses and we wouldn't be having this conversation today.

Obama doesn't think like an American....because he let the middle class down. Now he is trying to play "catch up" and the Republicans are saying "enough is enough."

As you know, Patrick, I used the "Kenyan-like to show how ridiculous Robin's thread title "Bush-like" was. Go back and read it again, Maybe this time you'll understand what I wrote.

14 months to go....and the economy will become healthy again.

Elisabeth M.
lis G6 years ago

Republicans should broaden their knowledge and experience. The latest on Greece is that it is on the brink of defaulting and the EU is getting very tired of having to bail it out. Greece is only a small economy but it got into this financial mess because they didn't/don't like paying tax. Indeed avoiding or evading tax is a national sport. Republicans want tax reductions but want every one to have the same living standards. ????? Give Obama a chance for the good of the country.

Paul B.
Paul B6 years ago

Annelies... is that supposed to be Anne Lies?

Annelies, when was the last time you heard a conservative Congressman, or VP, say that any significant liberal group were terrorists, should go to hell, or would just as soon see blacks hanging from trees? Never.

The LEFT IS teaching their followers to HATE conservatives, simply because they hold a different opinion which last time I checked was encouraged in this country. Debate fosters the BEST solutions, but the left simply wants to quite conservatives so that they can get whatever they want... because ONLY THEIR views are valid, everyone else, who may hold a different opinion is a terrorist or worse.

That is what I hear and read daily.

Bertha Smith
Bertha Smith6 years ago

Diane has gotten her wish. Obama has made far more than one mistake since he's been in office! Start countiing.

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D6 years ago

Walsh should know all about 'abuse of power' and DeMint is simply 'frustrated'. The excuses by the Republican tea-bags, are nothing short of redundant and their rhetoric makes most Americans want to puke when they open their mouths. The day they are out of office is not nearly soon enough, and until then, we'll just have to be frustrated with their political existence!

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M6 years ago

It is my opinion that the Republicans should work with the President at this crucial time, for the good of the people who got them there in the first place.

Earle G.
Earle G.6 years ago

Oh where oh where is the good fairy when you want her to wave the magic wand and create jobs out of thin air. Is anyone thinking ? Whatever tax breaks are handed out with one hand, the government will take with the other. Businesses who are encouraged to hire those who have been out of work for 6 months etc., would still be responsible for paying health care insurance, etc.salary taxes (called FICA Tax), a cost far exceeding the benefits of hiring. Companies who don't have customers are not going to hire just because OB says so. It's a joke and just posturing for the upcoming election. Unions have destroyed America with their idiotic ideas of more and more money for employees driving companies out of business while the Union Bosses, quietly sneak off into the night in their limos, after they have destroyed peoples lives and business. No wonder businesses have taken their manufacturing out of this country. And where is the government in all this,? In the pockets of the Unions who give big bucks to campaigns... Oh where, oh where is the good fairy when we need her.?

K s Goh
KS G6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Diane O., says, "I was hoping that President Obama would step forward and finally do the right thing for Americans but he didn't do that."

Bullshit Diane! You have been hoping for nothing more than for Obama to make ONE mistake so you can keep bashing him over and over for it.

Guess what Diane, I think you're Kenyan-like, whatever the hell that means....oh but you do don't you? HHHAHAHAHAHAHA