Monday, January 31, 2011

Dems' credibility on jobs non-existant

President Obama's "laser-like" focus on jobs has led to fewer jobs in our economy.

From the Senate Republican Communications Center:

Dems’ Jobs Credibility
Dems Continue To Claim ‘Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs’ In Every Bill They Consider But After Two Years Of False Promises, America Has Lost Nearly 3 Million Jobs

New FAA Promise: ‘Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs’

“Senate Democrats And An Airline Industry Executive Will Host A Conference Call Tomorrow To Discuss The Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs The FAA Reauthorization Bill… Will Save Or Create.” (Sens. Reid, Schumer, Rockefeller, & Cantwell, Conference Call Press Release, 1/30/11)

Stimulus Promise: ‘3.5 Million To 4 Million’ Jobs

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: In “18 Months” Stimulus Will “Create 3.5 Million Jobs … Literally Drop-Kicks Us Out Of This Recession.” “This is a monumental project, but I think it's doable. But I just think we got to stay on top (inaudible) and we got to stay on top of that on a weekly basis. Because this is about getting this out and spent in 18 months to create 3.5 million jobs and do -- to set -- tee this up so the rest of the good work that's being done here literally drop-kicks us out of this recession and we begin to grow again and begin to employ people again.” (Vice President Biden, Remarks At Recover Plan Implementation Meeting, The White House, 2/25/09)

·         BIDEN: “In My Wildest Dreams, I Never Thought It Would Work This Well.” (“Biden On Stimulus: ‘Never Thought It Would Work This Well,’” The Wall Street Journal, 9/24/09)

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): “This Bill Creates 3.5 Million Jobs.” (Sen. Reid, Press Conference, 2/11/09)

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “And It's A Very Significant Stimulus, 3.5 Million To 4 Million Jobs Is A Lot Of Jobs.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 3/8/09)

REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): “House-Passed Bill/Obama Plan (HR 1) Creates 3.7 Million Jobs.” (Rep. Pelosi, “Setting The Record Straight,” Press Release 2/10/09)

Health Law Promise: ‘4 Million Jobs’

REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): “So This Bill Is Not Only About The Health Security Of America.  It's About Jobs.  In Its Life It Will Create 4 Million Jobs -- 400,000 Jobs Almost Immediately; Jobs, Again, In The Health Care Industry, But In The Entrepreneurial World As Well.” (Health Care Summit, The White House, 2/25/10)

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “This Isn't Just A Health Care Bill, It Is A Job Creation Bill…” (Sen. Schumer, Press Conference, 12/3/09)

SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D-WA): “So I Want To Be Clear With My Colleagues And With Americans Across The Country Today: This Bill Is About You. … It Is About Helping Our Economy And Creating Jobs…” (Sen. Murray, Congressional Record, S.13750, 1/22/09)

Small Business Bill Promise: ‘500,000 Jobs’

REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): Bill “Will Create 500,000 New Jobs.” “Nice to see you here, especially today, because we're so pleased with what happened yesterday in the Congress-that we were able to pass the Small Business Credit Act, which will create 500,000 new jobs.” (Rep. Pelosi, Weekly Press Conference, 9/24/10)

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): “Most Importantly, This Bill Will Create Jobs - Up To 500,000 Of Them.” (Sen. Reid, Press Release, 9/13/10)

‘Creates Jobs’

REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): “Unemployment Insurance… It Creates Jobs To Help Reduce The Deficit.” (Rep. Pelosi, Floor Remarks, 12/2/10)

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): “If We Fail To Reauthorize Unemployment Insurance, Not Only Will 83,000 Nevadans Be Left Without A Way To Support Their Families, Our Nation's Economy Could Shed Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs.” (Sen. Reid, Press Release, 12/2/10)
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A rebuttal on Obama's State of the Union attack on the oil and gas industry

In Saturday's Washington Examiner, William O'Keefe looked back at President Obama's State of the Union address and rebuts his attack on the oil and gas industry. As for the most memorable charge, that the industry receives billions in taxpayer dollars, that is "simply untrue." And that's not all:

All companies across the United States face a 35 percent corporate tax rate, the second highest in the world. To promote business growth and job creation, certain incentives have been written into the tax code for all companies to alleviate this burden.

Traditional fuel producers, and all other qualifying companies, benefit from incentives that enable them to invest in domestic jobs and expansion, while keeping the price of their products competitive.

Competitiveness is important, especially when facing the large international players. For this reason, "dual capacity" tax status has been written in to the tax code for U.S. multinationals.

The president would eliminate this status for oil and gas companies only, taxing them twice on foreign income and ensuring there inability to compete in the global marketplace.
Would you believe that there is some good news regarding Egypt? Salem El-Badri, the secretary-general of OPEC, says the cartel will increase production of petroleum if the crisis in Egypt disrupts shipment of oil. What a capital idea! Now only if President Obama could lift the "permatorium" in the Gulf of Mexico...

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McConnell Statement on ObamaCare ruling

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement in regards to this afternoon's ObamaCare ruling:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement Monday regarding a ruling in the U.S. District for the Northern District of Florida that the Democrats' health spending bill is "unconstitutional" and exceeds the bounds of Congressional authority:

This ruling confirms what Americans have been saying for months: The health spending bill is a massive overreach and Democrats ‘exceeded the bounds’ of Congressional authority under the Constitution in passing the law with the individual mandate. Rather than penalizing Americans if they don’t buy a particular product that Washington decides is best, we should repeal this health spending bill and replace it with commonsense reforms that will actually lower costs, prevent unsustainable entitlement promises and make it easier for employers to start hiring again.
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Attention Amazon shoppers! Valentines Day is in two weeks

It's time once again for a shameless commercial plug. Remember your valentine--before February 14--by clicking on one of my ads on the left. I get a very small commission--and you do not pay more if you purchase through Marathon Pundit.

And a special thank you for the fan of the blog who made a contribution through PayPal a couple of weeks ago. That link is on the left too.

As you may have read earlier this month, Gov. Pat Quinn, if he signs an internet sales tax bill, could close down my Amazon shop. So my Valentines Day pitch could be a limited time offer.

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Action alert! may boot me--because of an Illinois internet sales tax

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Carol Mostly Clown calls opponent a crack abuser

Trinity United Church of Christ
 From the inauspicious location of the Trinity United Church of Christ--yes, President Obama's old church--former US Sen. Carol Mostly Clown, make that Carol Moseley Braun, referred to a minor candidate for mayor of Chicago--a position Braun is seeking--as a crack abuser. And would you believe that the target of Braun's accusation, Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins, is a community organizer? Ya gotta love Chicago.

"Patricia, the reason you didn't know who I was for the last 20 years is because you were strung out on crack," Braun scolded. "I was not strung out on crack. I don't have a record."

Oh, Carol Mostly Clown certainly has a record--not a good one. As for Van Pelt Watkins, she admits to being a former marijuana and cocaine abuser, but she says she has been clean for 32 years. And crack cocaine didn't exist 32 years ago.

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