Hmm. The respondents were asked if Congress should pass his jobs bill. 30% said yes, 22% said no, 44% had no opinion. When they were given details about the bill, 63% said they favor the bill and 32% oppose it. Personally, I think more people support it rather than oppose it, even initially, because it’s something.
There are things I really like about the bill. I like the tax credits to companies who will hire long term unemployed people. I also like the extension of the payroll tax cut. When we regular working people have a little extra money in the paycheck, many of us tend to spend it. More groceries, maybe a night out. All that spending helps the economy.
I also like putting money toward infrastructure so we can get people working again. For me, it’s a win win. This is happening in the city next to mine. They’re building a natural gas power plant. 400 construction workers who haven’t had a job in a year are now working, and this is just the beginning. When it is up and running, we get an efficient, cleaner source of energy – for over 600K homes.
The increased taxes on the wealthy is what made it DOA for House and Senate Republicans. It will be chopped up and presented to them. It makes me ask them, “Since you don’t like it, are you willing to look at the different parts of it to pass what you do like? If nothing is acceptable, do you have a jobs plan in place? Not just ‘no increased taxes on the job creators?’ Or the equally murky, ‘stop getting in the way of business?’ Do you have a solid plan to offer as an alternative?”
If you have a plan, share it! Maybe there’s stuff in it those on “the other side of the aisle” will like too. Or at least work with what he gave you. Don’t shut the door and say “no” just because his name is on it. That crap is getting really old.