Moment of truth: Senate blocks Obama’s jobs bill

posted at 8:33 pm on October 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

Good news for The One, no?

As expected, President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan appeared to have stalled Tuesday in the Senate, reflecting a cavernous ideological divide over economic growth strategies and helping to set the stage for what is expected to be a bitterly contested 2012 campaign.

An unofficial tally taken by reporters and the press gallery staff showed 50 votes in support of the bill and 48 against — falling short of the 60 required for the bill to proceed. Technically, the vote is being held open so that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, can weigh in.

Shaheen is expected to back the bill, meaning it would have majority support even if it doesn’t go anywhere. Two Democrats — Ben Nelson of Nebraska and John Tester of Montana — voted against it. Tester said, in a prepared statement, that “the things I support in this bill are outweighed by the things I can’t support,” including “sending billions of dollars in bailout aid to states.”

The bill wasn’t designed to pass. If it was, Obama wouldn’t have loaded it up with tax hikes knowing that Republicans would reject them out of hand. It was designed to draw a party-line vote resulting in a filibuster so that O could (a) blame the GOP for the next 13 months of malaise while (b) claiming that they’d rather protect the rich (the one percent!!!) from new tax burdens than help America recover. He almost got that tonight — sort of. Turns out Lieberman, Manchin, and Jim Webb all agreed to help Obama out with his talking points by voting yes on cloture even though they would have voted no on the final bill. As of a few hours ago, the final tally was so uncertain that lefty Greg Sargent feared Obama wouldn’t even get most Democrats to vote yes, but in the end he did get it. So now The One gets to say, falsely, that a majority of his party backs the plan and that they’re once again being thwarted by those darned obstructionist wingnuts. (That’s why Reid is holding the vote open for Shaheen even though enough votes for a filibuster have already been recorded. O wants to be able to say he had a majority of the entire Senate voting yes.) If only Nelson and Tester had stuck with the caucus, it would have been a perfect outcome for him. None of this gets America any closer to a bipartisan new stimulus, but it might get O a bit closer to being re-elected. And that’s what’s important.

Here he is at his latest “big speech” this afternoon, telling the crowd that tonight’s vote was a “moment of truth” even though he knew full well that the bill was doomed from day one. And intentionally so.

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F#*0ing Right Wing Obstructionists…

BigWyo on October 11, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Fret not Emperor Palpatine will do it on his own.

after all this is a pitiful Jedi rebellion.

PappyD61 on October 11, 2011 at 8:36 PM

“sending billions of dollars in bailout aid to states.”

We’re all Californians NOW!!!

Chip in and deal with it haters!!!

BigWyo on October 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Obama is a conniving charlatan.

rplat on October 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Most dangerous POTUS of my lifetime…

d1carter on October 11, 2011 at 8:39 PM

He’ll blame the Rs in 3, 2, 1….

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2011 at 8:40 PM

RAAAAAAAAAACIIIIIST TEABAAAAAAGGERS!!!!!!111111!!

Ward Cleaver on October 11, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Two Democrats — Ben Nelson of Nebraska and John Tester of Montana — voted against it.

Once again, it’s those obstructionist Democrats…

Chip on October 11, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Was that Ed on the Herman Cain clip?

Fezzik on October 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Sorry wrong thread

Fezzik on October 11, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Tea bagger rethuglikkkan Bible-banging mormons always screw everything up.

Bishop on October 11, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Ok lsm, did you get you’d talking points from Valerie yet?

cmsinaz on October 11, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Two Democrats — Ben Nelson of Nebraska and John Tester of Montana — voted against it.

Is that one of those deals where they knew it wasn’t going to pass anyway, so they voted “nay” so they could assuage their Democrat constituents with the fact that it was DOA anyway, and please conservative voters as well?

Doing the right thing doesn’t even enter into why they voted as they did.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Most dangerous POTUS of my lifetime…

LOL! You should omit the “T” and “U”!

seismedia on October 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Ok..how do you square this:

‘This jobs bill will cut taxes for virtually every single taxpayer…Every single one!!’

Let’s put a number on Virtually…Every Single One shall we??

You know what the really sad part of this is??? This sorry son-of-a B#$c$ is going to get his a$$ handed to him next year and it won’t make a bit of difference.

He’s is hands down the WORST POTUS ever!! Get used to that fact.

Shall we attach that to the fact that he’s ‘black’ or should we go ahead and do the right thing and just say he’s a SCFOAMF??

Morgan Freeman/Samuel L……call your publicists.

BigWyo on October 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Those of us who knew this freak (Obamao) was an empty suit were correct (not that we ever doubted it).

And the press are starting to put it out there.

HERE

and HERE

(These are must reads. They have been swept under the rug due to the filth-ins. But read them. Scary.

Gob on October 11, 2011 at 9:05 PM

All Bush’s Fault.

Del Dolemonte on October 11, 2011 at 9:06 PM

No way Obama wanted this bill to go anywhere. The only evidence you need: He didn’t invite the Maine Twins up to the WH for a sit down.

Alabama Infidel on October 11, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Mere words cannot describe the depths of the loathing I feel for this president. If he wins four more years, we are finished. It’s too bad that the morons who will vote for him are too moronic to realize that he knows they’re morons, too.

Dopenstrange on October 11, 2011 at 9:14 PM

So what’s the AP’s headline?

Senate Republicans vote to kill Obama’s jobs bill

Ward Cleaver on October 11, 2011 at 9:15 PM

“Bev” Perdue hardest hit.

SouthernGent on October 11, 2011 at 9:21 PM

The bill wasn’t designed to pass. If it was, Obama wouldn’t have loaded it up with tax hikes knowing that Republicans would reject them out of hand.

Actually, I’m sure The One was convinced that it would.

Like the International Style “compound” architects described by Tom Wolfe in From Bauhaus to Our House, Obama is still firmly entrenched in the clerisies of his “compound”- academic socialist theory.

Just as a Michael Graves or a Philip Johnson was incapable of designing a building that was not a Walter Gropius/ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe/Marcel Breuer inspired “glass box”, Obama is incapable of conceiving an economic plan that does of consist of raising taxes, spending money on “the programs everybody wants”, and using class-warfare rhetoric to justify both. While accusing anyone who disagrees with him, even on numbers, of “disloyalty”, mainly to him and his dogmas.

Obama is literally unable to think “outside the box” of the socialist/redistributionist/authoritarian dogmas he has devoted himself to, apparently since childhood. And he equally literally cannot understand how anyone else can fail to see that he is both morally and factually Right About Everything.

Thia is at the heart of the mental parallel universe which Obama and his supporters inhabit. It has little or nothing to do with the real world, except when the time comes to find a scapegoat for their latest failures. It is easier for Obama, and his minions, to mutter darkly about “forces conspiring against us” than to admit that they may simply be wrong in their understanding of how economies work.

You can see the same phenomenon at work in social issues, crime (Fast & Furious), and foreign policy. They have their dogmas, which are not to be questioned, under any circumstances. To do so is heresy, and denies the reality of the Radiant Future they are creating just by… being.

BTW, if you have not read Wolfe’s book, I strongly urge you to do so. It tells you more about the mentality of the modern “progressive” movement than even Atlas Shrugged. (It’s also shorter, and a lot more fun to read.)

cheers

eon

eon on October 11, 2011 at 9:32 PM

The bill wasn’t designed to pass. If it was, Obama wouldn’t have loaded it up with tax hikes knowing that Republicans would reject them out of hand.

Actually, I’m sure The One was convinced that it would.

Like the International Style “compound” architects described by Tom Wolfe in From Bauhaus to Our House, Obama is still firmly entrenched in the clerisies of his “compound”- academic socialist theory.

Just as a Michael Graves or a Philip Johnson was incapable of designing a building that was not a Walter Gropius/ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe/Marcel Breuer inspired “glass box”, Obama is incapable of conceiving an economic plan that does not consist of raising taxes, spending money on “the programs everybody wants”, and using class-warfare rhetoric to justify both. While accusing anyone who disagrees with him, even on numbers, of “disloyalty”, mainly to him and his dogmas.

Obama is literally unable to think “outside the box” of the socialist/redistributionist/authoritarian dogmas he has devoted himself to, apparently since childhood. And he equally literally cannot understand how anyone else can fail to see that he is both morally and factually Right About Everything.

Thia is at the heart of the mental parallel universe which Obama and his supporters inhabit. It has little or nothing to do with the real world, except when the time comes to find a scapegoat for their latest failures. It is easier for Obama, and his minions, to mutter darkly about “forces conspiring against us” than to admit that they may simply be wrong in their understanding of how economies work.

You can see the same phenomenon at work in social issues, crime (Fast & Furious), and foreign policy. They have their dogmas, which are not to be questioned, under any circumstances. To do so is heresy, and denies the reality of the Radiant Future they are creating just by… being.

BTW, if you have not read Wolfe’s book, I strongly urge you to do so. It tells you more about the mentality of the modern “progressive” movement than even Atlas Shrugged. (It’s also shorter, and a lot more fun to read.)

cheers

eon

eon on October 11, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Drat. Sorry about the double post. (Change one word and…)

“Not” in place of “of” is correct. Can we delete the first posting?

cheers

eon

eon on October 11, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Democrat obstructionism.

Good Lt on October 11, 2011 at 9:38 PM

eon on October 11, 2011 at 9:36 PM

We usually penalize double-posters by making them defend a troll for a day, but, the trolls don’t want to play lately.

BobMbx on October 11, 2011 at 9:40 PM

It’s sad, really. The country is hurting and the campaigner in chief kicks off his most recent campaign in a joint session of congress speech. The boy king has no shame, and no honor for his duties to the country.

NickelAndDime on October 11, 2011 at 9:47 PM

eon on October 11, 2011 at 9:34 PM

I don’t care if it was a double post or not. That was great. Please more. Thx.

arnold ziffel on October 11, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Democrats wish to spank the naughty voters! What is happening now, is simply the result of our naught behavior. Steny Hoyer and Barry told me so.

http://themorningspew.com/2011/10/11/why-do-democrat-politicians-hate-voters/#more-1990

bloggless on October 11, 2011 at 10:04 PM

as pointed out by Bonz at grouchyconservativepundits, the headline OUGHT to be ‘Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) FAILS to delivery the necessary votes to forward the President’s agenda’.

Instead, liberal newspeak demands the GOP wear the villain hat, so all news and headlines are twisted accordingly.

rayra on October 11, 2011 at 10:04 PM

GOP clearly should have voted for cloture.

besser tot als rot on October 11, 2011 at 10:14 PM

So he’ll have to take the bus out the plane now?

Cindy Munford on October 11, 2011 at 10:18 PM

The democrats own the White House and the Senate.It is their job to get legislation passed through there just like it is the Republicans job to get legislation passed through the House.

Democrats refused to back the Republican’s debt ceiling bills in the House and we saw a handful of Republicans (Tea Party) blamed for acting like terrorist.It was the Republican’s House and they were responsible for getting legislation through.

The same goes for the democratic Senate.Slim majority or not…they own 2 branch’s and should not be given a pass if they can’t get legislation through.

The Republicans need to hammer the democrats and Obama on the fact that if the White House can’t show enough leadership to get their legislation passed (and Obama is tanking in the polls on this very issue)…then it is time we got a President who can…..just like past Presidents have been able to do.

Isolate the parts of the bill (tax hikes) that are preventing passing and hammer the democrats on holding up their own bill because they can’t compromise(while at the same time Republicans offer up their own alternatives).
No blank checks for Stimulus II.

Congress’s poll numbers are already at record lows.
Gridlock or not…business not getting done on Capital Hill hurts the POTUS.

Baxter Greene on October 11, 2011 at 10:21 PM

CUDA.

leftnomore on October 11, 2011 at 10:29 PM

And with a perfectly straight face, Barry will claim conservatives were “playing politics”.

GarandFan on October 11, 2011 at 10:35 PM

bloggless on October 11, 2011 at 10:04 PM

I read the link and thought—–I don’t want to get banned so I’ll try to calm down.
Hoyer has the chutzpah to say the voters voted for people with hardline positions? WTF do Pelosi and her little trolls reperesent?
I’d give Boehner’s left nut for some republican hardliners.

arnold ziffel on October 11, 2011 at 10:50 PM

arnold ziffel on October 11, 2011 at 10:50 PM

It reeks of desperation, doesn’t it?

bloggless on October 11, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Hoyer has the chutzpah to say the voters voted for people with hardline positions? WTF do Pelosi and her little trolls reperesent?
I’d give Boehner’s left nut for some republican hardliners.

arnold ziffel on October 11, 2011 at 10:50 PM

….the hardliners are sitting right there in the democratic party if the GOP would call them out:

Hoyer joins Pelosi in opposition to entitlement benefit cuts

Some good news from House Democrats on the debt ceiling fight. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, who often seems to carry water for the more conservative members of the Democratic House caucus, has united with Nancy Pelosi in opposition to cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. TPM:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been clear for weeks that entitlement benefit cuts – reducing the guarantees promised to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid beneficiaries — are off the table in high-stakes negotiations to raise the national debt limit and avoid a catastrophic default. [...]

..the entitlement programs that have more to do with debt reduction and massive spending are “off limits” according to democrats.
Even though these programs are in serious trouble and will be defunct in the near future….democrats refuse to address them and instead fight for more economic killing tax hikes.

Obama has already cut into entitlements (to the tune of 500 million)to pass Obamacare….is he not willing to do the same for a country in dire need of job creation.

Even the economist that democrats love to cite agree that cutting spending is much more beneficial than tax hikes.


Spending Cuts, Not Tax Hikes, Best for Deficit:
NABE
CNBC

The majority of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics believe that the federal deficit should be reduced only or primarily through spending cuts.

Come on GOP….
Americans overwhelmingly support cutting spending….
…….Americans overwhelmingly say the Stimulus failed (this is stimulus II)
………….Americans overwhelmingly say Obama’s economic policies have failed and he is an ineffective leader…..
…………………Obama’s class warfare minions on Wall St. are getting more violent by the day and will very soon be a major embarrassment to their democratic supporters.

Conservative leadership needs to hammer Obama and the democrats 24/7 on their failed policies and their attempts to continue them with Obama’s stimulus II.

Baxter Greene on October 12, 2011 at 12:08 AM

I thought the constitution dictates that bills calling for NEW expenditures MUST originate in the House – NOT the Senate.

Hammie on October 12, 2011 at 1:35 AM

Did you see this video of the Won, via Drudge?

Obama has decided Congressional action is unnecessary in pursuit of his new Stimulus, so he’s going to approve specific spending projects on his own. He’s so desperate to get money out the door and to his friends that he’s willing to risk everything. I’m putting this under the category of eventual campaign fund raising, once the dollars complete their circuit of Taxpayer===>Public Employee Unions===>Democrat Party.

Corruption? What corruption?”

MTF on October 12, 2011 at 7:20 AM

When there is a Mexican standoff, no one is advancing, it’s time for Compromise. And with the 2010 election, there are 63 new Re-enforcements waiting to engage in the battle on “one side”, if the “other side” does not Compromise.

So, It’s Compromise now, -OR- your bunns will be over run by re-enforcements in 2012

Got it Democrates ? ? No, well I didn’t think you were that smart.

JayTee on October 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM

So now The One gets to say, falsely, that a majority of his party backs the plan and that they’re once again being thwarted by those darned obstructionist wingnuts.

This is where Boehner gets his chance to lead. Since the Senate couldn’t pass the bill as a whole, there’s no point in the House trying to pass it as a whole (it wouldn’t have the votes anyway, but no need to waste time with a vote).

Boehner should now break up the Obama “jobs” bill into separate parts and hold votes on each piece–some will pass, most won’t–and ask the Senate to act on the parts that pass the House. This can show the American people that Republicans ARE willing to act in a positive way, but not willing to swallow Obama’s entire agenda.

Steve Z on October 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

John Tester of Montana — voted against it. Tester said, in a prepared statement, that “the things I support in this bill are outweighed by the things I can’t support,” including “sending billions of dollars in bailout aid to states.” He must be in more trouble in his reelection bid than I thought. Did he even read the bill? The local paper has started running more smear columns against Rehberg than usual so John must be starting to sweat.

Kissmygrits on October 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM

It’s a shame that now people will see that, when they said no to this continuation of Keynesian brilliance, those obstructionist Republicans caused an end to the halcyon days of Obama’s booming economy …pretty soon, we’ll likely see unemployment rise to 6, 7, or maybe even 8%, because of these wingnuts’ misely grasp on the government’s pursestrings.

BlueCollarAstronaut on October 12, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Moment of truth: Senate blocks Obama’s jobs bill

Sorry, Allah…but this headline is FACTUALLY INCORRECT!!!

The bill in the Senate is NOT Obama’s bill: it is Harry Reid’s bill (a rewrite larded up with even more unacceptable tax increases and ‘poison pill’ provisions).

Obama’s bill was blocked in the HOUSE…where it could not find even two Democrats to sponsor it.

So an accurate headline would be something like:

“CHECKMATE: Obama’s bill blocked in the House by Democrats, Harry Reid’s bill blocked in the Senate by bipartisan coalition”

landlines on October 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM