I was looking at this wonderful document that the White House put out.
It takes the jobs bill and breaks it down by its impact on all 50 states. It's pretty impressive. I mean, all states benefit -- no matter, red or blue. In America today, are there really people in bright blue Wyoming who can say, "we don't need no 8000 jobs. We are doing fine."
Look at Alabama. 55,000 new jobs in two years.
How is this for a plan? During the Conference Committee deliberations, the President would call radio stations in the home states of every one of the House or Senate Members who is giving him a hard time. Imagine the excitement at WAMZ in Louisville when Barack Obama calls during drive time to politely ask why Mitch McConnell opposes creating 50,7000 new jobs in Kentucky.
Back in the day, FDR, JFK, and LBJ had impressive Congressional Republicans like Vandenberg and Dirksen to deal with. They were impressive men, much the Presidents' equal. But look who Obama is up against: a bunch of nobodies.
I'm no fan of Trent Lott but compared to Mitch McConnell, he was John Calhoun. In fact, the whole Republican leadership gang is about as impressive as Alan Keyes, the Republican Obama destroyed to get to the Senate. He needs to take them on. One at a time. State by state.
The White House list is also something we should all use in letters to the editors and calls to radio stations. Make the host argue that South Dakota or Missouri can live just fine without those new jobs. Make them defend unemployment.
But our best salesman is Obama. On Monday, the day before the election, Obama spent hour after hour calling local radio stations producing state-by-state excitement and driving up his numbers. He should do the same thing for the jobs package. The only differences are that this is even more important (on November 3rd, his pollsters told him that he had already won) and also this time he needs to name names. Ohioans need to know that John Boehner is costing Ohio 141,000 jobs and costing millions of working folks tax cuts of up to $1000.
What can they say? Anyway, this approach worked with the two senators from Maine. Two down. 48 to go.
Ben Nelson: Nebraska
In Nebraska, this plan will deliver immediate, tangible impacts, including:
Creating or saving 24,000 jobs over the next two years. Jobs created will be in a range of industries from clean energy to health care, with over 90% in the private sector. [Source: White House Estimate based on Romer and Bernstein, "The Job Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan." January 9, 2009.]
Providing a making work pay tax cut of up to $1,000 for 710,000 workers and their families. The plan will make a down payment on the President's Making Work Pay tax cut for 95% of workers and their families, designed to pay out immediately into workers' paychecks. [Source: White House Estimate based on IRS Statistics of Income]
Making 17,000 families eligible for a new American Opportunity Tax Credit to make college affordable. By creating a new $2,500 partially refundable tax credit for four years of college, this plan will give 3.8 million families nationwide - and 17,000 families in Nebraska - new assistance to put college within their reach. [Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis of U.S. Census data]
Offering an additional $100 per month in unemployment insurance benefits to 74,000 workers in Nebraska who have lost their jobs in this recession, and providing extended unemployment benefits to an additional 15,000 laid-off workers.
And so on, and so on.