They call it the “Jobs Bill” or the “American Jobs Act”, but “Zero Liability” seems to be catching on as well.
What isn’t catching on is the bill itself, at least in the Legislature. The bill has been submitted, but not with a single co-sponsor in either the House or the Senate. It seems it wasn’t even submitted by choice.
…Connecticut Democratic Rep. John Larson has introduced President Barack Obama’s jobs plan in the House of Representatives “at the request of the president” and that the bill has no co-sponsors.
A bill that will cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars with no co-sponsors that’s introduced “at the request of the president” doesn’t exactly lend credence to its contents. Then again, its contents weren’t even in existence when Obama waxed poetic for an hour about it earlier this month.
In his speech before Congress on September 8 to announce his $450 billion second stimulus, President Obama demanded over and over that Congress “pass this bill.” At the time he spoke those words, it later was revealed, there was no bill to pass—the White House had not finished drafting it.
The Democrats seem to publically support the bill but won’t put a single name on it, suggesting they are acutely aware of how unpopular co-sponsoring this load will be to their constituents come November next year.
They try to waylay this as a planned strategy by saying “We weren’t chasing co-sponsors.” But does that really fly?
The most accurate way to describe this bill is not exactly polite, so let’s just say: this is already one seriously giant mess.
And based on the catastrophes the previous attempts have been, that’s really saying something.