Thursday, August 18, 2011
A new Obama jobs program coming?Robert Reich is hanging on to Hope. He expresses it in his blog post, The President's Bold Jobs Bill (Maybe) 08/17/2011. Obama is talking up a jobs program that he could use to draw a sharp contrast to the Republicans in 2012. Reich goes through the motions of suggesting what a meaningful program might look like.
But he knows that caution is demanded as least as much as Hope:
The President is sounding like a fighter these days. He even says he’ll be proposing a jobs bill in September – and if Republicans don’t go along he’ll fight for it through Election Day (or beyond).If the last year is any guide, only a small-scale and largely useless proposals like this will be all he comes up with. As Reich notes, "Some of the President's political advisers have been pushing for small-bore initiatives that they believe might have a chance of getting through the Republican just-say-no House."
And the already modest job measures he proposes will come packaged in some way with his Grand Bargain to cut Social Security and Medicare, thus kick-starting the phaseout of both programs. Then, whatever constructive jobs-creating elements of the plan are there, Obama will bargain away 95% of it to the Republicans, before they kick him in the face and say NO anyway.
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