Jesse Jackson Jr: Congress is in Rebellion
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. believes the Congress is “in rebellion” and therefore President Obama should exercise extraordinary constititutional means” to implement a massive jobs plan.
“President Obama tends to idealize — and rightfully so — Abraham Lincoln, who looked at states in rebellion and he made a judgment that the government of the United States, while the states are in rebellion, still had an obligation to function,” Jackson added, “On several occasions now, we’ve seen … the Congress is in rebellion, determined, as Abraham Lincoln said, to wreck or ruin at all costs. I believe in the direct hiring of 15 million unemployed Americans at $40,000 a head, some more than $40,000, some less than $40,000 — that’s a $600 billion stimulus. It could be a five-year program. For another $104 billion, we bail out all of the states … for another $100 billion, we bail out all of the cities.”
He made these odd remarks in an interview with Nicholas Ballasy of The Daily Caller (“Jackson, Jr: Obama should ‘declare a national emergency,’ add jobs with ‘extra-constitutional’ action“). I was initially skeptical, since the Caller is after all a partisan outlet, that these remarks were taken out of context. But they’ve provided this video which looks, to my untrained eye, to be a continuous discussion rather than a carefully edited hack job:
Jackson’s bold stimulus option is interesting and arguably makes more policy sense than Obama’s first stimulus of two years ago. But the notion that the president ought to implement a plan by fiat because he can’t get cooperation from the Congress is just batty.
It’s sane, however, compared to the notion that opposing Obama’s initiatives amounts to a rebellion tantamount to secession and shooting at federal troops.
While I’m frustrated at the degree to which Republican leaders in Congress have gone to gum up the works, the fact of the matter is that the nation is deeply divided on core issues of public policy. Having voted in 2006 and 2008 to throw out the Republicans, the public pivoted in 2010 and gave them back the House. They did so in good measure because they thought Obama and the Democrats overreached on the first stimulus.