POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Obama jobs plan meets immediate resistance from Republicans … it’s time to pick up that gauntlet and shove it down their hypocritical throats

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 22, 2011

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Laura Bassett writes for Huffington Post (8/22/11) …

  • President Obama will soon announce a new jobs plan that is expected to include
    • an extension of payroll tax cuts,
    • new revenue for transportation projects
    • and an extension of emergency unemployment benefits for the 9.1 percent of Americans who still can’t find a job.
  • Obama’s campaign advisor, David Axelrod, said on Sunday that there’s nothing in the proposal “that reasonable people shouldn’t be able to agree on”

but many Republicans are already preparing to reject

whatever the president puts on the table.

  • Axelrod suggested that the Republicans’ position was hypocritical.

“It is unthinkable to me that the Republican party would say

we can’t touch tax cuts for the wealthy,

we can’t touch special interest corporate tax loopholes,

but we’ll allow a $1,000 tax increase on the average American come January.”

  • Republicans are also pushing back on Obama’s plan to extend emergency unemployment benefits.
  • Obama is expected to announce his new jobs proposal in a speech after Labor Day.

read the entire article at … http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/21/republicans-already-balki_n_932453.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=082211&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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LMW COMMENT …

The debt ceiling crisis and the looming global catastrophe the “know-nothing” Tea Party Republicans were so gleefully ready to inflict on us is over until after the 2012 election. Now is the time to put aside any effort to compromise with Republicans who won’t. Now is the time to take their hypocritical words and stuff them square into their throats. Now is the time to propose the programs the American people need.

And if the Republicans reject them, as they will, the voters will reject them in turn, so that during President Obama’s second term, with solid Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, the balance will swing toward the needs of all Americans, not just the long over-protected and over-privileged wealthy.

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