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Obama Says Jobs Bill ‘Must Be All Or Nothing’

From a conveniently forgetful Associated Press:

Obama: Congress Should Vote on Jobs Bill in Oct.

By JIM KUHNHENN and JULIE PACE Associated Press
October 3, 2011

President Barack Obama demanded Monday that Congress vote on his jobs legislation package this month despite signs that the full measure faces stiff resistance. "I’m ready to sign it," the president said.

A leading House Republican, however, says that while lawmakers will vote on elements of the president’s jobs bill, his broad $447 billion proposal will not be considered in its entirety.

"This all or nothing approach is unreasonable," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.

The White House says it is not prepared to bargain away aspects of the bill at this point, and senior administration officials seemed intent on putting Republicans on the spot by insisting on a vote on the complete Obama bill. Since introducing the bill three weeks ago, the president has mounted a steady public campaign on behalf of his bill, trying to cast Congress and Republicans in particular as obstacles.

"What we don’t see the need to do is negotiate away aspects of the bill that are non-controversial, are broadly supported by the American public, broadly supported by Democrats and Republicans, before there is a chance to vote on the bill," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Underscoring that point, Obama told reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting Monday that Republicans must spell out what aspects of his plan they agree with and which they reject. "They should tell us what it is that they’re not willing to go for," he said.

And never mind that the Republicans have repeatedly done that, which even the AP is forced to admit:

Republicans did detail what elements of Obama’s plan they would support in a Sept. 16 memorandum. And on Monday, Cantor identified legislation that the House would act on this month, including repealing a law requiring the government to withhold 3 percent of nearly all payments made to contractors, ratifying trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, eliminating burdensome regulations and boosting the ability of small businesses to obtain capital.

In a letter to the president Monday, House Republican leaders said Obama’s jobs bill "represents opportunities for common ground between Democrats and Republicans." The letter asked Obama to consider their regulatory measures and "that in the spirit of putting country before party, you will call on the Senate to follow the House in passing these measures, and commit to signing them into law should they reach your desk." …

In fact, as some may recall, Mr. Obama has previously let it be known that he was willing to accept just part of his jobs bill. It was not an all or nothing proposition. (See below.)

But as the AP article goes on to point out, this is really just political grandstanding:

Senior administration officials… who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss strategy, said that while the White House may not be able control the actions of congressional Republicans, they can try to portray the GOP as a scapegoat if the jobs bill doesn’t pass.

The administration’s goal, they said, it to present a picture of the Democrats unified in pushing for the jobs bill and the Republicans in opposition.

Asked whether the president would also share in the responsibility if his bill didn’t pass, the officials argued that the public separates the president from Congress, and sees him as someone who is willing to work with the other party

And what shows the willingness to work with the other party more than saying his jobs bill is a all or nothing proposition?

Meanwhile, according to no less a reliable source than the Huffington Post:

Obama Would Sign Parts Of Jobs Bill, Push For Rest

Sam Stein
September 13, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Obama White House is revising its initial unwillingness to negotiate on the president’s job creation plan, saying now that if individual components of the bill came to the president’s desk — as opposed to the bill in its entirety — he would sign them into law

If lawmakers sent Obama legislation that would, say, send money to the states to rehire teachers, he would sign it and push for Congress to pass the remainder of his suggested reforms. As one of those senior administration officials put it, it would be politically suicidal to veto a bill that creates 1 million jobs just because it doesn’t create 2 million jobs

Besides, whatever happened to the beautiful concept of compromise?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama Says Jobs Bill ‘Must Be All Or Nothing’”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I am reminded of my grandfather who was talking to the vacuum-cleaner salesman, when such a thing was common.

    “You have neither impressed me, nor convinced me to buy your product. In fact, if anything, you have turned me against it. I don’t like it and I especially don’t like you and the way you insulted my intelligence. Now leave before I make you feel pain. You know where the door is.”

  2. proreason says:

    It makes sense.

    The purpose of the “jobs bill” is to make political points. It has nothing to do with jobs.

    Signing an actual bill is the last thing little leninwants to do.

  3. untrainable says:

    …it would be politically suicidal to veto a bill that creates 1 million jobs just because it doesn’t create 2 million jobs… I think that’s a typo. It would be political suicide to veto a bill that creates 1 million jobs just because it doesn’t create 1 million jobs.

    Obie needs to give up on this one. The cat was out of the bag on this whole mess before he went to kinkos to get a pretty color cover for the empty ream of paper that is his jobs bill. After his initial calls for passage and while he was still on his oh so deserved vacation at Martha’s, the media had this entire little fit figured. It’s a talking point. A soundbyte. A nail to hang his “Republicans are evil” hat on. No more, no less. But it didn’t work. Not that failure will ever stop a democrat. If anything, this gives Republicans a nail to hang their “Democrats are Stupid” hat on. Or their “Obama is an unreasonable little brat” hat. No matter how you look at it, Republicans have a lot more hats and more than enough nails to hang them on. Now if we can just get them to do it!

  4. eaglewingz08 says:

    So Eric Holder doesn’t read his weekly briefings and so missed Fast and Furious details. Obama doesn’t listen to sermons from Rev. Wright for 20 years, despite being in the audience, and also doesn’t read the daily newspapers which detail the republicans objections to his fake “jobs” bill, and then castigates republicans for not setting forth objections, which they did detail for weeks. Even Richard Nixon didn’t have this level of mendacity.

  5. sticks says:

    So Hank Williams Jr gives an apology for calling Obama Hitler, while Obama is not actually Hitler he sure did learn well from his mentor. Attack your target by making completely insane demands on them and uping the ante untill they either fall down flat (Austria) or resist (Czechoslovakia, Poland etc) and when they resist tell everyone that they are causing you enormous trouble, make up every imagineable lie you can about them then use your military to smash them. Fortunately for us all our military is made up of mostly very patriotic young Americans. I cannot belive they would allow themselves to be used this way. I wonder if this is why he wanted to start a new armed service? Whatever happened to that anyway? Or maybe they have some plan to change the services we have now.

  6. Tater Salad says:

    While visiting New York, you will encounter this:


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