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GOP Plans to Skip Obama's Jobs Speech

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President Obama will present his jobs proposal to a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, September 8.   Some Republicans will skip the Joint Session to host football parties, campaign for themselves, stay home and otherwise disrespect  the President and ignore our nation's urgent need to work to create jobs.   Jobs should be the top priority in Washington.   Republicans have made clear that their top priority is seeing President Obama fail, even at the expense of Americans failing.

Rep. Ron Paul decided not to stop his own presidential campaign to attend the session. South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh and Georgia Rep. Paul Broun are also staying away. DeMint says he prefers to read the speech text. And he should do that plus attend in person. Louisiana Sen. David Vitter has what he believes is the best reason to skip it.   He planned a NFL season opener party to celebrate the New Orleans Saints and posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday that "Who Dat Nation, family and friends are coming over for the big game".   Then he apparently had a possible change of plans due to today's Facebook posting:

"Typical Harry Reid. He's now scheduled votes that should've been held this morning for right before and right AFTER the prez's speech. Pens in those who would have skipped speech, like me. So now I'll miss my own Saints game party at home."

Instead of listening to the President and working with the President on jobs, the GOP lawmakers prefer to stay home watching football games, mock the President's job proposals, and offer none of their own.

President Obama proposes to unveil plans to put Americans back to work in jobs that will strengthen our country, like fixing roads, bridges and schools.   Republicans mock this approach saying fixing schools does nothing for our education system. We're talking about jobs here and not test scores. Repairing schools could put up to 5 million Americans back to work.   And if we don't repair our roads and bridges, it will cost nearly 1 million jobs and set our economy back by $1 trillion dollars over the next 10 years.

Rather than work with the President on jobs or a jobs plan of their own, Republicans prefer to give tax breaks to the richest 400 millionaires who have more wealth than half of the people in the US combined.    Republicans have tried to eliminate almost 7 million jobs this year. Our economy needs big, bold and new programs to get the stalled economy moving again. And it needs our lawmakers of both parties to work with the President to get the job done.

So when are the jobs coming? The Republicans answer is "Don't ask, don't tell."

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Washington DC based Debbie Hines is a lawyer, former prosecutor and legal/political commentator. She frequently appears on television commenting on gender and race issues in law and politics. As an ivy league educated woman of color, she speaks (more...)
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