Obama in NC: ‘Pass This Bill’ Tour, Disagreeing Democrats

President Obama gestures while touting his $447 billion jobs plan at N. Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC today. It was his third road trip since unveiling his jobs plan last week. 9/14/11 (photo/AP)


“Pass this bill now… pass this bill now… pass this bill now…”

While President Obama visited North Carolina today on his re-elect me ‘pass this bill’ tour – where unemployment is over 10% and hundreds of thousands are out of work – some of his fellow Democrats confirm his ‘Jobs Plan’ won’t help the economy.

President Obama’s failed policies have not worked for North Carolina:

• In July, The Unemployment Rate In North Carolina Climbed To 10.1%. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 9/14/11)

• Over 450,000 North Carolinians Were Unemployed In July. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 9/14/11)

• North Carolina Has Lost More Than 140,000 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Since President Obama Took Office – Including 22,000 Jobs Since April. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 9/14/11)

As Obama leaves Washington for the day, Senate Democrats reveal their feelings about his Jobs Plan:

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA):

“Terrible … We shouldn’t increase taxe on ordinary income. … There are other ways to get there.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA):

“Maybe it’s just for his election, which I hope isn’t the case.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE):

“I think the best jobs bill that can be passed is a comprehensive long-term deficit reduction plan… That’s better than everything else the President is talking about – combine.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE):

“I’ve made it clear I’m looking for [tax] cuts, so I’m very hopeful there will be cuts.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK):

“On The pay-fors, I have a problem.” (Manu Raju, “Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan,” Politico, 9/14/11)

As President Obama campaigns for a jobs plan that some Democrats openly disagree with, nearly eight in ten Americans believe the economy is getting worse:

Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index released on September 14th is at its lowest point since February 2009.

“Americans’ confidence in the U.S. economy is now at its lowest point since February 2009 – near the conclusion of the recession that officially ended in June 2009. Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index was -52 in August, above its financial crisis lows, but much lower than the -21 to -35 range measured from June 2009 to June 2011.” (Lymari Morales and Elizabeth Mendes, “Three Years After Crisis, Little Sign Of Economic Relief In U.S.,” Gallup.com, 9/14/11)

77 % of Americans polled by Gallup in August said the economy is getting worse.

“Americans’ current level of economic confidence – which represents their views on the current state and future direction of the nation’s economy – is decidedly negative. Seventy-seven percent said the economy was getting worse in August, the highest – by far – since February 2009, the month in which Congress passed a $787 billion stimulus bill in hopes of lifting the U.S. economy out the depths of the recession.” (Lymari Morales and Elizabeth Mendes, “Three Years After Crisis, Little Sign Of Economic Relief In U.S.,” Gallup.com, 9/14/11)



► Jayde Wyatt

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3 Responses to Obama in NC: ‘Pass This Bill’ Tour, Disagreeing Democrats

  1. colleen says:

    Is “Pass the Bill” the same as “Pass the Buck?”

  2. Mark says:

    I love how Ann Coulter explained on Sean Hannity the other night that Obama asking for another stimulus is like your irresponsible, drunk brother who borrows money from you to pay the rent, then blows it on drugs and alcohol, only to come back begging for more money because he never paid his rent. Classic!

    I’m also amazed at how liberals will defend Obama’s record and exercise willful blindness to pretend that everything is fine and that all is well with the economy. Really? What color is the sky in their world?

  3. Mark says:

    @colleen
    yes, only in this case the “buck” has 12 zeros after the 1.