House Majority Shitkicker Eric Cantor is now plainly stating what I have mocked him and his fellow Republicans for all along — that they aren’t interested.
How much of President Obama’s jobs bill is DOA in the House? According to Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), probably about half of it.
“Anything that is akin to the stimulus bill I think is not going to be acceptable to the American people,” Cantor told reporters at his weekly Capitol briefing Monday. “I don’t believe that our members are going to be interested in pursuing that. I certainly am not.” [...]
But Cantor’s basically objecting to new federal spending here. And depending on how you tally up the spending measures in the jobs bill — whether Republicans will yield, as they’ve signaled they might, on unemployment insurance — that’s about a third to a half of the cost of the entire legislative package, and, most crucially, all of its direct hiring measures.
Overlord Cantor may be open to passing a jobs bill as long as the bill does not contain any language that could actually lead to creating, ya’ know, jobs.
This would transform the bill into a self-fulfilling prophecy of a “second failed stimulus.”
The fact that the Republicans control the House of Representatives essentially guarantees that whatever passes will either be watered down or won’t pass at all. There is absolutely no element of good-faith at work on the conservative side of the aisle. They aren’t interested in your jobs. Only their jobs.
Ironically, opposing the president on this one could cost them their jobs.