What is it about the Save Obama’s Job Act Causing Democrats to Ignore the Constitution?
First, it was President Obama’s Democratic former OMB director Peter Orszag. Then it was Governor Bev Perdue (D-NC). Now, it’s Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL):
“I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past,” Jackson said. “He’s looking administratively for ways to advance the causes of the American people, because this Congress is completely dysfunctional.”
I have to wonder if Jackson has actually read the American Save Obama’s Job Act (ASOJA, my name for it). Because there is nothing there that does anything for the 15 million unemployed people (per Jackson) or unemployment in general. Despite the propaganda emanating from Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Democrat economists, and the drive-by Democrat media, the Job Act can be proven to be nothing more than a cynical political campaign ploy.
Introduced more than a month ago, Obama demanded that Congress pass his jobs bill immediately in order to get Americans back to work right away (which had to wait a week since the administration hadn’t provided any paperwork). Right away, Republicans said that while they wouldn’t pass the entire bill, they would be willing to work with the President on drafting bills that included elements of his bill; but, Obama insisted on getting his version passed and ignored Republicans. With the Senate failing to move on the bill, which was delayed by Democrats to begin with (and caused Democrat Harry Reid to use the nuclear option to change the rules on how certain amendments could be introduced, which has all kinds of unintended consequences for the near- and long-term future), Obama has said he will work to get elements of the original bill passed, which is what Republicans had said they would support when Obama originally mentioned it in Congress. So all that can be rightfully said about this is Obama wasted more than a month for the simple reason of boosting his re-election chances at the expense of the American people.
That is all Jackson is doing too, trying to make sure Obama gets re-elected (along with himself; he’s got his own primary battle this time around) at the expense of the American people and the U.S. Constitution. The irony is that Jackson, like all elected federal officials, are bound to defend the Constitution at all costs.
Jackson offers no legitimate argument; indeed, his stupid arguments are aimed at convincing those who would be stupid enough to vote for or support him:
“President Obama tends to idealize — and rightfully so — Abraham Lincoln, who looked at states in rebellion and he made a judgment that the government of the United States, while the states are in rebellion, still had an obligation to function,” Jackson told TheDC at his Capitol Hill office on Wednesday.
“On several occasions now, we’ve seen … the Congress is in rebellion, determined, as Abraham Lincoln said, to wreck or ruin at all costs.[“]
This is a rebellion? Why, because Republicans don’t blindly follow Obama’s dictates? The rebellion Jackson refers to had nothing to do with the Congress being against Lincoln or even the secession of several states; it didn’t actually start until military elements of the state governments that had seceded started shooting at the military elements of the federal government. If what is going on now is a rebellion, Jackson has really set the bar extremely low for what is and what isn’t a rebellion.
Then again, Jackson isn’t really interested in the American people, the Constitution, or really even debating what needs to be done to restore employment. He is trying to convince those who are stupid enough to contribute to his re-election campaign and/or vote for him and to make sure Obama gets another four-year term as President. Of course, that is exactly what Obama did more than a month ago when he first introduced his Save My Job Act.
Cross-posted at Scipio the Metalcon.