Dems have two main constituents with conflicting interests when it comes to the pipeline.
Environmentalists are against it.
On the other hand, it is a "shovel-ready" infrastructure project that would create jobs.
Obama doesn't want to decide until after the election so as not to lose votes. (Environmentalists will lose this one, the pipeline will surely be built)
The Republicans want to force him to decide, so that he loses votes.
It's all one big political game.
Like I always say....You want to know what a lib is doing, just look to what they are accusing you of doing.
Well, they are also just forcing a decision, not an approval. And while they wouldn't mind hitting the president, they are probably more worried about their own elections. Everything they put up for jobs approval gets hidden in a basement and ignored and we get told they are a do-nothing congress. They need to show that they are doing something for jobs creation and this one is public, a compromise with the democrats, and good for their votes.
Frankly, I'm fine with forcing President Obama to make a decision instead of holding off on possible jobs creation (or not) because he wants to win an election. I'm also okay with (but not thrilled by) some of the stuff the democrats put forward in this bill. And, to be blunt, I think it was a very clever move on the republicans' part to get rid of the narrative that they are just obstructionists.
Whether it's great or not, this is how congress has functioned for a very long time. It's how they compromise. "You want all these things, fine, but we are going to get a couple items in return."
Omniscience just sucks without omnipotence!
That is not the point...In fact all your statement does is display for everyone your jealousy, and impedance at being able to garner wealth for yourself. Instead of trying to redistribute someone elses wealth, why don't you fight to make sure our education system is made better so that we as a country can compete, and therefore rising all boats....No, you just want to look at others and think of what you can take.
Does Obama or Congress have a plan to make up the revenue not paid in SS under this temporary reduced rate? Don't see Obama or Congress talk about that?
"I can explain it to you but, I can't understand it for you"
As far as TD's comment, the liberal Nobel prize winner, Paul Krugman, said it was a ponzi scheme.
Republicans need to hammer the Dems on this. Why are they against a bill that, by all accounts, will almost immediately create tens of thousands of good, high paying jobs ????
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While I know the line-item veto would surely be abused in the long run, this is the time I wish it were around.