I know what you’re thinking, but let me save you some time. I’ve already reported him to Attack Watch.
“My bill is not the president’s bill, it’s a real job creator,” Gohmert told The Hill, shortly after filing his two-page alternative to the president’s plan, under the same title.
Gohmert said that he read the president’s 155-page jobs plan, when it was emailed to lawmakers on Monday afternoon.
Calling the president’s plan a “disaster,” Gohmert said that he checked to see “who filed the ‘American Jobs Act’ for the president, here in the House, since we had to do it ‘now, right away,” but discovered that the plan had not been officially introduced in the House.
So, at 1:20pm Gohmert filed his own version of a jobs bill, under the title included on the president’s legislation distributed to members of Congress two-days prior.
Heritage has a copy of the bill here. It’s basically one line long: Repeal the corporate income tax, just as Palin recommended in her Indianola speech a few weeks ago. Congress would never do it, of course, but it’s a nifty way to underline criticism of Obama’s growth-slowing policies. Which, of course, is the whole point of this name-borrowing PR stunt.
Gohmert surely realizes that House Democrats can still introduce Obama’s bill under the same name, but I’m not sure rank-and-file conservatives do, so yeah — The One’s bill will still be the “American Jobs Act” too. (In fact, Reid’s already introduced it with that title in the Senate.) That’s why this is merely a good stunt instead of a great one. Here’s Gohmert a few days ago after O’s speech sounding distinctly and unsurprisingly underwhelmed.