How GOP benefits politically from blocking fixes to the economy: As I’ve ranted about here far too often, perhaps the single most important political dynamic of the moment is that Republicans may well continue benefitting politically from blocking Obama’s job creation policies — even ones that have broad public support. That’s because the highest price for the bad economy is likely to be paid by the guy who runs the place, even if the public is aware of GOP obstruction of his efforts to fix things.
Here’s another clear sign of this.
As Brian Beutler notes in an important post this morning, Republicans are trumpeting the news that Congressional Budget Office chief Doug Elmendorf has testified that unemployment will continue soaring next year. But here’s the rub: Elmendorf himself also implicitly said that Dem plans would create more jobs than Republican ones, and that expected high unemployment rates can be blamed on continued Republican opposition to Obama’s jobs policies.
Kombiz | 11.16.11 | | Link to this post
Nancy Pelosi was been one of the most pro-consumer Speakers of the House in American history. She led the House to pass the first Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, backed by numerous consumer advocates and strongly opposed by the financial industry. We have no doubt that Leader Pelosi will continue to work tirelessly to protect consumers, keeping the pressure on big banks and Wall Street.
SEE: Huffington Post: '60 Minutes' Hit On Boehner, Pelosi Falls Short
“Throughout 2009 and 2010, the House consistently passed stronger and more progressive legislation than the Senate, but in the scenario laid down by CBS, it was the other way around when it came the credit card reform. But in 2008, before the stock transaction, the House had already passed the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights over the objections of industry lobbyists.”
Kombiz | 11.14.11 | | Link to this post
Expect That # to Rise Fast If Senate Republicans Vote Down Jobs for America’s Veterans
SEE: Washington Post (Plum Line): ‘Half of Americans believe GOP is sabotaging Obama’s jobs policies for political reasons’
Of course polling shows half the American people believe Congressional Republicans are deliberately trying to tank the economy for political gain. Why wouldn’t they after House Republicans have gone 307 days without offering single jobs bill, instead making things worse insisting on cuts that cost 370,000 Americans their jobs, and passing bill after bill designed not to create jobs but to maximize profits for big insurance, big banks, big oil and companies that ship jobs overseas at the expense of the middle-class. Not to be outdone, Senate Republicans have voted 3 times in the last 4 weeks to deliberately keep millions of Americans out-of-work rather than see millionaires like themselves pay a fraction of one-percent more in taxes.
Expect the number of Americans who agree Republicans are rooting for the economy to fail to rise exponentially if Senate GOP derail the next fully-paid-for piece of the American Jobs Act that would specifically help put our nation’s veterans back to work. If Senate Republicans stand in the way of jobs for America’s veterans, they won’t just be the Party of No, but the Party of Absolutely No Scruples.
“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." -- Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Kombiz | 11.07.11 | | Link to this post
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