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Fri Jun 1, 2012, 12:21 PM

 

Blame Congress for the slump in employment? Of course, blame Congress.

We all know the President has been pushing Congress for a year to pass his Jobs bill, warning that the jobs economy needed stimulus and incentive to continue to grow. Now, when we get a jobs report that shows a stall in the months and months of steady employment improvement, it's President Obama who should be credited for presenting a jobs proposal -- fighting for it against steady opposition from a republican leadership which publicly and repeatedly promised to spend their time working to unseat him, instead of focusing their energy on rebuilding the economy.

There a defensive feeling in the air among Democrats today, but there should, instead, be OUTRAGE that republicans have dithered with a recovering economy until they allowed it to falter and stagnate with their obstruction

Blame Congress? Of course, blame Congress. The president has very little to do with actually creating jobs. It's Congress' responsibility to approve and allocate any money that could have been used to as a stimulus and incentive for businesses to hire workers. It's not the President's.

Moreover, by law, tradition, and, save a super-majority vote, all 'money' legislation MUST originate in the House; the republican-controlled House of Representatives; the republican House that voters sent to Washington to fix this. They've obviously failed to do their job; much less do it correctly or effectively.

Voters sent republicans to Washington to do more than just oppose Obama. Voters sent their elected representatives to Washington -- both republicans and Democrats -- expecting them (from polling) to work together to help fix the economy. They failed.

The late, Robert Byrd, a legislative and constitutional scholar, spoke often about the responsibility of the legislature; its constitutional prerogative in budget and money matters; and, its frequent and habitual abdication of that responsibility.

"We, as legislators, have a responsibility to work with the chief executive, but it is intended to be a two-way street," Sen. Byrd remarked in an address on the Senate's history.

"The Framers did not envision the office of President as having the attributes of royalty. We must recognize the heavy burden that any President bears, and wherever and whenever we can, we must cooperate with the chief executive in the interest of all the people. But let us keep in mind Madison's admonition: "Ambition must be made to counteract ambition."

There is nothing at all stopping Congress from setting their own agenda and acting on it. In fact, the constitution demands that they provide the necessary checks against what they may view as the excesses of the Executive. But, they must also produce more than just opposition to the President's proposals. They need to take the lead in enacting the people's business.

Conversely, they must take the blame when they fail to do so.

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Reply Blame Congress for the slump in employment? Of course, blame Congress. (Original post)
bigtree Jun 2012 OP
spanone Jun 2012 #1
bigtree Jun 2012 #2
supraTruth Jun 2012 #3
Enrique Jun 2012 #4
bigtree Jun 2012 #5
Enrique Jun 2012 #6
bigtree Jun 2012 #7
bigtree Jun 2012 #8

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 12:23 PM

1. this 'poor' jobs report is just what the republicons ordered...and it will continue

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Response to spanone (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 12:25 PM

2. their own jobs are going to be on the line

 

Congress' approval rating is in the microscopic region.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 12:30 PM

3. 2YEARS of FAILED BONEheadBLOCKING CONgress is SHOVING US into a DOUBLE-DIP RECESSION!

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 01:19 PM

4. if Obama says that, then he is promising that the economy will NEVER get better

because we all know the GOP will NEVER stop obstructing him. He is saying, "I am powerless".

Romney is promising to improve the economy. He is lying. He does not care about jobs, he cares about profits and he will enact policies that will help rich people at the expense of working people. But that's a judgement call and not everyone will see it the way I see it. I think a ton of people if it is a choice between "I will create jobs" and "I can't create jobs because the GOP is blocking me" they are going to go with Romney.

But Obama is not blaming Congress. He in his statement today takes ownership for the economy the way a president should. He is saying my policies are working and we need to stick with them. He does say that he needs the Congress to do certain things but he doesn't blame them.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 01:40 PM

5. So, you think he's some sort of autocrat

 

. . . who can appropriate money all by himself?

The president may well be taking on whatever responsibility is his, but he's not the one who first must approve the money and appropriate it.

Certain things? You have to be tripping. What more is there for the President to do after he makes his proposals? Did you forget that he's already presented his jobs plan to Congress? Did you miss that he's gone around the country for a year promoting it? He's done everything but vote for it.

Why the fuck is he to blame for ANY of Congress' DELIBERATE inaction and dithering? Never mind. You're caught up in what you think voters might believe. You're content with blaming the President, I see. Not enough backbone to place the responsibility where it belongs; and fight to keep the pressure on them. Your politics tells you to reach back and drag our Democratic President through the republicans' mud because someone, somewhere might not accept where the blame belongs. Pathetic.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 01:58 PM

6. he is not a figurehead either

the president plays an enormous role in the economy, which is why everyone pays so much attention to what he says and does, and pays so much attention to the election. The presidents main role isnt to look good in pictures.

And if you are so mad at me for not blaming Congress, why arent you mad at Obama, who barely mentions Congress in his statement?

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Response to Enrique (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 02:17 PM

7. you might have a point

 

. . . if the President hadn't been railing against Congress at every opportunity on the campaign trail and other appearances around the nation, and at every other opportunity. Did you miss where he's going to press Congress on their inaction on his to-do list today?

It's basically a lost cause to try and convince folks of what the President is actually doing who never bother to actually look.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 1, 2012, 08:48 PM

8. here's the President challenging Congress to act today

 

____ President Obama later told donors at a Minneapolis fundraiser that the last four years had been "as tough a period in our country's history as anything in our lifetimes, certainly since the 1930s." He said his administration had tried to make "dogged progress" but acknowledged "we're not out of the woods yet."

He said Republicans had been driven in part by a focus to "beat Obama" and he hoped winning a second term would change that mentality.

"My hope, my expectation is that after the election, now that it turns out the goal of beating Obama doesn't make much sense because I'm not running again, that we can start getting some cooperation again," Obama said.


Obama told workers at the Honeywell plant that Congress could still take steps to help jump-start the economy. While acknowledging the political realities of an election year, he said the November election was no reason for inaction in Washington.

"There's no excuse for it, not when there are so many people out there looking for work," he said.

more: http://www.ktvb.com/news/national/156393895.html


. . . exactly as I outlined.

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