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Three things to remember about Mitt Romney


Via the Veterans For Obama Facebook page, three things to remember about Mitt Romney:

  1. His 59-point "Jobs Plan" does not mention veterans.
  2. He suggested privatizing veterans benefits and giving veterans vouchers for health care.
  3. He cut benefits for veterans as governor of Massachusetts.

Last night, to President Obama's great credit, he was all over veterans issues while Romney sat there sweating and twiddling his Romnesiacal thumbs.


VIDEO: Pres. Obama unveils $5 billion veterans jobs proposal; Good news on jobs is bad news for GOP


See that video? Hear what President Obama is saying? About, you know, jobs? So does the GOP, and it is driving them crazy.


President Barack Obama unveiled a new $5 billion veterans jobs plan Friday that the administration says will put thousands of men and women who once wore their country's uniform back to work.

The new Veterans Jobs Corps initiative, first mentioned in the president's State of the Union address last week, involves partnerships with the Veterans Administration and the Interior Department, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies.

Under the blueprint, the administration will award $166 million in grant money to communities that show a preference for hiring post-9/11 veterans for new law enforcement positions. In addition, $320 million in grant money will be awarded to various fire departments who pledge to hire and train new veterans.

But this was the headline that made my day: Good news on jobs is bad news for GOP. Thank you for that one, CNN:

Translation: We're cleaning up George W. Bush's mess. Give us a second term to finish the job.

This being an election year, Republicans put the worst possible spin on the report.... Translation: Republicans need to clean up Barack Obama's mess. Give us the White House and we'll do the job. [...]

[O]ver the past few weeks, the number of Americans who approve of Obama's handling of the economy has been steadily increasing.

For five months in a row, the unemployment rate has dropped, and it's the lowest in three years. Imagine what it would be had so many government jobs not been cut; those would be the very jobs that Republicans want to continue to eliminate in order to screw with the economy so that they can then blame the president for failing to perk things up.

It's all about getting President Obama out of office, America be damned.


La Cucaracha: "Finally, a GOP jobs plan!"


A major advantage of having a Twitter pal like Lalo Alcaraz (@LaloAlcaraz) is that he generously shares his work with us.

Here’s today’s La Cucaracha:


VIDEO: President Obama gets "mic checked" speaking in New Hampshire on jobs and the economy 11-22-11


The "mic check" is in the first video at about 2:50.

H/t: @ReasonVsFear


Poll-itics- Independents, moderates: GOP sabotaging President Obama


A new Washington Post-ABC News poll confirms what many of us already know: Republicans are sabotaging President Obama and his jobs plan, or any other plan to deal with this lousy economy.

The president is trying to put people to work, the GOP wants to put the president out of a job.

The president is doing what he can to be constructive, the GOP destructive.

The president is doing what he can to help pull us up and out of BushCo's mess, Republicans don't give a damn about Americans' health, welfare, or livelihoods, so long as they win elections.

The contrast couldn't be clearer.

Taegan sums it up for us:

50% of Americans think President Obama is "making a good faith effort to deal with the country's economic problems," but Republicans are "playing politics by blocking his proposals and programs."

Meanwhile, 44% think Obama is at fault and "has not provided leadership on the economy."

Independents blame Republicans by a 54% to 40% margin, while moderate voters favor blame Republicans by 57% to 37%.


House conservatives unveil their so-called jobs plan. Hint: Feel free to skip this post.


The House conservatives are calling their little "jobs" plan the "exact opposite" of President Obama's, or to put it another way, their "no jobs" plan. If you recall, President Obama's plan got thumbs up from all kinds of 1%ers:

The U.S. economy would get a boost of up to 2 percent under President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan, say economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Moody’s Analytics Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

And let's not forget this from September: Economists: President Obama's jobs plan would likely prevent new recession.

Now the GOP is proposing the same old French kisses to corporations, more tax cuts, more drilling, and fewer regulations, as they always have, and are promoting it as though it were a new plan. But here's the punch line (or two), via The Hill:

The architects of the proposal said they had no specific estimate of how many jobs it would create [...]

[T]he plan has yet to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office for its impact on the deficit, though conservatives often rely on a dynamic scoring method not used by official scorekeepers.

So they have no idea how many jobs it would(n't) create, it hasn't been scored, but hey, it's like soooo much better than Obama's plan, so there!

The RSC tax plan would create an optional tax system of two rates — 15 percent on personal income of $50,000 annually and 25 percent for income above that level. The corporate rate would be reduced to 25 percent from 35 percent in a new territorial system; the capital gains tax would be indexed for inflation; and the estate tax repealed.

They've got nothing, and they put this out there because they see the president pushing a decent plan and were too embarrassed to go one more day without offering something of their own.

This is called pulling it outta your... hat. Shades of Herman Cain. Good luck with that.


VIDEO: Rick Perrytroleum and the Jobettes


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Rachel Maddow:

"The Rick Perry jobs plan is an oil company executive's letter to Santa."

"They're using the dire economic situation in this country right now to prey on people's desperation to find work... Same old plan, but the sell is different."

Jim Hightower:

"If ignorance ever goes to a hundred dollars a barrel, you want to get the drilling rights on Perry's head."