One Whole Year Of Economic Constipation Courtesy Of The GOPon September 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm
On September 8, 2011 — one year ago tomorrow — President Obama laid out a series of policy proposals known collectively as the American Jobs Act. The plan included stimulus spending in the form of immediate infrastructure investments, tax credits for working Americans and employers to encourage consumer spending and job growth, and efforts to shore up state and local budgets to prevent further layoffs of teachers, firefighters, police officers, and other public safety officials.
The American Jobs Act never became law, however, because Republicans opposed it from the start, blasting it as another form of “failed stimulus” that wouldn’t help the economy.
They did not negotiate to improve it. They did not offer their own version. They just blocked it. Why? Because the worse the economy does, the better the GOP does in the 2012 election and beyond. It’s that simple and that crass.
Just as a reminder, here’s Paul Ryan, the GOP’s vice presidential nominee, advocating for exactly the same kind of stimulus spending when Bush was in office:
Republicans LOVE deficit spending when they’re in charge and only become “fiscally responsible” when they’re on the outs. They are literally betting on voters’ gullability and short term memories when they claim they hate government spending.