GOP Senators Sour on Jobs Speech

by Betsy Woodruff

Republicans senators are immune to the hype surrounding President Obama’s address to Congress this evening. “This is a speech the president should have made two and a half years ago,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) told reporters at a press conference. He and four of his colleagues predicted the speech will only offer the same old solutions to the country’s economic trouble –– solutions which have failed, he said.

“I think that you’re going to see probably some of the same plays called from the same old playbook,” said Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.). The senators said the president’s proposals, which will probably include a short-term cut to the payroll tax and increased infrastructure spending, won’t offer long-term investment incentives or restore Americans’ confidence in the economy. Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) said more dramatic measures are necessary. “The first step I would propose would be the total repeal of the Obama agenda,” he said.

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