Some details on the President’s proposed tax credits:

  • $9,600 - tax credit for hiring an unemployed veteran with service-connected disabilities
  • $5,600 - tax credit for hiring an unemployed veteran
  • $4,000 - tax credit for hiring a long-term unemployed individual

“These are difficult years for our country. But we are Americans. We are tougher than the times that we live in, and we are bigger than our politics have been. So let’s meet the moment. Let’s get to work, and show the world once again why the United States of America remains the greatest nation on Earth. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.”
6 Congressmen skipped the President's jobs address...and they're all Republicans

Those members who announced that they will skip the speech are Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and Reps. Paul Broun, R-Ga., Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill. and Ron Paul, R-Texas [and Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia]…..

Unlike with Landry, who said skipping the House GOP meeting with the president was to avoid wasting his time being “lectured to by a president whose failed policies have put our children and grandchildren in a huge burden of debt, ” [Sen. R-La, David] Vitter took a much less strident approach, referring mainly to his love for the Saints.

“As a fanatic (Saints fan), I have my priorities,” Vitter joked.

Still, Norm Ornstein, the veteran political analyst for the American Enterprise Institute, said skipping a presidential speech “is just another example of the debasement of our politics and our institutions.”

“I simply cannot recall a time in the past when lawmakers openly gave the finger to the president of the United States on a huge issue like jobs,” Ornstein said. “It is frankly depressing.”

My emphasis

ETA: Oops. My math was wrong. It was actually 6 Congressmen, not 5. And yes, they’re still all Republicans.

But what we can’t do – what I won’t do – is let this economic crisis be used as an excuse to wipe out the basic protections that Americans have counted on for decades.

I reject the idea that we need to ask people to choose between their jobs and their safety. I reject the argument that says for the economy to grow, we have to roll back protections that ban hidden fees by credit card companies, or rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury, or laws that prevent the health insurance industry from shortchanging patients. I reject the idea that we have to strip away collective bargaining rights to compete in a global economy.


President Obama

Damn right, Mr. Prez.

The media will spend the night focusing on how many Republicans refused to clap, or comparing Obama to Perry, insinuating that Perry is manly and Obama is a pussy, Maureen Dowd will write another column calling him a wimp, and we’ll have a rogues gallery of rightwing dickheads from Ed Rollins to Mark Halperin to whomever the Politico shits up spewing bullshit on every channel. Each network will be sure to include one milquetoast corporatist Democrat like Evan Bayh for balance, because all the left’s effective communicators are busy sending dick pics to random women on twitter or lunching at AIPAC. Glenn Kessler will find one minor mistake in grammar and give him four pinnochios.
WaPo declares Obama "spammer in chief"

Remember when Obama lost almost 40,000 Twitter followers in one day?  It seems the Obama team didn’t learn their lesson.

I thought Obama was supposed to be the “cool” president.  Apparently not.  The Washington Post is usually a big cheerleader of our fearless leader, but staff writer David Nakamura was pretty peeved at the Obama team for filling up his inbox with emails after last night’s speech.

from WaPo:

The spammer-in-chief was back last night.

President Obama, whose official campaign Twitter account blasted out 100 messages in a single afternoon in late July, did it again Thursday night.

Only this time it was the official White House press office e-mail account that lit-up inboxes.

After the president’s jobs speech before Congress Thursday night, his staff sent out 39 e-mails to reporters, each declaring that yet another Obama ally “backs the American Jobs Act,” as the subject lines boasted.

The e-mails came within a 1-hour, 5-minute period between 8:32 p.m. and 9:37 p.m. That’s an average of one every minute and 40 seconds.

In all, Obama spoke 4,132 words in his 32-minute address. The number of words spoken by the various supporters quoted in the e-mails: 7,165.

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Pathetic.  I’m not really sure what else to say.  Just completely pathetic.

Antonio Villarraigosa on Congress and Obama's speech on job creation

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Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villarraigosa says President Obama will be bold in his speech on job creation Thursday evening.

Villarraigosa, who in his role as head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors will attend the speech as a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama, says the President will include some of the proposals the mayors sent to the White House last week.

“These are initiatives that in the past Republicans and Democrats have supported. They can’t say this is a Democratic plan. It’s a plan to lift the economy and return the unemployed back to work,” said Villarraigosa in an interview with Univision. “Even if we have a federal deficit we must understand that our number one task is to create jobs.”

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The contemptuous reaction from the House speaker, John Boehner, to the president’s request to address a joint session next Wednesday — the day Congress returns from its summer recess — was appalling. No matter how he feels about Mr. Obama personally or politically, there can be no excuse for his lack of respect for the office, to which he is second in the line of succession. And it was distressing to watch President Obama fail, once again, to stand up to an opposition that won’t brook the smallest compromise.
—  The New York Times Editorial Board • In a piece titled “Oh, Grow Up,” on the infighting between Obama and Boehner over the timing of the president’s speech on jobs. To put it simply, we’re with them. Especially on this particular point: “Worse, the vital importance of the speech — and the need for Congress to take its full responsibility for creating jobs and reviving the economy — was upstaged by yet another Washington soap opera.” God, it’s like Washington breaks a little more with each passing day. source (viafollow)
I thought that as a specimen of rhetoric, his approach in the speech was quite effective.

In style and structure the constant refrain provided the “music” of the speech. Do you wonder what point the President is trying to get across? Well, in case you’ve forgotten, every thirty seconds he will remind you: Pass this jobs bill; you should pass it right away.

It’s an approach familiar from religious speeches and sermons, and tent-revival orations. When done right, the recurrent refrain seems not repetitive and boring but rather cumulatively engaging: the audience knows where the speaker is going, anticipates the connections he is going to make, and sees how the parts fit together. Most listeners will not know about the theory of rhyme schemes or the structure of refrains in poetry. But we all recognize these patterns when we hear them.
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Just in case you missed it here is President Barack Obama’s address to Congress on the “American Jobs Act”…Check it out!!!

Full Speech

Those of us here tonight can’t solve all of our nation’s woes. Ultimately, our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers. But we can help. We can make a difference. There are steps we can take right now to improve people’s lives.
Washington Post: Obama's new stimulus package will actually cost between $1 trillion and $1.5 trillion

Yes, you read that right.  Trillion with a T according to economist Michael Mussa.  How much is a $1 trillion again?

from WaPo:

The White House says President Obama’s new program of tax cuts and spending increases — a.k.a. stimulus — will cost $447 billion. Well, not exactly, says a leading economist. The actual cost would probably range between $1 trillion and $1.5 trillion over a decade. If he’s correct, the addition to the federal debt would be much higher than advertised.

This message is from Michael Mussa, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund who’s now at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Here’s his reasoning. Yes, the cost is $447 billion in 2012. But what happens after 2012? “We get to 2013: Do we raise the payroll tax back up? Do we stop extended unemployment benefits? . . . That does not make any sense,” says Mussa. The economy and jobs aren’t likely to be growing so rapidly to justify ending the full program cold turkey.

It especially doesn’t make any sense, he argues, because it would coincide with other deficit cuts for 2013 mandated by Congress as part of the deal to raise the federal debt ceiling. So the economy would face a double whammy.

To lighten the blow, Mussa says, Obama’s new stimulus would probably be phased out over a number of years, raising its full cost well beyond the one-year figure. The president has said the program would be paid for by additional future deficit reductions, but it’s unclear whether his pledge covers these potential costs.

Mussa made his comments Friday at the Peterson Institute’s semi-annual economic outlook conference.

But I thought Obama said it would be “paid for." 

Pass this bill, now

That was the phrase repeated frequently by President Obama last night during his jobs speech.

Members of the Democratic Caucus anticipated the speech, as they were not privy to it’s text, prior to settling in their seats. Rep Bishop (D-NY1) mentioned on C-Span this morning that additional details were delivered to congressional offices during the speech.

However, members of he electorate who called into C-span prior to the speech had mixed feelings, but appeared mostly jaded about POTUS’ ability to deliver.

While others, Rep Priebus (R-WI), noted on MSNBC that he would not be attending the jobs speech as he would rather go hear from small business owners in his district. When asked why his website has no jobs creation ideas listed, he mentioned that there is a form on his website for constituents to submit their ideas. Apparently, no one has submitted anything he thought was good enough to bring to the people.

Let me bring your attention back to the speech, which called for the creation of a jobs bill. From the text of the speech it seemed like a good idea and a great compromise. The main crux being that businesses should not get credit just for being a business. This bill, on it’s face at least, forces business to prove they are the “job creators” that Republicans have been claiming them to be over the last 2.5 years. Give people jobs and you will get a tax credit. The award of the credit seems to increase not just by how many people you employ, but it also takes into consideration how long someone has been unemployed prior to you employing them.

Is it too little to late? I don’t think the substance of it is inadequate, but it should have been included in the stimulus. Could there be unintended consequences? Maybe. Perhaps long term unemployed will be favored over those with skill. It is hard to tell yet, as the bill has not been written. Last night’s speech was meant to serve as the catalyst. It was filled with ideas from Republicans and Democrats, the President noted. They are programs that have worked around the country.

Most notable in President Obama’s jobs speech was his nod to everyday people, the people who make the country run, and often belong to unions; the despised step-child of the Republican party.

So will Republicans line-up beside the Democrats to write he legislation that will get our country going again. Or will they wait it out for another 14 months, thinking it can bring them a political victory? This country barely can wait another month, so let’s pass this bill, now!

Obama to Give Jobs Speech, Try to Save Job

You see, we just need to take the jobs problem, and move it somewhere else.

WASHINGTON – Tonight, President Barack Obama is set to give a speech to a joint session of Congress focused on saving his job.

“This is the most pressing issue in America today,” Obama said. “I like my job. In fact, you could say I love my job and I want to keep it. Please, don’t quit me America.”

While this may seem like a desperate plea for a President whose polling numbers are in free fall, the White House has assured the press that Obama is not super depressed and is actually doing quite well.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “Obama is a really good guy who likes America, and he has the feeling that America likes him, too. Although they have had their disagreements, we feel that America and Obama should stay together- if only for the kids.”

This is all of course at the heels of a scheduling conflict which moved the speech from Wednesday to Thursday to accommodate the Republican debate, and from 8 p.m. EDT to 7 p.m. EDT to accommodate the NFL kickoff.

“See, the President’s a good guy,” Carney said. “He’s willing to work around your schedule, and if you don’t like his plan- he’ll change it. Whatever America wants America will get.”