When I heard that Scott Brown had voted for the second stimulus/jobs bill, I had a bit of a meltdown. All over Twitter. Furious. Disappointed. Yes, even surprised. So I thought I’d better wait, get a good night’s sleep, marshal up some perspective, and do the requisite blog post “tomorrow.” Well, today is tomorrow, and I still want to think about it tomorrow (don’t start calling me Scarlett, heh). I’m still mad as hell, feel duped and betrayed, and want to scream at something.
Here’s the deal. The bill is useless. Useless. More spending to accomplish pretty much nothing (at the low low cost of only $15 billion, we may–may–create 250,000 jobs, jobs that employers are incentivized to keep for a whole year.). Woo. And hoo. The only people who will hire a full-time employee and get the benefits of this Social Security payroll tax “holiday” (for ten months) and the one time $1,000 tax credit are people who were going to be hiring anyway. This isn’t incentive to hire, not when massive taxes on businesses are pending in the form of Cap and Tax and (again, like Jason from the Friday the Thirteenth series) the newly-revived healthcare reform, replete some are saying with the public option. So this bill, like the bigger, stupider bipartisan one that Harry Reid trashed, is going to be as super-effective as the first stimulus. You know the one, the one that Scott Brown said “didn’t create one new job“?
What’s hard to understand about this simple concept: the government cannot create jobs. They can create an environment that is private industry/small business-friendly, but they cannot create jobs. Or save them (whatever that means “officially”). The government can, however, kill job growth, and that is exactly what this government is doing in flirting with the aforementioned disastrous legislation that will kill millions more jobs, and they honestly think that tossing a thousand dollars at someone is going to prompt them to hire anyone? Insane. What’s the payoff for that when the economy’s in the toilet, no one is spending money (except the government), and businesses are struggling to hang on to the employees they already have? Or opting out of the business world altogether? Even the businesses that are doing well are holding off on hiring until they find out how much it will cost them for each new employee once Cap and Tax (or the “backdoor” approach via the EPA) and government-controlled healthcare are passed.
Enter Scott Brown, newly-elected senator from Massachusetts. Here’s why he said he voted for the “jobs” bill:
I came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside, and to do everything in my power to help create jobs for Massachusetts families. This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I voted for it because it contains measures that will help put people back to work.
I was disappointed with the continuation of politics-as-usual in the drafting of this bill, as it was crafted behind closed doors, without transparency and accountability. I hope for improvements in that process going forward. All of us, Republicans and Democrats, have to work together to get our economy back on track. I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington.
Talk about a tin ear. I don’t remember him running as an Indie, nor do I remember his platform being “restoring bipartisanship in Washington.” So he voted for a bill that he recognizes is flawed, that was business-as-usual in order to restore bipartisanship? Huh? Let’s think for a minute about “restoring bipartisanship in Washington.” That’s what got us into this mess in the first place: republicans trying to work with progressives in dem clothing and agreeing to massive spending, massive expansions of government, and massive pressure to force banks to lend to people who could never ever pay back their mortgages or loans.
Bipartisanship sounds great, all lovey dovey, let’s sip Coke and link arms and sway back and forth in peace and harmony. The trouble is that this administration is driving this country into a brick wall at a hundred miles an hour. How do you work with that? Say, gee, we could slow down to eighty miles an hour, maybe put on our seatbelts. Won’t that be a nice compromise? Problem: wall, country, boom! When someone you are supposed to be working with is a dangerous maniac bent on wrong-headed policies that go against the grain of America, you don’t work with them. You avoid them. Like the plague.
Unless you’re Scott Brown. Then you jump on board and put your foot on the gas.