Republicans favor job creation and recession prevention

I’m often impressed with the superior marketing skills and “message discipline” of the Republican Party. Repubs just seem to be better at identifying the key words that benefit their side and pounding them relentlessly. Sometimes it’s as obvious as the official title of one of their bills, which is usually spelled out in Section 1 of the bill itself.

Yesterday, for example, you may have read that the House Repubs passed (by a whopping margin) a bill that would extend all of the Bush tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of this year. The expiration, or extension, or partial extension is, of course part of the whole “fiscal cliff,” “taxmageddon” drama that may very well decide the 2012 election for many federal offices.

Repubs want to extend all of the tax cuts. Dems want to extend them for the vast majority, but allow them to expire for those with taxable incomes above $250,000. Most of the smart money in Washington says there will be no deal until at least after the election.

Yesterday’s House vote was more puppet theater than substance, or, to put it more kindly, was just a statement by the Repubs, backed by their solid House majority. The bill will not pass the Dem-controlled Senate and will not be signed by the Dem president. But, as long they don’t spend too much time on it, there’s nothing really wrong with the Repubs staging a symbolic vote.

But what cracked me up when I saw the press release announcing that Minnesota’s Erik Paulsen (along with Minnesota’s other three House Repubs)had unsurprisingly voted for the bill, was the official title, as specified in Section 1 of the bill:

Sec. 1. Short title. This section provides the short title for the bill, the “Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012.”

It passed, by a whopping 256-171, with every House Repub except one voting in favor — and with the two least liberal members of Minnesota’s Dems, Collin Peterson and Tim Walz, also voting aye.

Today, the House will vote on the companion bill, promoting broader changes in the tax code that are yet again summarized not so very neutrally in the legal title of the bill:

“The Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act of 2012.”

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 08/02/2012 - 11:02 am.

    The big lie

    George Orwell, were he still alive, would surely enjoy the kabuki aspects of the current Republican Party, not to mention their all-too-frequent use of doublespeak.

    • Submitted by Rich Crose on 08/02/2012 - 10:09 pm.


      Thank you for not using the term Orwellian.

      George Orwell ranted about euphemisms and trite metaphors in political writing and 62 years after his death his name has become a trite metaphor.

      Kabuki? Ray, you are an honor to Mr. Eric Blair.

  2. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 08/02/2012 - 11:16 am.

    Surely there’s a typo at the end of this sentence, right?: “Repubs want to extend all of the tax cuts. Dems want to extend them for the vast majority, but allow them to expire for the earners.”

    The “vast majority” do not earn their wages and salaries?

  3. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 08/02/2012 - 11:34 am.

    My favorite?The Patriot act

    My favorite?

    The Patriot act (USA PATRIOT) that stands for Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism


    Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.

    (end quote)

    It’s being built in Utah because of the availability of the power needs to run the computer operation—65 megawatts!! That’s enough power for a city of 65,000 people. The electrical facilities on the east coast could not be expanded to meet the power demands so it was located where the was sufficient excess power.

    Meanwhile in a related article:


    For months, Senator Ron Wyden has been giving American citizens an extraordinary warning: The federal government is spying on us in ways that violate our privacy and would alarm us if we knew more, he insists, adding that he can’t tell us any more because the details are classified.

    … The most consequential revelation: “National Security Agency spy activities on at least one occasion have violated the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure, according to a ruling by the U.S.’s secret national security court.”

    Put more succinctly, the federal government violated the constitution. How did the NSA transgress against our Fourth Amendment rights? Incredibly, that bit of information remains classified. Citizens aren’t permitted to know the details of their government’s confirmed misbehavior….

    … it should be truly worrying when it’s in the context of mass-scale spying by the NSA. Based on what little we know of the NSA’s programs from public reports, a single “authorization” will routinely cover hundreds or thousands of phone numbers and e-mail addresses. That means that even if there’s only “one occasion” on which the NSA “circumvented the spirit of the law” or flouted the Fourth Amendment, the rights of thousands of Americans could easily have been violated….

    …. The NSA is collecting and saving vast amounts of private date, like phone calls, emails, and text messages; and rather than asking whether the Fourth Amendment permits them to put all of this information on a hard drive, they’re postponing questions about whether a search is constitutional or not until they want to query the database….

    (end quote)


  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/02/2012 - 11:42 am.


    Collin Peterson and Tim Walz

    • Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 08/02/2012 - 03:48 pm.

      What a shame about Walz

      Peterson isn’t a surprise since DFLers had long had to grimace and remind themselves that he might be the best that can be elected from his district, but Walz was a rising star. He was talked about as a gubernatorial candidate. I guess he gave up on that idea. His district got a bit safer and he has no serious opponent. What is he thinking about? I was a huge Walz supporter back in 2006. Now I’m thinking there must be someone better.

      • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/02/2012 - 06:51 pm.

        My moment

        of disillusionment came when he sold out to the NRA.
        I put in 6 months of street pounding for him in 2006; he’s a nice guy and a good politician who sometimes does the right thing, but he’s made a Faustian bargain to stay in office in a conservative district.
        I think that he personally has a safe seat. but the fact remains that historically the first district goes Republican. I doubt that anyone more progressive could get elected.
        At this point I’ll vote for him, but not work for him.

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