Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Party of No

President Obama and the Democrat party has been accusing the Republicans of being the "Party of No".  It makes for great political rhetoric during a time when the American people are frustrated with their government and the quagmire in Washington.   But as is often said, facts are stubborn things.

From The L.A. Times:

"As the president in Texas urged Congress to vote on his jobs bill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell threw the Senate a curveball on Tuesday by trying to do just that.

“I agree with the president, I think he’s entitled to a vote on his jobs bill,” the Republican leader said on the Senate floor as he tried to force an immediate vote on the American Jobs Act by attaching it to unrelated legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused."

More from

"In a lively spat on the Senate floor Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) attempted call up President Obama’s jobs plan for an immediate vote in the upper chamber. 
However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who supports the legislation, blocked the vote.
“What I am trying to do here today by requesting this vote on the president’s jobs bill ... is to honor the request of the president of the United States that we vote on it now,” McConnell said. “He has been asking us repeatedly over the last few weeks that we vote on it now.”
“I think the president of the United States, whose polices I generally do not support ... is entitled to know where the Senate stands on his proposal that he has been out talking about ... and suggesting that we are unwilling to vote on it," he said."

The best part of the story is Obama is hitting the fund raising circuit using the premise that the Washington stalemate is due to Republicans, and if they'd only pass his jobs bill flying unicorns would appear in the sky distributing bags of money to his supporters for infrastructure projects and green jobs.

From The Daily Caller:

"Almost simultaneously, the Obama campaign sent supporters an e-mail titled “They won’t even vote it.”
“President Obama is in Dallas today urging Americans who support the American Jobs Act to demand that Congress pass it already,” the e-mail read. “Though it’s been nearly a month since Obama laid out this plan, House Republicans haven’t acted to pass it.”

Now it appears that some Republicans in Congress are getting tired of being the used as the President's political punching bag when Reid and his Democratic colleagues in the Senate have yet to produce a budget for the country.

I expect come next November, we"ll discover which party is seen by the American people as the 'Party of No'.

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