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Community Commentary: Obama's jobs bill deserves a layoff

November 02, 2011|By Robert Smythe

This is in response to the distortions about President Obama's jobs bill as portrayed in the Independent's Mailbag from a couple in Sunset Beach ("Obama's jobs bill needs support," Oct. 20). I'm sure the couple had good intentions, but they need to do their homework.

In the letter, they rail against Republicans for voting against the jobs bill and "ignoring the wishes and needs of the people." Would you say the same about the Democrats who also voted against the so-called jobs bill?

Did you know that the so-called jobs bill adds the unemployed to the list of "protected classes" who can sue any employer for discrimination based on the applicant's perception that their unemployed status led to their not being hired? How crazy is that? This provision is a giveaway to the trial lawyers, who, by the way, are the second (after public employee unions) largest donors to the Democrats.

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Did you know the so-called jobs bill includes a clause that states waive their sovereign immunity if they accept even $1 of federal funding? The Founding Fathers who wrote our country's Constitution would turn over in their graves if they saw that. The intent of that clause is federal power and to stop states from taking federal legislation to court. What happened to states' rights and federalism?

Did you know that the jobs bill creates a permanent massive bureaucracy called the American Infrastructure Financing Authority? President Obama wants to create what amounts to a federal bank. Why? More government jobs, and thus more government union works, which translates into more votes. There is simply no reason for the federal government to open a bank.

Did you know the so-called jobs bill eliminates the tax deductions for routine business expenses for many oil companies? Those evil oil companies — go get 'em! Yeah, right. If you eliminate tax deductions for routine expenses, you eliminate the incentive for those same companies to invest in research and infrastructure, reducing oil exploration and production, and you drive up their costs, which drives up your price of gas at the pump. Remember, corporations don't pay taxes — you do as a component of the price of the products and services they sell.

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