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Here's how the American public feels about President Obama's jobs bill proposal to deliver Federal aid to state and local governments to hire back teachers and first responders who have been laid off during the recession:

Source: CNN/ORC poll of American adults
conducted Oct 14-16. MoE ±3%.
And here's how Senate Republicans voted:
How Senate Voted
Once again, they prove the only thing they care about is defeating President Obama. They will do anything to win.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 06:38 AM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement and Daily Kos.

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  •  They keep providing the hammers (8+ / 0-)

    to hit them over the head with during elections - jobs, the plan to kill Medicare.

    Do we have candidates with enough stones to pick up those hammers and keep pounding?  Remains to be seen.

    However, enough votes like this on all the pieces of the job bill and I would think even the most secure R Senator will be playing defense in 2012.

    Omar: When you been doin it as long as I have, you do the thing on your name. OWS: Due to budget cutbacks, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.

    by ten5v1lt4 on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 06:48:22 AM PDT

    •  Dear President Socialist Obama: (6+ / 0-)

      Here is the biggest political softball pitch that has ever been tossed in the history of American politics.  We, the God-fearing GOP, hereby present you with the easiest path to election victory that has ever been cast upon a President.

      Your friends,

      The GO Pee

      •  grumble, grumble SOCIALIST (2+ / 0-)
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        grumble FASCIST grumble grumble DAMN NI_ _ _ _!

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:56:09 AM PDT

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      •  I hope the President continues to grow his (2+ / 0-)
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        Marxist platform plank by plank.

        You go O.

        It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. --FDR

        by Rube Goldberg on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:57:20 AM PDT

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      •  Easiest path??? You wish. (3+ / 0-)
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        Catsmeat, ten5v1lt4, Inspector Javert

        There is no easy path for Obama.

        Yesterday I read yet another one of the ubiquitous poll reports that said the majority of the public believed the economy is Obama's fault.

        WE may know the economy was inherited from the republican pillage-and-loot machine. WE may know that the republicans in Congress are total obstructionists when it comes to job creation. The general public may not be able to tear themselves away from Faux news and the reality teevee to find those facts.

        Uhmm, all due respect, it ain't gonna be easy at all.

    •  Don't look for stones among the Dems (3+ / 0-)
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      If the Senate Dems had any stones, they'd take the filibuster and stomp it flat.  The vote was 50-50, and (if the Senate was doing its damned job), Biden makes 51.

      Every time I see these kind of votes, I get furious at the Republicans - and disgusted by the Democrats.

      I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

      by tle on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:57:03 AM PDT

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      •  Agree 100% (0+ / 0-)
        Every time I see these kind of votes, I get furious at the Republicans - and disgusted by the Democrats.

        That's why I said candidates, hopefully we have some new blood with stones to beat out some incumbent R's

        Omar: When you been doin it as long as I have, you do the thing on your name. OWS: Due to budget cutbacks, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.

        by ten5v1lt4 on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 08:07:47 AM PDT

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  •  And does that surprise you? (6+ / 0-)

    I mean, seriously? The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. There are high and low tides, and the Republicans want to block all legislations proposed by Obama.

    "Mr Obama wishes to be president of a country that does not exist. In his fantasy US, politicians bury differences in bipartisan harmony."

    by tarheel74 on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 06:48:57 AM PDT

    •  Past performance IS a guarantee of future results (2+ / 0-)
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      here.   They've been remarkably consistent on this subject since 1/20/09.  Other than Collins and Snowe voting for the original Stim spring '09, has a SINGLE Gooper* in either house EVER voted for ANY economic package proposed by Obama?

      There's ample Everglades property near here I'll gladly sell to anyone who ever thought for a moment that this package would get any GOP support.

      *Specter was a Gooper when he voted "Aye," but he soon switched parties.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:57:53 AM PDT

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  •  and even the MSM is starting to call them out... (14+ / 0-)

    From Mother Jones:

    I can't copy the picture, but the headlines read "Obama's Job Bill is Blocked Again by Senate Republicans" and "Senate Republicans Block $35 Billion for Teachers and First Responders"

    Nice work from the copy desks at the New York Times and the Washington Post tonight: these are nice, simple headlines that explain exactly what happened to the Democratic jobs proposal in the Senate a few hours ago. In the Times piece, the second paragraph explained that "Democrats needed 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster." In the Post piece, the sixth paragraph provided the background: "Under the rules of the Senate, 60 votes were needed to continue toward action on the bill."

    This is clean and accurate. The headlines make it clear that Republicans blocked the bill, and the text makes it clear that you need 60 votes to move forward with legislation in the Senate. Good job.

    "Rick Perry put the 'goober' in gubernatorial" -- Jim Hightower

    by theKgirls on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 06:55:56 AM PDT

  •  So the best way to not burden (11+ / 0-)

    our children with a crippling load of debt is to make certain they grow up too uneducated to earn a living?

    Way to go, GOP!
    Opposed to

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:06:35 AM PDT

  •  Three Democrats voted NO too (4+ / 0-)
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    Lieberman, of course, and disgracefully, Ben Nelson, d/Ne.  I can't wait to hear why Nelson voted no...  The only problem with Nelson is that the Republicans who are wanting to run against him are twice as bad.  

  •  Surprise, surprise (4+ / 0-)
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    MartyM, Rube Goldberg, Catsmeat, Matt Z

    On a lighter note, it's Friday ya bastids!

    That's not what I said... I said something that means the exact same thing.

    by GBC on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:32:30 AM PDT

  •  SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! nt (3+ / 0-)
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    Earth: Mostly harmless ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (revised entry)

    by yawnimawke on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:32:31 AM PDT

  •  I don't understand why (7+ / 0-)

    DSCC and DCCC are not running this graphic as a ten-second ad in every TV market in the nation.

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:33:32 AM PDT

  •  How many democrats joined the republicans? (1+ / 0-)
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    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
    Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

    by The Dead Man on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:38:51 AM PDT

  •  Mark Effing Pryor (1+ / 0-)
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    It’s rather difficult to understand Pryor’s position. On his Senate website, the Arkansas senator touts his own “Six point solution to job creation” — a nine-page PDF document which touts the need for education funding. In a section titled “Preparing tomorrow’s job-generators to compete (and win),” Pryor’s jobs plan claims that it ensures “that Arkansans have the right education and training…because a competitive workforce is vital to growing the economy.” That appears to be empty rhetoric from Pryor, given that he just voted against a bill that would have provided over $275 million to support over 4,000 jobs for Arkansas’ educators.

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:47:53 AM PDT

  •  Occupy the Senate (3+ / 0-)
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    As I posted previously it's time to occupy the Senate--in practice all the public places close to the  Capitol. As an example Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown gets to cast this vote as a freebie because the media in Massachusetts are more interested in talking about Red Sox pitchers drinking beer and eating fried chicken. Republicans, aided by a few cowardly or dirty-energy dependent Democrats want to take down the economy--it's time to call them out in a big way.

  •  I hate to say this, but good. (0+ / 0-)

    It is the best way of sweeping to a huge victory in 2012. The pain, the lack of jobs, the suffering? all that will contribute to an extremely angry populace, so long as Obama keeps doing what he is doing - pointing it out, loudly, with anger, and offering hope (if only the GOP would listen to the voters)

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:53:36 AM PDT

  •  Michael Tomasky: (7+ / 0-)

    I don't like to write. Fortunately, I sometimes find a writer who expresses my feelings exactly.

    The economy needs help. The Democrats’ proposals are popular. And yet they’re dying in Congress. Why? Because the GOP hates Obama more than it loves America.

    The Republican Party’s posture to the American people is this. Your opinion on issues like teachers and taxes doesn’t matter a whit to us. True, if you happened to agree with us, we’d use that to our advantage, but since you don’t, we really don’t care. What does matter though, as far as you people are concerned, is what you do next Election Day. If you put a Republican in the White House, we’ll grow up a little. If you give us the Senate, too, we’ll actually get to work (although God forbid on what). But if you keep that man in the White House, we will block everything he and you want. Everything. And nothing will happen in this town for those next four years. The Republicans can’t say any of this, of course, but they don’t have to. People get it. It just sort of seeps out of them, like oil from a polluted stream.

    •  What is Tomasky basing this part on? (3+ / 0-)
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      If you put a Republican in the White House, we’ll grow up a little.

      In what way have they indicated they'll grow up? In what way have they indicated they'll do anything other than continue to make war on workers?

      The most moderate guy they've got is committed to repealing healthcare and financial reforms. They all think the minimum wage should be done away with and it's not even a living wage.

      It is galling to me that they can behave the way they do and even have the slightest prayer of a chance of getting elected/re-elected.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 08:21:07 AM PDT

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  •  Irony (4+ / 0-)
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    The ironic thing is, this obstruction is the very thing that will cause the Republicans to lose in 2012 and secure the President's re-election.

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:55:25 AM PDT

    •  I think its just the opposite (1+ / 0-)
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      I think the GOP has done nothing but prosper on obstruction.

      Every single poll has goddamed independents supporting every one of the President's jobs proposals but then saying they are going to vote overwhelmingly for Romney.

      I makes no f'n sense how dumb this country is right now.

      Trust me, if the GOP thought for one second the American people we actually going to make them pay, those cockroaches would fold.

    •  They need the House and Senate too (1+ / 0-)
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      Doctor Who

      This has to be a sweep.
      then go nuclear with the filibuster..eliminate it day 1.

  •  OK- where can I pester the Main Stream Media? (0+ / 0-)

    Does anybody have the email address for CBS, NBC and ABC?
    I know, "It's useless to try and influence them because they are bought and paid for."
    I still want to try and I hope others will too.
    This is GOLDEN.

  •  Because they're mostly union jobs? (0+ / 0-)

    It would certainly be interesting to see how Republicans would have voted if teachers and first-responders weren't, for the most part, unionized professions.

    •  Not sure they'd have voted for it even then. (0+ / 0-)

      These bastards even resent the freaking minimum wage. I think some of them resent that more of us aren't willing to work for free. OK, hyperbolic, yeah, but not by much.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 08:42:50 AM PDT

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  •  "The thing speaks for itself" (4+ / 0-)
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  •  It would help a lot if Democrats stopped (0+ / 0-)

    voting with Republicans on their a la carte version of a jobs bill.  Jeff Miller's (r) Jobs for Vets and Spouses bill passed with Democrats support.

  •  The masters (the 1%) said vote NO (0+ / 0-)

    So the obedient servants followed their orders. The American PEOPLE wanted the bill passed? THE PEOPLE? Please. The masters don't need to listen to their opinions. Dirty fucking hippies anyway.

  •  They are having their fun now (0+ / 0-)

    I pray that next year thay will pay for this year's fun. I am no expert, and I DO wish that something could actually be DONE now to actually HELP people, but as politics go, I am sure that next year's ads and talking points are writing themselves right now.

  •  Fox News did say Republicans blocked it. (0+ / 0-)

    Ya gotta read beyond the headline.

    If Kasich says State Troopers are assholes, What does that make me?

    by buckshot face on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 08:13:44 AM PDT

  •  The GOP effectively represents (0+ / 0-)

    ~25% of registered voters and it has been the case for decades now. Their stance on many important issues garner similar %s of the polls (margins usually decrease after many month of media propaganda). Even the Reagan "landslide" (as the corporate media was fond of calling it) amounted to 27% of the potential electorate. So, there is unfortunately not much that is new under the sun in our sick democracy, and it includes the reasons why they disenfranchise voters that aren't part of their constituencies.

  •  The fire chief of Moline, IL (3+ / 0-)
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    resigned at a city council meeting when the council elected to fire/lay off 12 firefighters and replace their EMS with private services.  What's interesting is that, from what I can understand, the council hadn't even firmed up a company to do the work, or done any investigating into quality of care, response time, etc.  Basically, they just said they could save $151,945, so that was that.  The 30-year veteran of the department quit on the spot.  It was a really emotional scene.  (Link automatically plays video...)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 08:31:08 AM PDT

  •  make it easier to share (0+ / 0-)

    You should put the two pie charts side-by-side in a single image so it's easier to share (ie. on facebook).

  •  Scott Brown Republican--McConnell Robot (2+ / 0-)
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    And where was Mr. "independent" Scott Brown? Remember, Brown said he would be a "Scott Brown Republican," and conned the Mass. voters. He is nothing but a Mitch McConnell robot, voting in lock step to kill this teachers and  first responders bill. He could care less about helping middle class voters, just the Koch Bros. and Wall Street. His word is not his bond. He introduced Elena Kagan when Obama nominated her for SCOTUS, said he was satisfied with her answers about the ROTC at Harvard, and then surprised everyone by voting "NO" because he claimed as SG she had no judicial experience! Give me a break. Elizabeth Warren is Brown's worst nightmare, the anti-Coakley. Mass. voters must vote in droves to defeat this lightweight in 2012. For more on the Brown-Warren contest, read   this

  •  According to Mitch McConnell (0+ / 0-)

    According to Mitch McConnell, President Obama wants the Republicans to vote against the jobs bills so that he can use it in his campaign next year.  In McConnell's world, he is just being helpful by giving the President what he really wants.

    “But lest there be any doubt, the idea that the death penalty is fairly and rationally imposed in this country is a farce.” Boyce F. Martin, Jr. - Sixth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

    by tomwfox on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 11:14:59 AM PDT

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