Attack.

As Mark noted the other day, the President gave an excellent jobs speech.  He then followed it up with a nice rally in Eric Cantor’s Virginia district.  Today, he sent the America Jobs Act to Congress.  (For what it’s worth, I have already received about nine e-mails from OFA and pro-Obama organizations pitching the bill).

And in response, Eric Cantor has already said that he wants to chop it in half.

Go on the attack, Mr. President.  Not vague wistful things about “some in Congress.”  Your enemies are called Republicans.  Draw the contrast.  Every single day.  You’re the good guy; they’re the bad guys.  Tell people.

Pass.  This.  Bill.  Now.

Author: Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic - Land Use, the Environment and Local Government. He grew up and still lives in the San Fernando Valley, about which he remains immensely proud (to the mystification of his friends and colleagues). After graduating from Yale Law School, and while clerking for a federal appeals court judge in Boston, he decided to return to Los Angeles shortly after the January 1994 Northridge earthquake, reasoning that he would gladly risk tremors in order to avoid the average New England wind chill temperature of negative 55 degrees. Professor Zasloff has a keen interest in world politics; he holds a PhD in the history of American foreign policy from Harvard and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Much of his recent work concerns the influence of lawyers and legalism in US external relations, and has published articles on these subjects in the New York University Law Review and the Yale Law Journal. More generally, his recent interests focus on the response of public institutions to social problems, and the role of ideology in framing policy responses. Professor Zasloff has long been active in state and local politics and policy. He recently co-authored an article discussing the relationship of Proposition 13 (California's landmark tax limitation initiative) and school finance reform, and served for several years as a senior policy advisor to the Speaker of California Assembly. His practice background reflects these interests: for two years, he represented welfare recipients attempting to obtain child care benefits and microbusinesses in low income areas. He then practiced for two more years at one of Los Angeles' leading public interest environmental and land use firms, challenging poorly planned development and working to expand the network of the city's urban park system. He currently serves as a member of the boards of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (a state agency charged with purchasing and protecting open space), the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (the leading legal service firm for low-income clients in east Los Angeles), and Friends of Israel's Environment. Professor Zasloff's other major activity consists in explaining the Triangle Offense to his very patient wife, Kathy.

5 thoughts on “Attack.”

  1. Potifar, you can bet. Or you can get off your butt and do something. Write your Congressman. Write your Senators. Write a letter to the editor of your favorite newspaper. Or even comment on your favorite blogs, in a way that strengthens, rather than weakening, the fight against the plutocrats and their tame political party.

  2. Very simple; email your Representative:

    “Get it straight, vote the Bill………find a new job.

    Your choice.”

  3. Yep, agreed. He’s tried being conciliatory *ad nauseam*–and God bless ‘im for it. It’s one of the main reasons I support him. But the evidence is clear that it will not work. There is, basically, no other option.

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