House Speaker John Boehner had only bad things to say about President Obama's job bill. "Let's be honest with ourselves," said Boehner. "The president's proposals are a poor substitute for the pro-growth policies that are needed to remove barriers to job creation in America." Like other GOP critics, Boehner lambasted the proposal for temporary tax cuts in bill, calling them "short-term gimmicks," and demanded broader tax code reform. As Andy Sullivan at Reuters explains, its a bad sign for Obama's campaign for Congress to pass the bill quickly:
Boehner's speech was a comprehensive statement of Republican economic principles as Congress works to bring down the stubbornly high 9.1 percent unemployment rate and tame the national debt. Republicans have already said they do not support many elements of Obama's $447 billion jobs package and will not back the tax increases he has proposed to pay for it. Boehner's comments indicated that the bill is unlikely to emerge from Congress in anything like its current form.
The Joint Select Committee reviewing the bill has until November 23rd. Meanwhile, it doesn't help Obama one bit that Democrats are expressing their doubts too. With criticism mounting, democratic strategist has one word for the Obama administration: Panic!