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Republicans guilty of mass murder on job creation

Republicans like to denounce President Obama and congressional Democrats for what they describe as "job-killing" policies. But in those red-hot rhetorical terms, congressional Republicans are guilty of mass murder when it comes to job creation.

They left town for their pre-election recess having blocked the extension of a successful jobs program -- praised by conservatives from Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour to economist Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute -- that provided 250,000 jobs for low-income parents and youths.

A $2.5 billion version of the extension passed the House, twice. The Senate whittled it back to $1.5 billion but still could not dislodge Republican opposition -- even though the cost would have been fully paid for.

The program was a sliver of the giant stimulus measure, but one of the most effective in terms of job creation. And it sounded as if it came straight out of the GOP playbook. The money was used overwhelmingly for private-sector jobs. It went to employers, to subsidize -- depending on the state -- all or part of wages for newly hired workers who would otherwise have been on unemployment rolls or receiving welfare. It was a particular boon to small business, helping them expand at a time when they would not have otherwise had the financial leeway to do so.

The stimulus included a $5 billion pot of money to help states with welfare programs stretched by the recession. One of the permitted uses was for job subsidies, and ultimately 37 states and the District of Columbia ended up launching such efforts.

Barbour, for example, used the federal money to create a program called Mississippi STEPS (Subsidized Transitional Employment Program and Services) that subsidized wages for new employees; the subsidy diminished over six months. Barbour described it as "much-needed aid during this recession by enabling businesses to hire new workers, thus enhancing the economic engines of our local communities."

Hassett, an economic adviser to the campaigns of George W. Bush and John McCain, urged that the program be significantly expanded. "After all, a worker participating in the program gets a job," he testified back in February. "A firm gets an extended period of production from the worker at a heavily subsidized cost. This low cost input should increase the firm's profits, and increase the chances that they will lift their capital investments. It is like an indirect tax cut from the perspective of the firm."

Did I hear tax cut? Republicans should have been leaping on this opportunity.

Except that the program was part of the stimulus plan, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). And ARRA is a four-letter word to Republicans, who -- like the church dealing with Galileo -- refuse to acknowledge that it had any positive effect on job creation.

Job subsidies aren't a perfect answer. Some firms may use the money for jobs they would have filled anyway, but that risk is offset by the fact that the subsidy is targeted to people in greatest need of work. There is no guarantee that the jobs will continue once the subsidy is withdrawn -- but even so, there is a benefit from having worked. As Hassett explained, "The literature is clear. Someone separated from the labor force runs the real risk of permanently separating from the normal economy. It is crucial that we reconnect as many people as possible before it is too late."

That would be now. There's a slim chance the program could be revived in a lame-duck session. Otherwise, Republicans can pontificate, as in the Pledge to America, about how "joblessness is the single most important challenge facing America today" and extol the "pride and dignity that comes with an honest day's work and a steady paycheck." But laid-off workers forced onto welfare because of unthinking obstructionism will know better.

By Ruth Marcus  | September 30, 2010; 1:48 PM ET
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Same ol' same ol' Republican hypocrisy. It's all about trying to return to power by obstructing EVERYTHING that's good for the "common folk." After all, they gotta take care of corporations and the corporate employees who get salaries and bonuses of $1 million or more.
Why should anyone be surprised?

Posted by: colton | September 30, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Are you suggesting the GOP won't support even good legislation offered by Democrats? Shocker. And please, let's put an end to the nonsense that there are any moderate GOP senators (i.e. Olympia Snow and Susan "Madam Filibuster" Collins). The entire GOP Senate lacks a moderate voice of reason.

Posted by: fartbreath777 | September 30, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Fat lot of good being the former chairman of the RNC did for Haley Barbour.

Posted by: SoCal | September 30, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Galileo. Nice touch Ms. Marcus. The Old Gray Mare ain't what she used to be. More like the Black version of the GOP nowadays. I see a lot of black in the "Bible Belt" from time to time. As to the present day GOP .... why they be this way?

Posted by: deepthroat21 | September 30, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

OH HOW YOU DO LIE. HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT THE BILL WOULD COSWT NOTHING AND THAT IT WAS PAID FOR? THERE HAS BEEN NO LEGISLATION PROPOSED OR PASSED BY THE DEMS THAT HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT A BURDEN ON THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS TYPICAL OF THE LEFT MEDIA REPORTING. THE REPUBS HAAVE EVERY RIGHT TO SAY NO. THAT IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WANTS THEM TO DO. WHAT ABOUT ALL OF THE OTHER JOBS ACTION THAT THE DEMS HAVE PASSED? YET THUNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS STILL 9.6%. THIS DESPITE THE LIE THAT OBUMA TOLD THAT THE RATE WOULD GO DOWN TO 8%. OF COURSE HE CAN BLAME THAT ON BUSH AND THE REPUBS.

Posted by: MALBENNET | September 30, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

If you're voting Republican, you are either corrupt or stupid.

or both.

Posted by: vigor | September 30, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure lib that the democRATS control Congress, no?

RIP DNC!

Posted by: ImagineNoMoLibs | September 30, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"...even though the cost would have been fully paid for."
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You mean fully paid for--like the Health Care scam and TARP?

You and the others in the Party of Democratic Socialism don't seem to understand that we are broke. We have no more money. What we are spending now we have to borrow from the Communist Chinese.

The price of gold is going through the roof and the dollar is tanking because people know--the more we print, the less it is all worth.

And yet you claim "the cost would have been fully paid for."

It isn't!

Posted by: AprilF1 | September 30, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

If you're voting Republican, you are either corrupt or stupid.

or both.

Posted by: vigor

Says the manchild that went around chanting CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

LIBERALISM..........MOST OUTGROW IT!!

Posted by: ImagineNoMoLibs | September 30, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I just laugh at the stupid Republican voters who voted these idiots into office. The men and women you voted for are killing YOUR jobs left and right and then fooling you into believing that it's Obama's fault. I, for one, am glad that the Republicans may soon be taking control....that way they will have NO ONE to blame and, come 2012, there won't be a Republican candidate that could even be close to viable for running for President.

All the GOP is doing is blocking any legislation that would help us in these troubling times. Seriously, who honestly believes that the REPUBLICAN PARTY is going to cut spending if/when they get into power? Just look at their track record thus far....they cut social programs that help their poor, hick voter base (yet these yokels STILL vote for the GOP, mostly because it's led by white men who claim to be Christians) and give all the money and power to big corporations while taking a squat on small business.

I pray the GOP takes control so they can take "their" country back and run it right into the ground. I'll be there to tell all of you poor rednecks that voted GOP, "I told you so"

Posted by: massmedia77 | September 30, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

unfortunately republicons have a massive well organized and lavishly funded propaganda machine at their beck and call so facts are of little importance any more. They have convinced the poor, the out of work, the stressed middle class, to throw their lot with teahadi candidates who have promised to committ mass violent violation of the working people in our nation. They PROMISE to follow policies that they failed with before and PROlMISE to do things that will lead us straight into a second great depression. If repubs win this November expect breadlines and soup kitchens in your neighborhood by next summer.

Posted by: John1263 | September 30, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

There is anger on the streets of America and believe me, it's not directed at the Dems. Not funding unemployment for the 99's, hungry kids, and anger is building. Give a ways for the richest Americans, and the FACT that Republicans are AGAINST American jobs is creating a voting populace that will certainly be at the polls Nov. 2nd.

Posted by: clintt5 | September 30, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

And lest we forget...Who champoined out-sourcing American jobs to foreign countrys.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | September 30, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

paid for by friends of odumbo.

Posted by: pofinpa | September 30, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"...even though the cost would have been fully paid for."
============

You mean fully paid for--like the Health Care scam and TARP?

You and the others in the Party of Democratic Socialism don't seem to understand that we are broke. We have no more money. What we are spending now we have to borrow from the Communist Chinese.

The price of gold is going through the roof and the dollar is tanking because people know--the more we print, the less it is all worth.

And yet you claim "the cost would have been fully paid for."

It isn't!

Posted by: AprilF1 | September 30, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Uhhhh...the Democrats have the White House, Senate AND House...don't they? They do not need Republicans.

Posted by: akwa01 | September 30, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

No worries, the GOP Pledge has this covered. Think about it this way. If you are a member of the top 5% wage earners, you have nothing to worry about. You have low tax rates; medical benefits, and of course a nice 401K savings account with matching dollars from your corporate employer. The GOP Pledge is fairly exclusive, like a top rated country club, with golfing priviledges for life. Life is good for the top 5%, so GOP fundraisers want to keep it that way. Just "Say NO" to wealth redistribution.

Posted by: rmorris391 | September 30, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that, Ruth. It has been a good week for the Republican party, blocking the legislation designed to make outsourcing jobs more difficult, and now blocking this job-creation program. If the Republicans are really lucky the country will fall into an even deeper double-dip recession before November. They will be happy. Rush Limbaugh will be proud of them.

Posted by: gposner | September 30, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Marcus, this article is tripe.

Odumbo will be cripple in a few weeks, and you are girding yourself.

And, on topic, you Demoncraps don't want people to work. Why should they? Unlimited unemployment checks.

Sheesh.

Posted by: Smarg | September 30, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

We already paid for 350,000 teachers in the stimulus bill and paid for them twice more in extensions. What is the total stimulus bill and extensions going to cost?

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | September 30, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

If we have learned nothing more than the fact that the Party of HELL NO is only willing to do what they think is BEST for their re-election/election (of those to 'side' with them), and to TRY to make President Obama a failure. It is the Party of HELL NO that ends up as complete and utter failures - not at all worried about our economy and all those who need and want JOBS. What a disgraceful lot of people!!!

Posted by: rbsher | September 30, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Marcus, is that pork I see on the corner of your mouth ?

Posted by: richard36 | September 30, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

American is in debt and hundreds of thousands of American men and women are fighting in the Middle East but here is “GOP Socialism for the Rich” that the USA should eliminate to pay for American Jobs and Manufacturing over the next decade:

“What’s another $678 Billion?” GOP has no problem extending tax cuts for the rich

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/13/AR2010071305391.html

“SENATE REPUBLICANS,… are untroubled by the notion of digging the hole $678 billion deeper by extending President Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/26/AR2010062600222.html

“The Bush tax cuts are really expensive. The tax cuts expire this year. If lawmakers renew all of them, they'd add $6 trillion to the deficit from 2012 to 2022.”

Millionaires and Billionaires pay $0.00 in estate taxes in 2010

Estate Taxes and the USA deficit:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/07/research_desk_compares_whats_t.html#more

The current Estate Tax giveaway to the Rich is costing the USA $300~700 Billion between 2009 and 2018.

Steinbrenner heirs could save millions from one-year gap in estate tax

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/13/AR2010071305028.html

“The year-long hiatus of the estate tax, which normally falls on the very rich, could cost the U.S. Treasury an estimated $14.8 billion in 2010. "In the midst of this terrible recession, the idea of giving billionaires a massive tax break is obscene," Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) said Tuesday. "Already we have four billionaire families who are not paying taxes -- Steinbrenner's being the last one. Many billions are being lost. We have to address that reality right now." “

Posted by: Airborne82 | September 30, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Is it not Liberals who constantly complained that the jobs created by Bush were low paying unskilled and would not stimulate the economy. Liberals continue to talk out of both sides of their mouth. Americans have to compete with millions of foreigners who arrive daily. We are importing poverty by the millions. The Liberal Fish Market continues to grow. Ruthy Marcus is an idiot and got her job by sleeping with the boss. Need I say more. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | September 30, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Well Ruth Personally I wish the GOP could evolve from the current 'Party of No' to the 'Party of No more B.S.'

And BTW what are the specifics for reducing Government the Republicans keep talking about,just which program do they wish to cut? I mean whose Ox will be gored if the GOP gets its way- It was the Middle Class who got shafted under Bush Jr and its a safe bet that it will be the Middle Class once again who takes it in the shorts if the GOP blows back in to power.

Posted by: oregonbirddog | September 30, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

If that's true, it's sad this hag was one that survived the massacre! What an imbecilic dolt, yet just the calibre of fine Washington Post journalism!

Posted by: panamajack | September 30, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

This is to be expected from the party that apologized to BP for the harsh treatment they received from the Obama administration. Since Obama was elected president the GOP strategy has been to do anything they can to cause the country harm. The worse things get the better their chances of regaining power. Add that on top of their long term strategy to bankrupt the govt. in order to allow them to kill medicare and SS. These are the clowns who want us to vote for Sharon Angle for Sen.in Nevada who advocates an armed takeover of the US govt. If these people aren't traitors, pure and simple, I don't know the meaning of the work.

Posted by: rramos01 | September 30, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

You can add the murder of elderly, poor, uninsured and unemployed, which the Tea Party intends to throw into the Boston Harbor, if they get elected as Republicans.

They intend to take away their (our) public health plans, social security, Medicare and Medicaid plans.

What they won't take away, but will require of all residents, excluding children, is to carry guns at all time. I guess they think the children cannot shoot straight. But they will train them at government expense. That might add to the fun of the resulting family shootouts.

Posted by: paultaylor1 | September 30, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

How can Republicans be guilty of "mass murder" in Congress when the Democrats hold a super majority? The failure of this Congress completely lies at the feet of the Democrats. Rarely in the history of the U.S. Congress has one party held so much power but did so little with it.

Posted by: edxmd | September 30, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

GEE YA THINK??!?!?!

Posted by: TwoTermObama | September 30, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Vigor noted earlier that those who vote Republican are either corrupt or stupid or both.

Based on the comments that have been placed today by Republicans, I think that "both" is the clear winner.

Posted by: angelos_peter | September 30, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The Senate whittled it back to $1.5 billion but still could not dislodge Republican opposition -- even though the cost would have been fully paid for.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Only a loony liberal could think that anything is "fully paid for" when we have a $1.3T deficit.

Posted by: mgrantham2 | September 30, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

So the left-wing talking points memo has gone from "Bigotry and Hate" to "Killing and Mass Murder"!!! Mass murder, Ruthie! You go, girl!

Posted by: chatard | September 30, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Uhhhh...the Democrats have the White House, Senate AND House...don't they? They do not need Republicans.
Posted by: akwa01
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Yes, but they need someone to blame.

Posted by: FredChatard | September 30, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Calling Marcus a hag and other names doesn't change the fact that the Republicans have voted against anything that would help our country. They and their fiscal policies are the primary cause for all the jobs going overseas or to Mexico. They even refuse to vote in favor of eliminating tax breaks for companies who are shipping the jobs out of America. Now, how does that help America?

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | September 30, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

How can Republicans be guilty of "mass murder" in Congress when the Democrats hold a super majority?
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If every bill is filibustered then you need 60 votes instead of 50. Currently the Dems have 57 and 2 independants in the Senate (Scott Brown won the Ted Kennedy seat). All this means, no super majority.
We never saw so many filibusters in the past because the the enviroment is extremely partisan. Think about it how many times did you hear of the Dems threatening to block legislation during President Bushes term? Maybe 5- 10 times, during a 6 year period (Repub controlled). Nowadays, every piece of legislation offered in the Senate by is blocked.
Any bill that becomes law has to pass both houses of Congress.
There's your civics lesson for the day. Try learning about our system of government, its not as simple as a simple majority....

Posted by: priceisright | September 30, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Ms.Marcus you are flat wrong. Michael Bloomberg, NYC mayor and billionaire says this:

Bloomberg on Thursday gave a mixed but decidedly negative review of President Obama’s economic policies, saying that the reason for joblessness is uncertainty in the private sector caused by government and that the president is uninterested in business.

Obama knows nothing about business, and cares not at all. He has never had profit and loss responsibility even for a childhood lemonade stand. He never worked at a hamburger joint.

The man has no idea how capital is made, only how to organize groups to squeeze something out of businesses and governments.

Obama will never solve the unemployment problem.

Posted by: cpameetingbook | September 30, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are already making one of their most common errors which is ideological rigidity. They behave like an oppostion party but once in power they will be forced to answer this question: "if you are opposed to this job creation bill then what do you propose to replace it?

That's where the rubber meets the road

Posted by: Waterloo1 | September 30, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Jobs is a convenient issue for Conservatives to preach about,but not an issue which the Republicans plan to do anything about. After all, they have what amounts to a religious belief in the 'Free Market', even if the so-called 'Free Market' destroys the Middle Class. Their solution is to leave everything alone until the situation fixes itself, if it ever does. That's what Laissez Faire is all about, isn't it?

Posted by: samsara15 | September 30, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Got to love this Marcusism: "...straight out of the GOP playbook. The money was used overwhelmingly for private-sector jobs. It went to employers, to subsidize.....

"Subsidize" is not exactly part of the GOP, free market, small government, low tax playbook.

Nice try Ruthie.

Posted by: hz9604 | September 30, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Ruth,
You are clearly a moron. If the program was such a success and part of the poorly named stimulus program why does it need to be refunded w/ $2.5 billion? Thats called RENTING jobs. Not creating them you dolt.

Posted by: j751 | September 30, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Ruthie once again appears to be in outer space when you read her columns. Its just a random pile of words that you start reading, makes no sense, and so it's not worth the effort to go through.

I'll be even her kids have no idea what she's talking about.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | September 30, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

" If the Republicans are really lucky the country will fall into an even deeper double-dip recession before November."

Sonny boy, we're already there. Employers have spoken. They will not invest while the Democrats are in charge of anything important.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | September 30, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

what party is in the White House? What party has majority control of the House of Representatives? What party has majority control of the Senate?

If I'm correct....they've been in control since January of 2009...yep, not 2010, 2009. (But I'm sure it's still Bush's fault...isn't everything?)

Posted by: c100 | September 30, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have been trying to overburden the federal government with debt since at least 1980. Here's the Wikipedia entry on "Starve the Beast"

Prior to being elected as the President, then-candidate Ronald Reagan foreshadowed the strategy during the 1980 US Presidential debates, saying "John Anderson tells us that first we've got to reduce spending before we can reduce taxes. Well, if you've got a kid that's extravagant, you can lecture him all you want to about his extravagance. Or you can cut his allowance and achieve the same end much quicker." It appears the earliest use of the term "starving the beast" to refer to the political-fiscal strategy was in a Wall Street Journal article in 1985 where the reporter quoted an unnamed Reagan staffer.

The GOP is really the pandering party - using all our money lavishly to reward the fabulously wealthy for being fabulously wealthy, and using federal money for political gain while decrying it when others do it.

Reagan ran up the debt four-fold and took America from the World's largest creditor to the world's largest debtor nation. And he was almost a piker when compared to Bush the younger.

Republicans are shameless. They want our government to go down in flames and don't care who's hurt...as long as it isn't the fabulously wealthy,

Posted by: kcbob | September 30, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party is not about creating American jobs. It is about exporting American Jobs to third world Slave Markets and filling the pocketbooks of the Republican Elite, while they dupe the Religous Right with their Hypocracy of caring for better morales and values.

Posted by: BUDDY-IN-PA | September 30, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, Ms Marcus....we'll see what the electorate will decide in just a few more short days!

Posted by: SeniorVet | September 30, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Dear Ruthie, The dem libs voted to LEAVE TOWN...the patriotic Republicans and EVEN A FEW BRAVE, SMART DEM LIBS voted to STAY IN SESSION to work on the tax cut provision. Pity the dem libs won't get another chance as they'll be the minority in a few months.

Posted by: powerange | September 30, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

This a disgusting article, and indicative of Democratic Party desperation.


Ruth Marcus, you should be ashamed of yourself.


Does the Washington Post even have editors? Who allows such crap to be published under the guise of mainstream news?

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | September 30, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

There must be some reason why the majority of comments by the conservative tea party types are either altogether incoherent or reflect marginal literacy. There are some valid arguments against a number of the programs offered by Obama, but you would never know it from the drivel that passes for Tea Party commentary. If hot air were wisdom, the Tea Party would be Socrates.

Posted by: marcb1 | September 30, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Call our President all the names you like, but the Republicans have done more to harm the people of this country than any terrorist group could possibly dream of. Any thinking person looking at their "actions," not their meaningless words, can see that the Republicans including the Tea Party and some conservative Democrats are bought and paid for by the oil industry, the overpaid CEOs of our corporations and Wall Street. You, namecallers out there, had better hope you can afford a home INSIDE the gated community when the Republicans turn us into a third world country where a few people have all the wealth and the rest and fighting for the scraps.

Posted by: MNUSA | September 30, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Ruthie is probably not aware that the Democrats have a substantial majority in the House and 57 votes in the Senate - at least for another month.

There must be a number of Democrats who didn't want to pass this job legislation just prior to the election on November 2nd. What happened to all those Democrat votes?

Posted by: alance | September 30, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Marcus...you're a blithering idiot. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd ruined the economy. the Democratically controlled Congresse flushed it further down the drain starting in 2006. The Democrats have killed USA jobs because so many were tied to the ability of companies to get loans. Nope...it's the Democratic party that is responsible for this mess...nobody else...get a grip on reality Ruth.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | September 30, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The article is both superficial and partisan.

Is it etched somewhere in the WAPO lobby that OpEds must show only a single side of a story?

Posted by: primegrop | September 30, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

vigor,
Based on the comments here, I'm going to have to go with stupid. Mostly these people are contemptibly angry and arrogantly stupid. They don't care for facts much, don't have much sense, and don't possess the logical skills to be able to get out of a wet paper bag before they suffocated.

They're nasty, uncivil, radical, and very uneducated. They're unwilling to learn, and uninterested in the truth. I think of them as the revolutionary vanguard of the idiocracy.

Posted by: Nymous | September 30, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Ruth Marcus you hit it on the head!

Republicans are nothing but a bunch of scoundrels and "job murderer's" and it's good to know that some folks in media are doing their homework.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | September 30, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to the right wing thugs on the Supreme Court, these thugs are going to be running this country further and further into the ground. Of course, these thugs will be cheering and toasting as the country bleeds.

Posted by: kevin1231 | September 30, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

vigor,
Based on the comments here, I'm going to have to go with stupid. Mostly these people are contemptibly angry and arrogantly stupid. They don't care for facts much, don't have much sense, and don't possess the logical skills to be able to get out of a wet paper bag before they suffocated.

They're nasty, uncivil, radical, and very uneducated. They're unwilling to learn, and uninterested in the truth. I think of them as the revolutionary vanguard of the idiocracy.
Posted by: Nymous | September 30, 2010 9:07 PM |
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Sorry Nymous; you're peeing in your shoes. O'bama's the one to blame.
If he'd "not" screwed up the Country so bad, to date, you'd not see so many Independents, Moderates, and yes, Democrats, voting against the Republican Party, and Republican interests.
I won't call you names, and make disparaging remarks about you.
But, you have good reason to be hurt, chagrined, and angry. If I may quote/paraphrase O'bama, we're going to kick his "ass" in November.
"He is" the one greatest factor, that's propelling the numbers away from Democrats.
You're losing the House, and the Senate is in great peril.
These are going to be fun elections, in November, and in 2012.
Thanks, to O'bama.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | September 30, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Ruth, Ruth, Ruth! You can read. You can see. You can count.
The numbers are fading from the Democrats, because their jobs bill is simply a ploy.
If they wanted to encourage job creation, they'd extend the Bush Tax cuts, and make them permanent.
Businesses are squirreling away their money, until the uncertainty in the economy is dispelled.
The numbers being talked about, the amount of money that's being withheld, from manufacturing, industry, and other jobs fields, is 3 TRILLION DOLLARS.
All O'bama has to do, is encourage legislation that provides tax relief.
That step, alone will increase jobs.
Ruth, please tell O'bama.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | September 30, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Bravo for stating the truth! The press has been awol in calling Republicans on their absurd and irresponsible political opposition to any Obama proposals.

Shame on America. If Boehner, Cantor, McConnell or McCain were running for office in France or Germany or any other western democracy they would be laughed off the stage as more extremist than Le Penn or Mussolini. What exactly has happened to America? Does this fact of our ugly, cynical politics go back to the crisis in American education, where we are last in the world? I suspect so. "Socialists" in China are taking over green energy investment, high speed train production, etc, etc, and Republicans still say this is evil, while giving tax cuts to billionaires...?

Posted by: sonia2 | September 30, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Its very frustrating being a progressive today. I really dont understand why the Democrats in large numbers dont have the balls to be more aggressive.

The way the Republicans have been pushing legislation down and forcing it to change, you would think they were in charge.

The Republican agenda is all about power. They will do everything they can to block the general will of the people. If they take the house, expect more government shutdowns. They will attempt to defund every progressive program they can.

Posted by: cirrus_nine | September 30, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

thought the democrats had the majority? don't they set the agenda for most everything?

Posted by: jtsses | September 30, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, it's amazing to what an extent ms. marcus is a domplete obamalosi shill!

Posted by: jibe | September 30, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I think ms marcus is starting to get scared that the repubs are going to kick ms. pelosi's heinie!

Posted by: jibe | September 30, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I just laugh at the stupid Republican voters who voted these idiots into office. The men and women you voted for are killing YOUR jobs left and right and then fooling you into believing that it's Obama's fault. I, for one, am glad that the Republicans may soon be taking control....that way they will have NO ONE to blame and, come 2012, there won't be a Republican candidate that could even be close to viable for running for President...

Posted by: massmedia77

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You might recall that they had the White House and majorities in both the House and Senate and blamed Barney Frank for stopping them. It's not even like the House can do a filibuster. To claim the Barney Frank ran over Tom "The Hammer" DeLay is so ridiculous to be laughable but a lot of their base are stupid enough to believe it.

Posted by: James10 | September 30, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Ruth Marcus you hit it on the head!
Republicans are nothing but a bunch of scoundrels and "job murderer's" and it's good to know that some folks in media are doing their homework.
Posted by: lcarter0311 | September 30, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse
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You’re going to blame the Republican Minority for failure to approve a Non-existent Bill, that was never presented for approval?
This is the height of absurdity.
If O’bama cannot pass key legislation, with his Congressional Majority, he’s really in trouble on November 3rd.
He’ll never get another bill, that he wants, passed.
I understand your chagrin, however.
I’d feel the same way, if I were a Democrat.
Which, thankfully, I’m not.
Dennis
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Thanks to the right wing thugs on the Supreme Court, these thugs are going to be running this country further and further into the ground. Of course, these thugs will be cheering and toasting as the country bleeds.
Posted by: kevin1231 | September 30, 2010 9:15 PM |
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WHAT!!! Did I miss something?
Was there a key, Court ruling, today, that I missed?
What, exactly, does the Supreme Court have to do with the current makeup of Congress?

Don’t despair, Kevin. We’re going to save the Country, just for you.
We’re going to brink it back from the brink, in only 32 more days.
Try to hang on.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | September 30, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Another partisan Leftist hag writing for the WAPO.... Did I read this right? "Mass Murder?" Classy language Marcus to hurl such insults at people who don't agree with the stateist agenda. There's a good reason why newspapers are all dying - writers like you who impose their personal beliefs into the news and frankly it no longer matters that this is an editorial... we know you're ALL corrupt, Leftist, and crooked. Go have a drink with your union buddies and ponder life under Marx.

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | September 30, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Its very frustrating being a progressive today. I really don’t understand why the Democrats in large numbers don’t have the balls to be more aggressive.
1. The way the Republicans have been pushing legislation down and forcing it to change, you would think they were in charge.
The Republican agenda is all about power. They will do everything they can to block the general will of the people. If they take the house, expect more government shutdowns. They will attempt to defund every progressive program they can.
Posted by: cirrus_nine | September 30, 2010 9:57 PM

I can see how you’d “really” be frustrated, cirrus.
The Democrats “really don’t” believe in O’bama.
Many of them are afraid to follow his lead.
The Congress went home, today.
They have to begin seeing, and facing their Constituents, tomorrow.
Most of them, will hide, or run away from the voters.
They cannot justify the conditions they’ve perpetuated upon the Nation.
They’re going to take some big lumps, before they return to DC.
Are you suggesting that The Democrat Agenda, is “not” about power??
All Politics are about power.
Your problem, in this instance is, O’bama. He’s causing too many voters to flee the Democrat Party.
Good for us. I can’t wait to begin “defunding.”
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | September 30, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Would someone kindly point out exactly where in the Constitution the passage is located that grants the federal government the authority to pay for private sector jobs?

I'll wait while you scramble to twist words and intent....

Posted by: crisp11 | September 30, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Same ol' same ol' Republican hypocrisy. It's all about trying to return to power by obstructing EVERYTHING that's good for the "common folk."2
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We don't want the govt telling us what is good for us. And what the Dems have done is bad and we don't want it.

Posted by: susangate1 | September 30, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus. you write drivel and lies. Go back to the kitchen.

Posted by: susangate1 | September 30, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Same old Republican philosophy: take care of the rich, let the masses take care of themselves. The idiots that support and vote for the Republicans will soon be singing a new song...but by then it will be too late.

Posted by: Chagasman | September 30, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Marcus. you write drivel and lies. Go back to the kitchen.

Posted by: susangate1 | September 30, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Agree is a great idea, sounds like a program I knew of in the 60's in California (brother's business). Gets people working again and helps local economy. When some have lost their work routine from sitting around (they hate that), they became stuck. Employers need cheap laborer but get stuck among crowd that exploit people, bad image gets exploited too. The employment department arranged the connection, applicant with proven skills, trustworthy, and employer fair and not the hard nosed type (not a game to them). Helped my brother who struggled to get a business going, guy's production improved over time and personality quirks ironed out. The government saved money.

Posted by: bwcolq | September 30, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

do they ever stop?

more more more spending... always the answer... it's really sick.

Posted by: docwhocuts | September 30, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, Ms. Marcus, but it was Bill Clinton who laid the foundations for today's economic mess by 1) allowing Mexico into NAFTA before raising up their living standards closer to that of the US and Canada, 2) allowed China into the World Trade Organization without making China pay higher wages and provide at least some rudimentary environmental protections, and 3) deregulated the banking industry in ways which not only undid the lessons of the New Deal but undid lessons learned all the way back to the time of the founding of the Federal Reserve system.

Bush didn't do these things, and Obama didn't do these things; it was Clinton. We got a "feel-good" high during the 1990s and early 2000s while our industry was being packed up and sold to the Chinese. Just like a junkie that injects heroin feels good while the high lasts; only the low is a lot longer lasting than the high, as Americans are beginning to find out.

Posted by: stillaliberal | September 30, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

The gop bloggers on this post are a disgrace. They are sinking to the same "wingnut bashing" low level that the libs have been.

How can you run on a platform that is anti-Hispanic (no one in GOP other than Colin Powell has denounced Brewer laws), favors tax credit for the top 1%, denies any attempt to reform Medicare (the biggest national debt drainer) and claim to be a positive voice for solving the debt crisis or have a serious strategy for 2012?

There are no leaders in the GOP, plain and simple, zero.


Posted by: joshmw | September 30, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Jobs can defined as:

1) Long term employment in which worker productivity adds to corporate profit, tax generation, and increased GDP

2) Government handouts which must be constantly financed by the private sector through taxation.

Marcus chooses door #2.

Eventually you really do run out of other people's money!

Posted by: TECWRITE | September 30, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Marcus probably believes the infant mortality rate in Cuba is less than in US too! What tools!

Posted by: Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief | September 30, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Marcus is a shill for the liar in chief...
what does Obama have to hide.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/ExecutiveOrderPresidentialRecords/

Above is a white house documnet (public record)

It basically was signed 1st day in office of this president so NO ONE can research college transcripts/education/info.
Could you do this for your future job/career?

Posted by: susangate1 | October 1, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

MSNBC host Ed Schultz must have had the shock of his life Thursday when a jobless advocate told him, "It was the Democrats that caused us to be in the situation that we're in."

Mignon Veasley-Fields is a 61-year-old Los Angeles grandmother who has been out of work since June 2008. Her unemployment benefits ran out over three months ago.

Since then, she has been bringing attention to the long-term unemployed in this nation referred to as "99ers" signifying the number of weeks they received benefits before they stopped.

In recent weeks, a new group has emerged called the 99er NOVOs: they are so angered by Washington that they are refusing to vote in the upcoming elections.

On Thursday's "Ed Show," Schultz did his darnedest to get Veasley-Fields to encourage the NOVOs to cast ballots for Democrats in November despite their economic woes.


SCHULTZ: But if the Republicans, but Mignon, if the Republican Senator had not stood up, this would have gone through, and you would have had the votes, and you would have gotten an extension. It's the Republicans. Why take it out on the Democrats, the majority Party that time and time again has been there for the unemployed?

A little unemployment background is needed to understand Veasley-Fields' answer. Emergency Unemployment Compensation Tiers are extensions to the original 26 weeks of benefits qualifying unemployed persons are entitled to.

There currently are four tiers of declining length. What's been debated for months is adding a fifth tier:

VEASLEY-FIELDS: Well you know, Ed, we have gone back in the history of the tiers. We as 99ers have tried to figure this out ourselves. What has happened is we can remember the time in which the Republicans said, "Sure, get another tier. Use the stimulus fund." And the Democrats said, "No, we need to find sourcing for unemployment." So now we're thinking back on that, and we're realizing it's not the Republicans. It was the Democrats that caused us to be in the situation that we're in. We want the Democrats to come

These folks have been out of work for over two years, and Schultz thinks they should put their financial troubles aside and vote to save the majority.

President Obama deserves to work with the majority for another 24 months while all you unemployed people lose everything waiting for Hope and Change to become more than a campaign slogan.

Well, Mr. Schultz, maybe these 99ers are realizing unemployment was 4.6 percent before the Democrats became the majority and that almost 8 million Americans have lost their jobs since January 2007.

Unfortunately, that's way too complicated for the likes of most of the anchors on MSNBC. Maybe that's why the President considers them so "invaluable."

Ms. Veasley-Fields must be a racist Tea Partier? She's a African_American woman. A real Klan type, ya know.

http://eyeblast.tv/public/video.aspx?v=hdkU6UqG8z

Posted by: kohnfjerry | October 1, 2010 2:19 AM | Report abuse

If you're voting Republican, you are either corrupt or stupid.

or both.

Posted by: vigor
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If you're voting Democrat, your either on dope, a bed wetter or both.

Posted by: elcigaro1 | October 1, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

"Obama knows nothing about business, and cares not at all. He has never had profit and loss responsibility even for a childhood lemonade stand. He never worked at a hamburger joint."

Bloomberg is speaking partisan nonsense. Bill Clinton never worked in business and he managed the economy just fine. Bush Jr. had all that valuable business experience (everything he tried was a failure, but never mind that I guess) and he put the economy in the dumpster.

Posted by: Reason7 | October 1, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

If this was a part of the stimulus - then it was not 'paid for'! You skipped over just how it was paid for but the stimulus was all DEBT, so what part do we believe and what part of this article is just more political hype and lies? As an Independent, I am so tired of you fanatics on both sides lying and lying!

Posted by: twhittlinger | October 1, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Marcus, you've lost your mind. You are yet another drone in the masses waiting for your handout. You stated,"It's already paid for...". Are you serious? Do you have any idea where the money to fund government handouts (i.e. bailouts) come from?

Posted by: jeffamy3 | October 2, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Jesus wept! Subsidizing wages on a temporary basis isn't a jobs program, it's window dressing.

Posted by: wave41 | October 3, 2010 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Democrats are thieves. Why is it ok to take money from someone only because they have it? Estate taxes are a rip-off since it's money that has been taxed already.

If you redistribute wealth, soon everyone will be broke.

Posted by: Dangler69 | October 4, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

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