Reince  Priebus

President Obama wants to keep his job at any cost—even if the cost is a tax increase for the American middle class and tens of thousands of jobs that could have been created.

Yesterday Republicans in the House of Representatives passed legislation that accomplishes four significant goals: (1) extending the payroll tax cuts, (2) protecting Social Security, (3) reforming and extending unemployment insurance, and (4) creating jobs.

These are commonsense, bipartisan, much-needed initiatives. President Obama says he’ll veto them.

Why? Once again, the president is putting reelection ahead of the American people.

There’s a lot about this bill Democrats and Republicans agree on.

The president claims he wants to extend payroll tax cuts, and Republicans agree. This bill will prevent a tax increase for millions of Americans.

The president claims he wants to create jobs, and Republicans agree. This bill approves the Keystone XL pipeline—a pipeline from Canada to Texas that would provide both energy and economic gains and create much needed jobs.

Besides President Obama, the pipeline has bipartisan support.

But as we all know about this president, that doesn’t matter if it doesn’t help his reelection campaign. This time, Obama’s liberal activist base isn’t happy, so faced with the prospect of angering a small cadre of supporters that wield major money and manpower, he said no. He’s promised to veto the bill.

That means vetoing tax cuts, vetoing jobs, vetoing energy security. And it means vetoing bipartisanship.

Rhetorically, President Obama is a champion of bipartisanship. In practice, though, he is almost always its enemy. Sadly, it’s not very surprising. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed 27 bills that would directly benefit our ailing economy. But if the Democrats showed any interest in House Republicans efforts, it would hinder their election strategy of blaming the GOP for four years of Democrats’ failures.

This past Sunday, on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” the president claimed that his job is to “put forward a vision of the country that benefits the vast majority of Americans.” Surely that vision includes a jobs bill that truly benefits the “vast majority of Americans.” After all, a middle class tax increase in a time of economic stagnation is not in most voters’ vision of America.

But the president’s vision has, time and again, been obscured by his own selfish political needs. So it’s no wonder, less than a year out from the 2012 election, 66 percent of Americans “do not have a clear idea of what he wants to accomplish in a second term,” according to a recent CBS News poll.


Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus is chairman of the Republican National Committee.