Think of this. The Democrats themselves aren't willing to bring the bill up in the Senate because they know they don't have the votes. And it's not only Republicans who are skeptical about his weak plan.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia questioned the level and effectiveness of spending. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia opposed raising income taxes on upper-income Americans to pay for it, while Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said taxing oil and gas companies was unfair.The list grows.
Even lawmakers who usually support the president voiced reservations. Sen. Robert Casey of Pennsylvania said the plan should be dismantled and passed in pieces, while Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware said the best way to create jobs would be to cut the deficit — something Obama is set to address on Monday.
Some are unhappy about the specific types of companies, particularly the oil industry, that would lose tax benefits. “I have said for months that I am not supporting a repeal of tax cuts for the oil industry unless there are other industries that contribute,” said Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana.Isn't it about time that these selfish, partisan politicians stop putting their political careers above the needs of the country?
A small but vocal group dislikes the payroll tax cuts for employees and small businesses. “I have been very unequivocal,” said Representative Peter A. DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon. “No more tax cuts.”
His voice rising to a near shriek, he added: “We have the economy that tax cuts give us. And it’s pretty pathetic, isn’t it? The president is in a box.”
There are also Democrats, some of them senators up for election in 2012, who oppose the bill simply for its mental connection to the stimulus bill, which laid at least part of the foundation for the Republican takeover of the House in 2010.
“I have serious questions about the level of spending that President Obama proposed,” said Senator Joe Manchin III, a Democrat from West Virginia, in a statement issued right after Mr. Obama spoke to a joint session of Congress last week.
Senator Kay Hagan declined on Wednesday to say her support for the bill that Mr. Obama spent the day promoting in her state was indubitable. “We’ve got to have legislation that is supported by Democrats and Republicans,” she said. “I’m going to have to look at it. “
Representative Heath Shuler, another North Carolina Democrat, said Congress should tame the deficit before approving new spending for job programs. “The most important thing is to get our fiscal house in order,” said Mr. Shuler, a leader of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition. “Then we can talk about other aspects of job creation.”
So Obama needs to convince his own party that his plan is a good idea and then he needs to get Harry Reid to actually schedule the thing. Running an ad and running around the country shouting "Pass this bill!" isn't going to turn this piece of dreck into a flower garden?
The Democrats have defend a whole lot of vulnerable Senate and House seats next year. When the races are tight next year, they're going to wish that they had back some of the money they wasted pushing the President's lame jobs bill that they can't even persuade members of their party is a great idea.