Shaun Donovan, the secretary of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department, wrote a guest column in the Las Vegas Sun today about the need of Congress to act on President Obama’s Jobs bill. Not only does Mr. Donovan think Congress should act, but a majority of Americans do as well and those Americans should be pelting their congressional representatives with demands they do so as well.
Donovan points out that
Unfortunately, a minority united to block the bill, even though the ideas proposed in the Jobs Act have bipartisan support — from cutting the payroll tax cut in half for 50,000 of Nevada businesses, to preventing 3,600 layoffs of Nevada teachers and first responders, to a $4,000 employer tax credit that will put the 88,000 long-term unemployed workers in Nevada back to work.
So, what is the matter with Nevada voters? Nye County is losing its population. People are moving away to find work. Yet no help appears to be in sight from Nevada’s elected congressional leaders. Where is Senator Dean Heller? Joe Heck? Mark Amodei? I know where Congresswoman Shelley Berkley is, she supports creation of jobs.
Republicans came up with a so-called “counteroffer” on jobs. [The Hill]
The GOP package includes proposals anathema to Democrats, such as the complete repeal of Obama’s healthcare reform law and financial regulatory reform bills, but it also has a number of proposals that enjoy some bipartisan support.
What is there in this alleged “counteroffer” anything focused on creating jobs? Not one damned thing!
So where was Nevada’s Republican Senator in this so-called counteroffer? The Hill reported:
Appearing on stage to unveil the package in the Senate TV studio were McCain, Paul and Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), Mike Johanns (Neb.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Graham, Jim DeMint (S.C.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas), Mike Lee (Utah), Dean Heller (Nev.), Dan Coats (Ind.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.).
So that’s where he was! The apparent reason the Republicans are even saying anything is because President Obama has been out on the stump trying to sell his jobs bill.
Senator John McCain had the gall to say “There has been no outreach by the president or his people to us.” Good grief! President Obama has spent the last two years and more trying to reach out to those congressional Republicans to engage in bi-partisan activity. All to no avail. All the Republican Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is interested in is to defeat Obama in the 2012 election.
That seems to be the commitment of the Republican Party. Beat Obama! They apparently don’t give a hoot about their constituents, the American people. Or Nevadan’s either. What has Dean Heller done for you since he was appointed Nevada’s Senator by Republican Governor Brian Sandoval.
What is wrong with people in Nevada? Are the Nevada Republicans so hamstrung that they will go along with the Republican Party even while they can’t find work, pay their bills, or educate their children?
I have to agree with Stephanie Schriock of Emily’s List who wrote in the Huffington Post that the Republican Party “pulled a bait-and-switch on the voters. Immediately after taking office, the Republicans we elected to create jobs began a single-minded campaign to restrict the rights and freedoms of American women.”
I’m fed up with this effort by President Obama to reach out to the Republican Party. Every effort he has made has been met with silence or repulsion. Forget them. Keep moving forward as best you can—sooner or later Republican voters will wise up, though it may be more later than sooner. Their old habits can be hard to break.
Senator Harry Reid is right when he said “the GOP will have to explain to the American people why they oppose plans to cut middle-class taxes, hire veterans and put American to work building roads, bridges and schools.” [The Record-Courier]
The question may well be that once the GOP makes their explanation will the voters have the sense to remember they where left hanging in the wind by Nevada’s Republican congressional delegation. I’m not at all confident their memory will last until November 2012.Tweet