Thursday, 16 February 2012


Ken Berwitz

Over the past several weeks, I have read and heard a great deal about how Republicans are doing everything they can to stop Barack Obama's agenda, because they are more interested in defeating him than helping the country.

It's a great political construct - provided the media play ball and help it along, of course.  Which they do, and then some.

But is that the true story? 

Did you know, for example, that four jobs bills have sailed through the house of representatives, each one of them with huge bipartisan majorities, and senate majority leader Harry Reid has refused to bring any one of them to the floor for a senate vote?

Here they are, as compiled by Tina Korbe of

  1. Small Company Capital Formation bill changes SEC rules to allow companies to sell up to $50 million in shares without filing lengthy paperwork and its equivalent passed the House by a vote of 421 to 1. Sen. Pat Toomey has introduced the companion measure in the Senate, and his bill enjoys the support of numerous Democratic co-sponsors.
  2. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchisons Shareholder Registration Thresholds bill would increase the number of shareholders permitted to invest in a community bank from 500 to 2,000. Its House version passed the lower chamber by a slightly smaller margin than Sen. Toomeys bill or 420 to 2. Democratic senators Claire McCaskill, Ben Nelson and Mark Pryor are co-sponsors.
  3. The Access to Capital for Job Creators act, sponsored by Sen. John Thune, would eliminate an SEC regulation that inhibits companies from reaching out to potential investors in order to raise capital. More than 400 members of the House voted for its equivalent, too 175 of them Democrats.
  4. The House version of Sen. Scott Browns Democratizing Access to Capital act drew the support of 169 House Democrats and 407 members of the House total. It would change SEC regulations that inhibit entrepreneurs from raising capital among large groups of small dollar investors.

Wouldn't it be nice if our wonderful "neutral" media, at some point, decided to take some time off from helping along every Democrat talking point, and reported on what actually is happening in congress -- like, for example how the Democrat majority leader is killing every job bill that comes his way?

Well, don't expect it to happen any time soon.  Rest assured that you will continue to have to go to or one of the other rightward web sites to find this out. 

Mainstream media can't provide such information.  They are far too busy re-electing Barack Obama to bother with reality.

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