In Detroit today President Obama didn’t utter the words negotiate or compromise during his speech. Instead he challenged Republicans to either step up and help create jobs, or get out of the way.
Here is the video from MSNBC:
And given the urgency of this moment, given the hardship people are facing. Folks gotta get together, but we’re not going to wait for them. We’re going to see if we’ve got some straight shooters in Congress. We’re going to see if Congressional Republicans will put country before party. We’ll give them a plan then we’ll say do you want to create jobs then put our construction workers back to work rebuilding America? Do you want to help our companies succeed? Open up new markets for them to sell their products. You say you’re the party of tax cuts? Well then prove you’ll fight just as hard for tax cuts for middle class families as you do for oil companies and the most affluent Americans. Show us what you got.
The time for Washington games is over. The time for action is now. No more manufactured crisis. No more games. Now’s not the time for the people you sent to Washington to worry about their jobs, now’s the time for them to worry about your jobs.
I am not sure if this White House realizes how long the left and many of the president’s supporters have been waiting to hear the words no more games come out of Obama’s mouth. The words negotiation and/or compromise were not mentioned once in the whole speech. Obama is laying it on the table. He is going to present a plan and dare the Republicans to go on record and reject putting America back to work. This isn’t something that is up for negotiation. They either accept putting Americans back to work and helping Main Street America, or they reject it and face the consequences on Election Day in 2012.
Instead of telling Republicans that it can be negotiated, he is telling them to get on board. His message to the GOP was that we need to work together, but there will be no more sitting around and waiting for you to decide what you are willing to work with us on.
It appears that this administration has finally realized that there can be no mutually beneficial compromise with the Republicans, so they are going to start drawing lines in the sand and letting the voters decide the future course of this country. If Obama proposes an infrastructure plan, an unemployment benefits extension, and an extension of the payroll tax cut, and the Republicans reject it, his base will believe in him more than if he is willing to put plan out there and not begin the discussion on jobs from a position of compromise.
When zero jobs were created in August, there can be no more games and no more compromise. Congressional Republicans have been treating Obama like a punk for two years. Today, President Obama challenged the job killing debt downgrading punks to either step up or shut up.
Republicans can either get on board or be left in the dust. Either way, this nation is moving forward.