Laying the path for Obama’s job “plan”

Obama’s dogwashers are already trying to get out ahead of Obama’s impending jobs plan (his 9th). We have already come to know two things: The plan will include much of the same proposals we have already seen from his administration, and the ObamaBots don’t think that the tea party isn’t going to like PREZBO’s plan. Well if the administration continues to pitch the same lousy policies, then they are going to be met with the same backlash. The game isn’t changing at all .. why should the White House expect the tea party to change its ways?

David Axelrod told CNN’s “State of the Union” over the weekend that a major obstacle to job creation in this country has been Republicans who are catering to the tea party. Axelrod said, “I think what you’ll find when the president unveils the entire program is that there’s nothing in there that reasonable people shouldn’t be able to agree on and if we make the House Republicans and particularly the tea party faction, if we make them the standard, we’re in deep trouble.”

Nothing that people shouldn’t be able to agree on? Just guessing – but let’s see:

* Strengthen unions.
* Government infrastructure work for only union contractors.
* Tax increases. Oops — I mean “revenues”
* Reform patent laws. This is a biggie!
* No roll-back of the massive number of new government regulations under Obama. More than 379 new government regulations were added to the mix in July ALONE.
* Continue the fight against Boeing for daring to locate a manufacturing facility in a non-forced union state to warn other businesses that they had better not try a similar stunt.
* Continue to sit on the new trade agreements with Columbia, Panama and South Korea so that congress cannot act on them. Unions don’t like these agreements.
* Extend unemployment benefits because they create so many jobs.

Oh yeah. There’s absolutely nothing there that reasonable people could disagree with, right? What we need to remember is that the people who put this dangerous hack into office were NOT reasonable people.

It matters not though. The tea parties obviously have the progs and Democrats scared to death. They will have to do everything they can to discredit these dangerous tea parties who want lower taxes, smaller government and less government spending. You will hear the “out of the mainstream” line again and again. If the mainstream is what put Obama into office, then out of that idiotic mainstream is where we all need to be.

Looks like Obama’s chief campaign strategist is channeling one of Congress’ finest members Maxine Waters who recently said that as far as she is concerned, “the tea party can go straight to hell.” That’s right .. to hell with their belief in smaller government, lower taxes, lower spending and our Constitution! If Obama wants to spend more taxpayer dollars on bolstering union labor, then by gawd he should not be questioned.

Yup! More on that union jobs thing. This will be a part of Obama’s grand jobs plan to be revealed after Labor Day. David Axelrod told us himself that Obama’s plan is expected to include spending on infrastructure development, including roads and bridges. How is this any different than the $230 billion that was allocated for infrastructure spending under Obama’s grand stimulus bill? Or how will it compare to the $50 billion in 2010 for Obama’s “Plan to Renew and Expand America’s Roads, Railways and Runways”? The answer is that there is no difference, only more debt. Remember that these billions and billions of dollars that Obama has spent and promises to spend come from one place: you. Every dollar that the government spends is equivalent to a tax increase on you, because it deprives the people who earned the money from actually spending it. Government spending gives us less buying power. That even applies to those evil rich people …

And then there’s the payroll tax cuts

The other part of Obama’s plan that Axelrod says we can expect from Obama is a call to extend the temporary cut in payroll taxes. This temporary cut has been in place for about seven months, and Obama wants to extend it through 2012.

OK .. here’s the interesting twist on this payroll tax cut. The spin is already in the works and the ObamaMedia is helping.

You do remember the Bush tax cuts, don’t you? They were temporary. They were supposed to expire after 10 years. Same thing for the current payroll tax cut. So what happens when the Democrats want to let the Bush tax cuts expire? The Republicans call this a tax hike. Tax rates will go up, so it’s a tax hike. Pretty simple, don’t you think? But the Democrats and the ObamaMedia said that it just ain’t so. Allowing these temporary tax rates to expire is not a tax hike.

The Republicans are opposed to extending the temporary cut in payroll taxes. They don’t think it is a very effective way to grow the economy. I may not agree with the Republicans on this one, but that’s not the point. The point is the Republicans will oppose and the Democrats will then say that the Republicans want to increase taxes on poor working people. We’ve already had this headline “GOP may OK tax increase that Obama hopes to block.” Now that’s pretty clever, isn’t it? The temporary tax cut is set to expire. The Democrats — the same Democrats who said that ending the Bush tax cuts was NOT a tax increase — are now saying that ending the payroll tax cut IS a tax increase, and it’s being pushed by the Republicans and Obama is trying to stop it. That’s the spin, and you can count on the bulk of the Washington and NYC press corps to go right along with it. The evil, dastardly Republicans will be working to protect millionaires, billionaires and corporations but not average Americans: “It is unthinkable to me that the Republican Party would say we can’t touch — we can’t touch tax cuts for the wealthy, we can’t touch special interest corporate tax loopholes because that will hinder — hinder the economy, but we’ll allow a $1,000 tax increase on the average American come January. How could that be? The only explanation for it is politics.” Or how about this explanation .. these temporary cuts to feed your Keynesian theories aren’t working. They are a cop-out to the fact that the administration is too scared to propose any real reform. In the end, are these temporary payroll tax cuts even working?

Seven months after the payroll tax relief began, the unemployment rate remains a very high 9.1% and the pace of job growth has slowed.

In December the White House touted a Deutsche Bank economic analysis predicting that the tax holiday would increase output by 0.7 percentage points and boost overall year-over-year GDP growth to 4%. They weren’t even close. Instead the economy decelerated and growth in the first six months averaged 0.8%, down from 3% in 2010.

Why is the administration hanging their hat on this failed idea? Because this idea fits into their wealth envy narrative, while real reform probably wouldn’t. Now who is playing politics?

Rep. Waters: ‘Tea Party can go straight to hell’

Another chapter in the “Democratic Annals of Civility”:

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) came out swinging against Republicans in Congress on Saturday as she addressed the unemployed during a forum in Inglewood.

The event occurred a day after new statistics were released showing that California’s jobless rate last month went up to 12%, from 11.8%. California now has the second-highest rate of unemployment in the nation, trailing only Nevada at 12.9%, and its jobless rate is well above the U.S. average of 9.1%.

Waters vowed to push Congress to focus on creating more jobs. “I’m not afraid of anybody,” said Waters. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘tea party’ can go straight to hell.”

More than 1,000 people attended “Kitchen Table Summit,” which was designed to give the jobless an opportunity to vent to elected officials and share their struggles about finding a job.

Looks like the jobless weren’t the only ones “venting.”

What the Tea Party has to do with jobs policies is a mystery. And why should she be scared of them? Her gerrymandered district is so safe, she could be a cold corpse and still win in a landslide.

It was an applause line, a gratuitous slap at political opponents. If her constituents had any sense, they’d be telling Waters to go straight to hell for all the good she and her party has done in managing the economy.

Verizon strike a lesson in economics

Union workers for Verizon have been protesting for weeks. You’ve read the stories and seen the videos of their antics throughout this strike: putting children in front of moving cars driven by “scabs” or staging a mock funeral outside a Verizon executive’s home. Well you will be happy to know that they will be heading back to work on Tuesday, though without an agreement. But in all of the shenanigans, we have lost sight of exactly why these people were protesting in the first place.

Enter: ObamaCare.

Thanks to ObamaCare .. which these unions supported, by the way .. Verizon is looking at healthcare cost increases of as much as $200 million. Why the increase in cost? Because ObamaCare levies a 40% excise tax on Cadillac health plans, which have been negotiated by these unions. What’s amazing is that Verizon warned about the consequences back in March 2010 when ObamaCare was passed. Apparently these union employees must have thought they were kidding.

Now here is where the unions fail to understand how taxes work. You see .. Verizon isn’t going to just bend over and take this $200 million increase in taxes. Nope. These costs are ultimately passed down to us: the workers and/or the consumers. In this case, Verizon is asking its union employees to pay a portion of their health plan premiums .. which, by the way, is what non-union Verizon workers are already required to do.

The other lesson that these union employees can’t seem to understand is why Verizon must adjust now (in 2011) when the law doesn’t go into effect until 2018. Businesses, apparently unlike government, must plan long-term in order to survive. They re-work business models in order to adjust to changes in the market or expected cost increases (like ObamaCare). This is what a Barack Obama presidency has been so detrimental to businesses in this country .. his big government policies combined with his love of government regulation and pending tax increases, makes it nearly impossible for businesses to create long-term plans. Hence, they sit and they wait and all the while our economy suffers. Can’t blame ‘em.