I have been puzzling this week over why the Republican House passed Obama’s “Jobs Bill”, which included the rider that college interest fees could not be doubled, on a day after a week that saw the ACA (ObamaCare) bill upheld by the Supreme Court. I could not figure out why the Republicans would turn around and pass a bill that would make Obama look good. And last night, I found out on the Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC/Rachel Maddow) – there is video.
Last week was a bad time weather-wise for most of the middle east coast. Remnants of Hurricane Debby caused fierce thunderstorms that blew down power lines, and many places throughout North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and, wait for it, Washington DC have been without power for a week, and may not have it for another few days. Repairmen are working 16 hour days to get the lines repaired and back up.
This “Jobs Bill” includes money to move power lines underground. These Republican constituents of some of those Republican Representatives have been emailing, calling, tweeting, writing, and whatever means of communication to their representatives saying “fix this”. One woman was heard to say (anonymous, maybe just hearsay) that she would vote for anyone, even a Democrat, if they would promise to get the power lines underground.
Well, considering the 95 degree days going on across the area, and perhaps a few of these reps themselves going without ice and air conditioning, and looking to their own comfort and the anger of their constituents, the House of Representatives quickly put the jobs bill, as it has been sitting in their chambers, through, and it quickly went to the Senate and was passed, and yesterday, President Barack Obama signed the jobs bill into law. He was surrounded by college students and construction people. And I am sitting on my sofa laughing merrily. Trust them to decide to do the right thing when it comes to their own interests.
Think about it. And oh how I do love politics!!!!
On a side note, Rachel also had Harvey Weinstein as a guest last night, and they were talking about the huge difference in the amount of money Romney has taken in, and what Obama has taken in, and the fact that some of Obama’s previous backers (2008) are not giving him as much money as they did then. And Harvey explained it in a wonderful way – he talked about making movies, because we Americans do love our celebrities. As he explained, there are movies that cost jillions to make that flop at the box office, and there are movies that cost little to make, which become huge hits and make a lot of money for the investors. He also spoke about Ford spending the largest amount of money ever to publicize the Edsel, and the Edsel, of course, was a huge flop. So if you worry about how much money Romney has to spend – don’t. People with sense and sensibility, and smarts, are not going to be influenced by money when it comes to their own good, and entertainment, and lives. Barack’s backers know they don’t need to put out huge amounts of money because Barack Obama is going to win.
Funny how that happens. People who love and worship money, and who believe it makes them heroes to the rest of us, don’t understand that to the common man and woman, just trying to make ends meet, get a bit of the American dream, put their children through school, put food on the table, and appreciate having a job, any job, don’t care about huge sums of money in general. Take me – I’m just glad I am not out on the street, that I can afford to buy groceries, and if I do without such things as foreign trips and a nice car and buy my clothes at Target or Family Dollar, well, I’m clothed, fed, and sleep in a warm/cool place on a bed. If you come right down to it, that is all the regular wo/man on the street really wants. Maybe a little entertainment along the way, but that does not mean a Broadway Show if a movie will be just as entertaining.
And a final bit from Rachel last night: The Republican House Representative in Michigan is not running again because of “calumnies, disasters, scandals” that are impacting on his family. He says he is going to quit public office and return to being a “sovereign citizen” (and Rachel says to look this up on Google, but be sure you have seat belts on when you do). That leaves the only Republican on the slate this November being a reindeer herder, which is, I’m sure, an honorable job, but perhaps not the one the people want in Congress. I withhold my opinion on that considering I know nothing about the man.
Carol Stepp, Austin, TX