Al Franken: "Unwillingness to compromise" might kill Obama's jobs bill

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Al Franken says Obama's jobs plan can't survive political wrangling.
Al Franken watched the debate to raise the debt ceiling drag on -- and on, and on -- over party politics. Franken doesn't want to see the same thing happen with Barack Obama's new jobs plan, but he fears it might anyway.

America's unemployed can't afford more bickering like took place in the "debt ceiling debacle," Franken said in an interview with a South Dakota CBS station yesterday.

Obama's plan, which calls for a combination of public works spending and cuts to the payroll tax, got positive feedback from as partisan a figure as House Speaker John Boehner, and only the far wings of American politics rejected it on its face. (Paging Congresswoman Bachmann.)

But, with another election day still more than a year away, Franken  said there won't be any plan, or any new jobs, "if we have a continuation of this whole unwillingness to compromise."

"We have fourteen months until the election," Franken told Keloland TV. "People don't have fourteen months to wait. They're living week to week, they're living day to day. And there really is some urgency to getting people back to work."

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Michele Bachmann has her own jobs plan, but it's a secret.
Obama's jobs plan speech was pretty much all about urgency, with repeated statements that Congress should pass the jobs bill "right away." In total, the plan calls for $447 billion in combined federal spending and payroll tax cuts.

Franken said the plan would be good for putting Minnesotans "putting lots of Minnesotans back to work, including teachers, first responders, and construction workers." Boehner's first reaction the night of the speech was to say Obama's plans "merit consideration," which is essentially a ringing endorsement in today's political environment.

Michele Bachmann, in her absolutely unwatched response speech, chirped that Obama had "doubled down on the same policies that are killing the United States economy," neglecting to mention exactly what she was talking about.

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Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Obviously Franken and Obama (Kobuchar for that matter) don't give a darn about real workers - unless they are public service employees. Why the hell are we paying for other states firemen, teachers and first responders. We pay for our own here or they volunteer. If other states can't pay for their own then let them lay off the administrators and consolidate the school districts. Thats is what we do here in Minnesota. Franken doesn't care about the middle class and that is exactly who is going to get it in the shorts on this obama bill. CUT SPENDING! Obama wants 3 dollars in taxes for a pretend 1 dollar in cuts. Cuts that are coming no matter what (out of Iraq and afghanistan). Obama is a failure. Obama is a little cry baby acting like a school child. Franken and Kobuchar need to demand all of our money back from the federal government.  

Impressed
Impressed

Did anyone else only click on this link because the woman sitting behind Al Franken is absolutely gorgeous?

Come on, I know you did.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Um, has anyone introduced this bill to the house?  All bills are to start in the house.

Obama says "if you love me, you will pass this bill now"."if you love me"?That's something your 5 year old would do to try to manipulate you beyond your better judgement...

Sparky
Sparky

Isn't Al being a little premature here?  The bill hasn't been written or introduced and won't be until BHO gets back from his next vacation, say in three weeks.  Plenty of things can happen between now and then.........

E K
E K

In other words, Al Franken thinks it is just fine if others compromise to agree with him.

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Like it

Good catch, I just don't care what the pols do or say any more, She is smokin!

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

The bill is being written as we speak. It takes a while.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

Obama has taken 61 days of vacation. By this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan had taken more than 100. Clinton made them all look like layabouts by only taking ~20.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

I don't think that Pres. Obama expects the plan to pass. What he's doing is piling up a big stack of bills that are popular to the general public, making a big show of unveiling them and demanding that they be taken up immediately, and then double-dog daring the republicans to vote them down or bury them.

So the republicans are now forked on the issue. They can either pass the bills, hand Obama a victory, and then cross their fingers and hope that the economy stays in the tank. Or they can reject them and Obama can go back to the public and say that his hands have been tied by a do-nothing congress.

If I were the republican leadership, I'd pass the bills in the most watered-down, do-nothing state that I possibly could and then blame the president and the senate when they balk at signing them.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

So what was that thing he was waving around in his hand while speaking before the nation?   Was it a prop?   Like a pop display outside a gas station?  Is the nation one big theater to him?  He interrupted an NFL pregame show for a prop?  Arrogant, self riotous dick?

 

Why was he saying congress NEEDED to "pass the bill, NOW" while waving something he portrayed as the bill. 

 

Damn, don't ever let that guy pay you with a brief case full of money without CAREFUL inspection.  Only the top bills will be real... 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Bush went to his ranch for vacation and gave up golf because of the wars and how that looked.  So, in a time of "great economic disparity", lets focus on something more substantiate, THE COST to the tax payer!  Bend over America, Obama is going on vacation again.

Don't for get about the scrutiny the liberals gave George Bush for Golfing. 

Her is something to reflect upon-Frontline article by Patrick Ward, June 2008"I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal" - George Bush, 15 May 2008.

"Thousands of Americans have given up a lot more than golf for this war. For President Bush to imply that he somehow stands in solidarity with families of American soldiers by giving up golf is disgraceful. It's an insult to all Americans and a slap in the face to our troops' families" - Brandon Friedman, US veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Where has that scrutiny gone?

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

Then you misremember. It was watered down considerably to make it palatable to the blue dog democrats whom were needed to get it passed. Republicans decided that it would play better if they absented themselves from any serious discussion and then banged the "GUMMINT INTERFERENCE" to bring out their supporters in 2010.

In a way, both sides got what they wanted.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

It was a summary, those get written first and say directly what the bill will do and when. Actual bills are 1000 page bricks of dense legaleese that refer to dozens of court decisions, precedents in government, and new laws. They're designed to nestle whatever new law is passed into the existing system. Whole armies of staffers do nothing all day but work to write, edit, and integrate the new bills. That's why the whole, "READ THE BILL!!!!!" movement was so stupid at its base. Congressional leaders only read summaries, and anyone who'd actually attempted to read the bill would've given up a few pages in and never demanded that anyone read it.

vitajex
vitajex

"He interrupted an NFL pregame show for a prop?"

Seriously?  How f*$#ing petty are you that you try to hold THIS up as some sort of proof of Obama's bad policies?  This just betrays your troll/crank tendencies more than any of the other nonsense you are continually spouting.

NOTE: You're not even complaining about him interrupting a GAME, but rather a goddamn PREGAME show?!?!  Please go back to lambasting him for not wearing a flag lapel EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY GODDAMN DAY.  Surprisingly enough, that made you hyperpartisan Tea Partiers look LESS crazy than this line of attack.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

Who gives a fuck about the president golfing? Why is a president golfing or not golfing a thing? The only thing that could be less consequential is criticizing the president's reading list.

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