From Pine View Farm

The Jobbing of America 0

Dick Polman examines the scam. A nugget (emphasis added):

At the risk of citing ancient history (which is anything that occurred prior to the latest news cycle), I want to time-travel all the way back to last autumn, when Obama championed an ambitious jobs plan that would’ve put teachers, construction workers, police officers and firefighters back to work – if not for the fact that the congressional GOP deep-sixed the bill. The Senate GOP, playing the filibuster card which requires 60 votes for just about anything, successfully prevented the jobs bill from even being brought up for debate.

When the American Jobs Act was first proposed, independent economists – including Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics and a top ’08 McCain adviser – said that Obama’s measure would create as many as two million new jobs. Forget it, folks. There was no way the Republicans would ever let that happen. They’re invested in rooting for misery, and working with Obama to put people back to work would mess with their electoral master plan.

Their top priority is not to forge bipartisan deals that would create jobs. On the contrary, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell articulated their top priority several years ago: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” Why ease Americans’ job misery if it means that Obama might win a second term? Better to do nothing, and bank on the likelihood that most voters won’t remember the Republican intransigence that took place one year before the election.

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