the gop plan: suffocate the economy

Friend –

The U.S. Senate is supposed to vote on the American Jobs Act as early as tonight. It’s a bill that will put people to work immediately, and it contains proposals that members of both parties have said in the past that they’d support.

But Senate Republicans want to block it. Not because they have a plan that creates jobs right now – not one Republican, in Congress or in the presidential race, does. They only have a political plan.

Their strategy is to suffocate the economy for the sake of what they think will be a political victory. They think that the more folks see Washington taking no action to create jobs, the better their chances in the next election. So they’re doing everything in their power to make sure nothing gets done.

There’s still time for principled Republican senators to declare their independence from this kamikaze political strategy.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, needs to hear what Americans like you think.

You can reach his office at (202) 224-2541. Tell him not to let politics get in the way of creating jobs.

Will you take three minutes and call now? Then click here to let us know how it went.

If Sen. McConnell’s office says he won’t support the American Jobs Act, ask which parts he doesn’t support:

— Making sure that those who served our country can get good jobs at home by providing incentives for businesses to hire unemployed veterans?
— Preventing layoffs of teachers, cops, and firefighters, while supporting the hiring of tens of thousands more?
— Rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, railways, and airports with a bipartisan, public-private infrastructure bank?
— Modernizing at least 35,000 public schools in rural and urban areas?
— Providing job training for the unemployed, especially young people who have been hit especially hard?

The President has been forceful and clear: Action on jobs is desperately needed, and Congress should pass this bill right away. And he has specifically asked those of us who agree to make sure Republican lawmakers know it.

This bill – and the simple idea that every American who works hard and plays by the rules has a fundamental right to economic security – is a big part of what we stand for as a campaign and as a movement.

There’s no good reason for Congress to delay any more – and if they do, you deserve to know why.

Call Sen. McConnell’s office. Tell him you’re watching, and you expect Republicans in the Senate to do the right thing and move forward on this bill today.

Then let us know how it went here.


Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America


69 Responses to “the gop plan: suffocate the economy”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    October 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    My #1 priority is to make President Obama a one-term President. ~ Mitch McConnell.

    There was only one way to do that and that was to prevent the economy from rebounding by any means necessary including suffocating it!

    • 2 Eleroy
      October 11, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      What infuriates me the most is that nobody is demanding any accountability from the Republicans!!! None whatsoever!!! God i hate the media!!!

  2. 3 Ladyhawke
    October 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Republican Hatred For Obama Is Killing America


    When President Obama was early in his Presidency, prominent Republican leaders announced that their main goal was to make sure President Obama fails. Wow, what a goal when your job is to serve the American people, because if President Obama fails, we as a country also fail. It has become quite obvious that Republicans only care about political games to gain more control.

    Democratic leaders have drafted numerous jobs bills since President Obama has been in office, only to be defeated by a Republican filibuster. The GOP does not want President Obama to get any credit. So Republicans filibuster job bills, then they point their finger at President Obama while asking, where are the jobs?

    My question to the Republicans, do you really think Americans are so stupid that we can’t see what you are doing? Occupy Wall Street is about the corruption and greed that is allowed to continue in America. The Republicans are chiefly responsible, especially if their main goal is to do nothing because they’re are trying desperately to make President Obama look bad.

    Finally we find it extremely appalling that Republicans made a pledge to the lobbyist Grover Norquist to never raise taxes.Why do you make a pledge to a lobbyist? Shouldn’t you be making a pledge to represent what’s best for America as a whole?

    With this in mind, how is it fair that the middle class is stuck paying a higher percentage in taxes, while the wealthy are coddled with far lower tax rates? Your constituents are having difficultly making ends meet, while your corporate buddies that line your campaign coffers with millions of dollars, are growing richer by the day, all thanks to that pledge you made.

    So go ahead and continue your games of protecting the 1% that bribe your decision making process and trying to make President Obama look bad. 99% of Americans are extremely angry, we’re fed up with your games that are literally killing America.


  3. 6 tally
    October 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    A bunch of teatards are taking over Benen’s blog – it could use some help with push back:


    • 7 FiredUpInCA
      October 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Tally I thumbed up your comment on the LA Times blog and added one of my own in reply to a deadender who says that stimulus bills don’t do anything:

      “The truth is, we’ve been adding about 100,000 jobs per month for the last 6 months in the private sector. The only place where there has been consistent stagnation is in the public sector.

      Why? Fifty-three percent of the state legislatures are in tea party-flavored, GOP-led legislations since the November midterms.
      Contrary to their promises, the tea party-flavored GOP has not brought us jobs, jobs, jobs since being elected. They have brought layoffs. They are the only ones bringing layoffs. They have brought a war on unions, on teachers, on first responders. But they have not brought jobs.

      For a decade now we have tried the libertarian fantasy of giving Eisenhower era level low taxes to the “job creators.” Instead of creating jobs in the last decade, they have hoarded cash to the tune of $2.05 trillion.

      Surely, some of that cash that they claim they are hoarding due to “uncertainty” can be parted with now that “uncertainty” has been eased since the manufactured Debt Ceiling crisis. Surely some of that $2.05 trillion can be parted with now that the tea party dominates that House of Representatives, which is the “certainty” they were looking for.

      No one is asking for all the $2.05 trillion, just enough to put people back to work.

      This is a jobs bill. The GOP is supposed to be about jobs, jobs, jobs and tax breaks. This bill offers both.

      What’s up?”

      I also saw this great comment at the top of the thread. I wonder if this commenter is a TODster?:

      “I just called my Senator, Jon Kyl of Arizona, and asked why the Senator will not support the jobs act. The staff’s answer… “Because unemployment has remained high and no jobs were created in August.” Brilliant bs political non-answer. I then asked if the Senator is aware that 103,00 jobs were created in September. The answer… “I haven’t spoken to him about that.” I also asked the staffer to name ONE bill Kyl has supported to create even ONE job in America since the 2010 elections in which the Republicans were swept in on a promise of “Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!” The answer… “I can’t name one off the top of my head, but he supports bills that are good for America.” Another bs non-answer.

      The Republican Senators and Congressmen are – to gain what they think will be a political advantage in 2012 – determined to prevent any action that will provide jobs and improve the economy. They are determined to sacrifice the well-being of American workers and families for another year, and are actively working to ensure that the economy and unemployment not only don’t improve in the next year, but to sabotage it so that both become worse in order to push their ideological agenda.

      McConnell and Boehnor are now nothing more than symbolic figureheads who have no power to lead or influence the GOP. They’ve become lap dogs and messenger boys for the ignorant rantings of the freshmen Tea Partiers.”

      • 8 a4alice
        October 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm

        “McConnell and Boehnor are now nothing more than symbolic figureheads who have no power to lead or influence the GOP. They’ve become lap dogs and messenger boys for the ignorant rantings of the freshmen Tea Partiers.”


        • 9 Mel
          October 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm

          McConnell and Boehner are the lap top dogs of the teaparty and Norquist they are so fucking unAmerican we
          have serve our country my brothers their children and grand kids and for those Fuckers to treat us like this
          is fricking disgustin. It seems that even if the majority os americans want this bill to pass the GOP will NOT give
          a SHIT and why are those people protesting in Washinton to the GOP?

    • 10 a4alice
      October 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      K Tal. Threw something in there. we’ll see if they devour it up and choke on it.

    • 11 57andFemale
      October 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      Tally, did the show open? Oh by the way, I am @FlowerInFaith on twitter, God help me. I loathe it, so far, but I’ll stick with it.

  4. 17 donna dem 4 obama
    October 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I’ve been trying to get through to McConnell’s office for the last 10 minutes and the line has stayed busy. I think they have taken the phone off the hook.

    • October 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      They are not listening to us, they are so confident that they will be able to win messaging!
      And they are covered by several congressional democrats!
      We may have to primary Congressional Democrats!
      No wonder the President will be watching baseball tonite! Lol!

    • 19 Ladyhawke
      October 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      I encountered the same problem Donna. It really does seem like the phone is off the hook.

      • 20 theo67
        October 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm

        Tells you just what they think of the American people – the real ones.

        • 21 prettyfoot58
          October 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm

          I know that there is a jobs march coming up on Saturday…i will not be able to attend…..will it be shown on CNN….in addition….as someone mentioned…we need an occupy Congress movement….

          esp if they vote down this bill

    • 22 a4alice
      October 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      same. hey someone had some online fax program that lets you send two faxes a day – anyone remember it?

    • 25 Ladyhawke
      October 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      I responded to Jim Messina’s note to let him know that we are having trouble getting through to Mitch McConnell by phone number he provided. I told him I would be sending an email but will keep trying to get through by phone.

    • 26 jacquelineoboomer
      October 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Their phone is still busy. Hoping somebody is getting through to that creep.

    • 27 Olivia
      October 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      Just emailed McConnell to remind him that if he keeps this crap up, he may very well be out of a job come 2012…

    • 28 Mel
      October 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      The phones are off the line on purpuse I just E-mailed this asshole and send a copy to the WH.

  5. October 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Appears that Lieberman is a yes on AJA. Webb still a no. He’s not even running again but doesn’t give a darn about Americans.

  6. 37 FiredUpInCA
    October 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    So far I have 25 calls into Sen. McConnell’s office. I get a busy signal each time. It’s music to my years. I want to get through because I want to hear the answer to the question “which part of the bill is Sen. McConnell against?”

    • 38 a4alice
      October 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      25? Ha! That’s persistence! 🙂

    • 39 Mel
      October 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      FiredUpInCA do not waste your time and money anymore you will not going to get answer from them they
      just do not give s shit. The GOP want the country to go down in flames big time . I just hope the rest of the
      cpuntry are watching and respond in time we have to put presure on the GOP as much as we can.

  7. October 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    If the AJA bill goes down then it’s an all in battle against Congress for the next thirteen months. I hope the president throws everyone of them in the same pile and condemns them all. And each of us should be as big a mouthpiece as we can, saying over and over and over again that only one person is working for the American people–President Barack Obama–and the whole of Congress is working for their own petty political ends. This should be our mantra and we should repeat it to every person we see or talk to. Those who voted against the president and this vital bill have shown us what worthless dolts they are. At this point I won’t give one penny or lend one ounce of energy getting any other Democrat elected. There is only one person that counts and I will give him everything I have. And if anyone gets a fundraising appeal from any Democrat besides Barack Obama, don’t just delete; send it back with a note saying that they turned against the president when he needed them and now you are turning against down. I’m truly sick of the Manchins, Testers, Landreius and Liebermen of this world. They are not worthy of the title US Senator and should resign.

    • October 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      I feel everything you wrote Jackie, real real damn tired of republicans and any democrat that votes with them- needs to be out and needs frankly imo to be called emailed tweeted daily with all our disgust directed at them. I am very fed up trying to understand how anyone can not vote in favor of this bill, in favor for exactly what their job is supposed to be- representing the American people.

    • 42 MTmarilyn
      October 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      I did call Tester’s office back and said I wanted to know exactly why he wouldn’t vote for the bill. The girl said he was concerned about what it would do to Social Security and that he didn’t think it would go far enough for the in getting the 1% to pay for the bill. She said he still hasn’t decided for sure which way he would vote. I told her I was an avid supporter and I was was very concerned about him not supporting the President and playing into the Repub hands. I said I thought he was more concerned about his election that about putting people back to work. She said she would pass it on. I couldn’t get a live person in Baucus’s office again. I at least didn’t break down in tears this time. I am still hoping both of them will vote for it. We’ll see.

    • 43 utaustinliberal
      October 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Righteous rant Jackie.

  8. 44 globalcitizenlinda
    October 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    God, these backstabbing democrats!!! We have to vote these creeps out

    Can we please call Webb’s office and ask him two questions: (i) how much have your handlers paid you to trash this AJA ? and (ii) do you really think sabotaging President Obama will make you into a better person or diminish his stature or prospects in any way? these are the people the PL count as Dems when they are attacking PBO.

    I am so looking foward to Gov Kaine taking this webb’s senate seat because I know he cares about President Obama and is proud to say so.

  9. 45 Fred
    October 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I despite those Democrats

  10. October 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Hillary to give press conference soon on terror plot!

    • October 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Of course, Peter King says this is an act of war!
      Come on!

      • 49 Fred
        October 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm

        King needs to go sit down somewhere and keep his trap shut

        • 50 theo67
          October 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm

          It’s scary that someone like King is in a position of power – put there by people who voted for him. Someone on twitter said that hoyer made an interesting statement today: “They say elections have consequences, one of which is getting the people you vote for”. So true.

      • 51 Mel
        October 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm

        Peter KIng is an opportunist he love no more, but to attack Iran he has been pushing for that so
        he can go screw himself if he wants to go to war with Iran he can senf his family and the families
        that are paying him.

  11. 52 Ladyhawke
    October 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm


    Jim Messina broaches a provocative line


    At least Messina is in good company. Michael Cohen, a senior fellow at American Security Project, apparently following up on a discussion I launched last November, recently said, “We’re far past the point where there is reason to doubt that the GOP is purposely trying to harm” the economy.

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), vice chairman of the Senate Democratic Conference, believes “some” Republicans “want the economy to actually fail” on purpose. Paul Krugman recently said in his column, “[I]t’s hard to avoid the suspicion that G.O.P. leaders actually want the economy to perform badly.” Eugene Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was recently asked whether it’s possible Republicans would sabotage the economy. “Well, let me be honest,” he said. “It has occurred to me that this is a possibility.” E.J. Dionne Jr., Dan Gross,David Frum, and Andrew Sullivan have all raised the same concerns.

    A few months ago, Kevin Drum wondered whether this will ever be “a serious talking point,” adding, “No serious person in a position of real influence really wants to accuse an entire party of cynically trying to tank the economy, after all.”

    Given recent events — the debt-ceiling scandal, the GOP-driven downgrade, the Republican rejection of any efforts to boost the economy, the GOP leadership’s letter to Bernanke pleading with him to let the economy suffer, the repeated threats of government shutdowns, tonight’s death of the American Jobs Act — it appears all kinds of serious people are at least entertaining the possibility.


    • 53 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      Call em out.

      People are not painting the full picture, though. They’ve got it half right: yes, the GOP plan is to sabotage the President by tanking the economy. But the other half of the plan is to demoralize Americans so much that they won’t even want to fight back and will throw up their hands saying that voting in a republican administration would be EASIER.

      So, it’s two pronged: sabotage and demoralize.

      That’s why TO ME the Occupy protests are exciting. Although far from perfect, it represents at least some fight back in the American people. That’s why every. single. republican I have heard who has spoken out on it has condemned it. Not just been neutral, not just open-minded, not just mildly discouraging. They have condemned it.

      They fear the fight back.

      • 54 edp4bho
        October 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm

        .Well if they can lead to an all-out denunciation of white-wing policies, then I wish them well. Still leary, so I need to be convinced.

        • 55 PoliticalJunkessa
          October 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm

          Yep, time will tell. At least in the meantime, consciousness is being raised, and that’s a good thing.

      • 56 theo67
        October 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm

        Three pronged – they’re also passing legislation that will prohibit from voting those who are still motivated to do so.

    • 57 FiredUpInCA
      October 11, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      “No serious person in a position of real influence really wants to accuse an entire party of cynically trying to tank the economy, after all.”

      Fortunately, I am not one of those people. So I will say it. Yes. Absolutely. Positively. There is no doubt in the mind of anyone paying close attention, the GOP, at the state and Federal level, absolutely wants the economy to fail ,because they think spreading prolonged economic pain will help them win the Senate. I think they have given up on the Presidency as evidenced by the ridiculous, unserious people they have allowed to run for the GOP nomination.

      That being said, what saddens and infuriates me more, are the Democratic enablers of this sabotage. Democrats who have jobs because of the American people are not supporting jobs for the American people. Democratic leadership should realize that these Democrats are doing long-term electoral damage by thwarting the will of a restless public. It’s on days like these, during critical votes like these, that I am painfully reminded about why I am an Obamacrat first and foremost.

    • 58 Debz
      October 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      It is about time for the MSM to start screaming about this, not everyone reads the above mentioned writers. This should be on every local and national news program. I don’t believe that we are all so stupid that we can’t see what the repugs are doing. It is about time for the media to do their jobs. If the economy tanks because of the repugs, it really wont matter which one of the loony R candidates wins the nomination so all of the talking heads need to start focusing on what is happening now.

    • 59 geegee
      October 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      Why is it that some of these pundits seem to have a problem with calling a spade a spade? The repugs themselves (Limbaugh, McConnel, and that Carolina senator) have explicitely stated from jump street what their goal is: to see that the President fail. 🙄

  12. October 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    My #1 priority is to make President Barack Hussein Obama a TWO-term president!! 🙂

  13. 63 daisydem
    October 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Yeah Lonnie: my #1 priority is same as yours …. TWO terms! My husband and I could not get through by phone either, so I just sent a one-page fax outlining our personal feelings about the Jobs Act; what we thought it would accomplish : JOBS, but also improving the infrastructure of this country, etc. to Mr. McConnell’s office. It went first thing. I was told in 2008 when asked to support some facet of the campaign (can’t remember what at this point) that if we took or sent it by letter (or fax I assume) then it arrived as a piece of paper in the Governmental office and that has to be considered as a part of the record. So, to those posting who are unable to get through, try faxing!

  14. 64 Ladyhawke
    October 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm


    By the Numbers: 273 Days of the Republican Do-Nothing Jobs Agenda

    Today marks the 273rd day of Republican control of the House of Representatives. In 273 days, they have not passed a single bill to create jobs. Instead, House Republicans have repeatedly voted to end Medicare (while providing tax breaks to Big Oil and companies that ship jobs overseas), passed legislation that destroys nearly 2 million jobs (that’s 10,000 jobs lost every day), and pointlessly manufactured crisis after crisis–creating economic uncertainty and hurting small businesses and the middle class.



  15. 65 a4alice
    October 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Hey you guys in case anyone runs out of time or wants to give up in frustration with calling McConnell, I did that online fax thing that Martz suggested up thread. It’s at http://www.faxzero.com. You can have two free faxes a day.

    Here’s the info that includes his fax number for his washington office

    Washington Office

    317 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-2541
    Fax: (202) 224-2499

  16. 66 P
    October 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Oh yeah that’s been their plan since election night!!! It’s sickening…….

  17. 67 dotster3
    October 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    This is pretty creepy and frightening, this headline I just saw in Miami: “Gov. Scott asks court to throw out Voting Rights Act protections in Florida”. Medicare Fraudster Gov. Scott filed a petition in fed. ct. asking ct. to throw out a section of the Voting Rights Act that provided an extra layer of protections to minority voters”. This is outrageous. I wonder why he’s interested in removing protections for minority voters. These Repub governors look like they’re setting up to steal this election, using every dirty trick to deny Dem voters.

  18. 68 JoJoFox
    October 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    So the Republicans are holding the American public hostage until they can unseat Obama and make Washington a one party show. Won’t they be surprised when Obama is re-elected and Republicans are called home, replaced by elected public servants who put the welfare of struggling Americans before party dogma.! I am a Republican and have always voted so…but this summer decided that I have had enough of the blatant Republican obstructionism that is crippling this country’s recovery. Sick and tired of the finger pointing and tantrums. Sick and tired of watching my neighbors, friends and family struggling to put food on their tables and keep a roof over their heads. Sick and tired of hearing how the rich must be protected from increased taxes while hard working Americans become more battered economically and bruised in well being.
    Enough. I decided this summer that I was voting for Obama regardless of who the Republicans try to push to the forground. They lost me with their complacency over Libya. I AM an Obama fan! God Bless America!

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