Republicans don’t like things that are very big, too long to read or (gasp) complicated. From the healthcare bill to virtually anything that’s longer than a standard restaurant menu, the GOP has this infatuation with simple common sense. Unfortunately, common sense is usually far from simple. Case in point — creating jobs.
The GOP would like us to believe that the best way to add jobs to our faltering economy is to exclusively cut taxes on the rich and corporations, deregulate stuff and kill the EPA even though the economy is in the shit hole because we did that in the first place. Regardless, the President wrote a bill that is actually pretty simple with a lot of small words. I guess he was hoping the Republican’s would turn off reruns of Walker, Texas Ranger and actually read the damn thing. But, I’m not too sure they read it because if they did they would see that most of the proposals are actually things that the Republicans have consistently voted on in the past.
Here is a brief run down of the bill:
- Small business tax cuts. Includes a payroll tax cut for 98% of businesses.
- Tax credits for hiring returning veterans.
- Money to prevent laying off 280,000 teachers.
- Small business regulatory reforms.
- Modernizing 35,000 schools.
- Expand high speed wireless.
- Infrastructure spending. Includes fixing bridges and roads.
- $4,000 tax credit for businesses hiring unemployed workers.
- Extended unemployment insurance – with caveats.