Here's what President Obama means when he says he wants to work with Congress on a jobs bill. He means do it my way or else! In a speech planned for Tuesday in Texas Obama plans to attack House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) by name for failing to go along with his jobs plan. Is this the way to bridge the partisan divide and win friends and influence people? Or is this a transparent partisan political strategy by the fingerpointer in chief to divide and negate any possible bipartisan solution? You decide....
USA Today: President Obama will blame House Republican leader Eric Cantor for blocking his jobs package when he speaks later today in Mesquite, Texas.Obama has said repeatedly that he's willing to look at GOP ideas. Yet the reality is that the House has passed nearly a dozen bills which have sat in the U.S. Senate without even being brought up for a vote. Apparently is not able to persuade his former Senate colleagues to live by the standard of fair play he is demanding of Cantor.
"Yesterday, the Republican majority leader in Congress, Eric Cantor, said that right now, he won't even let the jobs bill have a vote in the House of Representatives. He won't even give it a vote," Obama plans to say, according to his prepared remarks.
OBAMA: Well I'd like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn't believe in. Does he not believe in rebuilding America's roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help veterans?
Mr. Cantor should come down to Dallas, look Kim Russell in the eye, and tell her why she doesn't deserve to get a paycheck again. Come tell her students why they don't deserve to have their teacher back.
Come tell Dallas construction workers why they should be sitting home instead of fixing our bridges and our schools.
Come tell the small business owners and workers in this community why you'd rather defend tax breaks for millionaires than tax cuts for the middle-class.
And if you won't do that, at least put this jobs bill up for a vote so that the entire country knows exactly where every member of Congress stands.
Speaking of his Senate colleagues. They are the ones currently slow walking Obama's job's bill and freely admit they don't have the votes to pass it. Why no attack by Obama on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid? Why just Eric Cantor in the House? Answer: POLITICS!
And while Obama is attacking Cantor, it's important to note that Cantor has introduced legislation to approve the free trade agreements finally submitted by the Obama Administration. Cantor is doing his part to create jobs. When will Obama do the same?
Obama knows that the House GOP will NOT pass a huge tax increase that is masquerading as a job's bill. Yet he continues to stall and play politics with real bipartisan measures intended to address the jobs crisis!