This would be funny, if it wasn’t so blatantly pathetic:
Pelosi switches to jobs
By Mike Soraghan – 11/16/09 08:41 PM ET
House Democratic leaders, worried they’ve appeared unresponsive to rising unemployment because they were absorbed by healthcare, are aiming for a legislation solution by Christmas.
That focus follows a similar shift in the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told colleagues he also plans to bring up a jobs measure, The Hill reported first last week.
The House change began Monday night when leaders scheduled AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Robert Kuttner, co-editor of The American Prospect, to address the House Democratic Caucus.
And it could end with an economic package on the floor sometime in December, Democratic sources said.
But some leadership aides cautioned that leaders are still debating whether to do one large package or a series of smaller bills.
And they say the Obama administration has yet to get on board.
One way or another, aides say, House Democrats’ message from now to Christmas will be about jobs.
“We continue to look for opportunities to build on the recovery package and other actions Congress has taken to bolster the economy,” said Nadeam Elshami, spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Leaders want members to have something to take home with them to show that they’re working on the economy. But they have to balance that against growing discomfort among voters about skyrocketing government spending.
It’s not that Democrats give a damn about jobs; they just want to make sure like they LOOK like they give a damn about jobs.
Obama promised that if his giant pork-laden generational theft act known as the “stimulus” passed, unemployment would be capped at no higher than 8%. And then it just kept growing and growing.
The Democrats’ plan never was about jobs, but about government control and about creating a trillion dollar political slush fund.
To get as far as the bill did so far, it appears the administration might have spread some money around. California Rep. Jim Costa was wavering but told a local newspaper last week that his vote could be contingent on getting some federal money for a new medical school in his district along with help for local hospitals.
When a constituent named Bob Smittcamp e-mailed him to complain about his vote for the House bill, the congressman explained he’d been offered the dollars he was looking for — $128 million in federal money.
“He responded to me by basically saying that he did not like many of the elements there were in the legislation. However, he was able to procure $128m for the University of California medical school in Merced,” Smittcamp told Fox News.
They have spent the last five months (plus) utterly consumed by a government health care takeover that most Americans didn’t want virtually from the outset.
Now we’re learning that this massive 2,000 page monstrosity is anything BUT “deficit neutral” even in the first ten years (and it blows up into enormous deficits thereafter) and that it most definitely WILL hurt seniors and undermine Medicare.
And all the Democrats can say is “full steam ahead!”
A few things come out of this “Pelosi switches to jobs” article:
1) The Democrats are literally afraid that the American people will recognize the truth and get angry about it.
2) Democrats have absolutely no clue how to create jobs. And Obama has even less of a clue than the other Democrats.
3) The Democrats are turning their “job creation” over to the unions.
And it’s number three that frankly pisses me off the most.
It’s amazing that the SEIU only has 2.2 million members, but more influence than anyone else bar none in the Obama administration. SEIU president Andy Stern – basically a confirmed Marxist – has had more visits to the White House (22 so far) than ANYONE.
It’s really no surprise that Obama and the Democrats would run to their special interest to write their legislation for them. SEIU was given a huge hand in crafting both the stimulus and the health care legislation; why NOT let them write the next jobs bill too?
The words of Barack Hussein Obama, as presidential candidate:
“Your agenda has been my agenda in the United States Senate. Before debating health care, I talked to Andy Stern and SEIU members. Before immigration debates took place in Washington, I talked with Eliseo Medina and SEIU members. Before the EFCA, I talked to SEIU. So, we’ve worked together over these last few years and I am proud of what we’ve done. I’m just not satisfied.”
Obama’s number-one visitor is on the record as saying:
“We’re trying to use the power of persuasion. And if that doesn’t work, we’re going to use the persuasion of power”
And Obama’s union thugs are all about using “the persuasion of power.”
Glenn Beck pointed out that he had a solid 3 million viewers. And he wondered how the American people would act if HE had had more visits than anyone else to the Bush White House, and got to write the stimulus and the “job creation” legislation.
The AFL-CIO has about 11.5 million members, based on their own information. With a total of 15.4 million union members in the United States. Rush Limbaugh has 14.2 to 25 million listeners, according to the Washington Post. And I wonder how liberals would react if Rush Limbaugh had more visits to the White House than anyone, and got to write the laws that will run the nation.
So you start to see just how blatantly partisan and ideological the Democrat Party truly is. The union agenda is just as hostile to what Republicans want for the nation as Glenn Beck’s or Rush Limbaugh’s agenda is to what Democrats want for the nation.
We’re not just talking about partisanship; we’re talking about HYPER-HYPER-partisanship.
Let me say about jobs what Libertychick said about health care: “SEIU (and by obvious extension AFL-CIO) doesn’t care about jobs. SEIU cares about SEIU.” Barack Obama and the Democrat Party are going to let the unions and the hard-core union agenda write themselves huge sums of taxpayer dollars.
What’s that? You DON’T think that the SEIU only gives a damn about the SEIU?
From the Allentown Morning Call:
In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours hours over several weeks to clear a walking path in an east Allentown park.
Little did the do-gooder know that his altruistic act would put him in the cross hairs of the city’s largest municipal union.
Nick Balzano, president of the local Service Employees International Union, told Allentown City Council Tuesday that the union is considering filing a grievance against the city for allowing Anderson to clear a 1,000-foot walking and biking path at Kimmets Lock Park.
“We’ll be looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails,” Balzano told the council.
These unions don’t give a damn about you. They don’t give a damn about your family. They don’t give a damn about your community. They don’t give a damn about altruism or volunteerism or doing right. And they would burn a Boy Scout’s house down if they thought it would serve their greedy partisan interests.
And the Democrats don’t give a damn about you, either. Frankly, the Democrats aren’t much different from their number one special interest group. Democrats are now rushing to cover their hindquarters because they ignored the economy while they were focused on trying to TAKE OVER the economy via their health care agenda.
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