After the Senate turned down the Obama jobs bill with only 51% of the Senators support and not the 60% that was needed, Democrat Ben Cardin started calling the Obama jobs push PUT TEACHERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS BACK TO WORK. These are activities where Americans usually cannot tolerate any cut in the budget. Not to mention the fact that Cardin himself is one of the democrats running for office in 2012, and no one is excited about what the federal government is doing right now It will be interesting to see if there are any automatic victories expected by political commentators for United States Senators in 2012.
The Senate did not buy the need for the jobs bill in response to a nationwide state of emergency as Obama told the public that it was earlier in October while speaking in Texas. Republicans have convinced their constituency that increased federal spending only adds to deficit spending. When you take dollars by means of taxes, you take dollars from consumers. They believe that spending cuts with reasonable increases in taxing the wealthy will stimulate the economy. Any jobs created by the Obama jobs bill currently before Congress would not be permanent jobs. And the first Obama recovery act and jobs stimulus bill did not work in a lot of people’s opinion.
Democrats argue that austerity spending in Great Britain has only accomplished stagnation in their economy. Many say that the failure of Congress to respond is not good economics. Unemployment has stayed between 9.0% and 9.2% since April of 2011; that figure involves approximately 14 million Americans. Add to that the fact that 15.1% of Americans live under the poverty line which is at its highest rate since 1993. One in six Americans is a victim of poverty.
It is interesting that Senator Cardin is feeling the push for the jobs bill because unemployment in Maryland is only up slightly at 7.3%. Washington D.C. is in the double digit reports at 11.1% with makes them third behind Nevada and California also in the double numbers only on reports.
The $447 billion dollar Obama jobs bill is still up for discussion with the teacher and first responders attached to the spending request. The angle by which to pass it is all that has changed. President Obama is taking his attempt to boost the economy with his jobs bill on a western tour with a scheduled appearance on the “Tonight Show” where he can put the matter to Jay Leno. It is too bad President Obama did not put a more spirited performance into his job as a legislator when that is what Illinois hired him to do.
His perspective appearance on the “Tonight Show” has already been dimmed by the fact that during his last appearance he said that his bowling in the White House bowling alley should be compared to a Special Olympics skill level. He is constantly confused as to whether or not he needs laughs or solid government performance and possibly by all three branches of government acting within the purview of their own job descriptions. .
One thing he had better think about is an expectation that the emotions that got elected in 2008 will be more carefully considered by voters n 2012. Democrat Ben Cardin would do well to consider that same state of affairs.