Haven’t read this morning’s New York Times? Here’s what you’re missing:
WASHINGTON — Anticipating a takeover of Congress, Republicans have assembled an economic agenda that reflects their small-government, antiregulation philosophy… The proposals would mainly benefit energy industries, reduce taxes and regulations for businesses generally, and continue the attack on the Affordable Care Act. It is a mix that leaves many economists, including several conservatives, underwhelmed.
What’s on the list?
- Keystone XL pipeline (yes, they’ve got a well-connected lobbyist)
- Expand offshore oil drilling (guess they’re not worried about another offshore oil spill… even though the BP spill cost an estimated 195,000 jobs – just in Florida)
- Increased logging in national forests (even though this program already operates at a loss to taxpayers – providing about $75 million-a-year in subsidies to private companies, at last report)
- Block federal regulation of “fracking” (guess they trust the industry to regulate itself…?)
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What’s not on the list?
- Fixing our roads and bridges (even though more than 177,000 bridges around the country are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete)
- Overhauling immigration laws (maybe Fox News and the Tea Party think xenophobia is good for the country)
Look again, at that last omission from the Republicans’ “Jobs Plan.”
A bipartisan Senate-passed bill on immigration would increase economic growth by 3.3 percent in a decade and save $175 billion by then, the Congressional Budget Office estimated.
Look again, at what could have been… if only the GOP hadn’t been so determined to stop anything and everything President Obama proposed.
When Mr. Obama sent Congress his jobs package three years ago, several forecasting firms estimated that it could add up to 150,000 jobs a month in the first year.
(Read about the Senate GOP filibuster here.)
Then, remember that the GOP’s opposition started on the first day of Obama’s first term.
WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama was celebrating his inauguration at various balls, top Republican lawmakers and strategists were conjuring up ways to submarine his presidency at a private dinner in Washington.
And then, think about what this “GOP Jobs Plan” is really all about.