The president wants a program to spend a half a trillion dollars on stuff to make Jimmy Hoffa et. al. happy, with a possible temporary blip in the economy to help his re-election chances -- which he is asking to be offset in the budget by having Congress (Republicans ... spending bills start in the House) cut a half a trillion dollars in spending elsewhere. Oh, and this has to be passed, like every other bit of Obama backed legislation ... last week or sooner. Even though it took him like 3 weeks to come up with it, 3 years into his term, after multiple vacations. Gotta be passed pronto. No time to waste. Pass it so we can see what's in it.
So in his head, during the election season he gets to point to a great "jobs" program (of course it is, he said it was) and beat the Republicans up over all the programs they cut, and this is how he hopes to run. "I'm just trying to provide jobs, meanwhile the evil Republicans are cutting programs."
Do I have that about right?
It's a rhetorical question. :-)
Update: (09/13/2011) - Bill Frezza apparently agrees, and he put it way better than I did.
The Veg-O-Matic President