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Reuters: GOP Will Block Jobs Panel Proposals

From a shamelessly mendacious Reuters:

Obama jobs panel pushes tax reform, U.S. drilling

By Matt Spetalnick
January 17, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s jobs council is calling for a corporate tax overhaul, expanded domestic drilling and new regulatory reforms, a set of proposals unlikely to provide a quick fix for high unemployment or gain much traction in an election year.

Who says these things would not be a quick fix for high unemployment? They would be a tremendous shot in the arm to the economy. And they would have an immediate affect because businesses would know that things might be getting better.

A panel of business leaders advising Obama — whose re-election chances could hinge on whether he can boost the fragile U.S. economy – will offer its latest job-creation prescriptions at a meeting with him on Tuesday. A draft of its report was obtained by Reuters.

Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness has generated dozens of ideas since it was created amid political fanfare last February, but implementation of some of its key recommendations has lagged and the overall benefits remain uncertain.

It has taken them a year to come up with these obvious ideas?

"There’s not one silver bullet on jobs," General Electric Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt, who chairs the non-partisan panel, acknowledged in an interview before the report’s formal release at the White House.

Immelt insisted that a number of the panel’s earlier proposals, such as streamlining infrastructure building permits, were bearing fruit and the new ones deserved bipartisan support.

That could be a tall order in a divided Congress where the Democratic president’s jobs agenda has largely stalled in the face of Republican resistance and election-year gridlock

Hilarious. Reuters is pretending that Republicans would oppose "a corporate tax overhaul, expanded domestic drilling and new regulatory reforms"?

All this proves is that Reuters will lie about anything to help their Democrat masters. Anything.

Among the steps the council sees as urgently needed is long-delayed reform of the corporate tax system, which it says is outdated and "hurts both business competitiveness and American workers." "The council urges Congress and the administration to begin work on tax reform immediately," the report says.

The panel calls for lowering corporate tax rates to "internationally competitive levels" while broadening the corporate tax base by eliminating deductions and loopholes

Republicans hate the idea of lowering corporate taxes.

In a proposal likely to be opposed by environmentalists, the report calls for an "all in" strategy on energy that would seek to further exploit domestic fossil-fuel supplies to reduce reliance on foreign imports. But it also urges development of cleaner energy sources and promotion of energy efficiency.

"The Jobs Council recommends expanding and expediting the domestic production of fossil fuels – including allowing more access to oil, gas, and coal opportunities on federal lands – while ensuring safe and responsible development of those sites," the report said.

Republicans hate the idea of increasing domestic production of fossil fuels.

In addition, the report called for a series of reforms to streamline government rules and reduce the regulatory burden on businesses, which it said would enhance U.S. competitiveness.

Republicans hate the idea of less government regulation on businesses.

Even though there is some common ground between Obama’s Democrats and opposition Republicans, little movement is expected on these issues between now and Election Day

Again, what a laugh. There is no "common ground." The Congressional Republicans will cheer every single one of these proposals. Obama and the Democrats will fight them tooth and claw. But Reuters pretends things are just the opposite.

Obama’s strategy has been to cast Republicans as obstructing his economic recovery efforts, especially after they blocked much of his $447 billion jobs plan in September…

And since that is Obama’s strategy, that is Reuters’ strategy, too.

And who cares if they have to turn the truth on its head? They are used to doing that by now.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Reuters: GOP Will Block Jobs Panel Proposals”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Two items –

    1. There is no such thing as “bi-partisan”. Whoever came up with that line of bovine scatology is a champion liar. And should be tarred and feathered and castrated.

    2. Any “jobs panel” exists for one purpose – to steal taxpayer assets in order to ensure the members of the Panel remain employed and egregiously compensated. For stealing.

  2. untrainable says:

    I heard this plan a little over 3 years ago. I liked it then and I like it now.
    What was the catch phrase they used… Um.. er… uh…. Oh yeah. “Drill Baby Drill”

    The title should be : “Obama takes a page out of the Sarah Palin handbook.”


  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    A panel of business leaders advising Obama — whose re-election chances could hinge on whether he can boost the fragile U.S. economy – will offer its latest job-creation prescriptions at a meeting with him on Tuesday. A draft of its report was obtained by Reuters.

    Now wait just a cotton-pickin’ minute. You mean all the cash laden on the unions, the cronies of the socialists, the green industries (that are failing and havce failed) and all the trillions of (US taxpayer) dollars haven’t“boosted the fragile US economy” like they swear it has? Which is it? “Unemployment is crashing to new lows” (Obama’s alleged “historically remarkable”8.9% vs. [evil Hitler] Bush’s “horrendous” 3.5%) or “fragile economy”?

    Can’t have it both ways now, kiddies. You need to go back to your rooms, compare notes and come up with a better lie.

  4. yadayada says:

    you gotta hand it to O.B.wan and his cronies though…..

    take your opponent’s best ideas, make them your own, aaannnd
    blame them for ‘preventing’ YOU from implementing those ideas.

    in the libtard mind that is game, set, match.
    and will work on 30% of this nations voters

  5. canary says:

    The EPA pencil pushers must be sweating this one out. They will figure out ways to create worthless work out of doing no work.

  6. mr_bill says:

    If the Congressional Republicans had any sense at all, they would draft the legislation and own the debate on this, throwing the recommendation of nerobama’s own “jobs panel” back in his face and accomplishing some long-standing conservative goals. They could even get a good chance to publicly expose some democrat obstructionism. I don’t think Boehner et al have got the stones or the good sense to get this off the ground, however.

  7. sticks says:

    Jesus said this about the devil “he was a murderer from the begining, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). People from all walks of life (including politicians) need to ask themselves, who’s work they are doing. The devil is going down in the end, the question is do we want to go down with him?

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