Posted on | August 17, 2011 | 25 Comments
President Barack Obama accused Republican Tea Party activists of holding back the economic recovery Tuesday, hiking pressure on Congress to pass his yet-to-be unveiled jobs plan.
On the second day of a three-day bus tour of midwestern states, Obama expanded on his theme that political brinksmanship in Washington was harming America’s capacity to speed up the slowed recovery.
“The only question is if, as a nation, we’re going to do what it takes to grow this economy and put people back to work right now,” Obama said as he opened a Rural Economic Forum in a small town in northeastern Iowa. . . .
“The only thing that’s preventing us from passing the bills I just mentioned is the refusal of a faction in Congress to put country ahead of party.
“And that has to stop. Our economy cannot afford it. Our economy can’t afford it.”
If passing legislation proposed by Obama was “what it takes to grow this economy,” don’t you think we might have seen some of that growth after Obama had two years of a Democrat-controlled Congress that rubber-stamped whatever he wanted?
Never mind. Once he stops touring the Heartland — in a Canadian-built bus — Obama’s going to roll up his sleeves and get to work creating some more of those jobs that his $800 billion stimulus was supposed to have created two years ago. But before he creates those jobs, first he’s going to take a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.
Because he really cares about all those poor unemployed people.
(Hat-tip: New Federalists on Twitter.)