Flashback to January. When the Jobs Council last met, they produced a series of recommendations to get the economy moving and create jobs. As it turned out, their report looked a lot like what House Republicans have been advocating in the Plan for America’s Job Creators. Here’s how Reuters described the Council’s recommendations back then:
“President Barack Obama's jobs council is calling for a corporate tax overhaul, expanded domestic drilling and new regulatory reforms… The panel calls for lowering corporate tax rates to ‘internationally competitive levels’ while broadening the corporate tax base by eliminating deductions and loopholes… the report calls for an ‘all in’ strategy on energy that would seek to further exploit domestic fossil-fuel supplies to reduce reliance on foreign imports… [and] the report called for a series of reforms to streamline government rules and reduce the regulatory burden on businesses, which it said would enhance U.S. competitiveness.”
As Speaker Boehner said at the time, “With this report, President Obama’s own panel of experts has endorsed the approach to job creation House Republicans have been pursuing for more than a year.” Indeed, House Republicans have passed more than 30 jobs bills that are focused on these very types of solutions: increasing American energy production, cutting red tape, providing tax relief for small businesses, and reforming our burdensome tax code. Despite calls for action from his Jobs Council, the president has “checked out” and roundly ignored these House-passed bills, leaving them to collect dust in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Now we know why the President has decided not to meet with his own Jobs Council - they agree with Republicans on how to jump-start the economy. And that is the last thing Obama wants to hear. He would rather let us go over the cliff than to admit his liberal ways are wrong and the Republicans are right.
And that is exactly what he is doing.
After 41 months of unemployment above eight percent, Americans would appreciate a president focused more on saving jobs than saving face.
Meanwhile, the Republican House has passed more than 30 jobs bills that are being blocked by Harry Reid and Senate Democrats. They fear if Republican bills pass - AND WORK - it would doom the Democratic Party. So, once again the Democrats show they are concerned not with the nation and its people, but with their own political arses.