There are no jobs in my uterus, FYI.
Right now, everyone is talking about job creation. It seems every candidate has a theory or plan to create more jobs. However, it’s not all about numbers. There is the issue of quality vs. quantity, and improvements that protect people while adding jobs.
I’ve gotten messages from Zandar readers, asking if I know I’ve linked to one certain news article a number of times. Yes, I know. I just think it’s terribly important, and reveals a largely overlooked issue facing working Americans. I’m taking about when Senate Republicans unanimously voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act. Their chief concern was the burden it would put on businesses.
Collins argued that the bill would place undue burden on small business, and “impose increased costs and restrictions on small businesses in an already difficult economic climate.”
“Many business groups oppose this legislation, including the National Federation of Independent Businesses, our nation’s largest small business advocacy group, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” Collins said.
Further demonstrating that Republicans have no interest in putting Americans back to work, and that any forward progress on the economy and jobs front is being thwarted by a bunch of Norquist-loving Dominionist hypocrites, today, Eric Cantor plans to bring to the floor for a vote a non-binding resolution that affirms that the current national motto — “In God We Trust” — is, like, seriously the national motto, you guys, so don’t even try to pretend it’s not:
Republicans may be trying to focus their messaging on jobs and the economy — and hammering President Barack Obama for campaigning — but they still have time for some red meat base-baiting on the House floor.
To wit: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (Va.) decision to bring to the floor a measure that “reaffirms ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States and supports and encourages the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions,” according to the resolution, sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.).
The resolution is one of three measures being considered by the House on Tuesday and is nonbinding.
Cantor’s office declined to comment for this story.
Once again my senator Mitch McConnell continues to show America that Republicans are focused like a laser on the most important issue facing the country right now:
jobs the economy abortion national security screwing with college football conferences.
Earlier this week, the Big 12 conference appeared ready to admit West Virginia into the league—a move so certain that university officials began tipping off members of their current conference, the Big East. But on Tuesday, the Big 12 abruptly backed off its overtures to the Mountaineers, leaving school officials in limbo and wondering what had happened.
On Wednesday, West Virginia received a key clue. The New York Times’ Pete Thamel reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had lobbied officials at two Big 12 schools on behalf of his alma mater, the University of Louisville, which also is vying for a spot in the conference.
Everything Republicans do is about personal gain. That’s the point of political power, one leads to another in a cycle. Continue reading
Ah, my senator Mitch McConnell once again showed a keen grasp on Sunday of what his constituents want from a Washington politician.
CNN’s Candy Crowley reminded the Kentucky Republican that a recent Gallup/USA Today poll found that 75 percent of Americans supported President Barack Obama’s plan to provide additional money for teachers, police and firefighters.
“Republicans helped not break a filibuster, if you will, in a procedural vote,” Crowley explained. “You basically got rid of that jobs bill which would have given money to the states, designed to hire or retain fireman, policeman and teachers. When we look at the polling, 75 percent of Americans supported that and yet, the Republicans were against it. So, how do you justify that in your mind?”
“Well, Candy, I’m sure that Americans do,” McConnell remarked. “I certainly do approve of firefighters and police. The question is whether the federal government ought to be raising taxes on 300,000 small businesses in order to send money down to bail out states for whom firefighters and police work. They’re local and state employees.”
“The question is whether the federal government can afford to be bailing out states. I think the answer is no.”
Sorry unemployed Kentuckians, your senator says we can’t afford to lift a finger to rehire teachers and firefighters, or to in fact do ANYTHING. But we sure could afford a war in Iraq and to give the banks trillions, yes? Unemployed here in the Bluegrass State? Sorry, we’re broke. Jobs are not Mitch McConnell’s job, you see.
I’m having a hard time mustering the motivation to write about anything because everything sucks:
Every single Republican voted against even discussing whether or not to pass the jobs bill. Every.Single.One.
Because President Obama’s jobs plan has not yet been introduced in the House, Louie Gohmert snagged the named “American Jobs Act of 2011″ for his two-page bill which simply amends the tax code to repeal the corporate income tax.
If he weren’t such an unstoppable dumbass, with his anchor baby nonsense, his batshit Islamophobia and fear of terror babies, and his virulent homophobia, and if his bill amounted to anything other than more of the Norquistian same, I’d actually congratulate Gohmert for this rather cheeky move:
I gotta admit, I have no desire to watch Obama speak tonight. Not because I don’t like him, but because I’m just feeling sort of fatalistic today and not really sure anything can be done to solve this crisis that has been developing for 3-4 decades. Plus, he’s not crazy, and will give a sober, rational speech, so there won’t be that train wreck in the waiting effect that you get with the GOP. Besides, we already know what is going to happen.
Obama will propose something moderate and imminently reasonable, but we all know it is not going to be enough to get us out of this mess, and that assumes we can even get it past the teahadist House (we won’t- they are in full on tilt mode). He’ll get flayed alive by the usual suspects on the left, Paul Krugman will be mainlining thorazine by the end of the speech, and someone at FDL will call for a primary or impeachment.
See, he wanted to address Congress about his jobs plan on September 7, which is Congress’s first day back from summer recess. (You remember jobs, right? Most of you probably don’t have one because Congress refuses to do its job and come up with a plan to put Americans back to work.)
John Boehner, in an unprecedented yet unsurprising move, a letter saying, “No” — after initially offering no objection to the Obama administration’s chosen date:
[A]s the Majority Leader announced more than a month ago, the House will not be in session until Wednesday, September 7, with votes at 6:30 that evening. With the significant amount of time – typically more than three hours – that is required to allow for a security sweep of the House Chamber before receiving a President, it is my recommendation that your address be held on the following evening, when we can ensure there will be no parliamentary or logistical impediments that might detract from your remarks.
Despite the fact that the date was floated to the GOP and the GOP didn’t object, the White House pushed the address back a day because getting into a slapfight with Boehner would have only served to make everyone — not just the GOP, but also the Administration — look like asshats.
He pushed back the date by a whole day? The horror! The horror!
Delaying the address definitely proves that Obama caves on everything, and this is why he’s going to lose in 2012. Voters will remember the Day the Address Got Delayed By A Day, and voters will view it as Obama being a wimp (as Markos called him) or petty and incompetent (as Jon Walker of FDL called him) or so weak that he doesn’t even realize he’s being weak (as Cenk Ugyur called him).
What the hell is wrong with these people?
Every single Professional Left blog has front-page posts claiming that Obama is a wimp, a cavemeister, naive, petty, or incompetent: