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I part of the million and the numbers keep going up!!!!!
October 17, 2011 2:45 PM
‘That’s their jobs plan’
By Steve Benen
President Obama spoke in Asheville this morning, as part of the kick off of his bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia, and delivered his jobs speech to a fairly receptive audience. This time, however, he added a new section to his speech, taking advantage of recent developments in the Senate.
After noting that independent economists have projected the American Jobs Act would create nearly 2 million jobs, the president noted, “[I]t turns out one poll found that 63 percent of Americans support the ideas in this jobs bill. So 63 percent of Americans support the jobs bill that I put forward; 100 percent of Republicans in the Senate voted against it. That doesn’t make any sense, does it?”
Obama turned his attention to the new GOP alternative.
Now, it turns out that the Republicans have a plan, too. I want to be fair. They call — they put forward this plan last week. They called it the ‘Real American Jobs Act.’ The ‘real one’ — that’s what they called it — just in case you were wondering.
“So let’s take a look at what the Republican American jobs act looks like. It turns out the Republican plan boils down to a few basic ideas: They want to gut regulations; they want to let Wall Street do whatever it wants. They want to drill more. And they want to repeal health care reform. That’s their jobs plan.”
Obama proceeded to play a little compare and contrast. Republicans want to help industries pollute; Dems want to put teachers back to work. Republicans want to gut the health care system; Dems think it won’t help the economy to take Americans’ coverage away. And so on.
This is precisely why Democrats have been pleading with GOP lawmakers to present a jobs plan — not just because Dems wanted a target, but because they knew the Republican approach would be a joke, especially when compared to the popular, economist-backed Democratic plan.
Republicans assumed they’d at least get a talking point out of this — those big meanies at the White House keep saying there’s no GOP jobs plan, so Republicans will prove them wrong. But this assumption was backwards — Republicans have given Obama a talking point, allowing him to mock the pathetic GOP agenda and use it prove why Republicans lack any and all credibility on the subject.
The president, referencing analysis published by Greg Sargent last week, added, “[R]emember those independent economists who said our plan would create jobs, maybe as many as almost 2 million jobs, grow the economy by as much as 2 percent? So one of the same economists that took a look at our plan took a look at the Republican plan, and they said, ‘Well, this won’t do much to help the economy in the short term — it could actually cost us jobs.’ We could actually lose jobs with their plan. So I’ll let you decide which plan is the real American Jobs Act.”
Here’s hoping political reporters were paying attention to this. As Greg reported today, “Multiple news orgs reported extensively on the Senate GOP’s jobs plan without soliciting the views of private economists on whether it will do what Republicans say it will do — create growth and jobs. So, a question: Shouldn’t the view of economists on this rather important question — whether Republicans are making a legitimate contribution to the debate about what to do about the short term economic crisis — be part of the discussion here?”
That need not be a rhetorical question. This isn’t a matter of opinion; we’re talking about demonstrable facts, as bolstered by independent economic analysis: the White House jobs plan would make an immediate, positive difference, and the Republican jobs plan wouldn’t help at all.
From a solely political perspective, is there any angle to the debate over jobs that’s more important than this?
Thank you for posting this, I would suggest everyone take a look at Katy Kay’s analysis on Meet the Press of what she thinks President Obama should run in 2012. She was good, sorry you will have to listen to Chucky Todd, too.
Gosh…… I love love love love love MY President. He just keeps hitting ’em where it hurts; with the TRUTH.
I’m curious utaustin…do you love your President?
Naw, she’s just in deep LIKE. :-D
Hey TODers—-here is more the of the Hollywood elites dumping the Prez—because after losing the support of Hulk Hogan, it’s all downhill from there right? http://www.videosurf.com/video/sheen-obama%27s-the-only-adult-in-the-room-1334219305?vlt=daylife
The republicans told lies in 2010 during the midterms saying that they were going to create jobs. They were swept into congress by voting no on everything. Thank God that PBO is taking it to the people and letting them know that the repugs do not have their best interest in mind. I beleive there were a lot of folks in 2010 who were not aware of all of the no votes from the repugs. I am like UT. I love, love, love PBO taking it to the people. :)
I just gave.
My daughter in law called and Obama waved at our Granddaughter Maren in Boone. She said he stopped at theMast Store to buy candy. She was so excited. On to Wilkes. I think the awful Virginia foxx is the Rep there.
That is so exciting for your daughter and granddaughter!!! :-) :-) :-)
Cool! I read that as Obama was making his candy selections he explained that Michelle didn’t mind about eating candy on Halloween. He was cleared to choose.
ooooh, we are so close.
PS. I’m such a dork love watching the ticker change LOL.
And there we go, over the top!!
Yea! I think it was mine that put it over the top. :)
No doubt! ;-)
It is now over 1 million!!!
Done! Over 1,000,000!
Yeah! I was mesmerized by the numbers. Now it’s ticking past a million and just going up and up. The myth about PBO lacking small donors just exploded around the NYT’s head. It would be interesting to know how many donors had signed up at this time in 2007.
Jackie, this video provides information provides facts and figures for the FEC Second Quarter Report, and it also compares the number of donors with the same period of time in 2007.
I am proud to say I was one of those 1million. I know that my small amount does count! PressOn!
Me, too. Very proud.
I saw this on twitter with a link to HuffPuffPoo so I won’t link but this is very cool:
WASHINGTON — Hoping to put political pressure on Republicans and provide a few sympathetic visuals for reporters, congressional Democrats are planning to host a rally on Capitol Hill this week to push a major component of President Barack Obama’s jobs plan.
A Democratic source says that on Wednesday, the party is likely to host firefighters, cops and other first responders along with teachers who face the threat of being laid off should lawmakers not send additional funds to states. Another source confirmed that preparations are underway for a rally.
Bravo dems. Finally …..
Ticker now at 1,000,682 and moving rapidly.
I’m sure they’re going to raise the goal soon.
I AM ONE OF THE MILLION! :-)
Me too, anything I can do to help Barack, I’m there.
This isn fantastic! Glad to say I helped a little also.
Soooooo, Herman Cain; where is the love from the American people? Most of his 2 million came from the Koch brothers, AFP and their ilk. Does this person really think that he will get the Republican nomination? Or even if he does believe so, what makes him think that he can take on PBO?
Really Herman? Really!
Love, love, love my president, also!
We made it! We made it! We made it! WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Going to tweet the heck out of this good news!!!
You go UT! I Love your energy. Go tweet on behalf of people like me who are still tech challenged. Really wonderful news today!
I’m Proud that I’m One in Million!….that has such a nice ring to it…
I’m proud that i’m one of the million, too.
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