FLASH! Zip! Bang!
We have heard all the big ideas from the President and his boyz….he will put America back to work with the use of the left over TARP funds…..but what about the Repubs? Do they have any ideas on how to end the rising tide of unemployment?
Ask and thou shalt receive……
Yesterday the Repubs in Congress offered up their plan for the creation of jobs…..(may I have a drum roll please)……..and their plan is………
Republican lawmakers Wednesday presented President Barack Obama with their plan to tackle unemployment, proposing a freeze on tax hikes until the jobless rate falls below five percent.
The plan also calls for more domestic production of energy, including oil, as well as corporate tax cuts intended to encourage firms to repatriate earnings collected abroad and the approval of pending free trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
Tax cuts? Approval of free trade agreements? Wait!
The GOP is becoming more pathetic as each week goes by…..tax cuts? That is their answer for a failing economy, the health crisis and now jobs…..it is tired and a proven failure…….oh then, we have the approval of free trade agreements…..think about that for a moment…… (insert pause of contemplation)…….. did not the out sourcing of American jobs overseas basically begin with the NAFTA debacle? How many jobs did that piece of manure save or create in the US?
I cannot figure out why it takes Repubs so long to come up with a statement on any given issue……seeing how they have the same idea no matter the situation….TAX CUTS! Maybe they, the Repubs, should spend less time playing golf or slinging insults at the opposition and try to come up with a REAL plan to save jobs……Just a thought……
Finally, the admin has addressed the need for jobvs on Main Street, they have already made Wall Street more profitable and now they want us normal people to go back to work….a helluva idea…..it is about time……he is in a hurry noiw because the Dems are losing support and will most likely lose one House of Congress in the next election…..but what does he propose…..
Obama is proposing initiatives to help small businesses grow and hire new staff, spend money to modernize roads, railways, bridges and tunnels, airports and seaports and a new program to provide rebates for consumers who retrofit their homes to become more energy efficient, such as weatherization measures, a White House official said. The official didn’t release further details.
How does that sound to you lowly workers? Time magazine composed a list for the admin to consider:
Target an Industry and Stimulate Demand
Pay Companies to Hire People
Hire More People to Work for the Government
Boost Access to Credit for Growing Businesses
This is a lame attempt, in my opinion…….pay companies to hire people? What will that accomplish if unemployment is still high there will be NO demand for the product and with an increase in inventories….lay-offs will follow…..I am still working on this one…..what good is a rebate to weatherize one’s home if one has NO job to afford the materials to weatherize?
And then there are the ideas that the Repubs have onb fixing the job market……Cut regulations. Freeze spending. Cut taxes. No new taxes…..gee the same crap that they propose for every situation that needs a fix….don’t you just love the originality?…..
Let’s pause, for a second, to appreciate the brilliant rhetorical framing. A no-cost jobs plan! Without adding a single dime to the deficit, the Republican’s plan will ameliorate the worst unemployment crisis in 30 years. One wonders how a political party capable of such innovative thinking ever lost its hold of power. (thanx to Andrew Leonard for the observation)
And the Repubs just keep saying that the Obama technique has failed and failed miserably….but the CBO does not agree with that assessment……that it had added 1.2-3.2 points of GDP growth that would otherwise have not occurred and added 600,000 to 1.6 million jobs……So without the stimulus, judging from the CBO report, one can assume that the economy would still be contracting, and unemployment would be higher than it is now.
I will agree that it is jobs, stupid…..but things are not looking like these will be a long term sustaining answer to the problem…..neither party is doing what is needed to put Americans back to work….
Subject: American Government
For way too long I have listened to this politician and that politician stand on the Constitution to oppose or defend an issue….it is most tiring because none of these “people’s representatives” have actually read the document….bu that is for another post….right now I want to discuss the battles being waged in the Congress today…..health reform…energy…..financial regulation…war….all the fun stuff that writers want to tackle in pursuit of the Pulitzer…….
Almost every 7th grader can tell you that there is 3 branches of government in the US: Executive, Judicial and Legislative…for the sake of this post I will focusing in on the Legislative branch of our government.
With all the debate in Congress there are a few stages that every bill must go through:
1. Bill introduction
2. Referral to committee(s)
3. Committee hearings
4. Committee mark-up
5. Committee report
6. Scheduling legislation
7. House: special rules, suspension of the rules, or privileged matter
8. Senate: unanimous consent agreements or motions to proceed
9. Floor debate
10. Floor amendment
11. Vote on final passage
12. Reconciling differences between the house and senate
13. Amendments between the houses, or
14. Conference committee negotiations
15. Floor debate on conference report
16. Floor vote on conference report
17. Conference version presented to the president
18. President signs into law or allows bill to become law without his signature
19. President vetoes bill
20. First chamber vote on overriding veto
21. Second chamber vote on overriding veto
22. Bill becomes law if 2/3 vote to override is achieved in both chambers
23. Bill fails to become law if one chamber fails to override
Now that we have the stages of a bill…let us talk about the present day debate going on in Washington……to me there is NO substantial debate from the opposition, only obstructionism……is there NO compromise just partisan bickering…..there is NOTHING remotely being done in the name of the American people…..
There are somethings that are a must for the passing of a bill:
After a problem is identified, potential policy solutions are formulated. Elected officials, interest groups and citizens participate in discussions and debates. Alternative solutions are compared and critiqued. Where there is consensus (or at least majority support) for one of the policy alternatives, it is adopted, generally through the passage of legislation.
Now you have the process…now ask yourself, is this anything like what it happening in the health reform debate, for example? The answer is simple…..NO!
Why? There is NO discussion just name calling and slogan slinging……the people are NOT part of the debate….there are NO alternative solutions being discussed……in short the whole debate is one sided with the one side arguing with itself…..
This is NOT what was imagined by the “Fathers” of the Constitution….Madison wrote the direction of the Congress in Federalist 52:
As it is essential to liberty that the government in general should have a common interest with the people, so it is particularly essential that the [Congress] should have an immediate dependence on, and an intimate sympathy with, the people.
The present day Congress is a FAR cry from what Madison foresaw….and because of that misdirection I believe that the Congress is acting in an unconstitutional manner…..there is NO debate just obstructionism…that is not how it was intended to work……now we come back to Federalist #10……partisan BS!