Democrats have problem with Obama Job’s package
The plan, one supposes, was to play some politics with a speech and put the GOP on the defensive. Then, submit the job’s package and finally get what the President has been after for three years. A tax increase on the rich. In fact, as it turns out, that is the entire funding mechanism for his $400 billion spending spree – to be collected later, of course. No reason to change the modus operandi of this administration and actually pay for a spending program now with cuts in other areas.
But it appears his plan hit an unexpected problem. Instead of being able to lay his blame at the doorstep of the Republican House and point at them on the campaign trail as the people who’ve caused all this misery and turmoil (yeah, I know, I’m just thinking about how he’d present it … and I’m being a bit sarcastic to boot), he’ll have to include his own party in the mix. Seems they’re no more happy about the proposal than the Republicans:
President Obama anticipated Republican resistance to his jobs program, but he is now meeting increasing pushback from his own party. Many Congressional Democrats, smarting from the fallout over the 2009 stimulus bill, say there is little chance they will be able to support the bill as a single entity, citing an array of elements they cannot abide. ‘I think the American people are very skeptical of big pieces of legislation,’ Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, said in an interview Wednesday, joining a growing chorus of Democrats who prefer an à la carte version of the bill despite White House resistance to that approach. ‘For that reason alone I think we should break it up.’”
Harry Truman he ain’t. So there goes the claim from Obama that the Republicans are nasty old obstructionists who are only interested in protecting the “rich”(all those “rich” folks who make $200,000 to $250,000 a year. Obama has decided that’s enough). He’ll now have to include Democrats:
Republicans have focused their attack on the tax increases that would help pay for the spending components of the bill. But Democrats, as is their wont, are divided over their objections, which stem from Mr. Obama’s sinking popularity in polls, parochial concerns and the party’s chronic inability to unite around a legislative initiative, even in the face of Republican opposition. Some are unhappy about the specific types of companies, particularly the oil industry, that would lose tax benefits. . . . A small but vocal group dislikes the payroll tax cuts for employees and small businesses. . . . There are also Democrats, some of them senators up for election in 2012, who oppose the bill simply for its mental connection to the stimulus bill, which laid at least part of the foundation for the Republican takeover of the House in 2010.”
It’s that bad taste in their mouth that just won’t go away and they’re not at all inclined to refresh it. After all, they have an election to wage next year and things aren’t looking so hot right now. Nails, coffin, some assembly required.
It is also telling that the Presidential ploy is so obvious while also being so out of step with the political reality of the situation. Is Obama playing X-box at night instead of keeping abreast of the political situation in the country? Or does he really think everyone else is so stupid they just won’t pick up on these rather amateurish ploys of his?
Not just the NY Times has picked up on this:
Speaking to NBC’s Chuck Todd on MSNBC this morning, Joe Scarborough observed, “Their problem is though of course, Chuck, this morning, the Democrats are the ones that are in open revolt . . . .” Todd replied, “That’s right. It’s the Democrats.”
It’s open season on President Barack Obama — and that’s just from members of his own party.
President Barack Obama’s plans to pay for his jobs legislation are facing a cool reception from some House Democrats…
I have serious questions about the level of spending that President Obama has proposed, as well as the actual effectiveness some of these policies will have when it comes to creating jobs.
That would be newly elected WV Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.
Yes, the attempt to channel Harry Truman has turned into a channeling of Jimmy Carter. And even a step down like that is a step up for Barack Obama.