Wednesday, October 5, 2011

True Colors Shining Through

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans moved for a vote on the fabled Obama Jobs Bill, but as expected this was blocked by Harry Reid and company. As I recently noted, the bill was a trap for Reid and the Senate Dems, and they weren't prepared to sacrifice themselves for Obama's benefit.

But Reid is not done yet. He and other Senate Dems are busy rewriting the Jobs Bill to get into something they can pass, without incurring the wrath of their electorate.

Of course, this should anger the admin, since Obama told Congress again and again to "Pass this Jobs Bill now!" And he explained how the bill was full of ideas that both Democrats and Republicans could support. Well, Democrats that don't care about reelection, I guess.

And what does the administration think of Reid tearing the guts out of the bill and rewriting it?
But after three weeks of presidential demands for Congress to pass his jobs bill without delay, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said Obama was open to Reid's changes. 
"We offered a balanced way to pay for the American Jobs Act, but if Congress has a better idea that ensures that everyone pays their fair share, we're open to it," Pfeiffer said.
Will Reid's changes mean everyone is paying their fair share? Apparently not:
In the Senate, Democrats made plans to jettison provisions that Obama recommended to pay for the $447 billion jobs bill, substituting them with a tax increase on millionaires, officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door developments. 
Reid's office declined to comment on the emerging plan for a higher tax on millionaires, but several Democrats said it was being drafted to cover the entire $447 billion cost of the legislation.
But wait, there's more:
The president also proposed higher taxes on hedge fund managers and corporate jet owners, but those increases, too, would disappear under the changes Reid is expected to unveil as early as Wednesday.
So, the White House is "open to Reid's changes," and can wait for all of this to be worked out? And all of those sound bites of Obama railing against hedge fund managers and corporate jets owners, meaningless drivel?

Of course, Reid's changes will make it even less likely--if that was even possible--for the bill to get through the House. But then, that was never really the plan for the administration. We know that. The question is, will Obama's willingness to appease Reid (read: Obama backing down from Reid) sit well with the voting public? Because there's no question that the Democrats in the Senate are turning this into an election bill for their benefit, not Obama's. Perhaps Obama believes he can still insist that it's George Bush's fault...

Cheers, all.

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