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Senate Republicans Block Jobs Bill for Veterans

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Why does Jeff Sessions hate our troops?

I guess some Republicans really DO hate Mitt Romney. Look at his pals in the Senate who, in an election year no less, couldn’t bestir themselves to support a jobs bill for military veterans. Alabama’s own Jeff Sessions (R-jerkwad) led the opposition.

Romney had already taken heat for forgetting to mention our troops in combat during his convention speech. He made it worse when he responded to criticism of his omission (from Fox News, no less) not by apologizing but by once again slamming the president:

I only regret you’re repeating it day in and day out. When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about the things that you think are important and I described in my speech, my commitment to a strong military unlike the president’s decision to cut our military. And I didn’t use the word troops, I used the word military. I think they refer to the same thing.

Yep, those kids in harm’s way are just an item he left off his laundry list. The cuts were, BTW, supported by his own running mate, but whatever, right?

The jobs bill was, per its sponsor, paid for by revenues generated in other areas. It would have allowed thousands of veterans the opportunity for employment as police officers, park workers, and firefighters That didn’t stop Sessions from objecting to the bill and rallying his buddies to keep zero tar electronic cigarettes it from coming to a vote. Lawrence Downes in the NYT today:

It would be easier to admire the Republicans’ late-breaking fiscal scrupulosity if their motives — denying  the Obama administration any kind of victory this year, whatever the cost to jobless vets — weren’t so transparent.  It’s probably useful to remind Republicans like John McCain (a “nay” on the jobs bill) that wounded, jobless and homeless veterans aren’t a fact of nature. They’re a product of the wars that Congress members voted for, the war debt they piled on, and the economy they helped ruin.

On the surface, it certainly would appear that their motive is to hurt Obama, but it looks to me more like a loss for Romney. If his own party won’t support the military it claims it loves best, how can he persuade veterans and their families that he’s a better bet than Obama, who supported the jobs bill?

Are Senate Republicans in reality just more rats jumping off the sinking Ship Romney? Makes you wonder. They’re just joining other conservatives who are covering their, um, bases in the face of what looks like a losing campaign.

But all the politics in the world don’t make up for the loss of the possibility of more jobs for veterans. It would be such poetic justice if Jeff Sessions loses his job the next time he comes up for re-election, and it would be even better if it were veterans leading the charge.

h/t maddowblog

Alternate Reality

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Jay Bookman at the AJC really nails the Republican whining over the stimulus package:

Republicans in Congress and on the TV and radio talk shows claim to oppose the economic stimulus out of concern about the national debt and a moral conviction that we should not saddle future generations of Americans with such a burden.

But who do they think they’re fooling? Apparently they believe the world began anew at noon on Jan. 20, and that everything that occurred prior to that date had somehow been wiped clean from the national memory banks.

Well, it hasn’t.

We do face a long-term problem. Our gross federal debt is at $10.6 trillion, with a good portion owed to lenders in China, Japan and the Middle East. But how did that number get so huge?

The answer is that it grew tremendously, both as a gross number and a percentage of GDP, during the administrations of Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II.  George W. was particularly hard on future generations:

The debt almost doubled under Bush, from $5.7 trillion to $10.6 trillion. As a percentage of GDP, it grew from 57.4 percent to 68 percent, the highest since the aftermath of World War II.

As Bookman points out, many of the same Republicans who are whining now went along with everything W asked:

And of course, the same congressional Republicans now preaching the dangers of deficit spending were right at Bush’s side, writing and passing the budgets that drove us deeply into the red.

Unfortunately, the Republicans are fooling some people with their rhetoric.  And Obama keeps reaching out to them, as if they’ll ever come around and support his proposals.  I fear we’ll end up with Republicans wringing a bunch of concessions and still refusing to vote for a bill so gutted that it doesn’t work — and then taking credit for their amazing “foresight” if it fails.  And a good portion of the media will buy it.  Again.

*sigh*

Bolton Resigns, Bush “Unhappy”, Zach Getting “More ‘Excited’ Than a Person Should” About The Situation

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Bush is unhappy… something must be going right on capitol hill.

An unhappy President Bush said Monday he regretfully accepted John Bolton’s decision to leave his temporary job as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Senate opposition, led mostly by Democrats, doomed Bolton’s confirmation to serve permanently.

“I’m not happy about it,” Bush said during a farewell appearance at the White House attended by Bolton and his wife, Gretchen.

“I think he deserved to be confirmed. The reason I think he deserved to be confirmed is that I think he did a fabulous job for the country.”

Turning to Bolton, Bush said, “We’re going to miss you in this administration. You’ve been a stalwart defender of freedom and peace.

You’ve been strong in your advocacy for human rights and human dignity. You’ve done everything that can be expected for an ambassador.”

The last sentence must be part of the Neo-Con strategy to call things the opposite of what they are. Tonight, Dubbya sheds a tear on his pillow as Bolton cleans out his office. Zach munches on chicken “catch-a-tory” (british humour,blah) and smiles. Today is a good day.