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Friday, September 09, 2011

No is not an option

Barack Obama called the bluff of every Republican claiming to be interested in jobs -- and "job creators." But the early signs are not encouraging.

Like every joint session of Congress, the one that listened to Obama's speech last night was as much political theater as an opportunity to engage in substance. Republicans and Democrats took turns sitting on their hands, although the GOP appeared to suffer less from jumping jack syndrome.

My personal favorite was the party opposed to government regulation highlighting their unhappiness with Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., sitting with Tennessee representative Marsha Blackburn to highlight the fact that federal agents raided two company work sites searching for illegal, partly finished, wooden guitar fingerboard blanks from India.

Made in America indeed.

But back to the speech. A bill larded with tax cuts for working men and women earning less than $106,800 a year stands in sharp contrast to the adamant support of a no new taxes on those earning more than $250,000. Tossing in cuts for "job creators" who have been sitting on profits rather than hiring is only icing in cake for those hoping to expose GOP intransigence.

Not that it stopped the Party of No.

Jeb Hensarling, co-chair of the "supercommittee" created after the debt ceiling fiasco to find a solution to the GOP's recent obsession with deficits, snarled:
“The president is essentially tasking a committee designed to reduce the deficit to pay for yet another round of stimulus.’’
No actually. Obama played the political message as well, promising a deficit reduction plan in 10 days -- during which time he will focus on selling tax cuts and some infrastructure as stimulus to get those with jobs spending again and those who create them to do just that.
“For everyone who speaks so passionately about making life easier for ‘job creators,’ this plan is for you,’’ [Obama] said.
Not so fast. Eric Cantor, the smarmy House Majority Leader portrayed by the Times as a geeky kid was seen "furiously taking notes as President Obama ticked off a list of tax cuts and programs he claimed that Republicans had supported." Did naaahhh-not!

Party over country, the GOP model.

Lost amid all the noise about the GOP's insistence on tax cuts for the wealthy, reduced regulation and deficit reduction is one key question: what specifically has the Party of No offered to create real jobs at real wages for the American men and women who don't toil in banks or on Wall Street?

That's the question we -- and particularly the media -- should be asking.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boeing jobs in South Carolina.

September 09, 2011 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we should all buy American as much as we can and support the businesses that make products here without shipping the profits overseas or tipping the balance of power where it already seems headed - to China. They're being smart. They have the goods, we have the debt. We have paper money, the Chinese are buying gold.
We need to put Americans to work, and we need to do it now. Then, we need to get serious about how to retain economic and military superiority in the world without getting sucked in to every stupid situation that third world people allow to happen in their own countries. We once revolted and so can they.

September 09, 2011 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Business had no problem send jobs offshore to get the cheapest labor to reduce costs and raise their bottom line. If you've ever tried to buy American, you notice two things. First is that it's exceedingly difficult to find products made in America, and second, the much higher cost of those products. We search at Walmart, Target, and factory outlet stores to find the lowest price for the goods we need. We are driven by price, often making choices to do without because of it.With the cost of everything going up, I can't afford to buy American every time I want to, even if I could find it. I don't know what the answer is, but I know that it isn't to take away benefits and wages to American workers, or to eliminate taxes and regulations from American manufacturers in a race to the bottom. There has to be a middle ground, but we are never going to compete with foreign countries that pay their workers pennies on the dollar compare to us, and don't make any effort to produce safe products (China for example), or protect their environment for their populations.

September 09, 2011 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It started when Clinton signed NAFTA. It will take diligence and honesty on the part of the consumer, buy USA made products and if you don't see it ask the store manager. If enough people get on board we can reverse the trend.

September 09, 2011 12:12 PM  

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