After voting down the President's proposed American Jobs Act, Senate Republicans decided they better come up with their own jobs plan, which they finally unveiled today. As Senator Graham said, "We have to be for something." Good for you, Lindsey Graham! No more "Party of No"! It's about time that the Republicans start acting like a party in favor of something or other.
Let's take a look at the Republican plan and find out what the Republicans are for. First of all, according to the AP story, the bill makes sure to include nothing that would overlap in any way whatsoever with Obama's plan. So one thing we know that the Republicans are for is being against any idea that the president supports. Next, the bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act, what the Republicans like to call Obamacare. So we know that the Republicans are in favor of "no Obamacare." I guess that means we also know that the Republicans are for passing a bill that they know for certain will be vetoed by the president. (Mitch McConnell criticized the president's jobs bill as a political charade, since the president should have known that anything he proposed would be unanimously opposed by the Republicans. Republicans know that their bill will never become law either; wouldn't McConnell have to agree it is a charade also?)
The Republican "jobs" bill would also repeal last year's financial reform legislation, so we know that the Republicans are in favor of being against financial reform. And also a moratorium on regulations, so we see that Republicans are for not having any new regulations. The Republican proposal also includes cutting taxes and cutting spending of course. But going along with priority number one above, they would cut different taxes than the Obama plan would cut. (Obama wants to cut payroll taxes; Republicans want to cut the top marginal rate down to 25%)
To recap, here is what the Republicans' jobs plan is for: NO to anything that the president might sign, NO to health care, NO to regulation, and NO to taxes. Maybe it would be fair to call the Republican jobs plan, the NO jobs plan.
(Results of Republicans' previous jobs plan shown in red; Democrats' current plan in blue: actual historical data, 2008-11) Doesn't this chart clearly demonstrate that what we need is more blue and less red?