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AP: GOP Stymies Democrats Jobs Agenda

A press release from the DNC, thinly disguised as an Associated Press news article:

Stymied by GOP, Democrats at loss on jobs agenda

By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writer

June 25, 2010

WASHINGTON – Stymied by Republicans, Democrats are at a loss as they struggle to help pump up the economy in the run-up to congressional elections this fall.

What a misleading headline and lead, even by Associated Press standards.

The Democrats “struggle to help pump up the economy” involves extending unemployment benefits beyond two years, further funding state public sector union jobs – oh, and maybe a few picayune tax breaks that will make no real difference whatsoever.

The demise of their jobs-agenda legislation Thursday means that unemployment benefits will phase out for more than 200,000 people a week. Governors who had counted on fresh federal aid will now have to consider a more budget cuts, tax increases and layoffs of state workers.

Senate Democrats cut billions from the bill in an attempt to attract enough Republican votes to overcome a filibuster. But the 57-41 vote fell three votes short of the 60 required to crack a GOP filibuster, leaving the way forward unclear.

"Democrats have given Republicans every chance to say ‘yes’ to this bill and support economic recovery for our middle class," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "But they made a choice to say ‘no’ yet again." …

The setback forced congressional Democrats to settle for a much smaller victory: Congress passed a bill temporarily sparing doctors from a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments, sending the measure to Obama for his signature…

"It is clear that Senate Republicans have no intention of passing any jobs legislation, whether it is tied to physician payments or not," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif… 

The rejected bill would have provided $16 billion in new aid to states, preserving the jobs of thousands of state and local government workers and providing what White House officials called an insurance policy against a double-dip recession. It also included dozens of tax breaks sought by business lobbyists and tax increases on domestically produced oil and on investment fund managers.

Notice how sketchy the “tax breaks” in these “jobs legislation” bills always are. They are only in the bill so that they can claim to be trying to create jobs.

"This is a bill that would remedy serious challenges that American families face as a result of this Great Recession," said Max Baucus, D-Mont., the chief author of the bill. "This is a bill that works to build a stronger economy. This is a bill to put Americans back to work."

The legislation had been sharply pared back after weeks of negotiations with GOP moderates Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, but they were not persuaded to support the measure. The latest draft would have added $33 billion to the deficit.

Imagine how bad a Democrat bill must be if even the “GOP moderates” Snowe and Collins won’t vote for it. And note too, that there is no mention of PAYGO, which requires that any such additional spending be paid for.

And speaking of Congress’ own self-imposed mandate:

The Medicare bill that passed Thursday would delay cuts in payments to doctors until the end of November — after congressional elections — when lawmakers hope the political climate is better for passing a more permanent, and expensive, solution

Lest we forget, these cuts in Medicare reimbursement stem are required by a payment formula based on the sustainable growth rate, or SGR, a program Congress enacted in 1997. This law tied the payments doctors received for treating these patients to the nation’s gross domestic product.

For 13 years Congress has refused to enforce its own legislation. And now the Democrat are hinting that they will do away with the SGR all together after the elections, in a ‘lame duck’ Congress.

And they wonder why they have such a high deficit.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

35 Responses to “AP: GOP Stymies Democrats Jobs Agenda”

  1. jimreport says:

    What a pity the dumbocrats wont be able to buy those votes. And with elections right around the cowna.

    Kiss one more Senate seat goodbye looters.

  2. mr_bill says:

    So Harry Reid thinks “economic recovery” is another round of unemployment checks and a handout from the federal government to the state governments to keep some unnecessary bureaucrats from having to look for a real job. That’s all this bill is: deficit spending aimed at keeping people from looking for real jobs, and he can’t figure out why he’s getting beaten up in the election polls?

    SG, I’m glad you made the point about PayGo, its unfortunate that none of the AP reporters (or anybody in the press, for that matter) thought to inquire how this legislation complies (or fails to) with the PayGo rules.

  3. confucius says:

    AP is lying.

    Two Democrats helped the filibuster: Nelson (NE) and Byrd (WV).

  4. wardmama4 says:

    But wait – I thought that the Dems had a filibuster proof majority in the Senate? 57 – that is 3 votes shy of their majority – and 41 – well gee, I done gadieated from higher school – that is 1 vote over what the Repubs have seated, hmmm now where did that 1 extra vote come from?!? I Know, I Know, I Know – pick me, oh pleeeeeeeze -from the Dem majority!!!!!

    So in actuality – it was not the obstructive (and how can a person or group obstruct a vote when they are the minority?) – but rather a turncoat Dem who did not vote the majority, i.e. the Party Line.

    How too cleaver for words (that mean nothing anymore) for the Dems to pitch this off to the GOP when it was 3 DNCers – who caused this failure.

    And explain to me – someone with functioning brain matter – exactly how extending government handouts would -‘support economic recovery for our middle class’- at all, ever?

    It would be nice to know exactly who the turncoat (and non-voters) [Thanks Confucius as I was unable to find those names] were on this issue but simply never forget – THEY WERE DEMOCRATS.

  5. proreason says:

    Pants on fire

  6. Petronius says:

    What a load of codswallop.

    Let’s face facts.

    Jobs are not going to be created, and the American economy is not going to recover and grow, until investment by American business becomes attractive once again.

    This means two preconditions must be met. First, that the Liberal robber gangs in the White House and Congress are defeated once and for all. Second, that they are replaced by tough, no-nonsense fiscal conservatives who are seen to be ready, willing, and able to solve the problems of sovereign debt, sovereign leveraging, and sovereign deficits that the robber gangs have created. People like Gov. Chris Christie and Dr. Rand Paul come immediately to mind.

    Here are some maxims that Liberals, Democrats, the AP, and other Marxists and nihilists will never acknowledge :

    • The first step to prosperity is the inviolability of private property.

    • You can’t help the little guy by hurting the big guy.

    • You can’t fix debt with more debt.

    • If you tax something, you will get less of it, not more.

    • A welfare state with open borders cannot survive.

    • You can’t fix unemployment by mass immigration and amnesty.

    • You can’t produce paper in unlimited quantities and still call it money. It is only money if it operates permanently to store and transfer wealth.

    • Our money system, like our government, is broken. Both have become dishonest, unrestrained, and unstable.

    Let us count our blessings. Today there is still one bright side to the American economy: that our Liberal masters have not yet outlawed gold, silver, guns, oil, and coal.

    These days we have to be grateful for the crimes our government fails to commit –– the few crimes that have been thwarted, the crimes they have overlooked, and the crimes they have not yet put into motion.

    The best way to “pump up” the American economy is to put an end to these Bolshevik thugs and robber gangs. Otherwise America must get ready for some Zimbabwe moments.

    • Chinnubie says:

      “You can’t fix unemployment by mass immigration and amnesty.”

      The ruling class in this country or Democrats most assuredly know they will be able to fix “Their” unemployment with mass immigration & amnesty thereby creating 10-15 million new Democrat voters!!

  7. NoNeoCommies says:

    I am on unemployment now and, as I understand it, everyone on an “extension” will be cut off if this doesn’t pass.
    It is a great illustration of how Democrats hold people hostage in order to aid their agenda.
    They could cap the upper limit and allow everyone to reach it, but instead they will threaten to dump everyone in order to get us to call our representative to demand passage of one more nail in America’s coffin.
    I know my congressman will keep voting against it.
    I hope enough democrats keep it stalled long enough for the garbage to be removed.

  8. proreason says:

    “They could cap the upper limit and allow everyone to reach it”


  9. Chinnubie says:

    The Democrats that voted against this bill are obviously attempting to hold onto their jobs. Bottomline this is another systematic use of legislation to wrestle control from the American public in order to redistribute from the so-called rich to the people that have been taken advantage of throughout the last 2 centuries of our existence. This is just more class envy. I want to know what the mass media people are gonna do if they succeed in their quest of TOTAL EQUALITY for all. Won’t they be the first bunch that gets eliminated because there would be no need to have all of the newspapers and television stations to broadcast the ruling classes propaganda. There would only be ONE broadcasting station and ONE newspaper evryone would be allowed to read or watch.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Not only that – everything will become a cheaper, more bland version – as government promises the Universe but produces the DMV – which is the ultimate of bureaucratic paperwork, redundant and/or unnecessary (and thus incurring multiple financial outlays after waiting in line again) actions and topped off by some of the most ignorant and/or rude people ever to populate the planet – that is what will be facing us in healthcare, financial _____(fill in the blank – loans, education aid, mortgages, credit cards, banking) and of course cars – please compare any socialist, fascist, or communist car – to any American car (most especially pre- 70s and the enviro-wacko & Union destruction of said cars).

      And any idiot who believes that anything – healthcare, housing etc is going to be free – does not deserve the right to vote, because they are too stupid to even understand what their vote means.

      But of course ‘the Guam is going to tip over’ Congresscritter was not even removed from his committees much less sent home that day nor will the ‘if Arizona was on the border I would understand the law better’ City Council idiot – and that is why our current Thug Administration continues to lie, cheat and bribe un-Constitutional legislation through – We The People are not demanding that these ‘government officials’ who are dumber than my grandchildren – (and certainly less educated) be immediately removed from their positions for completely lacking in the simple basic education to function in society – much less as a government official and they all think We The People are just as stupid as they are – and just as greedy.

      God Help America – and Remember in NOvember.

  10. Chuckk says:

    It’s about time that the Republicans stood up against runaway spending. I wonder what happened. The usually collapse at the first sign of criticism.

  11. Mithrandir says:

    Headline should read:

    “Republicans Stymie Democrats’ Attempt to Launder Money to their Voting Blocks, or Buy New Votes for the November Elections.”

    Just analyze this for a second…
    “The rejected bill would have provided $16 billion in new aid to states, preserving the jobs of thousands of state and local government workers….”

    It is Democrats funneling money to save DEMOCRAT voters their jobs. HOW IN THE WORLD does transferring money, and shuffling papers around from one bureaucracy to another bureaucracy stimulate the economy?

  12. proreason says:

    Are we fringe kooks bleating into empty space as a popular tide of progressivism overwhelms the country? Or are our objections irrelevant because the nation spoke in November 2008, and that’s that until the next election? Perhaps we should just recognize that they won and they should get to do exactly wtf they want. Is the ballot box every two years the only way this nation expresses its views about the state of the country? Let’s consider.

    – Every poll is overwhelmingly against the policies and the vast majority are against the commissars
    – Fox New and talk radio ratings continue to soar. Air America has gone bankrupt, MSLSD, CNN and the networks’ ratings plunge. But it’s much more than that. Where are Reverend Al, and the other screeching racists on national TV? The new voices are the measured Lamont Hill and a spectrum of liberals who project reasonableness and who can occasionally articulate positions that don’t demand reparations. Did you think that’s a coincidence? It’s because the rating PLUNGE when the racists spout, that’s why.
    – For the first time in history, the opposition party is unanimously against a regime
    – The rise of the Tea Party movement. It’s been over a hundred years for something similar to occur. Rand Paul and Susan Engel could not have happened a year ago.
    – The skyrocketing popularity of Palin, Rubio, Christie, Brewer, Jindal, Perry and others. The precipitous decline of Reid, Pelosi, and all the other clowns
    – The flight of PEOPLE from Blue States to Red States
    – The willingness of people to declare that they are conservatives to pollsters
    – The states are pushing back: Arizona and immigration, ObamyCare lawsuits, the rollback of liberalism in New Jersey, Pawlenty’s victories in Minnesota, Jindal’s activism
    – Conservative books dominate the best seller lists
    – The continuing rise of new conservative media – Brietbart, citizen journalists, Hot Air
    – Declining support for and participation in Unions
    – The failure of Acorn
    – Major ballot box successes – Christie, Brown, Virginia, Hawaii
    – The rising interest in the Constitution
    – The “retirement” of long-time progressive congressional stalwarts
    – Now we begin to learn of the contempt for the regime in the military
    – The courts begin to act (note: they will never act as they should because they were captured long ago by the Marxists)
    – Projections for the November election range from resounding to overwhelming
    – Sales of guns and ammunition are through the roof
    – Every movement in every western country moves toward conservatism: the UK, France, and Germany. Western leaders are abandoning rigid socialism

    No we aren’t kooks. Every trend in this country is overwhelmingly against the direction of this criminal regime. Every voice of conservatism is rising in popularity. Every voice of progressivism is tanking. Young people are jumping the Marxist ship of state. Jews are reevaluating their lock-step progressivism. Every poll, every election, every action in every state is attacking the edicts of the regime as the dictators flex their muscle. The criminals “theory” that the polls don’t reflect the will of the people is a laughable lie.

    Yet, they don’t adjust their cram-downs in any way. Their trend isn’t moderation of THEIR extreme agenda. To the contrary, they ESCALATE. They find new ways to subvert and pervert the laws, standards and traditions we established over hundreds of years. Reconciliation, “we make the rules”, Executive Orders, unaccountable Czars, legal challenges, repudiation of contract law, selective enforcement of legitimate laws, refusal to protect the border, unilateral overthrow of long-established foreign policies, abandonment of our closest allies, illegal manipulations of the election process, creation of political slush funds from taxpayer money, federal attacks on private businesses, condemnation of private individuals, manipulation of the press, spending spending spending, payola payola payola, and on and on and on.

    Don’t relax wingnuts……..this isn’t similar in any way to anything that has happened in our country, ever. It’s nothing short of a coup d’état by a fringe minority of hard-core Marxist who don’t constitute more than 5% of the population. The rest of the 25% of their base support are remora fish feeding on the wealth of our 70%; the wealth that is being confiscated and promised as political payola to the 25% who are too ignorant or too greedy to know that their moment in our sun will close as fast as it opened.

    • Petronius says:

      proreason: “Every trend in this country is overwhelmingly against the direction of this criminal regime. Every voice of conservatism is rising in popularity.”

      For decades Democrats have won elections by forming a coalition of groups against the common enemy –– straight white guys who are breadwinners. Now Democrats are alarmed by the Tea Party movement because, when they look out on those crowds of protesters, they realize they are losing two key groups of supporters: seniors and women.

      The Democrats lost the support of seniors when they took away their health care, and redistributed it to other groups, particularly immigrants (documented and undocumented) who, along with the young, make up the bulk of uninsured people.

      They lost the support of women when they enslaved their children and grandchildren by pissing away trillions of dollars on their left-wing remora. And when they broke all the rules of decency during their Obamacare cramdown.

      Consider the phenomenal emergence of our beautiful conservative ladies on the national stage –– Palin, Brewer, Angle, Bachman, Fiorina, Whitman, Haley, Blackburn, plus all the opinion gals, Coulter, Ingraham, Malkin, Cosby, Buchanan, et al.

      The most popular Republican guys are the ballsy, no-nonsense conservatives who fight back –– Christie, Joe Wilson, Joe Barton, Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Rand Paul.

      Even business guys –– traditionally apolitical –– are getting feisty. Did anyone see the Shell guy on Hannity last night? He accused Nerobama of punishing conservative States in the Gulf region –– for purely political reasons –– by deliberately neglecting clean up of the oil spill and by his moratorium on drilling. Wow, I said, here is a business guy who really gets it. And how about Sir Richard Branson’s attack on Nerobama’s “unseemly behavior” in repeatedly “kicking a company [BP] while it was on its knees.”

      Democrats gambled that, with the help of the lap-dog media, nobody would notice what they were doing. But they lost their bet. People did notice.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      <—–What Pro said!

    • proreason says:

      Thanks Rusty.

      And Petronius, you are definitely onto something ……it explains why the hatred is so extreme against the Tea Partiers. The prime movers are people who were the demwits’ core constituency before that party was taken over by community organizers.

      Plus, it has to hurt when every woman that comes forward is drop-dead gorgeous, in addition to being brilliant, and Janet Napolitano is the best the other side has to offer. Do you think maybe young women are noticing?

      And the Shell CEO was absolutely amazing. (people underestimate what Hannity does). The CEO should put his affairs in order, because his family is at risk. The whirling dervishes of the left will stop at nothing.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Well, I said it months ago that this presidency, he has come to destroy. And those who at frist are on his side and willing accomplices to his plans will, eventually, find themselves in the crosshairs of his plans.

      ie: Environmentalists. Largely made up of people who find turtles to be a more valuable life entity than humans, are appalled at this boy’s lack of response to an environmental “disaster”. So they, too, now have noticed that he says one thing and does something else entirely. And when an enviro-whacko is lied to and finds out, they don’t let up. So, he’s losing that base if he hasn’t already done so.

      But I submitted some time ago that he’s gonna piss EVERYBODY off. No one will be immune. Inasmuch as the left infrastructure, such as it is, actually cannot stand itself, as evidenced by how much Pelosi and Reid detest one another. That’s just what we can see. Behind closed doors, I’m certain they really don’t put on their good behavior and use their “indoor voices”.

      But make no mistake that the boy will eventually get around to pretty much pissing everyone off, even those who are firmly in his camp. I’m half expecting Gibbs to abstain any moment now, except for the fact that he couldn’t get a job parking cars if he were to leave this awesome gig he has now. That and he’s a spineless twit.

      This dog-and-pony show will end someday. The sooner the better. The senior democrats are “retiring” as you pointed out and that’s a sign of something much deeper; That something is endemically wrong within the party. They know it, we see it, and eventually the wheels will come off due to the overreaching, the power grabs and the stark raving narcissism of the “leadership”.

      More and more people are considering the leading figures in the democrat party to be laughing stocks. Average Joe Citizen will go to his computer and start reading and more and more will, and have, during this preseidency and thank God for the internet. If it was 1988 and this was going on, we’d have talk radio and TV. But thanks to the home computer and the information you can get from it, people can get the information they desire in mere moments, as it happens and the “news” agencies become largely irrelevant; Unimportant.

      Most Americans can still read, thankfully and of that, most of them can evaluate the common-sense truth of matters. There will always be as much as 30% who cannot decide whether to s____ or go blind, but that really can’t be helped. However, Americans respond when they are shot in the wallet and they know what to do at the polls.

    • tranquil.night says:

      What a great rallying thread to remind us from where we’ve come! Sometimes I try and remember those confused people caught in the middle of this ideological battle who haven’t been engaged in the issues since the immaculation, for it must be frightening and ominous to see such division among countrymen. But be not afraid.

      Conservatism is a journey of growth as much as Liberalism is one of regression.

      For as Ronaldus Magnus said, there is no such thing as a right or left but rather only an up or down. Today we have as many people conscious and celebratory of the Conservative way as were back in the ’80s and this is not due to any one personality (with the small but crucial exception of The Last Man Standing’s immortal words “I hope he fails” and then the speech at CPAC ’09).

      Before this regime is finished, we will have more Americans fully comprehending and identifying with our founding documents as a brilliant system of governance than probably since the time they were written. These people are going to demand representatives like them and it’ll will amaze us how fast and easy it will be to reform our government when the people are ready to take up the responsibility.

      History proves Americans have a consistent track record of showing up late to the game then winning it near single-handedly, and Pro’s great historical recount of all that’s been accomplished in the past year and a half is a microcosm of that same phenomenon. We’re a truly remarkable people when we collectively unify around a profound love for letting people be individuals.

      When you’re arguing the merits of central planning verse free markets, what Liberals never recognize is that when you let people organize themselves they’ll do it with a million times more passion, efficiency, and thus success. For as rock solid as our beliefs are, we Conservatives are actually very unpredictable people. We take risks and are constantly modernizing our understanding of whatever issue we’re trying to solve.

      Instead of innovating, Liberals seek control over the circumstances governing the issue so that they can personally empower themselves. They don’t try to solve issues, they create them. So which ideology really is the progressive one?

      “No clear leader has emerged for 2012.”

      Today’s Conservative coalition is one of the biggest tents in history. The Social-values cons (Palin-Breitbart-Hannity wing), typically one of our loudest base groups, have very graciously embraced common cause with the Libertarian Fiscal cons, who have very graciously done so with the Neocons. Hannity really is a great networker in this regard. He seems unsure of himself when it comes to wanting to say everything Obama does is intentional, but surely Sean is our man in the trenches keeping the passion alive among newfound friends. Because as we know this new alliance has been tested egregiously by the Liberal statist machine via the attacks on the Tea Party. Yet it’s failed and they are terrified of it, not just because they’re losing independents but they’re losing energy in their own base as well as the bigger problem of a mass exodus and diminishing resources of their own constituency.

      Intellectuals like Rush, Morrisey, Krauthammer and Mr. Gilbert provide the much needed political and media analysis that provide for a strong and competitive counter-narrative against the awful lie machine of the left (Edit: I’ve really enjoyed DoctorZero lately too). Many turn to Beck for historical insight but really love him for his unapologetic combativeness with the left. Meanwhile, scholars like Mr. Levin and those at the Heritage Foundation bring the added creme de la creme of a truly exceptional group of defenders which actually can carry out legal challenges and explain some of the murk behind policy making.

      That is what I mean when it’s said that Conservative individuality will always trump Liberal central planning. We bring a combined wealth of experience and expertise that go beyond the traditional understanding of success. We produce Renaissance men and women.

      Independence Day approaches. On the day one year ago the state-controlled media rejoiced in what they thought to be their hounding of Sarah Palin out of political office. We all hoped and prayed that she “wasn’t retreating but advancing in a different direction.” Now, her successful endorsements of the Conservative women may come to topple the conventional feminist movement on top of bringing us a new age of strong and responsible leaders.

      That’s another lesson you eventually learn: the Conservative way almost always ‘unexpectedly’ yields bigger profits than projected, and despite stereotypes – little of it has to do with money.

    • wardmama4 says:

      I love what you guys have written but you kind of forgot one thing – the true American citizen is the survivor, the one who can pick him/herself up, dust off and start over again. We are not the ones with our hands out – begging – ‘can I have another, please’. And even at our lowest moment, with little in hand – when we see someone in need – we reach out a helping hand.

      That is what America is about – Opportunity, Individuality, Rugged survival instincts coupled with a great deal of humanity and compassion. None of it supplied by nor forced by Uncle Obama.

      I not only hope he fails – – I pray daily that he does fail -and someone steps up to the plate(court, House or Senate Well) and takes his sorry little golf playing biracial empty suit teleprompter needing a** down.

      Remember in NOvember

  13. confucius says:

    The Democrats and AP continue to lie. First, from AP:

    Labor chief blasts GOP on unemployment benefits

    By Ivan Moreno
    June 25, 2010; 5:20 pm ET

    DENVER – Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Friday that Senate Republicans could be prolonging the recession by opposing a spending bill that would have extended unemployment benefits.

    Solis, talking to a group of Latino government officials in Denver, said Republicans were wrong to oppose to a broader jobs bill that would have extended jobless benefits for about 200,000 people a week.

    “This will be devastating and could take us back to a deeper recession,” Solis said.

    The labor chief was talking about a jobs bill that sputtered in the Senate this week. Ruling Democrats tried and failed to cut enough spending from the measure to win enough GOP support to avoid a filibuster.

    Again, Democrats Nelson (NE) and Byrd (WV) helped the filibuster.

    One other point. Recall that Hilda Solis’ husband, Sam Sayyad, didn’t pay his taxes until Hilda was nominated for Labor Secretary. Also recall that Tom Daschle, Nancy Killefer and Timothy Geithner didn’t pay their taxes either until Obama nominated them.

    Those taxes contribute to unemployment benefits, and these tax cheats are largely Democrats.

    Hilda Solis, Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer are known Democrats.

    Sam Sayyad’s party affiliation is unclear but FEC records show an unbroken pattern of contributing only to Democrats—Hillary Clinton ($1,000) and wife Hilda Solis ($1,000). (http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/qind/) Mr. Sayyad’s lavish political contributions should have been used to pay his taxes which in turn help secure unemployment benefits.

    Timothy Geithner’s party affiliation is very unclear. Supposedly, he was a Republican and switched when he joined the Treasury. One source states he is now a Democrat. (http://www.internationalrivers.org/en/blog/peter-bosshard/so-what-about-tim-geithner)

    The effort failed, and President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a much smaller proposal that doesn’t include unemployment benefits. …


    So it would seem, Obama—a Democrat—thought the bill (with all its missing unemployment benefits) was okay to sign into law.

    The Democrats and AP must be worried about November. It would explain this third hit piece (second for author Stephen Ohlemacher) in 24 hours:

    Democrats mulling stand-alone jobless aid

    By Andrew Taylor and Stephen Ohlemacher
    June 25, 2010; 7:42 pm ET

    WASHINGTON – The demise of Democrats’ jobs-agenda legislation means that unemployment benefits will phase out for more than 200,000 people a week. Governors who had counted on fresh federal aid will now have to consider more budget cuts, tax increases and layoffs of state workers.

    Democratic officials said the House may try to revive the long-stalled jobless aid bill next week as a stand-alone bill shorn of controversial tax and spending provisions that prompted Senate Republicans to filibuster it on Thursday.

    But the Senate may not have enough time to clear the measure for President Barack Obama’s desk before leaving Washington for the Fourth of July recess.

    Stymied by Republicans, Democrats are at a loss as they struggle to help pump up the economy in the run-up to congressional elections this fall. …

    That’s right. Like Republicans, holidays also “stymie” Democrats.

    “Democrats have given Republicans every chance to say ‘yes’ to this bill and support economic recovery for our middle class,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “But they made a choice to say ‘no’ yet again.”

    “It is clear that Senate Republicans have no intention of passing any jobs legislation, whether it is tied to physician payments or not,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

    I’m still waiting for those lightening bolts.

    Congressional Democrats began the year with an aggressive agenda of passing a series of bills designed to create jobs. One has become law, offering tax breaks to companies that hire unemployed workers. …

    Unless I’m mistaken, Republicans voted for that.

    The rejected bill would have provided $16 billion in new aid to states, preserving the jobs of thousands of state and local government workers and providing what White House officials called an insurance policy against a double-dip recession. It also included dozens of tax breaks sought by business lobbyists and tax increases on domestically produced oil and on investment fund managers.


    In other words, the unemployment benefits bill really wasn’t about unemployment benefits.

    Perhaps that’s why the bill was killed–by Republicans and Democrats.

  14. proreason says:

    Big Government Graded – Post WWII (excluding military and foreign affairs)


    A – Interstate Highway System – Limited goals, followed Germany’s model, well worth the cost.
    B – NASA – Defined goals. Brilliant moments. Still important. Many successes.
    B – FCC – Hasn’t managed to destroy free-speech yet.
    B – Homeland Security – Corrupt, Wasteful, but no major hit since 9/11. Thank you, Dubya.
    B – Social Security – Clearly defined. Solved a national problem. Must be adjusted for current demographics.
    B – FAA – System works but is 3 decades out of date.

    • proreason says:

      THE BAD

      C – Medicare – Has done some good. Extremely wasteful. Must be converted to be self-supporting.
      C – “The Fed” – Deserves some credit for financial stability from 1945 through 1999. Now politicized.
      C – Civil Rights – Great success must be weighed against destruction of the Black Family and rise of new racism.
      C – Crime – 85% of the country is safe. 15% is a war zone. Tied to other failures like welfare/education.
      C – Post Office – Not as bad as generally thought.
      D – SEC – So much for market oversight
      D – Financial Regulations – Horrible. About to become disastrous.
      D – Dept of Commerce – Manufacturing? Jobs? Competition? What does this department do?
      D – Agriculture – Congress’ bagman.

    • proreason says:

      THE UGLY

      F – Education – Every dime has been wasted.
      F – Amtrak – The national joke.
      F – Welfare – 70% out-of-wedlock birthrate. The democrats are breeding their own voting bloc.
      F – Border Security – The one thing allowed by the Constitution is a massive failure.
      F – Civil Service – The iceberg approaches. Welfare with a benign name.
      F- – Energy – Worse than nothing. A black hole of unimaginable proportions. Spews corruption.
      F- – ObamyCare –Lenin is governing from the grave.
      F- – Housing – Drooling Barney’s revenge. Titanic failure. Big government’s own atom bomb.
      F– – Abortion – Words can’t do it justice.

    • proreason says:


      A – 1
      B – 5
      C – 5
      D – 4
      F – 9

      Average – D+

      Can you spot a theme?

    • fallingpianos says:

      F – Welfare – 70% out-of-wedlock birthrate. The democrats are breeding their own voting bloc.

      And killing them off at the same time.

  15. Tater Salad says:

    “Once the communal sector, in which the state controls all the means, exceeds a certain proportion of the whole, the effects of its actions dominate the whole system.” ____ F.A. Hayek………”The Road to Serfdom”

    Liberals are using government controled unemployment, healthcare, taxes, education (indoctrination) and regulations to keep blacks, whites, latinos all on “entitlements” in order to control these people. Until this cycle is broken, socialism will prevail unless communism takes control of the state before the correction can take place.

  16. jsmaster says:

    I am a republican, but Palin and senator McCain discouraged me to vote for Republicans….
    They want to fight all wars around the globe, and win what is not “winable” – Iraq, Afganistan……I think republicans could get 30-40 % more voters if they finally recognized that wars are not popular at this time. I still wonder – why it was McCain, an old war man, obviously out of touch with reality, why not Romney for example…I would vote for him
    What do you think about it?

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