Well, if you knew what the new Democrat jobs bill contained, it wouldn’t matter how it’s eliminated. The latest and greatest jobs bill introduced by Congressional Democrats, COMPETE Act, went down in flames due to a GOP parliamentary tactic, as noted by The Hill . There was other GOP language which tainted the legislation for Democrats, but it will be back.
…the Republican motion to recommit the bill — a parliamentary tactic that gives the minority one final chance to amend legislation — contained language prohibiting federal funds from going “to salaries to those officially disciplined for violations regarding the viewing, downloading, or exchanging of pornography, including child pornography, on a federal computer or while performing official government duties.”
This COMPETE Act is a re-authorization of the America COMPETES Act passed in 2007 and set to expire in the Fall of 2010. What is this jobs bill really? It has to represent something other than what the bill’s title indicates. That’s right, it merely adds, directly or indirectly, new government jobs, to “help the private sector gain competitiveness in the global market.” I call BS, BS, BS.
Let’s see what the GAO had to say when they conducted a study on effectiveness and needed improvements to The America COMPETES Act of 2007. Here is the document for further reading. NIST Applied Some Safeguards in Obtaining Expert.
Why GAO Did This Study The America COMPETES Act gave the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), within the Department of Commerce, the authority, through 2010, to obtain
the temporary services of up to 200 experts or consultants per year, but did not specify how the agency should acquire these services. NIST has used this authority to award personal services contracts to obtain the services of individuals…
…According to NIST officials, the COMPETES Act authority, despite limitations, has been highly effective in helping NIST meet its need for experts…The officials also stated that the authority allows NIST to respond to the short-term research needs of other agencies that do not merit NIST hiring new staff. Most of these officials value the authority because they interpret it as allowing NIST to award contracts without competition…
…NIST has developed procedures that include safeguards for using the If the Congress extends or makes authority, but it had difficulty determining which specific laws and regulations the COMPETES Act authority to apply because it did not receive clear guidance from Commerce or OPM.
In a nutshell, even though there are conflicting issues regarding authority and clear mandates, it allows for Federal Government agencies to quickly hire experts as needed on a non-competitive bid process. That’s standard protocol for the Federal Government. When the economy is in a hole and our country is in debt hell, let’s take more taxpayer dollars to create taxpayer supported jobs that will help pick winners and losers in the marketplace. Oh, by the way, the projected price tag is estimated at $44.3 billion, up from the $33.6 billion allocated for 2008-2010. It’s painted as this great educational initiative, so you know what that means. That’s right, “if you’re against the bill, then you hate the children”. Anyone, else tired of these traitors in Congress purposefully trying to destroy the American Republic.
Here is what the current bill entails, as described by one of the bill’s major proponent, Rep. Bart Gordan (D-TN) , Chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology.
The first title addresses science and technology policy that reaches across multiple agencies. It includes legislative language that passed the house as H.R. 554, the National Nanotechnology Initiative Amendments Act, and H.R. 2020, the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act. The title includes a section directing the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to work with agencies to develop a consistent policy regarding the management of scientific collections…
In other words, it’s a policy initiative that that spreads across multiple agencies, as to establish consistent protocol on how to continue to overgrow our already out-of-control bloated Federal bureaucracies.
The bill keeps NSF on a doubling path. It aims to: help scientists and engineers funded by NSF to serve as more effective leaders and participants in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education; …
In other words, keep doubling down on the size of the National Science Foundation and make sure to keep phrasing the bill in terms of education. (Now, don’t hate the children).
The third title addresses STEM education across the federal government. It includes legislative language that passed the House as H.R. 1709, the STEM Education Coordination Act, which will coordinate STEM education activities carried out across the federal government. The title also would require the White House to create an advisory committee on STEM education responsible for soliciting input from a variety of stakeholder groups in order to offer guidance to the president on how to better align federal programs with the needs of states and school districts, and to improve connectivity between public and private STEM education efforts.
Finally, the title clarifies the role of the DOE in contributing to STEM education, including energy systems science and engineering education, at all levels.
In other words, create more federal bureaucracy to determine how to benefit state governments and school districts. (That’s a real winner of an idea – the wilfully corrupt leading the blind)
The fourth title in the legislation is largely based on the Committee Print reauthorizing the National Institute of Standards and Technology that passed the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation. The bill reorganizes the NIST labs to better reflect the multidisciplinary nature of technology in the 21st century. The legislation maintains the commitment to doubling the funds provided to NIST labs and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program.
It establishes an Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Department of Commerce to foster innovation and the commercialization of new technologies, products, processes, and services. It also creates federal loan guarantees to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers access capital to invest in innovative technologies that will help them become more efficient and competitive. The bill will also establish the creation of regional innovation clusters,…
In other words, parts of another bill were incorporated into this bill that allows for the doubling of funding for NIST and MEPs. It furthers jumbles up already screwed-up bureaucracies that will attempt to lead the private sector to prosperity though government innovation. It also help picks winners and losers with available tax-payer backed loans.
The fifth title establishes programs to help support innovation broadly. It establishes an Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Department of Commerce to foster innovation and the commercialization of new technologies, products, processes, and services. It also creates federal loan guarantees to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers access capital to invest in innovative technologies that will help them become more efficient and competitive.
In other words, they will offer funding for those the Federal Government deems worthy. Then they will help make private industry become more efficient and competitive. Now, that’s funny.
The sixth title is largely based on language the was approved by the Energy and Environment Subcommittee…It reauthorizes programs at the DOE, including the Office of Science…The bill also authorizes the creation of Energy Innovation Hubs, which aremultidisciplinary collaborations that support research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of advanced energy technologies, with the activities of each Hub centralized at one location where possible.
In other words, it’s part of another bill’s language incorporated into this one to help increase the size of our Federal Government.
So there you have it, traitors in our midst, who are absolutely dead set on destroying the Constitutional Representative Republic Democracy of America. Oh yea, our Federal Government is all about some Democracy. It’s called a Socialist Democracy.
The Republican can play their games and act like they are appalled by the spending proposed. It’s all a election-cycle gimmick. If you want to no how they really wanted to vote, then go look at the vote on this bill in 2007 and you will see most Senate and House Republican approved this with overwhelming majorities. They all need to go, so please pay attention as these traitors run America in the ground. Do what’s right to keep America free and vote all these Congressional ass-clowns out of office.