Saturday, November 05, 2011

Obama Slams Republicans From Europe

President Obama is in France this week, solving the problems of the world. Or not. He has accomplished virtually nothing, as is the usual outcome of these gatherings but, hey, it's a European vacation and lots of photos for the re-election campaign, too. The absurdity of Barack Obama arriving in France on Tuesday and declaring that the European economic mess would be solved in a period of 48 hours was laughable, except it was just depressing.

The President of the United States is clueless. And, he went to Europe to spread that word.

Taking his re-election campaign across the pond, Obama decided to bash the Republicans in the Senate as he participated in some press opportunities. After the Senate failed to pass a section of his so-called jobs bill, President Obama took his disappointment to the world press.

"For the third time in recent weeks, every single Republican in the United States Senate has chosen to obstruct a jobs bill that independent economists said would boost our economy and put Americans back to work. At a time when more than a million construction workers are looking for a job, they voted "no" to putting them back to work doing the work America needs done -- rebuilding our roads, bridges, airports and transit systems. That makes no sense.

It makes no sense when you consider that this bill was made up of the same kinds of common-sense proposals that many of these senators have fought for in the past. It was fully paid for. And even though it was supported by more than 70% of the American people -- Republicans, Democrats and independents -- 100% of Senate Republicans said no. It's more clear than ever that Republicans in Washington are out of touch with Americans from all ends of the political spectrum.

The American people deserve to know why their Republican representatives in Washington refuse to put some of the workers hit hardest by the economic downturn back on the job rebuilding America. They deserve an explanation as to why Republicans refuse to step up to the plate and do what's necessary to create jobs and grow the economy right now. It's time for Republicans in Congress to put country ahead of party and listen to the people they were elected to serve. It's time for them to do their job and focus on Americans' jobs. And until they do, I will continue to do everything in my power to move this country forward."

He conveniently forgets to mention that there are Democrats who also are not voting in favor of the pieces of the jobs bill that the Senate chooses to bring up, knowing the votes are not there. It is political theatre for the re-election of Obama and it is at the expense of Americans looking to Washington to lead us out of this economic mess.

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