Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Slight Thaw?

This just in: The Congressional Republicans are willing to find common ground with Obama.
House GOP share some ground with Obama on jobs.

House Republican leaders are offering President Barack Obama an opening for compromise on measures that would spur job growth. They say neither Republicans nor the administration should consider their own initiatives "an all-or-nothing situation."

For a group that wanted it "all or nothing" on the deficit reduction package, Obama has to be a bit skeptical about the Republican overtures from John Boehner and Eric Cantor, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. Of course, any deal has to have a conservative flavor to it.

Boehner and Cantor said they share common ground with Obama on trade and urged him to send trade bills establishing pacts with Panama, South Korea and Colombia.

They also said Republicans were encouraged by remarks from Obama last week suggesting changes in the way transportation construction money is spent. Republicans said they would support doing away with a provision that requires setting aside 10 percent of road project money for specialized public works such as historic preservation and acquisition of scenic rights-of way.

Well, duh. Who in their right mind would want historic and scenic preservation? Those things are boring and they don't generate profits. Why do even nice things from the right sound eerily counterproductive?

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