Plus: Great column: Time for Obama to "Get off the bus" and start working with Republicans!
This is revealing. Have you noticed that the Democrats entire focus in the last few weeks seems to be on public sector jobs? V.P. Joe Biden is out there suggesting that women might get raped unless the cops are funded for another year (what happens after that?). Obama used a fire station and a school among the many photo-ops on his recent bus tour. It's no secret that Obama and the Dems have a soft spot for public sector workers. Nearly every penny of the mandatory political contributions collected by public sector unions goes right into the Democrat Party coffers.
So, when Obama and the Dems talk about another bailout to public sector workers, what they are really talking about is another massive kickback of taxpayer money going straight to Obama campaign!
What really highlighted the Dems indifference to private sector employment was the statement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV):
From The Hill:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday indicated Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first-responders.That should read above: "hundreds of thousands" of new contributions to the Democrat Party.
"It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation is all about," Reid said on the Senate floor.
Reid reiterated his emphasis on creating government jobs by saying Democrats are looking to "put hundreds of thousands of people back to work teaching children, have more police patrolling our streets, firefighters fighting our fires, doing the rescue work that they do so well … that's our priority." He said Republicans are calling the bill a "failure" because they are "using a different benchmark for success than we are."
And in case Sen. Reid, President Obama and V.P. Biden are not aware, it's the private sector that has been hurting the most. While the Dems are out to protect the flow of campaign dollars, private sector workers continue to suffer in huge numbers:
From The New Editor:
Obama: Get Off the Bus
We've already discussed how Obama is using taxpayer dollars to campaign on his bus tour where he bashes Republicans for wanting "dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance." [video]
A.B. Stoddard reminds Obama that it will be difficult to sit in the same room and negotiate with Republican leaders who he has accused of wanting to destroy America and kill people:
Time to get off the busFrankly A.B. I don't think it's possible for Obama to "get off the bus." He had his chance to be the unifying centrist that he campaigned as in 2008 and has done just the opposite at every available opportunity. It's not his advisers that are leading him astray. He's the one who cannot see policy in any other terms than class warfare demagougery!
By A.B. Stoddard
October 19, 2011
Just weeks from now President Obama will be back in the room with GOP leaders, those Republicans he paints as pro-pollution and pro-disease, incapable of comprehending large legislative packages and so dimwitted they must tackle his jobs plan several pages at a time. Obama will pivot from hammering a snarky and snide sales pitch for his jobs bill on a campaign bus tour to sitting at the negotiating table, where he will have to rescue a debt deal and avert another credit downgrade. And he will be forced, once again, to strike a compromise on annual spending bills. He will attempt to become presidential again, and he might even tell us the world is watching. Will anyone be listening?
The President Obama who labored to strike a grand bargain with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) just months ago, who was willing to risk his party’s ire to cut into Medicare and Social Security, and who positioned himself as the open-minded, level-headed grown-up is gone. He will turn up again, rest assured, but the phone booth transformations aren’t working anymore. Independent voters have turned against him, he has no credibility with the Republicans he must govern with, and Democrats have concluded their Superman was actually the Wizard of Oz.
Forget that most centrist Democrats in the Senate — many of whom are facing difficult reelection campaigns — won’t vote for several key stimulus provisions in the president’s plan. And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) just signed on as the bill’s only co-sponsors. In an effort to consolidate his base and raise fast cash, Obama has risked further alienating swing voters, who tune out rhetoric and wait for results, by choosing to leave Washington and throw bombs rather than trying to get a deal.
One of those super-smart advisers of his who helped get him into this mess should tell Obama it’s time to get off the bus and do his job.