Skip to comments.Axelrod: Hell No, We Won't Compromise with Republicans on the Jobs Plan
Posted on 09/13/2011 1:00:49 PM PDT by Kaslin
Republicans to the White House: Hey, not all of the president's "new" proposals are dreadful, so we'd like to play ball on some of them. Cool? The White House to Republicans: Pound salt, you uncompromising, unpatriotic SOB's. Welcome to compromise, Obama campaign style:
Obama's top political adviser David Axelrod said Tuesday that the administration was unwilling to break up the president’s $447 billion jobs plan if Republicans were only receptive to passing certain elements. "We're not in a negotiation to break up the package. It's not an a la carte menu. It's a strategy to get this country moving,” Axelrod said Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America. "The president has a package; the package works together. We need to do many things to get this economy moving," Axelrod said.
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By the way, how much would this non-negotiable jobs package cost per job "saved or created," based on the most optimistic of projections? Zero Hedge runs the numbers and reaches an astonishing verdict:
The overall AJA plan will cost $250,000 per job created (excluding the interest expense) and $312,500 per union job, er job created (including interest).
Let me amend something I just wrote. These numbers are not especially astonishing. Simulus 1.0 spent hundreds of billions of borrowed dollars on an economic policy that failed, according to its own benchmarks. Even if you accept the White House's crazy-sunny Recovery Act statistics on job savings/creation, each job cost taxpayers nearly $300,000. The true Stimulus 1.0 employment numbers -- based on ground-level findings, not theoretical multipliers -- is much bleaker. Asked about last night's GOP debate, Axe patronizingly regurgitates classic leftist thinking on how jobs are created:
"What voters learned was that they — really none of them had much to say about how they were going to create jobs now, how they were going to build an economy that works," said Axelrod. “The president has a specific plan that would put teachers back in the classroom, put construction workers back at rebuilding bridges roads, that would put veterans back to work. There was nothing like that last night," he said about the GOP debate.
Actually, most of the Republican candidates spoke extensively about job growth. Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman outlined their specific plans, Herman Cain discussed how he created jobs in the private sector, and Rick Perry spoke of lifting onerous regulation and frivolous litigation off of job creators' backs. Newt Gingrich summarized: "The American people create jobs, not government." But in Axelrod's (ie, Obama's) world the only worthy jobs proposals require huge outputs of ineffective and inefficient (see above) federal spending, funded by increased borrowing and previously rejected forms of higher taxation.
Of course it’s a contrived campaign issue. If Axelrod thought it had a chance of passing he’d have upped the ante to a trillion. From the Dems’ point of view it’s a win-win - any Republican who votes for it provides them cover when it doesn’t work, and anyone opposing is immediately accused of being an enemy of the working class. Were it not for such widespread complicity in the media they’d never get away with this transparent crap.
Gee, that’s too bad. Lots of Tea Partiers I know are lining up to compromise with David Axelrod. < /s>
The lazy bastard didn't even bother to write a new set of lies.
This is another SPENDING plan, not a jobs plan. It’s structured the way all Marxists “jobs plans” are.
You forgot to add arrogant
All or nothing? Then stuff it.
One goonion worker will dig a hole, the second goonion worker will fill it back up, there will be three goonion supervisors for the two goonion workers, and there will be one feral goobermint inspector to make sure the hole is excavated and filled according to EPA regulations.
Voila! Six jobs “created” by the bamster.
Wait, I forgot the department of labor and OSHA and minerals management service and USDA and, well, you get the idea...
You must have been watching Cavuto, I seen it too
You must have been watching Cavuto, I seen it too
You have to eat the whole sandwich, both turd and bun.
If it’s take it or leave it——leave it.
tell Obama to go pound sand.
PORKULUS JUNIOR would already be dead on arrival in a sane world.
It would be FAR CHEAPER to send out $50K checks to four times the number of potential Ttemp Obama plan employees, than it would to follow through on this nightmare.
I think even Obama has to shake his head when he listens to Axelrod.
When 51% of Americans are beggars and they go to vote ...
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