Republican Anti-Jobs Agenda

Posted by on November 11, 2011 12:15 pm
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This is direct from ( http://thinkprogress.org/progress-report/ ) yesterday's Progress Report (by ThinkProgress War Room on Nov 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm) on the status of the Republican votes to block the Obama American Jobs Act. 

Today, on the eve of Veterans Day, Senate Republicans did not filibuster the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, the part of the president’s jobs plan to help put our veterans back to work. We’d note that it is the sole part of the jobs plan voted on so far not financed by making millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share, something Republicans have strenuously objected to. While today’s willingness to do anything at all to help the economy was certainly welcome, Republicans have repeatedly and unanimously voted against millions of jobs for other Americans, including teachers, firefighters, cops, and construction workers:

  • Oct. 11: 100 percent of Senate Republicans voted against millions of American jobs in order to protect the very wealthiest Americans — the top 0.5 percent — from having to pay their fair share.
  • Oct. 20: 100 percent of Senate Republicans voted against nearly 400,000 jobs for teachers, firefighters, and cops in order to protect the very wealthiest Americans — the top 0.5 percent — from having to pay their fair share.
  • Nov. 3: 100 percent of Senate Republicans voted against 450,000 Americans jobs rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, airports, and other critical infrastructure in order to protect the very wealthiest Americans — the top 0.5 percent — from having to pay their fair share.

TPL's view is that both the Republicans and Democrats knew it would be politically damaging to vote against jobs for veteran, especially the day before Veteran's Day.  So don't be fooled as this was a minor concession along a path as described above by The Progress Report staff that Republicans are just not going along with any Obama plan for jobs.  Don't be fooled either by their argument that this will raise taxes on American small business.  The funding for the jobs bill would come from a 5.6 percent surtax on income over those many over 1 million dollars – just 5.6 percent.  We are in an economic crisis.  Doesn't it make sense that those making so much more (median family income is roughly $26,364.00) sacrifice a little?  In the end they still stand to win for as the economy improves so does the living standard of the rich.