President Barack Obama:

Pass this jobs bill — pass this jobs bill, and starting tomorrow, small businesses will get a tax cut if they hire new workers or if they raise workers’ wages.

The bill has not been written yet.

Valerie Jarrett, senior White House adviser:

Congress should pass this bill right now.

Again, the bill has not been written yet.

Huffington Post:

During a time of national crisis, the president has submitted an urgently-needed jobs bill that is well within the mainstream for Republicans as well as Democrats.

What part of THE BILL HAS NOT BEEN WRITTEN YET is so hard to understand?

Certainly the GOP leadership understands the concept that a speech is not a bill, which is why they’ve requested Obama’s plan in a form that can be scored by the CBO. They’d also like the White House to stop playing demagogic games with those three free trade treaties and actually submit them to Congress, assuming that the Big Labor stooges currently holding them up have managed to do enough featherbedding. But that’s probably going to take actual Divine Intervention. Or possibly another six months of 9+ unemployment; it’s hard to tell what can penetrate this administration’s Nigh-Impervious Force-Field of Smug these days.


Moe Lane (crosspost)