This legislation was an innovative way to address our transportation infrastructure in Kentucky, and would have enabled us to repair our bridges and roads without adding to our deficit.
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"Everybody in this body knows that the American people want us to do something about the jobs crisis. What Republicans have been saying is that raising taxes on business owners isn't the way to do it."
Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans agrily charge that government does not create jobs. Only the private sector creates jobs. This is ridiculous. Governments provide real and valuable services to people who pay for them with real and valuable dollars. And real and valuable people do the work... until those governments get starved, the workers all get laid off, and the services stop being provided.
Mitch McConnell's cynical and callous attitude toward the unemployed stems from more than his single-minded focus on bringing down the duly elected president of the United States of America. Those segments of society hardest hit by high unemployment didn't vote for Republicans even before they were unemployed.
Mitch McConnell talks about the 1.5 million jobs lost since President Obama's inauguration and he shamelessly says the stimulus didn't work. What he doesn't tell you are that more Americans are working than when Obama took office or that without the stimulus, unemployment would be over 11% instead of stubbornly hovering about 9.1%.
"So yesterday, I tested the President's rhetoric. I proposed that we do exactly what he wants and vote, right away, on this second stimulus bill he's proposed as the supposed solution to our jobs crisis."
President Obama obviously believes that he can blame the failure of his flawed American Jobs Act on Republican refusal to allow a vote on the bill. Today, that plan became inoperative, thanks to Sen. McConnell.
"Here's what he said two years ago this week at a stop in Warren, Ohio: 'All across Ohio and all across the country, rebuilding our roads and our bridges ... that's what the Recovery Act has been all about.' Yet two and a half years later, what do we have to show for it: politically-connected companies like Solyndra ended up with hundreds of millions in taxpayer-backed money, and bridges like the one the President's at today still need to be fixed."
It is time to stop pussyfooting around and call it like it is. Mitch McConnell and his fellow GOP leaders have become domestic terrorists plain and simple.
A summary of local news for September 19, 2011