With the appointment of Carte Goodwin to the seat of the late Robert Byrd, Senate Democrats are set to break the Republican filibuster against Democratic attempts to extend unemployment benefits without adhering to President Obama’s campaign pledge to “pay for his new spending plans with even bigger spending cuts.“
That imminent appointment didn’t stop the president yesterday from attacking Republicans:
Obama launched a fresh salvo Monday, demanding the Senate act on the legislation — after a vote already had been scheduled — and criticizing Republicans for the holdup.
“The same people who didn’t have any problem spending hundreds of billions of dollars on tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are now saying we shouldn’t offer relief to middle-class Americans,” Obama said.
Republicans say they do favor the benefits but insist they be paid for with spending cuts elsewhere in the government’s $3.7 trillion budget. After initially feeling heat this winter when a lone GOP senator, Jim Bunning of Kentucky, briefly blocked a benefits extension in February, the GOP has grown increasingly comfortable opposing the legislation.
So ready is this post-partisan politician to attack Republicans that he misrepresents their record. They’re not saying the government shouldn’t provide relief, only that that relief should be paid for with spending cuts — almost exactly what he said in his campaign infomercial at the close of the 2008 presidential contest.
In short, the Republican filibuster is an attempt to hold the Democrat to his campaign promises.
Amazing that he has resorted to misrepresenting the Republican position in order to attack. Wonder why that is.