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It’s the Democrats Who Stand in the Way of Stimulus 2.0

Sean Spicer - October 11, 2011

Memorandum

To:              Interested Parties
From:         Sean Spicer, RNC Communications Director
Date:          October 11, 2011
RE:             It’s the Democrats Who Stand in the Way of Stimulus 2.0

Friday’s jobs report is yet another reminder of how badly the President has failed to lead on the economy.  But instead of taking the chance to get serious about pro-growth policies, the President will travel to the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Florida this week to campaign for his re-election.

The President knows he can’t run on his own record—his record of high unemployment, record deficits, and unaccountability.   So instead he wants to blame someone else. 

He’s pointing fingers at Congressional Republicans, saying they are blocking his Stimulus 2.0.  But he’s ignoring the truth: Congressional Democrats are not on board with his “American Jobs Act.”  If he wants to blame Congress, he should blame his own party.

So, for the President’s benefit, here are a few facts that he’s overlooking:

The American Jobs Act cannot pass the Democrat-controlled Senate.

President Obama has repeatedly called for an up-or-down vote on his bill in Congress.  Senate Republicans were willing to have that vote, but Harry Reid blocked it, going so far as to rewrite the very rules of the Senate—employing the so-called “nuclear option”—in order to do so.

At least sixteen Senate Democrats are on record as opposing parts of the President’s bill.  Here is just a sampling:

  • “I think the American people are very skeptical of big pieces of legislation…I think we should break it up.” -Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)
  • “Terrible,” -Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) on President Obama’s tax proposal to pay for the stimulus
  • “Maybe it’s just for his election….” -Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), on the bill’s elimination of oil and gas subsidies
  • “No, no, no” -Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), on whether the legislation should come up for a vote
  • “The president’s jobs plan…has some things [Senator Nelson]’s even voted against before.” -Spokesman for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)

The American Jobs Act has no support among Democrats in the House of Representatives.

There are no co-sponsors for the President’s legislation in the House of Representatives.  Not a single Democrat has signed on to officially support it. 

Meanwhile, House Republicans have passed nearly a dozen bills that would directly spur job creation since taking control of the House in January.  Senate Democrats and the President have failed to act.

The President’s Policies would further damage the economy. 

Stimulus 2.0 is very much in the model of the first Stimulus.  It would spend half a billion dollars on pet projects in an attempt to create non-existent “shovel-ready jobs.”  The President admitted after the first stimulus that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects.”  What changed?

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the plan would increase deficits by $288 billion in 2012, and it will take the next nine years to pay it off.  The President would pay for the bill by increasing taxes on small businesses.  In short: the President wants to pay for his jobs bill by taxing job creators.  So not only is the bill a non-starter, it’s nonsensical.

His only option is to run from the truth in a vain attempt to fix his poll numbers in key battleground states.

He’s facing an uphill battle in Pennsylvania.  The most recent Quinnipiac poll shows that 54 percent of voters disapprove of the job he’s doing.  When asked if he deserves reelection, 52 percent says it’s “time for a change,” according to a recent poll from Franklin & Marshall College. 

In Florida, he faces a steeper climb.  He has a 39 percent approval rating according to Quinnipiac, with 57 percent disapproving. 

President Obama can run from Washington and avoid his responsibilities to the American people, but he can’t hide from the facts.  No matter what he says on the campaign trail, his bill has bipartisan opposition, Democrats are unwilling to stand with him, and many of his policy proposals would only further harm the American economy. 

So instead of waging political war against Republicans, he should ask Senators Casey and Nelson why they won’t co-sponsor his bill.  Perhaps they, too, want to be re-elected.


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