Despite heavy campaigning by the president - and in spite of more negative news on the health of our economy - Obama's jobs bill appears headed toward a slice-and-dice Senate session later tonight. Many are predicting the demise of the bill at the hands of a divided Congress. Obama's Democrat colleagues are instead expected to hand-pick portions of the bill to repackage with GOP-palatable tidbits in order to ensure the passage of elements they believe crucial.
In the House, where the GOP dominates, leaders have said they won't bring the measure up for a vote. The jobs bill includes, among other items, a combo of payroll tax cuts for employees and corporations, unemployment assistance, new infrastructure spending, and a much discussed tax on millionaires.
Meanwhile those at the Occupy Wall Street confab in lower Manhattan are planning a "Millionaires March" to the apartments of the city's wealthiest. Why does this remind me of 2008 and those follow-up bus tours to AIG executives' Connecticut homes? Looks like populist anger will be a factor on the campaign trail again this year. Perhaps Congress should spend a bit more time with the polls? Latest Washington Post/ABC poll says 52% of public supports jobs bill and 75% favor increasing taxes on millionaires.