Skip to comments.Obama campaign memo warns Congress on jobs bill votes (Axelrod tries to help Republicans)
Posted on 10/11/2011 5:42:19 AM PDT by Libloather
Obama campaign memo warns Congress on jobs bill votes
By Sam Youngman - 10/11/11 12:01 AM ET
President Obama's top campaign adviser said in a memo Monday -- the eve of the Senate vote on Obama's jobs bill -- that Congress will continue to suffer politically if the bill is defeated.
David Axelrod said in a campaign memo that a majority of Americans believe another recession is coming or already here, and voters will punish Congress for failing to stop it.
"So as members of Congress take up the American Jobs Act this week they need to understand that their failure to focus on what matters most to Americans is why disapproval for Congress is at a historic high 80 percent," Axelrod wrote, citing a CBS/New York Times poll.
Using a slew of similar poll numbers favoring Obama, Axelrod wrote that the $447 billion jobs act is attracting more support as Obama has traveled around the country selling it.
"The more people know about the American Jobs Act; the more they hear the president talking about it; the more they want Congress to pass the plan," Axelrod wrote.
While most of the memo trains its warnings and criticisms on Republicans, there is no mention of the Democratic senators who are likely to join the GOP minority in the Senate in voting against the plan.
"The fundamental question in advance of tomorrows vote is this: will Republicans put country ahead of party and pass this bill?" Axelrod wrote. "Or will they oppose a bill that would create jobs now and that the American people support while standing by their proposals to extend tax cuts for large corporations, millionaires and billionaires while allowing Wall Street to write its own rules?"
The email contains indirect warnings about a coming double-dip recession should Congress fail to act, essentially putting the president all-in on a bill that at least in its current state appears headed for defeat as he attempts to put the onus for preventing a recession on Congress.
The memo, which does not mention any lawmakers or presidential candidates by name, said that Americans "dont want to see the typical gamesmanship and delay because a majority (53 percent) believe that America is in or headed into another recession."
"The stakes couldnt be higher as leading economists from across the political spectrum warn that immediate action is needed to create jobs and avoid another downturn in the economy," the memo reads. "And the American Jobs Act is the only plan that does what needs to be done: provide immediate relief to families and create jobs now."
The memo continues: "Yet Republican leaders from Congress to the presidential campaign trail have been steadfast in their opposition without providing an alternative that would create jobs now," Axelrod wrote.
Axelrod reminds me of a slimy, stereotypical , used car salesman.
Obama’s CAMPAIGN is making threats.....not the White House or executive staff.
This tells you all you need to know.
I already know how it's going to end. Republicans are going to fold like a handkerchief after days of brutal lies and denunciations instead of standing up like men and telling RATS and the propagandia they are lying sacks of carp.
Who's that guy running against Boehner in the primary? I want to send him some money before I forget.
look up the word delusional and you’ll see the obama white house..
He’s worse than a Used Car Salesman. He’s trying to sell Obama.
Why don’t House Republicans pass their own jobs plan Bill and send it to the Senate where it will die in the Democrats’ hands?
It is no accident that these numbnutz just say Congress in a generic sense. They never say “The House of Representatives or the Senate.” They own one house of congress. They own the executive branch.
OK.. then let’s vote on it “Right Away”
The “plan” is intended to fail getting through Congress. Obama wants it to die so he can blame the GOP for “doing nothing”. His campaign strategy seems to be to deflect attention from himself and blame everything on Republicans.
Heck, it worked in 2008...
Polls for congress as a whole are always low. Polls for "my congressman" are higher, which is why so many get reelected. The GOP should not fall for this.
Problem is, a lot of Dems will vote it down, too. How does he ‘splain that?
I hope you’re wrong.
Why doesn’t anyone stand up and loudly denounce the euphemism?
IT’S NOT A JOBS BILL, IT’S A TAX BILL!
By carrying the lie along - cowardly rino’s set themselves up for just the scenario you describe.
STOP THE LIES!
TAKE BACK THE LANGUAGE!
Any representative of conservatism out there? Anyone?
IT’S A TAX BILL!
NO, AND HELL NO!
Axelrod is a paradox, a communist Jew, spawned by parents that were as Red as stalin.
How any Jew can back a philosophy that will lead to their own extinction is beyond my level of comprehension.
OH! He's a manure salesman.
STOP THE LIES!
TAKE BACK THE LANGUAGE!
AMEN!! I’ve been saying this for weeks. We have to SPEAK AGAINST THE DECEPTION, not just the subject at hand but the con itself. We need people with the mic to focus on the techniques being used and get it in people’s heads so the words spoken or written are IMMEDIATELY suspect and the lies more quickly observed.
Clinton had Lani Davis, Obama's got Axelrod.
You will hear Rush Limbaugh loudly announce that it's a tax bill not a jobs bill but that will be about it.
Irrelevant. Rush Limbaugh is not in Congress.
He said "anybody". Rush is "somebody".
I don't expect a single Republican (except maybe Rubio) to call this what it is. A tax bill.
Do you think that facts matter to this lot? They started with this crap the second the "plan" was announced -- put the responsibility of passage on the GOP, and blame them for any delay in fixing the problem that the "plan" wouldn't fix in the first place. Never mind that the Democrat-controlled Senate isn't touching it or not one Democrat House member will introduce the "plan" as a bill.
Have they not sent more than one jobs bill to the Senate - where Reid refuses to even bring them up for a vote - and the media refuses to mention them?
Isn't the fact that CONGRESS - that is the LAW/BILL making body of gov't - not the president = has already written, passed jobs bills and sent to the Senate, where they sit ignored, a fact that we need to demand get press on?
we need to demand the media stop ignoring this. It will take the wind out of the BIG LIE that the president's bill is the only one.
And since it looks like this is the ONLY thing 'bummer has in his campaign chest (he can't run on the economy, indeed, on ANY of his record) if people realize it's not a question of Congress not passing the ONE & ONLY jobs bill - and the the PRes. and Senate are ignoring/blocking the jobs BILLS (plural) that the Congress had already written and passed - it should knock the wind out of his campaign sails?
I'm dejected by the number of Freepers that don't even know about the jobs bills the Congress has already passed - if Freepers don't keep informed, we certainly can't expect the general public, who needs to be spoon fed, to have a clue.