SPEAKER BOEHNER: JUST WHERE ARE THOSE JOBS?

During the first two years of President Obama’s administration, the rallying cry from the GOP was simply this: “Mr. President, where are the jobs?” It seems to me that every single time either Eric Cantor or the newly elected Speaker John Boehner came to the podium, the question always remained: “Mr. President, were are the jobs?” In case anyone reading this post feels this strategy was unsuccessful, all one need to do is to take a fresh look at the mid-term election results. In President Obama’s own words: “The Democrats took a shellacking!” The electorate out of frustration with a President who “supposedly” squandered his political capital on getting comprehensive health care reform passed, coupled with a sluggish economy decided it was time to allow the Republicans an opportunity.   Let’s not forget that the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 originated in a bi-partisan effort between Senator Mc Cain and the late Senator Kennedy.  In addition, it would do well for the naysayers to also remember when accusing this President of ramming the Bill down the throats of the American public, that there are over 165 Republican ammendments to that Bill.  But still, this did not quiet the crowd, and, as a result of a sluggish economic recovery, Speaker Boehner continued with his mantra of asking the President where the jobs were.

We are now six months into the GOP’S dominated Congressional session, and not one single jobs bill has been proposed by the Party. So, exactly what has the GOP been doing during the previous six months? And lest anyone forget: Our President, in what many Progressives consider his most controverisial move during his presidency compromised with the Republican party, providing the wealthiest in our Country a tax break, in order to garner unemployment benefits for those who were struggling in this economy.   So, in essence, the wealthiest in this country, along with the GOP held the unemployed “hostage” in order to get their tax break.  This event took place immediately prior to the Christmas break. 

Fast forward several months and what did all of us find the GOP working on at that time; cutting spending! Of course! Why not cut spending on those programs assisting the middle class, when you just placed quite a bit of money into the pockets of the wealthiest in the Country through tax breaks? And, once again: Our “progressive” President caved in again! However, not ONE jobs bill was provided by the Republicans. Do you want to know why? Because they do not have one! Their idea of job creation is simply to provide a tax break to Corporations and the wealthiest in the land with the “hopes” that those resources will “trickle” down to the middle class. The only problem is this: This has been the GOP’S argument since one can remember and it has NEVER worked!

Lest you think I am being too tough on the GOP, I have got to ask the question: Where is a jobs bill by our President? Currently, it seems to me that the GOP has our President on the ropes with this spending cut issue. Now that the Congress must vote on a Bill to raise the debt ceiling or risk defaulting on our loans with other Countries, it seems that this is the ONLY thing our President and the GOP is talking about. Yet, the talk on the Hill is all about cutting programs such as WIC, for example, which provides struggling people with basic essentials, like food, just to get them by. The comments from the right are insensitve to the plight of the middle-class however, demonstrated by the various arguments made on the floor of the House last week with some members of the GOP stating “we don’t need programs such as this, what we need is more efficiently run programs.” Tell that to those who will not be able to procure food for their children next month should these cuts pass. And what about the privatization of Medicare? Polls consistently demonstrate that people do not want Medicare touched, however, the GOP persists in trying to “sell” the Ryan plan under several versions which sound friendly. Yet, leading economists around the Country all are in agreement: We have to increase revenues in this Country! Even Senator Colburn admitted as much when interviewed by Chris Matthews last week!  Moreover, the former Congressman from Wyoming, indicated that the commitment the GOP has to Grover Norquest, is “absolutely insane.” Despite the voices of reason from the few moderates left in the GOP caucus, the prevailing winds are simple: Do not negotiate on taxes for the wealthy under any circumstance!  Moreover, walk out of the negotiations, if necessary to get your point across as the GOP members of the bi-partisan committee working on the debt-ceiling legislation did last week.  In other words, “we are going to force this President to do things OUR way!” 

Perhaps, the behavior of the current GOP is best illustrated by the several comments made by Senator Mitch McConnell, GOP Presidential nominee, Michele Bachman, and even Robert Bolton: “We need to make President Obama a one-term President.”  This has been their mantra since President Obama was elected into office and it continues on even at the risk of hurting our own Country! Please tell me the GOP would allow our Country to go down the tubes economically, default on our obligations, all because they want the current President to be a one-term leader! Morevove, please tell me the electorate is not this blind to not see what has been really going on in Washington since our President has taken office. 

So, once again Speaker Boehner: Just where ARE those jobs you promised the Country at the mid-term election.  All you have done while in office is re-litigate legislation which has already passed such as the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010, re-defined rape and incest in order to preserve your social agenda regarding abortion, attempted to tack on as an ammendment a repeal of DADT, and catered to the agenda which has been outlined for you by the likes of the Kock Brothers and other wealthy people who dug into their coffers to get you elected; thanks to the Citizen’s United ruling by the United States Supreme Court.   

How about you? What are your thoughts? Lets not get personal on this thread and leave the ivory tower thoughts at the door! What practical advice do you have for the President so he can regain some traction for re-election? If you were the President, what message would you have for the American people to bring them some level of reassurance while demonstrating the disparity in party values? Do you think the American electorate will be able to see beyond the gamesmanship being proffered by the GOP? Or, do you see the President paying the price on election day for not providing an alternative plan? I look forward to your comments!

9 comments to SPEAKER BOEHNER: JUST WHERE ARE THOSE JOBS?

  • Mark Bear

    Hi Folks,

    My deepest apologies for my absence! I have been extremely ill with heart issues and still needing another invasive procedure done. My only hope is that you will forgive me for not writing on a consistent basis. Please know I respect and every single one of your perspectives and look forward to the comments you may have regarding this post. Be well!

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  • Fred

    President Obama? Oh that’s right, he is not responsible for anything.

    War criminal that he is.

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    • Mark Bear

      Fred,

      You “OBVIOUSLY” did not take time to read my article, or, if you did, your comprehension suffers miserably.

      To assist, I quote directly from my article: “Lest you think I am being too tough on the GOP, I have got to ask the question: Where is a jobs bill by our President? Currently, it seems to me that the GOP has our President on the ropes with this spending cut issue. Now that the Congress must vote on a Bill to raise the debt ceiling or risk defaulting on our loans with other Countries, it seems that this is the ONLY thing our President and the GOP is talking about.”

      And the absolute best response you provide is that this President is a War criminal? Oh, and President Bush was just a gem regarding the hoax in Iraq, huh? You know, when he openly LIED to the American people about there being WMD’S in Iraq? Oops! Slipped your memory already, huh? Typical conservative memory failure!!!!

      Doc

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    • zumabound

      Fred you’re a moron.

      Furthermore, and with respect to the subject of “civility”, you’re also a hypocrite. The President is a “war criminal”. Jeesh, what a douche.

      Banned me from your little-read, MICRO-blog for “incivility” yet, Fred? Just out of curiosity, how many hits do you get a day over there? Four, five, six [stop me when I get “warm”, huh]?

      Hey, maybe you should just shut it down. No one will notice, plus it will allow you to work on your unfortunate physical [fat, bald, looks like Kevin from “The Office” with horn-rims] appearance.

      Having said that, I’m reminded of the time that Mr. Drooley (or should I say “Tool-ey”) made fun of Joanne Kloppenburg’s appearance. Truly the LAST person on Earth that should have done that. (*laughing*)

      Drooley
      Tool-ey
      Truly

      Hasta la vista, baby. . .(*laughing*). . .Instead of banning people like me and Zach from your blog, you should have just sucked it up. When you do stuff like ban people like us who have the “temerity” to call you out on your BS, you are shunning the only intelligent beings that ever visit your remote, lifeless and forlorn planet of a blog.

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  • Funkmagnet

    Great article. I think Gwen Moore said it best last night @ the Congressional Speak Out and you said it perfectly this morning, “the President is on the ropes.” Over the past few years the country has taken such a crazy shift to the right that moving back to center seems like communism. We can’t forget that the government can be the “employer of last resort.” The fact that the GOP dominates every messaging campaign is infuriating.

    If I was the POTUS I’d just call out the GOP on taking an active role in attempting to dismantle the economy. I’d say they obviously care nothing about anyone except their rich friends and benefactors and if we don’t take a stand we might as well just let them re-enact slavery, because we’re all about two stone throws away from being indentured minimum wage stragglers over here.

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    • Mark Bear

      You are so correct, but when will they do this calling out? They ALWAYS back down which irritates the crud out of me. I have the utmost respect for those living in Wisconsin because, at least the Democrats in Wisconsin stood up to Walker. Nationally, we seem to be devoid of any real offensive from the Democratic party. Thanks for the input.

      Doc

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  • Fred

    Obama is a war criminal. Do you Debate that. Please show me the Congressional approval for his illegal way in Libya.

    It has been in the news. Democrats are suing him.

    Why don’t you moon bats pull your heads out of wherever you have them stuffed?

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    • Mark Bear

      Fred,

      All you are doing here is utilizing the same old GOP playbook! Why not answer the predominant questions in my article such as “just where ARE those jobs the Tea Party led GOP promised the American people,” instead of hurling insults?

      So do me a favor: Answer the questions my article poses! Why is it that the Party you obviously support has not presented one single jobs bill? Why is it that all they have passed since they have been in office is 18 Bills AND not one single one dealt with jobs? Why does your pet GOP party block every single nomination save a few, that our President has appointed? Why is it that Eric Cantor walked out of the debt ceiling talks? Why is it that the folks from the Tea Party cannot stand THIS President? Why is the current GOP looking like they are willing to drive the economy over a cliff? Great questions inquiring minds answers to!

      Doc

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  • Fred do you think he will sit in a cell right next to George bush and dick cheney? you must also agree they are war criminals…

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