Senate Blocks Obama Jobs Bill Again

Friday, October 21, 2011

Democrats were once again unable to overcome a Republican filibuster of President Obama's jobs bill on Thursday. It was the second time in 10 days the Senate refused to take up the bill. This version was scaled down to a $35 billion plan to help states and local governments avoid laying off teachers, police officers, and firefighters. The bill would have been paid for by a 0.5 percent surtax on incomes above $1 million to start in 2013. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, reports on the latest developments on Capitol Hill.

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Charles

That link, to the New York Times story on the Senate vote, is so loaded with misinformation that The Takeaway fawned over and information that The Takeaway ignored.

There is the dubious conclusion that federal stimulus spending is needed to avert public sector layoffs. Why is molre spending needed to avert public sector layoffs? Why not keep all of the public sector workers on the job, retool all of their work rules, trim their pay and benefits, and cut their pension benefits to numbers comparable to the private sector?

And then there was the risible suggestion of Senator Harry Reid, that private sector workers have been doing just fine and that public sector workers have been hurt in this recession. That is what you call a "howler."

Lastly, no mention of the eye-popping quote from Vice President Biden, that "rapes" will increase if the White House's Stimulus Jr. plan is not approved by Congress.

Of all of the possible headlines, the only one that serves the White House interest is "All Republicans unite in shooting down the President's jobs bill." And so, naturally, that is the one that The Takeaway took on as its own theme.

Oct. 23 2011 03:33 PM
listener

Is the half a billion to Solyndra part of the absolute consensus? Is Solyndra Latin for tip of the iceberg?

Oct. 21 2011 09:49 PM
Charles

The way that the Obama Administration wants to play this story is that "every Republican voted against it." That's almost a quote from the President. That really is a quote from Celeste Headlee.

In fact, public radio listeners ought to be informed that three members of the Democrat caucus, Sens. Leiberman, Pryor and Nelson, all joined with the Republicans.

There was "bipartisan opposition" to the Obama Stimulus Jr. plan.

Oct. 21 2011 08:58 AM

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