By Carole on Oct 21, 2011
According to a new poll, almost 70% of Americans think Congress has done nothing to address the problems facing America. One major reason for that might be President Barack Obama and his congressional cronies are using the legislative process as a campaign tool.
After months of campaign events disguised as presidential duty, Mr. Obama's American Jobs Act was defeated in the Democratic-controlled Senate. This $447 billion stimulus bill had no better chance of stimulating the economy than its 2009 predecessor that failed at twice the price. The tax increases that the president demanded to pay for his latest spending spree would further reduce the chances for economic growth or increased employment. But rather than accept its defeat, Obama & Company simply broke up the half a trillion dollar debacle into smaller bills that still call for more government spending and higher taxes.
Of course those bills will also be defeated by congressional Republicans who stand against more government spending and higher taxes and some Democrats who now agree with them.
The first of these mini-stimulus bills which would have sent $35 billion to states to boost the hiring of teachers and first responders already failed to pass in the Senate yesterday as everyone knew it would. That exercise in legislative futility was immediately perceived (or was it conceived?) as a political opportunity for our Campaigner-in-Chief who was declared, "Every single Republican in the United States Senate has chosen to obstruct a bill that would create jobs and get our economy going again." Too bad for his re-election prospects, Republicans are telling the American people the truth. "We cannot afford to be bailing out local governments, and we can't afford stimulus 2.0," said Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida).
But that's not stopping the little administration that can't. Today, President Obama's allies in the Senate unveiled the next mini-stimulus/tax hike; $60 billion to fund so-called infrastructure projects. Another doomed-to-fail slice of a larger Obama failure offered only as a springboard for more politically motivated lies from the Obama campaign.
"The fact is we're not going to get this economy going again by growing the government. It's the private sector that's ultimately going to drive this recovery," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Kentucky). "Look, if big government were the key to economic growth, then countries like Greece would be booming right now."
Mr. McConnell and his fellow Republicans in the Senate attempted to find common ground with Democrats and the president by submitting a different portion of the American Jobs Act which would repeal a 3% withholding tax on government contractors that is scheduled to begin in 2013. Even though 10 Democrats joined Republicans in supporting it, the White House threatened to veto the measure and it fell three votes short of the 60 needed to advance. The reason for the Democratic and presidential opposition? Republicans sought to recoup the $11 billion in lost revenue that would have come from the tax by cutting spending elsewhere in the budget. Evidently that kind of fiscal responsibility violates the agreement made between the parties during last summer's debt ceiling debate.
No wonder most Americans think Congress has done nothing to address the problems the country is facing. President Obama and most congressional Democrats are so busy desperately trying to hold onto power they just can't find the time to govern responsibly.
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