A few years ago at the Wukela New Year's Eve/Croatian Liberation barbecue I was talking to one of the guests about politics. He said some rather curious. He votes Democrat to live like a Republican. The line of reasoning is something along these lines: The average American is second on the pecking order to Party donors and lobbyists on either side. Since neither Party will yield their primary interests, their secondary interests are where they will compromise. So in his mind voting Democrat will get him Republican secondary interests. I don't buy that as a comprehensive strategy but it has certainly paid dividends here. Obama's job creation plan? Massive unfunded tax cuts. Why does that sound familiar?
And yeah, I know Obama said everything in the bill is paid for, but his reasoning is that he's going to make budget cut recommendations to the super committee already charged with cutting the deficit. I'd wager a large chunk of money that even if the bill passes and Obama sends along his cut recommendations, they overlap significantly with cuts members of the super committee are already planning to pitch.
At any rate, our Democratic President plans to save the economy and boost jobs by cutting taxes. Republicans have nothing to lose by passing this bill. It either doesn't revive the economy and the "failed economic policies of Barack Obama" remain intact or the economy revives and Republicans get to point out how economic conservatism won the day.