Reid schedules votes before and after Obama speech to force GOP attendance

President Obama will address a Joint Session of Congress tonight to present his new jobs reelection stimulus plan, which is all too similar to the Obmacrats 2009 failed stimulus plan.

A number of members of Congress let it be known that they did not intend to show up for Obama’s presentation. Concerned that empty seats would ruin the optics for the Obama reelection campaign videos, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduled votes before and after Obama’s speech to force attendance of Republican Senators.

South Carolina’s Senator Jim DeMint, during his Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” explained that America needs Jobs, not speeches:

DEMINT: Well, I’m, frankly, very tired of speeches. I don’t want to be disrespectful to the president, but what I want to see is something in writing and that the Congressional Budget Office tells us what it’s going to cost so that we can not only read it ourselves, but the American people can read it.

Speeches, we’ve found, are not very similar to the actual legislation. So I’m pretty frustrated with the speech idea.

[. . .]

But if he’ll send a written proposal, I’ll give it every chance, in — but I’m not interested in his speech right now. And as the Congressional Budget Office said, we can’t score a speech. We can’t tell him what it’s going to cost or what it’s going to do.

DeMint even came up with the following video detailing the Obama failure to reduce unemployment:


In response to DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz‘s outrageous assertion that the Obamacrat’s failed 2009 so-called stimulus actually “worked,” remember two things. First, nearly 100 prominent U.S. economists told President Obama that his economic stimulus failed. Second, the unemployment rate is now higher than the Obama regime promised it would be even without his stimulus plan.

Team Obama used scare tactics to get the Democrat-controlled Congress to give him the massive $800 billion spending bill dressed up as a stimulus. They told us that without Obama’s bailout the unemployment rate would reach 9%, but if Congress passed his boondoggle, unemployment would peak at 8%.

The unemployment rate scare tactic was contained in Obama’s “The Job Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.” How did those predictions turn out? Reuters Money & Politics columnist, James Pethokoukis, has plotted actual unemployment rates on Obama’s prediction chart.

The annotated chart confirms the failure of Obama’s stimulus.

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