Saturday, July 4, 2015

O-ggressive on Jobs Act

With Senate votes pending on Obama's jobs act, his campaign is pushing the program.

O-ggressive on Jobs Act

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(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Well, boss, if there was any question that President Obama is in full campaign mode, and I don't really think there was, this morning's memo from "The Axe-Man," erases all doubt.

BE: Axe as in David Axelrod, top campaign advisor to the Prez, the same man who helped John Street become mayor of Philadelphia?

JB: That's the man. At 7:18 a.m. an email hit my inbox from Axe listing all the reasons the president's jobs act should pass and why Republicans in Congress should "put country ahead of party."

BE: Hmm. This while the Prez is in Pittsburgh meeting with the IBEW and his own Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and as the Senate gears up for votes on all or parts of the jobs bill. Sounds like targeted aggression to dispel the notion the jobs bill is just a campaign gimmick with no chance of passage.

JB: Well, the Axe swings into campaign rhythm by citing lots of national polls, starting with one showing that since the Prez has been jetting around the country for three week saying "pass this bill," public support for his plan has gone from 43 percent in September to 52 percent last week.

BE: Whaddya think it cost taxpayers to jet Obama all over the country for a 9-point boost?

JB: I don't think that's Axe's point. He says signifigant majorities of voters now support key parts of the bill such as taxing millionaires and billionaires for money to hire or re-hire teachers and first responders, cut payroll taxes for workers and build better roads and bridges.

BE: Shocker. People don't like the rich but like money and better roads.

JB: And he says while Republicans have no real plan to create jobs now, a Washington Post/ABC News Poll shows a bump in voter trust in Obama to create jobs. He was tied with the GOP last month, now he's up 49-34.

BE: So campaigning moves numbers and things look brighter for the O-man.

JB: Well, we'll see what happens in Pittsburgh today when workers question the make-up of the president's jobs council. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting local unrest about the number of CEOs on the council whose companies shipped jobs overseas.

BE: And then there's whatever happens in the Senate this week.

JB: And whatever Axe has to say about it.

BE: I just hope my millions don't get taxed more.

JB: You don't have millions.

BE: Oh, right. Tax the rich! Tax the rich!

JB: Now you're being aggressive. But you should add a "Grrrr."

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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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