EDA: Proof Republicans want to ruin the economy to get Obama

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    PoliticalKilling the Economic Development Administration

    Congress isn’t likely to do much to create jobs anytime soon, so when opportunities arise, ideally lawmakers would take advantage of them. Yesterday in the Senate, for example, members were asked to reauthorize the Economic Development Administration, a successful program that provides federal grants to local projects.

    There was at least some hope that Republicans could support this. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), for example, said yesterday of the EDA, “I have seen firsthand that it has led to the creation of jobs in my home state and has been a catalyst for private sector investment.”

    Sounds good, right? Wrong. Collins, a few hours later, voted to kill the Economic Development Administration

    The result is the apparent end of a program that even the most far-right members have embraced in the recent. Hell, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), arguably the Senate’s most right-wing member, held a workshop last year to help South Carolina businesses and organizations take advantage of EDA opportunities. Yesterday, DeMint led the fight to kill the EDA.

    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said last month that funds from an EDA grant “would pave the way for the creation of new jobs and business opportunities, which will strengthen the region’s economy.” He voted to kill the program, too.

    Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said just two weeks ago that an EDA grant would bring “a much needed boost to the local economy.” He voted to kill the program, too.

    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) has called EDA projects “key to our region’s future economic development.” He voted to kill the program, too.

    Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) recently boasted, “I have long been a supporter of EDA programs.” He voted to kill the program, too.

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    Jim Demint's website touting the EDA. HIS OWN WEBSITE:

    Workshop to Highlight Competitive Funding Opportunities - Press Releases - News Room - United States Senator Jim DeMint

    Recent Press Releases

    June 16, 2010
    Workshop to Highlight Competitive Funding Opportunities
    The office of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will provide a workshop Thursday, June 17, 2010 for the Myrtle Beach and Pee Dee areas to highlight competitive funding opportunities available to community businesses and organizations.

    The Economic Development Administration, the Federal Highway Administration and Grants.Gov are the presenting agencies that will participate in the workshop.

    WHO:

    Staff from the office of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint

    Representatives from the Economic Development Administration

    WHEN:

    2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    WHERE:

    The Breakers Resort

    2006 N. Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

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    Another 'Jobs bill' sinks after Senate vote

    A bill to fund the Economic Development Administration (EDA), a measure Democrats characterized as a “jobs bill,” was stopped from advancing in the Senate Tuesday in a 49-51 vote.

    Another 'Jobs bill' sinks after Senate vote - The Hill's Floor Action

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    Watch right wingers blame it on Democrats because "FOUR" voted with Republicans who blocked this 100%. It wouldn't matter anyway because you need 60 votes.

    Can you imagine that many Republicans voting to help the American Middle Class? I couldn't. Seriously, how many years has it been since Republicans did anything to help people that weren't millionaires?
     
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    I dont think you have to worry about Republicans killing the economy. Obama has done that fine on his own.
     
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    Despite what you "think" republicans want he's doing just fine mucking it up so what difference does it make.
     
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    Oh REALLY RDean?? Just Republicans eh??

    These grants from the EDA go to state/local "enterprise zones" that have been a crony cesspool of graft and corruption for years now. IN FACT -- Jerry Brown (one of the only leftists on my "hero" list) agrees with the Republicans then...

    The $6 Billion Scam - Reason Magazine
     
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    What's left to kill? Bush beat it half to death and Obama pulled a freakin headshot... Funny story is if Obama took a step back and did nothing I'd bet in a few months shit gets better.
     
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    Are you aware that economic development is political code speak for taking property from poor people and giving it to rich people? Why are you upset that Republicans stood up for poor people?
     
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    I love it when someone posts to a story that says things like:

    The budget summary cites a 2005 legislative analyst’s finding (and which analyst was that?)

    So I continue reading and they reference the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. So I go to that site and I come across this:

    http://www.upjohn.org/sites/default/files/releases/bartik_hamilton_10-13-10_0.pdf

    1. Customized training: The federal government would help support state customized training programs that would work with small and medium-sized
    businesses in distressed areas to provide job training for both incumbent workers and new hires.

    2. Expanding the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program: The current MEP, supported by a combination of federal and state funds and private
    fees, would be expanded, with half of this expansion targeted at distressed areas, in order to provide small and medium-sized manufacturers with
    high-quality advice and training to improve their competitiveness.

    3. Empowerment Zones: The current Empowerment Zone program would be returned to its original design, under which business tax breaks for employment residents of designated Zones would be combined with public service block grants that would improve the economic climate in the Zones.
    The strategies, if adopted, would provide training to 1.5 million workers every year, provide an additional

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    Like I said, even Republicans say what a good program it is. Now because California may have abused the program, and I say, "MAY HAVE" because I couldn't find any reference to EDA in your article, you can't throw out the baby with the bathwater.

    Now, what plans to Republicans have? Beside cut taxes for rich people?
     
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    Republicans stood up for "poor people"?????

    Now THAT'S fucking hilarious!
     
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    You said they killed the economic development grants. That means they stood up for poor people, and fucked over all the rich people who lobby for those grants to build shopping centers and hotels.
     
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    Be fair. He had plenty of help. It's probably the best example of a bipartisan clusterfuck this country has ever seen.
     
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