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Why Have Republicans Blocked The American Jobs Act?

Postby jaye74 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:38 am

So, what is the REAL reason that Republicans refuse to pass the American Jobs Act? Anyone want to fess up?


"To create jobs, the President unveiled the American Jobs Act ? nearly all of which is made up of ideas that have been supported by both Democrats and Republicans, and that Congress should pass right away to get the economy moving now."

"The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans ? without adding a dime to the deficit."


*The President is proposing immediate incentives for small businesses to hire and grow from now into 2012.

*The President is proposing investments that would prevent layoffs of as many as 280,000 teachers, provide opportunities for long-term unemployed veterans, and put Americans to work rebuilding roads, railways, bridges, and schools in need of repair.

*Drawing on the best ideas of both parties and the most innovative states, the President is proposing the most sweeping reforms to the unemployment insurance system in 40 years to help those without jobs transition to the workplace.

*The President's plan will expand the payroll tax cut, cutting workers payroll taxes in half next year. This provision will provide a tax cut of $1,500 to the typical family earning $50,000 a year.

*The American Jobs Act is fully paid for as part of the President's long-term deficit reduction plan. The President?s detailed deficit reduction plan will pay for every penny of the American Jobs Act.


So the Republicans don't want any party of this, they would rather... complain about unemployment?
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Why Have Republicans Blocked The American Jobs Act?

Postby kenta » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:31 am

Not all of the Democrats liked it, either.
In the first place, although it provided jobs, there was nothing in it to cause the nation's Gross Domestic Product to increase, so it amounted to a works program.
We would have gotten an updated infrastructure out of it, but no increase to the overall wealth in the nation, therefore money pumped into it would be inflated money only ... and when all those projects were finished, the people employed to complete them would be unemployed again.
In the second place, the claim that it was "paid for as part of the president's long-term deficit reduction plan" was rather doubtful.

It was first blocked by Harry Reid, the Democratic Majority Leader in the Senate, who wanted a trade bill regarding China to have higher priority.
Then Reid said he wanted a higher surtax on the wealthy to pay for it. The entire bill, and its major individual parts, failed to get out of the Senate because of that tax.
The fact is, moderate and progressive Democrats felt it was too ambitious and spent too much money for what would amount to a band-aid.
So the story that Republicans blocked it, although true, is not the whole truth.
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Why Have Republicans Blocked The American Jobs Act?

Postby Adrian » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:47 am

Their are "Jobs Bills" and there are "Obama Jobs Bills!" Not quite the the same! I would have voted NO also! A lot of junk and not much substance - lip service to the private sector!

Romney has gained a lot of support via debates. I think that the last one on foreign policy will be the clincher. Obama is on VERY weak ground for this one. It should be a walk in the park for Romney, but you never know!

I am an Ohioan voting for Mitt!

Mitt will make a very conscientious and effective President!, He is committed to his family, his country and his church. This information is really easy to access it you are interested.

Case for.

We expect presidential candidates to have differences of opinion. But the intentional and methodical attempts to divide our nation between classes, religions, races and sexes, and the fear mongering directed at our elderly population and parents of special-needs children has brought this presidential campaign to a new low. Repugnant motives have been attributed to Gov. Romney, such as the "chains" remark, or that he wants to deprive seniors and special-needs children of their medical care, and relegate women back to the age of the '50's. The admittedly exaggerated percentage comment the governor cited was merely an admission to his financial supporters that those receiving entitlements, like welfare without a work requirement, will simply not vote for him ? it was not a writeoff of that population, as some want you to believe. Logical, rational people surely do not believe that someone would run for president to accomplish such goals. I commend Gov. Romney for maintaining a civil campaign, one about the issues, about his perceived failure of President Obama's policies, and simply addressing the differences in their plans to get our economy back on track. It is refreshing to witness a potential future president of the "United" States address his opponent respectfully while differing with him on their ideologies. Mitt Romney is a loving husband and father, and a very successful business man whose success is largely due to his ability to reach compromise with those who disagree with him. That's a good characteristic, one I believe we would all like to see in our president. Gov. Romney should not be vilified because he receives investment income or because of the percentage he pays in taxes as long as he pays the amount our tax code requires. He donates millions to charitable causes that would suffer without the generous contributions of the wealthy. He is genuinely concerned about the direction of our country on behalf of all Americans. Do we really want to go back to the divisiveness that marred our history or do we want our votes to reflect that we value civility and respectfulness in our leadership!
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