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Conservatives Vote to Keep Jobs Overseas!!! (Well, 4 Republicans Didn't) [156*8]

Updated on December 9, 2014



ONCE AGAIN, CONSERVATIVES CLEARLY SHOW AMERICANS their flag-waving rhetoric is simply empty words and bears no resemblance to their actions! What conservatives succeed in doing in denying the Cloture vote is to continue the filibuster on the "Bring Jobs Home" Act. This Act did two simple things, 1) it gave a 20% tax break (imagine, a Democrat reducing taxes) to companies in the cost of moving Operations from overseas back to America and 2) eliminated the deductibility of moving expenses for moving Operations overseas. That was it, period. Isn't that what Americans, especially conservative Americans have been screaming for? Well, conservative Americans, President Obama tried to deliver for you! But, your political leaders, in their laser-like, destroy-America-in-the-process effort to unseat Obama in order to keep Senator McConnell's Dec 2010 promise, managed, by four votes to keep the filibuster going and Kill the "Bring Jobs Home" Act dead in its tracks.

Of course Senator McConnell was upset Senator Reid wasn't going allow him to add an amendment to the bill to repeal Obamacare, "it wasn't germane", Reid said. What was also notable about this cloture vote is that not only did the Conservatives hoist their hypocritical flag high, they lost their iron-clad control over their ranks! Four Senators mutinied and became Republicans for a brief instant, Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), Scott Brown (R-MA), and surprisingly, Dean Heller (R-NV), I wish that were a sign of things to come, but I doubt it since all four supported the continued hiding of large donors behind the cloak of anonymity; another HUGE example of conservative hypocrisy and slap-Americans-in-the-face antics (sort of reminds you of Muhammad Ali; dance like a butterfly, sting like a bee, doesn't it).

Fast Forward A Couple of Years

THIS ISSUE IS STILL WITH US AS THE REPUBLICANS get ready to take of the reins of power in the Senate Jan 2014. The question is, "will they try to do anything in the next two years under their own terms?".

The reason for the question is that this is a major "jobs bill" that can help the economy. The reason it didn't go anywhere the first time is Majority Leader Reid wasn't allowing any amendments, such as ones to defund Obamacare, so McConnell got out his filibuster club and used it. Now, they could reintroduce it, attach what use to be poison pill amendments to it and let Senator Reid pull out his filibuster club.

But, if that even happens, can the Republicans claim Democratic hypocrisy like the Republicans were guilty of years ago? I don't know that they can because there was no really good reason, other than McConnell's sole legislative objective of destroying Obama, for the Republicans to have not voted for it; remember four did.

In Reid's case, he is between a rock and a hard place and must decide which of two bad options to go with. On the one hand, he can allow the passage of a really popular bill that obviously would help the country yet destroy the Democrats signature legislation that lets all Americans have access to health insurance. Or, on the other, take the heat for vetoing a good jobs bill like his counterpart did, and just take the heat for it.


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    • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

      Scott Belford 

      7 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      The Republicans were the last four moderats left in the Party.

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      7 years ago from Idaho

      Very interesting, I would be curious to know why so many Republicans voted against this bill. I don't recall seeing anything quoting their reasons why.

      Voted up

    • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

      Scott Belford 

      7 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      AR, thanks for commenting. I had a 1000 word response but hubpages lost it. Not really, it wasn't 1000 words, but hubpages did lose it. It went something like this.

      As I read the bill, it simply offered a tax break for costs of bring jobs back to America and stopped allowing a tax deduction for expenses related to shipping jobs overseas; other than the last part making it hard for American companies to export American jobs, I haven't heard Conservatives complaining about anything else about the bill.

      As to the other part of your comment, I look at it from to point of view of "keep your friends close and your opponents closer". To me, having those companies you mention on the Jobs Council makes sense in that it makes puts them in a more untenable position if they ship more jobs overseas or continue to keep jobs overseas. I haven't looked to see if any of those companies have started bring positions back or not, it would make sense if they have.

    • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

      Scott Belford 

      7 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      There wasn't much to leave out, it was pretty cut and dried, the way I read it. But, if you feel I did, rather than simply make the claim, give me some details Frog.

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      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Left out quite a bit but I understand that Progressives have that tendency. It isn't as simplistic as you try to make it.

      The Frog

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      American Romance 

      7 years ago from America

      I don't believe you told the entire story here???

      Besides if jobs going overseas really concerns you then why are you not writing about those Obama appointed to the Federal Job Commission? GM, GE, Boeing, all send jobs overseas and lead the job council for Obama.


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