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Senate clears jobs bill for Obama's desk

Updated 4:26 p.m.
By Ben Pershing
The Senate cleared an $18 billion jobs bill for President Obama's signature Wednesday, a down payment on what Democrats hope will be a significant election-year investment in boosting the economy.

The measure passed 68-29, with 11 Republicans joining all but one Democrat present -- Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) -- in support. The bill had already passed the Senate once but the House tweaked it, requiring the second Senate vote before it could go to the White House. President Obama plans to sign the measure Thursday, according to an administration official..

Though relatively small compared to last year's economic stimulus package, the measure represents the first clear legislative shot in months aimed squarely at persistent unemployment, and a rare bipartistan achievement from a Congress plagued by partisan squabbling. After getting bogged down in the health-care debate, Democrats are eager to pivot to the economy, which polls regularly identify as Americans' most pressing concern.

"The beauty of this bill: It's simple, it's focused on private-sector job growth and it's paid-for," said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), a co-author of the measure. "It's modest, but ... it's almost a legislative dream."

The centerpiece of the bill is a new program giving companies a break from paying Social Security taxes for the remainder of 2010 on any new workers they hire who had been unemployed for at least 60 days. Employers would also get a $1,000 tax credit for each of those workers who stays on the payroll for at least one year.

Aside from that program, the measure includes a one-year extension of the law governing federal transportation funding, and would transfer $20 billion into the highway trust fund. The bill also extends a tax break allowing companies to write off equipment purchases, and expands the Build America Bonds program, which helps state and local governments secure financing for infrastructure projects.

Some critics have questioned whether the package approved Wednesday is big enough to make a dent in the nation's persistent unemployment problem, arguing that the new payroll tax break is unlikely to spur much new hiring that wouldn't have otherwise occurred.

Separately, many Republicans suggest the bill uses accounting sleight of hand to make the measure appear budget-neutral.

"This isn't so much a jobs bill as it is a debt bill," complained Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.).

Democrats counter that the measure will give employers a tangible and immediate incentive to add workers, citing studies suggesting that a payroll tax break could encourage the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

More importantly, Democrats at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue vow that this is only the first part of their broader "jobs agenda." But beyond this first jobs measure, the way forward is murky.

Both chambers -- the House in December, the Senate last week -- have approved jobs packages in the neighborhood of $150 billion. But the two bills reflect starkly different priorities, making it difficult to craft a compromise.

Along with extensions of unemployment insurance and COBRA health benefits, the Senate measure includes a large package of extensions of tax breaks that are popular with the business community. The House bill, by contrast, omits the tax extensions and instead carries significant new spending for infrastructure projects as well as several billion dollars to help prevent state and local governments from laying off teachers, police and firefighters.

Many liberals in the House are contemptuous of the Senate bill's emphasis on tax breaks, and Congressional Black Caucus members have been particularly outspoken in calling for more targeted money for poor areas and the chronically unemployed. But Republicans and moderate Democrats in the Senate appear unlikely to back a compromise bill that includes the House's preferred priorities.

Beyond those conflicts, Democrats are battling the calendar, particularly in the Senate. The majority has found it difficult to get many measures passed in a timely fashion, accusing Republicans of obstructionism. GOP leaders have responded by complaining that Democrats regularly shut them out of the bill-crafting process and bar them from offering amendments.

Even the bill approved Wednesday, which is relatively small and uncontroversial, took more than six weeks to work its way through the system since it was first proposed.

Unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless are currently scheduled to expire April 5. If the House and Senate can't agree soon on a larger jobs package with a one-year extension of that program, the two chambers may have to approve another short-term renewal. The last such extension brought the Senate to a standstill, as Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) filibustered the bill because it added to the deficit.

Separately, both the House and Senate are working on measures designed to aid small businesses. The Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday is marking up a package that includes a wide variety of small business tax breaks, plus more funding for Build America Bonds and Recovery Zone Bonds. The Senate is crafting a small business lending bill that leaders hope to bring to the floor in the coming weeks.

By Ben Pershing  |  March 17, 2010; 10:52 AM ET
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Comments

The lib having a blast screwing up America and they just couldn't care about our opinion on this hindenberg bill.Let's us see how they deal with our 'people mandate' come Nov 10.

Posted by: somers91 | March 18, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Well, you Southerners have already killed 2 Presidents, why not go for the hat-trick?

Posted by: news5 | March 17, 2010 5:19 PM
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Sorry Libby. New Jersey Born & Bred. Last time I checked that was not below the Mason Dixon line. As NJ is a blue state Being surrounded by so many Lib-Tards all the time is tough, but I get lots of practice dealing effectively with thier stupidity, and what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.

Posted by: FroboseTF | March 17, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say this but at this point if Obama was killed the US would be a much better place.

Posted by: askgees | March 17, 2010 3:34 PM

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And have Joe Biden, and Nancy Pelosi at the controls? Are you insane? In order to change anything it would need to be a mass murder. And no one wants that.

Posted by: FroboseTF | March 17, 2010 5:15 PM
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Well, you Southerners have already killed 2 Presidents, why not go for the hat-trick?

Posted by: news5 | March 17, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say this but at this point if Obama was killed the US would be a much better place.

Posted by: askgees | March 17, 2010 3:34 PM

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And have Joe Biden, and Nancy Pelosi at the controls? Are you insane? In order to change anything it would need to be a mass murder. And no one wants that.

Posted by: FroboseTF | March 17, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say this but at this point if Obama was killed the US would be a much better place.

Posted by: askgees | March 17, 2010 3:34 PM
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Interesting.... Typical republican, though.

Posted by: news5 | March 17, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see the House and Senate spending money in America and not overseas as the GOP wants with their job-exporting bills and wars of foreign adventure that we can't afford.
Kudos to the President for playing hardball and taking names!
Posted by: WillSeattle | March 17, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse
So the Dem Congress that signed off on the money for the 2 wars is somehow not responsible?? I guess being a LIB is like being a ret@rd.

Posted by: askgees | March 17, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Nothing in this bill really helps small and medium sized businesses; no one is going to hire if there is no increased demand for good and services. Guess what? there is no increased demand and there hasn't been for over a year. A $1000 credit to hire someone for a year at a minimum total cost of $20,000 obviously doesn't work if you can't afford the employee in the first place. This Administration is either clueless or hell bent to destroy the economy, giving just sops to prevent civil unrest, and making liberals "feel good" that something is being done.

Posted by: apberusdisvet | March 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Sincear2021

Read the Constitution. The words are not that big so you should be able to comprehend them.

And no I will not provide a link. Do your own homework.

Posted by: FroboseTF | March 17, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

beenliedto

News Flash #1: Under our Constitution the President does NOT have the authority to spend one cent of our tax money. Only Congress does.

This means GEORGE BUSH DIDN't DO IT. He couldn't do it. He didn't have the constitutional power to do it.

News Flash #2: Under our Constitution the President does NOT have the authority to pass laws. Only Congress does. This means GEORGE BUSH

DIDN't DO IT. He couldn't do it. He didn't have the constitutional power to do it.

News Flash #3: Under our Constitution the President does NOT have the authority to declare war. Only Congress does. This means GEORGE

BUSH DIDN't DO IT. He couldn't do it. If he did do it it is an illegal, and unconstitutional conflict.

News Flash #4: The D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-S have had control of Congress since Jan. 2007. THEY DID IT. They are the only ones who had the

Constitutional authority to do it.

And yes we've been lied to. By the DEMOCRATIC Congress, and our Spender in Thief.

Posted by: FroboseTF | March 17, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

More Union pay offs. To all of those out of work. I hope this clears things up for you. If you voted for this dumb@zz then I hope you lose every thing. If you didn't then come 2010 we'll lend you a helping hand.

Posted by: askgees | March 17, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Sincear2021

News Flash #1: Under our Constitution the President does NOT have the authority to spend one cent of our tax money. Only Congress does. This means George Bush didn't do it. He couldn't do it. He didn't have the constitutional power to do it.

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Bush did not spend your tax dollars on his tax cuts, two wars, Medicare Part D, Dept of Homeland Security, investigations to CIA Valerie Plame, you actually believe that.

News Flash #2: Under our Constitution the President does NOT have the authority to pass laws. Only Congress does. This means George Bush didn't do it. He couldn't do it. He didn't have the constitutional power to do it.

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Bush did not promote the Patriot Act, he also lied about WMDS, which he caused to goto war and lose thousands of people. He does not pass nothing, but he signs and veto.

News Flash #3: Under our Constitution the President does NOT have the authority to declare war. Only Congress does. This means George Bush didn't do it. He couldn't do it. If he did do it it was an illegal, and unconstitutional war.

Bush did not do nothing, he just signed and created a mess that will take a decade to fix. Bush did not lie about WMDS, he and Paulson was just getting paid by taxpayer money to do nothing. I Get it.

News Flash #4: The D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-S have had control of Congress since Jan. 2007. They did it. They are the only ones who had the Constitutional authority to do it.

Posted by: FroboseTF | March 17, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Sincear2021 | March 17, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Angie12106... that was TARP and not one "red" cent went towards job creation. That was a mortgage meltdown buyout; compliments of your good buddy Bwany Fwank, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: nosuchluck | March 17, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say this but at this point if Obama was killed the US would be a much better place.

Posted by: askgees | March 17, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

America , under President Obama's leadership is beginning to pull back from the brink of financial and moral collapse under fanatical , rich , REpublican leadership . This jobs bill is just one small step . We need to make sure that the rich REpublicans that lied America into war for profit , pay higher taxes just for being able to sit in their comfy homes and lie , while the poor and getting poorer Americans die to fuel their greedy , hate/propaganda machines . Also Isreal should no longer recieve favored nation status with the U.S. as it continues to recieve anywhere from 3 hundred billion to 7 hundred billion annually (under bush and REpublican controlled congress) , and to continue to use it just like Hitler did in Warsaw , Poland in WW2 to creat a subjugated population for its military/propaganda machine to spread lies while Isreal uses emminent domain to steal land that doesn't belong to them . They are the root cause of ALL middle east turmoil , and WE as American taxpayers are allowing rich , zionist REpublicans here in America to spend half a trillion dollars annually , so that they can profit from hate . Please Wake up America ! Think of national savings/developement just from the stoppage of this one REpublican hate war !

Posted by: beenliedto | March 17, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

...They will not hire if they have this looming over them & they may do just like the doctors & decide to quit & do something else.

Posted by: egw7777
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People hope the Doctors will go get Veterinarian licenses, so out health care can resume under Obamaland's radar.

If Obama is treating the people like dogs and sheeple, then let us support our healthcare system in place, by being just what he is trying to rob us of , our human rights?

Mayo clinic can be the Mayo Veterinary clinic until Obama is cuffed up, and our life goes on.

Posted by: dottydo | March 17, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"RIGHT NOW PEOPLE ARE BOYCOTTING THE CENSUS !!!!"

Good, more money for my state.

Posted by: knjincvc
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


From where?

The people quit earning any extra money to tax for this Fed.

Money did not grow on trees.

Good luck with getting any.

No participation as a civil disobedience, seems to be the order of the day to back the defenders of the US Constitution.

Your State doesn't want to lose it's sovereign ability to function does it?

People are asking the States not to rely on this FED any more.

People are bartering, and taking in those robbed of their homes , jobs and credit scores.

The USA is fine .


Obamaland and it's census?

Why?
IRS holds all the intel anyway.

Gee is IRS shuttered from Obamaland now too?


Posted by: dottydo | March 17, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"RIGHT NOW PEOPLE ARE BOYCOTTING THE CENSUS !!!!"

Good, more money for my state.


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
From where is the people quit earning any for this Fed?

See little pea brain...money did not grow on trees.

Good luck with getting any.

No participation seems to be the order of the day to back the defenders of the US COnstitution.

Your State doesn't want to lose it's sovereign ability to function does it?

Posted by: dottydo | March 17, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama's signature????

hmm hmmm hmmm there seems to be a snafu of legality on that one.

The conflict of interest is the Foreign troops on the soil,( July 2009), hidden in the illegal and unconstitutional shadow of Czar Napolitanos Homeland defense, (she shut of construction of the border fence this week, while Americans suffer for work).

hmm hmmm hmmm

It seems that the POTUS cannot place Foreign troops to disarm Americans. It is in direct conflict with the Oath of office.It is unconstitutional and an act of treason.


When the National Security Council chairman (also Obama, Dunham, Soroeto , or whatever th hell his real name is) ordered Foreign troops to the American turf JULY 2009, he is in violation of American law.....along with the POTUS who allowed it.
Since both are the same imposter, there is a response coming.

April 15 is a march on the DC mall (aka Obongo village) in honor of the US defenders who laid down their lives, they will red to remember their blood. It is a NO CONFIDENCE call of the defensder of the US COnstitution to rise and uphhold their Oath.


Sept 9 is the march of the defenders to post their signs and declaration.

Their sign says 10 things.

1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.

2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people

3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to military tribunal.

4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state.

5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.

6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.

7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.

8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control."

9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.

10.We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.

read more here:

http://oathkeepers.org/oath/

Posted by: dottydo | March 17, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Just exactly what can the government do with this money? Government can only create government jobs. They can find more things to waste money on then anyone I have ever seen. I agree with Jdonner2 above. They are exactly right. This money could have been use to help get us out of debt. Every little bit helps. I want Big Government out of our lives. I want them to leave us alone, let us get small businesses back up & running without having to worry about more taxes & health care reform. They will not hire if they have this looming over them & they may do just like the doctors & decide to quit & do something else.

Posted by: egw7777 | March 17, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"RIGHT NOW PEOPLE ARE BOYCOTTING THE CENSUS !!!!"

Good, more money for my state.

Posted by: knjincvc | March 17, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see the House and Senate spending money in America and not overseas as the GOP wants with their job-exporting bills and wars of foreign adventure that we can't afford.

Kudos to the President for playing hardball and taking names!

Posted by: WillSeattle | March 17, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

People are renaming the USA owned DC mall of Public buildings, currently occupied by Unconstitutionalism.
They are nicknaming it appropriate to Obama's Olympic "win".


THE OBONGO VILLAGE

Posted by: dottydo | March 17, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

""This isn't so much a jobs bill as it is a debt bill," complained Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.)."

Sooo what is the republican jobs bill?

OH yes! Start over, incremental steps, clean sheet of paper, etch-a-sketch, to big too complicated and tax cuts for the top 2% for trickledown job creation ... yeah that's the ticket!!

Posted by: knjincvc | March 17, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

itsagreatday1 ~ an invisible something your granddaughters ought to worry about is called a STUDENT LOAN. Previously if they got a student loan, fell on hard times and missed a payment, the worst that'd happen is they'd end up in a county court with the lender seeking a collection judgment.

Now with the federal takeover of the program if the same thing happens they'll be dragged into federal court where the "say hello to the judge" costs are going to probably be double what the amount they owe is.

Topping that even if they win they'll have to find some new and novel reason about why the federal government should reimburse them for their expenses in going to court.

Watch carefully as the Democrats move all small debts out of state and local courts into the federal judiciary.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 17, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The coming Depression and closure of business to shrink this fed, means that Kooks think their check will cash if they work for Obamaland.

RIGHT NOW PEOPLE ARE BOYCOTTING THE CENSUS !!!!

Apparently it is NO CONFIDENCE civil disobedience. If anyone responds to Obamaland, they grow it.
No participants, no bigger FED.

How can Obamaland grow with no supporters?

People seem to feel keeping their dollar in the first place, is a dollar saved from the claws of the devil Obamaland.

Posted by: dottydo | March 17, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

losthorizon10 ~ the bill will ostensibly help out "unemployed Americans", not "working Americans".

They wouldn't need assisance if they had jobs.

You Democrats really gotta' get it through your minds that we have as many unemployed as we did in the Great Depression and this time they are coming for YOU.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 17, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

angie12106 wROTE:

"this JOBS bill is paid for - thanks to Democrats."

Will you Democrat be willing to put that in writing? Include a clause in both the Jobs, and Healthcare bills saying that if either reaches a point where they are not Deficit Neutral The entire law is invalidated, and all monies spent up to that point will be returned to the general treasury from the operating budget of Congress? Untill then This is NOT paid for.

Posted by: FroboseTF | March 17, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Yet, another "conservative" proposal to fix the economy. Tax breaks do not stimulate economic growth. This is just more corporate welfare while Americans bleeds to death on the highway. Why not some more million dollar bonuses while we are at it?

Posted by: Reesh | March 17, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

askgees wrote>>>>And yet somehow you're to stup1d to realize that the DEMS controlled Congress (the purse strings) and it was they that did nothing.

Thank God! the Democrats came in 2007 and House Dems passed Pay-go for all new spending - or else Bush's deficit would have been higher than $1.3 TRILLION.

The Senate passed Pay-go in January and
ALL REPUBLICANS VOTED AGAINST IT!
Vote was 60-40.

So - no. The Republicans aren't interested in reducing the deficit - however this JOBS bill is paid for - thanks to Democrats.

Posted by: angie12106 | March 17, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

It is sad that this country has to tip-toe up to a bill that will barely help put the people back to work. What is realy needed is to bring our American companys back here and then give them the many tax breaks etc That alone would put millions back on the job. It won,t be long before we become a servant country where the only jobs will either be at a fast foods, or a job where without a big shot education people can,t get one. Gone are many factory, and many other blue collar jobs that are badly needed.

Posted by: mrman2 | March 17, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Rack up another win for the President!!


Posted by: demtse | March 17, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Rack up another win for the President!!


Posted by: demtse | March 17, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Sincear2021

News Flash #1: Under our Constitution the President does NOT have the authority to spend one cent of our tax money. Only Congress does. This means George Bush didn't do it. He couldn't do it. He didn't have the constitutional power to do it.

News Flash #2: Under our Constitution the President does NOT have the authority to pass laws. Only Congress does. This means George Bush didn't do it. He couldn't do it. He didn't have the constitutional power to do it.

News Flash #3: Under our Constitution the President does NOT have the authority to declare war. Only Congress does. This means George Bush didn't do it. He couldn't do it. If he did do it it was an illegal, and unconstitutional war.

News Flash #4: The D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-S have had control of Congress since Jan. 2007. They did it. They are the only ones who had the Constitutional authority to do it.

Posted by: FroboseTF | March 17, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

All this complaining about increase deficits. Yet, no complainint durin 8 years of increase deficits. No attempts by the racist right to do anything since 2007 to fix the economy. They always talking about we the people, we the people, you were the people in control and did "NOTHING" to fix this economy. Last year, when job losses spand over 300,000 per month, the GOP did nothig. When foreclosures were on the rise due to the banks, the GOP did nothing, as people get kicked off health insurance and were denied coverage, the GOP did nothing. When a new President comes along want to do something,,,,,, the GOP STILL Want to do nothing, not because he's liberal its because he does not look like them, does not talk like them and does come from a background like them. He's not white. He's not one of us, so we have to stop him from accomplishing anything even if its our best interests.

Posted by: Sincear2021 | March 17, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse


And yet somehow you're to stup1d to realize that the DEMS controlled Congress (the purse strings) and it was they that did nothing. When you don't have a basic understanding of US history (Texas trying to remove from school txt books) it makes it easy for people to fool you.

Posted by: askgees | March 17, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

If we have been at 10% unemployment --- we were promised that the $787B "stimulus" bill would put the breaks on at 8% --- AND Obama's economic gurus, czars and czarinas just announced unemployment will remain high --- in the range of 9.7% or even higher --- for the remainder of this year, how can anyone with a straight face claim that this bill --- $18B --- will impact the jobs situation more than a bucket of warm spit?

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | March 17, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The GOP continues it's march over the cliff. They can't get out of their own way.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 17, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

All this complaining about increase deficits. Yet, no complainint durin 8 years of increase deficits. No attempts by the racist right to do anything since 2007 to fix the economy. They always talking about we the people, we the people, you were the people in control and did "NOTHING" to fix this economy. Last year, when job losses spand over 300,000 per month, the GOP did nothig. When foreclosures were on the rise due to the banks, the GOP did nothing, as people get kicked off health insurance and were denied coverage, the GOP did nothing. When a new President comes along want to do something,,,,,, the GOP STILL Want to do nothing, not because he's liberal its because he does not look like them, does not talk like them and does come from a background like them. He's not white. He's not one of us, so we have to stop him from accomplishing anything even if its our best interests.

Posted by: Sincear2021 | March 17, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

To anyone who's interested. Go to: ==> http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/ ==>This is the Congressional website. Here you can send all your pearls of wisdom directly to your elected officials at all levels. ==> It also has a feature that allows you to send your views, and comments to the offices of your Representative, and Senators. They probably won't actually read them, but thier staffers do count the number of "For", and "Against" comments to help the Congressmen guage just how pi$$ed people really are. ==> So instead of wasting time ranting, ABOUT your Congressmen here Rant, and Rave TO your Congressmen someplace where it will be counted, and might even do some good. After all most of the people here have already firmly made up thier minds. Talking to them is pointless. ==> Happy Ranting!

Posted by: FroboseTF | March 17, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

This bill simply creates more debt, and very few, non-permanent jobs will result. Congress, out of their greed, passed the Fair Trade Agreements, knowing full well that we could not compete with the much lower labor and cost of living factors of China, Mexico and other countries. The result is that most of our factories are closed and we are receiving often defective and sometimes dangerous products.

And as "garfield_dc" wrote, Social Security is damn near broke." The Government knows this and purposely had the Department of Labor Statistics create a flat, and bogus CPI, which kept the COLA flat, because the money just isn't there. Since the overall cost of necessities and consummables, went up about 8% from the third quarter of 2009 and 2010, most of us who receive Social Security, or other retirement checks that are tied to the COLA, believe that the Government purposely ripped us off.

And because the Government keeps unrealistically creating debt, and printing money, the cost of everything continues to rise. My view of the country is that we are in a depression with ever rising inflationary prices. Obama and Congress are doing their best to hide the truth of how serious the economics really are.

Since Congress refuses to do anything to reopen our factories, and continues to look out for their own greedy interests, instead of those of their constituents, then it is up to us to force a change. Vote out all the incumbents who are running in November to send the message that we've had enough. Pass the message to everone that you know, and get them to do the same thing and it will happen.

Posted by: Will80 | March 17, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

So, in two weeks this Jobs Bill went from 15B to 18B. If this bill can go up 20% in two weeks, What is this HC bill really going to cost in the end? As usual, We the People will get it in the End!!!

Posted by: edwardmartin | March 17, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"The centerpiece of the bill is a new program giving companies a break from paying Social Security taxes for the remainder of 2010 on any new workers they hire who had been unemployed for at least 60 days. Employers would also get a $1,000 tax credit for each of those workers who stays on the payroll for at least one year."

BIG DEAL! Assuming the bill in signed into law on April 1, if a company hires someone to work for $40,000 and this bill saves them $2250 in SS taxes. The company still has to pay the worker's salary. If business doesn't improve, there will be no reason for the business to hire anyone. Tax breaks do not create jobs. To create jobs, a business needs demand for its product or services.

Posted by: ahashburn | March 17, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Didn't they just spend almost a trillion dollars on jobs last year? Was this like the tip or something?

Posted by: peterg73 | March 17, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

It must be nice to claim an "election year investment" using other people's money.
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My thoughts, exactly. And I'm a registered Dem.

I can't imagine the tab my granddaughters will be paying...

I don't profess to know exactly what we should be doing but one would indeed *think* with all the great minds in the U.S. (obviously I do not speak of anyone in Congress), we would be able to figure this out. Sometimes you have to eat dirt in the short term to reap benefits in the long term, yeah. But it must be thoughtful and logical.

I think the best thing we could do is get the broom and do a clean sweep of Congress come fall. ALL incumbents OUT. Start from scratch.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | March 17, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Heh- the Republicans must be wetting their diapers!

Not only did President Obama just get legislation passed, he did something to help working Americans.

Oh boy, does the GOP HATE that!

Posted by: losthorizon10 | March 17, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight .Saying NO to something bad isn't good ?hmmm . And everyone that disagrees with Obama, should just "get out of the way" and say YES to big government,YES to trillion dollar deficits,YES to pork infested budgets.YES to omni bus YES to communist green czar van Jones and Anita Dunn in the administration.YES to tax an trade.YES to lobbyist in the administration.YES to acorn.YES to Nancy pelosi and harry Reid,YES to reading Miranda rights to terrorists on the battle field.YES to going back to a pre 9/11 naive mentality.YES to Eric holder destroying the
CIA and for being more concerned for black panthers and terrorist 'rights' rather then protecting America in a time of war, that is STILL going on!YES to many more unconstitutional radical 'whacked out' czars.YES to socialism.YES to bailouts,YES to 750 billion dollar stimulus, that no one had a chance to read. You lefties' as usual' try so hard to label and ridicule any one who opposes, and says 'NO' to your cradle to the grave liberal philosophies that 's bankrupting almost every state that the democrats run, including our nation now. In your perfect fantasy world where every thing is free and you don't have to pay back borrowed money( only dump it on the next helpless generation) and BIG government is the answer to all our problems, maybe I can see your point.But your world and reality are two totally different things.That's why the nation is saying 'NO" to Obama and his far left policies and the reason he is taking a nose dive in the polls.It's also hip shooting that labels and paints all with the same brush,and everyone who opposes government run health care as liars, mobsters, and Tim McVeigh terrorists. It is turning off all the moderate Dem's,repubs and independents (including obama's policies )Along with the lofty egos that say that BIG government know's whats best for America,more then WE THE PEOPLE.It is the progressive DEMS that are misinformed and are lying to the people (especially to the seniors)and a president that doesn't walk the talk .(google Obama's broken promises)None of you(including Obama) can successfully tell the American people, how we are going to pay for this TRILLION dollar monstrosity. And don't give us this bull that obamacare is going to be deficit neutral and their going to pay for it by cutting waist.Talk about voters remorse.I don't care how many times Obama goes on FOX news,he will NEVER win back moderate Dem's and independents (as myself)ever again.cmon November and 2012!!!!!!

Posted by: votingrevolution | March 17, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

It must be nice to claim an "election year investment" using other people's money.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | March 17, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: angie12106 | March 17, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, one more thing. I feel for the unemployed - I do. However, there are just as many underemployed out here that can't get a leg up because the unemployed will work for peanuts. Harsh, but true. HELP ALL OF US.

Posted by: garfield_dc | March 17, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, that makes sense. Social Security is already damn near broke. Lets make employers pay LESS money into the fund. Perfect solution. What about Scott Brown's proposal to give the overage from Bush's TARP plan BACK TO AMERICANS?????? That's the best idea I've heard to come out of DC since these stupid democrats took office. Are we really better off I ask you? DID WE REALLY PUT THESE IDIOTS IN POWER? Every president inherits a mess so get over it Obama. SCOTT BROWN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012.

Posted by: garfield_dc | March 17, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

How about the roll call tally? By name.

Posted by: Rivery | March 17, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

nosuchluck wrote>>>where was Congress over a year ago when the country needed a job stimulis

Well, the Democrats were passing the JOB Stimulus bill while ALL REPUBLICANS VOTED AGAINST IT.
NOW - there's a need for another JOBs bill and Republicans have FINALLY decided to vote for JOBS.

Posted by: angie12106 | March 17, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"new program giving companies a break from paying Social Security taxes for the remainder of 2010"---------WOW,The whole length of 2010 ? That should make companies open the flood gates to hiring.Can ya see why everyone is saying these brainiacs are going to be thrown out on their moronic arses.NO CLUE!!!!!

Posted by: votingrevolution | March 17, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

chucky-el wrote>>>The cowardly party of NO! was afraid to vote against this one.

Yep! Republicans are just beginning to realize their "no" votes have created many great Democratic campaign ads.

Posted by: angie12106 | March 17, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

The rats are scrambling.... where was Congress over a year ago when the country needed a job stimulis; not a payoff to big business? Where was Congress while joblessness was over 12% and underemploymet was almost 20%? Where was Congressional direction when TARP was being doled out? Where was Congress when The country was crying "we need jobs; not bailouts"? And where is Congres on our energy future???? We send 18 billion dollars a month out of this country to buy FOREIGN OIL!!! WHY???
Energy exploration and development would create jobs here; not over seas. It would spend money here; not over seas. It would generate tax revenues here; not over seas.
Q: Where is Congress????
A: Wasting our time and our childrens future trying to create a new trillion dollar boodoggle of a healthcare plan.

Posted by: nosuchluck | March 17, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Righties can't even break away from Beckistan long enough to be thankful for Democratic legislation that benefits Righties.
They've got in bad in Beckistan!
lol

Posted by: angie12106 | March 17, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Well done Obama!
Well done Democrats!
The cowardly party of NO! was afraid to vote against this one.

Posted by: chucky-el | March 17, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Guess Obama came up with all the $$$ he needed to get what he wants!

It is true 'MONEY TALKS AND B******t walks"

Obama, at the cost of his arrogance will have lots of enemies, future black s in politics, Repubs, and the people he is screwing!!!!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | March 17, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Obama was the first to cut a "back room" deal over a year ago with the drug companies! READ:

http://theohiolaborlawyers.wordpress.com/

This is just one back room deal after another and the bill needs to be killed!

Posted by: N369RM | March 17, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Pretty expensive make work. Heck they can't even move all the houses out there.
How many prop ups can this economy take?

Posted by: beergas | March 17, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

MEMO TO POTUS: A job without justice is slavery by another name.

As for health care reform -- "FIRST, DO NO HARM."

"I hold the unshakable belief that the good people on the inside of our federal government harbor a special disdain for "partners" who violate human, civil and constitutional rights as they use "national security" as a pretext for a peculiar ideological and social "agenda."

-- Journalist Victor Livingston, latest "comments" to:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-uses-cbs-news-cover-microwave-cell-tower-torture
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 17, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Let's see!

Stimulus one not yet spent!

Jobs Bill #1 passed two weeks ago with additional 184 billion!

Now Jobs Bill #2 grows from 15 to 18 billion over night and passes.

A nice round "Trillion Dollars" in one year and not one job added yet to the ever diminishing job market!

It's Time the Democrats lose their jobs!!!


Posted by: jjcrocket3 | March 17, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

$18 billion is peanuts in the face of 24 million unemployed people.

The Democrats spent more than that bribing each other for votes for Obamakkkare!

Posted by: muawiyah | March 17, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I believe transportation programs were extended through December 31 2010 (9 months) not for one year...

Posted by: TrailBike | March 17, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"The Senate cleared an $18 billion jobs bill for President Obama's signature Wednesday, a down payment on what Democrats hope will be a significant election-year investment in boosting the economy." - the liberal/progessive POST

......Yeah nothing like "jucing" the economy right before an election......something the communists and socialists routinely did in Europe and elsewhere.

So let's add the $18 billion with the $787 billion from stimulus that was SUPPOSED to do the same thing.............sad.

Add the $18 billion to our debt because there isn't any money in the US Treasury

Posted by: allenridge | March 17, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

In February 2008 Candidate Obama saw and recognized the problem when he stated:

"I am proud to have the support of the American Small Business League and their grassroots efforts to help protect American small business. Helping American small business is part of our movement for change and the end of politics as usual," Sen. Obama said. "98 percent of all American companies have fewer than 100 employees. Over half of all Americans work for a small business. Small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy and we must protect this great resource. It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants."

Today in March 2010 President Obama has forgotten the issue and the solution. Yeah something is broken in Washington – It’ President Obama’s Word.

The Obama administration needs to stop diverting federal contracts from Small Businesses, Minority-owned businesses and Veteran-owned Businesses to large federal contractors.

There is no need for him to go out on a limb - all President Obama needs to do is enforce the current Federal Small Business & 8(a) laws and goals on the books.

Posted by: question-guy | March 17, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Just another waste of money that we don't have. What the economy needs is a set of economic policies that will encourage investment and hiring. You know, like no tax increses, no cap and tax and no increases in costs like Obamacare. The provlem is of course that Democrat policies run counter to a good economy.

Posted by: jdonner2 | March 17, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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