Excerpts from Townhall
By Chairman Reince Priebus
December 14, 2011
“President Obama wants to keep his job at any cost—even if the cost is a tax increase for the American middle class and tens of thousands of jobs that could have been created.
“Yesterday Republicans in the House of Representatives passed legislation that accomplishes four significant goals: (1) extending the payroll tax cuts, (2) protecting Social Security, (3) reforming and extending unemployment insurance, and (4) creating jobs.
“These are commonsense, bipartisan, much-needed initiatives. President Obama says he’ll veto them.
“Why? Once again, the president is putting reelection ahead of the American people…
“The president claims he wants to create jobs, and Republicans agree. This bill approves the Keystone XL pipeline—a pipeline from Canada to Texas that would provide both energy and economic gains and create much needed jobs…
“That means vetoing tax cuts, vetoing jobs, vetoing energy security. And it means vetoing bipartisanship.
“Rhetorically, President Obama is a champion of bipartisanship. In practice, though, he is almost always its enemy…The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed 27 bills that would directly benefit our ailing economy. But if the Democrats showed any interest in House Republicans efforts, it would hinder their election strategy of blaming the GOP for four years of Democrats’ failures.
“This past Sunday, on CBS’ ‘60 Minutes,’ the president claimed that his job is to ‘put forward a vision of the country that benefits the vast majority of Americans.’…
“But the president’s vision has…been obscured by his own selfish political needs…
“If ‘vision’ is the president’s primary task, then he has failed at even that. And that’s just further proof that America does not need a second Obama term…
“Now, as Americans prepare for the holidays and a New Year, President Obama and Senate Democrats have the chance to take the country in the ‘right direction’ for once. House Republicans have done their part. Now it’s up to the Democrats.
“Will it be tax cuts and jobs for Christmas? Or tax increases? President Obama must choose. No excuses.”
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