Friday, September 9, 2011

Where is the American Jobs Act?

Last night President Obama called upon Congress to "pass the American Jobs Act."  So, I went online this morning to read the "American Jobs Act."

Here's the problem:  There is no bill to read.  There is nothing for Congress to pass, at least that I can find.  There are a bunch of ideas, yes, but Congress can't pass a bunch of ideas.  Congress needs a bill.  The President also talked about how the American Jobs Act is paid for already.  No it isn't.  He is relying on Congress to come up with the $400 billion or so he needs for this legislation.  Given the happenings of the past six months, do you think they are capable of doing that?

What we got from the President is more words and more platitudes -- nothing we haven't already heard.  Why not give the speech after the bill is ready so we can all read it?  And why is the President writing legislation anyway?  Isn't that Congress' job?  Does our Constitution mean anything anymore?  Apparently not.

Speaking of which, what does Congress have the right to do?
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;--And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
That "provide for...the general Welfare" clause sure has gotten a lot of action, hasn't it?  It's almost funny how far astray we've ended up.
And seriously -- President Obama is still using the Warren Buffet secretary story?  I think he needs a new anecdote.  I would like him next time to tell the nation how much Warren Buffet paid in taxes and how much his secretary paid, just to keep it all in perspective.


  1. Considering the debt we're in, nothing is "already paid for" in this country right now.

    I want to say it so badly on twitter but don't want to get into a political war w/ people but good god damn he's the most worthless president I've ever seen. More worthless than Carter.

    That Buffet secretary thing is such BS... they're talking about capital gains but no one wants to mention that. So sick of it.

  2. Seriously, he says it's all paid for, but some as yet to be determined committee from Congress has to figure out how to pay for it? And there is no bill yet, so why is he screaming to pass it? Or will it be another "we have to pass it to see what's in it" disaster?

    I agree with you that he is worthless. I don't at all think he's a bad person or means any harm, but he is in way over his head. I guess that's what we get for electing someone with so little experience. I kind of want Hillary to run against him.

    The Buffet thing irks me because it gets spun as his secretary paid more in taxes than he did, but she most definitely did not.