Bathing in the warm glow of last night’s descent into glaring insanity, otherwise known as a GOP Debate (applause for killing hundreds of people, border fences will imprison Americans in their own country, the only way to help the poor is to stop helping them), we now swing the spotlight away from the Children of the Damned’s Table to the Adult Table…President Obama’s speech before Congress on a new jobs program.
His speech begins at 4:00 pm PDT/7:00 PM EDT. A video feed is below at the bottom of this article (it will appear blank until the speech is about to begin). Best practice is to keep one window open to watch and listen to the speech uninterrupted and use another window to live blog with us. If you’re watching on tv, best to mute your computer.
To the disappointment of Republicans, Pres. Obama’s speech is not expected to contain such phrases as “Abject Liar”, “Ponzi Scheme” or “To Serve the Poor…it’s a cookbook!” so some Republicans have chosen not to attend and instead will be catching up on correspondence with Nazi re-enactment groups in their districts.
What Pres. Obama is expected to detail is a $300 billion jobs plan which includes an extension of unemployment benefits, a continued waiving of payroll taxes for workers, an infrastructure rebuilding plan and more.
It sounds like Obama is trying to make Repubs a deal that they can’t refuse. From all signs, it doesn’t look to be a huge, ambitious plan but a collection of familiar and helpful initiatives. The concept may be that putting smaller and reasonable ideas on the table could get at least something passed before the 2012 campaign begins and at least make things a little better. If Repubs reject them, they will look even worse for it.
Just imagining now but I could see how rolling out a modest and seemingly no-brainer plan right now and pulling out in the campaign a more ambitious and bold approach could touch all the bases. Going too big now could make him look less interested in trying to help and more interested in getting re-elected. Using bigger ideas to campaign on and expressing that only with a Dem Congress could such plans come true, he could re-ignite Hope and Change in many and bigger changes could take place if he and Dems win in 2012.
As for tonight, Pres. Obama does need to come off genuine and compassionate but most importantly, resolved. If he is stonewalled by the Repubs he should use this as a battle cry for change, clear cause for the urgent need to replace them with Dems.
The national argument needs to be made. Change can’t happen with Tea Baggers threatening economic destruction at every turn and Repubs smothering a recovery because it brings Obama’s numbers down. I agree that the time hasn’t quite come yet to go there but after we see what happens with the Super Committee and his Jobs Bill, if cooperation doesn’t occur, it’s time to suit up and take this fight to The People and 2012.
The GOP has been very cocky in their delusional bubble, threatening our economy, millions of those who get government checks, etc. all to extort from Obama all their demands. They have not succeeded at that though they have done a great deal of harm to the nation and its economy in the process.
Why should Obama try once again to negotiate with people who are of such ill will? Perhaps…after returning to their states and getting hammered in town halls…or intentionally avoiding their constituency’s anger by not holding town halls…and after seeing Congress’ approval ratings plummet to the lowest in history, 12%…maybe at least for some, the bubble they’ve been living in has popped. Maybe they now see that re-election and keeping the House is greatly at risk if they don’t work with Obama on a bipartisan jobs deal.
All the Republicans seem to care about is having power and legislating to help corporations…so if the public is getting angrier at them…maybe they realize that in 2012 they could lose all that power and legislation they crave.
Maybe not, maybe they’re smugly sitting back in their DC bubble, confident that Koch and Rove money and new election laws will tilt the election to them and against popular sentiment…but maybe not.
In any case, this would be a great time for Pres. Obama to hit one out of the ballpark rhetorically, capturing lightning in a bottle once again in this speech and renewing hope in people that things are really going to get better. We’ll find out tonight, hope you’ll join us live blogging during his speech but in the meantime, please feel free to comment about your thoughts on what he should say, what we should do to get our economy back on track and how all of this connects with the 2012 elections.
UPDATE: (Video removed after speech)