Jobs Bill and Other News

I haven’t been following the jobs bill as closely as I’d like, but the latest is that Senate Dems are rewriting it to change the way the bill is paid for. Apparently ending tax subsidies to the oil industry made some of them nervous, so they’re revising it to a tax increase on millionaires, possibly a 5 percent surcharge. That’s fine with me, although no one expects the bill to pass this Congress. Republicans apparently decided to block the whole thing, as expected.

See also Greg Sargent, “Obama losing jobs argument with Congress — but winning it with the public.”

Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for the Massachusetts Senate seat looks very strong.

Some Republicans are complaining about Grover Norquist.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) thinks only people who pay income tax should be allowed to vote.

14 thoughts on “Jobs Bill and Other News

  1. Keep the pressure on the Republicans. Relentless pressure.

    Make them continue to defend their unswerving support for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations, at the expense of the rest of the people in this country.

    Only the most die-hard of the ignorati may not start to notice.
    Of course, there are a lot of them…

    Btw – there’s another government shut-down coming soon. I hope the Democrats are prepared to message it their way with the MSM.
    Yeah, I know:
    Sometimes I even crack myself up!

  2. “Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) thinks only people who pay income tax should be allowed to vote”

    Didn’t they use to call that a poll tax? Ahh those republicants miss them good old days, back when you could charge people to vote and go hunting at niggerhead without ridicule!

  3. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) thinks only people who pay income tax should be allowed to vote.

    So under Repuke corporate personhood, does that mean GE and ExxonMobil can’t make campaign contributions, since they paid no income tax?

  4. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) thinks only people who pay income tax should be allowed to vote

    I guess that means the Koch brothers won’t get to vote. Or Lloyd Blankfein, Hank Paulson, Angelo Mozilo, Larry Summers, and the rest of the Wall St banksters.

    We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.
    – Leona Helmsley, AKA “The Queen of Mean”

  5. OT –
    I can’t find the link where I saw this late yesterday, but if I remember right, it was a photo of a series of 4 signs in the Chicago Stock Exchange’s windows, and it reminded me a bit of a cross between versions of Louis XIV’s, “L’État c’est Moi,” and Marie Antoinette’s (wife of Louis XVI) famous (though disputed) “Let them eat cake!” The 4 signs read:

    That, and drinking champagne while the Occupy Wall Street people protest below in NYC, make for an interesting contrast.
    It’s almost like the rich are trying to goad the 99%.
    I hope no one loses their heads.

  6. Also, too, OT, too –
    Sarah Palin has decided not to run for President.
    Read this interview with Nicolle Wallace, a Senior Advisor to the McCain campaign, about her (not so) fictional version of “The Whore of Babblin’ On:”,8599,2096190,00.html

    I’ll miss her, not that she’s going anywhere – she’s the grift that’ll keep on grifting.

    Sarah has a gift for the English Language.
    And it had better be damned good and expensive, after what she’s done to it!

  7. Republicans apparently decided to block the whole thing, as expected.

    Well, that’s good. I think it’s going to cost them.

  8. Barbara – and my other friends on Mahablog –

    I have a blog with (I hope) the only two posts I will make up on it. The name is ‘Herding Cats’ but it’s actual location is

    Feedback on the idea would be appreciated. I’m not expecting resounding approval, but this idea is worth a try and I’m giving it a shot. What I have up is first draft – open to additions, deletions and corrections.

    This is way OT – but I hope you will give me your honest (and constructive) thoughts.

  9. Doug,
    I checked it out and left a comment. Did you get it?
    I really like it – nice color, readable, great picture. You’re a very good writer. I look forward to seeing you blossom!
    Best of luck!!!
    Oh, and in you rcomments here, provide a link. Maybe maha can put you on the list of favorites on the left?

  10. Doug,

    I know I don’t speak up much but I am a devoted reader of this blog. I loved your site and your ideas. I wish you all the luck in this endeavor and you can count on me as one of the “kittens” in the herd. I didn’t leave a comment on your site because I am not a blogger, but I am an activist and with my new keyboard, I am ready to go. So glad to be back, I’ve been having computer problems but I think I am on a roll again.

    BTW-you make a good point about liberals and cats! Whodda thunk it?!

    Kathleen, still down her in Baton Rouge

  11. ‘Kathleen, still down her in Baton Rouge’

    You might want to check your new keyboard – maybe the “e”‘ is sticking herE and there? 😉

    Welcome back. 🙂

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