Tell me what is wrong with this picture! Citizens in our country are without jobs and Obama is attempting to provide Afghanis with employment. Members of Congress--primarily Republicans, are willing to pay for Afghanis to get jobs, but not for US citizens. Obama can give a good speech, but as things stand now his policies are favoring everyone else--including Wall Street fat cats, before he helps our middle-class! Afghanistan possesses no resources for a prosperous economy, and to them we are the hated infidels. It is the simple truth that we can't get a good return on our investment there--besides charity begins at home.
Allegedly Obama is a shrewd politician. He better understand that when the GOP supports his decision he is doing something that isn't good for the country or his base. They support the escalation of troops in Afghanistan simply because they hope Obama gets stuck in a quagmire there. They have to be identified by Obama as the enemy of creating jobs in the US. He tried being non-partisan and it hasn't worked. His communications must clearly and frequently vilify the obstructionist GOP. If he doesn't then how does he identify with the plight of our unemployed? As long as he lets the GOP to derail his plans for providing more jobs in the US without calling them out for their obstructionists tactics he is supplying us with misinformation. For what? Get it Obama--the GOP hopes you fail as it will get them more votes.
If FDR was confronted with this type opposition when he was making the New Deal legislation would he have accepted it? Obama has the reconciliation procedure. He has allowed the GOP to bend health care into something that Obama would never have proposed. Just the amount of time spent on it has been too excessive. He has to show some spine and say "Enough is enough. We want the public option in and we can't deal with jobs and GWOT with all of time being spent on GOP obstruction. Health care is going through reconciliation immediately!"
The 12/13/09 article "Wars or Jobs: Decide Now" at
puts it aptly as the article states "We must put the power of peace back in the Congress and force the House to use it. They have a final vote next week on a war funding bill, and do you know how they intend to pass it? They're going to include unemployment insurance in the same bill. When it's not relief for hurricane victims it's education for veterans. Now it's unemployment insurance as the lipstick on this pig of a bill, a bill that creates unemployment in the first place. Investing money in wars creates fewer jobs than cutting taxes, and cutting taxes creates fewer jobs than investing in education, mass transit, infrastructure, construction, and other nonviolent industries. Every dollar for war is a dollar less for jobs. Congress members are perfectly aware they can vote No on the whole package until the war money is taken out and the unemployment insurance is left in. And you know that you can force them to do it, now or in the coming weeks and months. You know that much more difficult things have been done. You know that it is far more enjoyable to engage in this struggle -- even in the cold -- than to sit home and complain. You know that the time is rapidly approaching when we must do what any civilized nation would have long since done and nonviolently shut down this town."
Why was the Democratically controlled Congress force to partake in the irony of hiding unemployment insurance in a war funding bill? It had to be done this way because the GOP wouldn't vote to extend unemployment insurance. How to get them to do so? Simple--the GOP is the war mongering party. They can't pass on a chance to vote for war funding--therefore unemployment insurance bundled up in a completely unrelated war funding bill. The author hopes that polls will show that the US wants money for jobs, not war, and that will intimidate Congress until helping our unemployed. Sadly, the polls already are clearly showing that and that hasn't swayed a single right-wing reactionary. The GOP thrives on war mongering and they enjoy seeing the Democrats being blamed for the unemployment rate--so they love seeing the Democrats fail. It will help them in the quickly approaching mid-term election.
explains how GOP politics is at the center of an attempt to prolong the plight of the unemployed as the article states "From reading the headlines Tuesday on President Obama's jobs program, you might think that all the president has to do is to tap into the unexpected $200 billion in remaining TARP bailout funds in order to save American jobs. He supposedly could then just spend the money on infrastructure programs, "cash for caulkers" weatherization, aid to states and localities and small-business lending. As MSNBC summed up the big picture: "Obama Outlines Bailout for Main Street: Spending TARP Money to Help Small Businesses, Create Jobs, Build Bridges."
Sounds almost easy, doesn't it? But despite the public clamor for more jobs and continuing deep unemployment at 17 percent for those seeking full-time work, steep obstacles to meaningful job-promoting initiatives remain in this hyper-partisan Congress."
The GOP is the enemy of everyone other than their top 1% crowd. The article continues "Jed Lewison pointed out: In a sober tone, President Obama portrayed the Republican Party as opportunistic, obstructionist, and deeply hypocritical, accusing them of both having created the economic crisis we face today and having done nothing to help solve it. He also slammed their hypocritical attacks on government spending, reminding them that they are the ones who created the deficit, and that the recovery act represents just a small portion of it."
Obama is trying, but our unemployment is rising. We've over-extended ourselves and we are a paper tiger.
The 12/01/09 article "Report: At least 600K jobs created" at
states "Between 600,000 and 1.6 million jobs were created or saved through September as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a Congressional Budget Office report."
About a third of the stimulus funds have been spent at this point, not including the $200 billion that was refunded from TARP, but with over 10% unemployment we can't spare a cent for any other priority.