How many talking points can Sen. Denis fit into 700 words?

Victor Joecks

Now, I don’t begrudge anyone the occasional talking point – my favorite is “government shouldn’t pick winners and losers” – but to build a whole column out of talking points, clichés and buzzwords is truly an impressive feat.

And in today’s Las Vegas Sun, state Sen. Mo Denis does just that as he touts President Obama’s American Jobs Act. [I’ve bolded the talking points, clichés and buzzwords]

Besides creating jobs and helping to turn Nevada’s economy around, the American Jobs Act is fully paid for by ending taxpayer giveaways to big oil and tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas while asking the wealthiest of Americans to pay their fair share.

In contrast to President Obama’s comprehensive approach to cutting taxes for the middle class and small businesses while creating jobs right now, Washington Republicans have taken their eye off the ball and are focused not on job-creation but on killing Medicare by turning it over to private insurance companies to pay for taxpayer giveaways to the special interests that bankroll their campaigns.

Republicans in Washington and those running for president are rejecting bipartisanship and pretending that more handouts to big corporations and the wealthiest will grow the economy. The American people aren’t buying it. The Republican budget plan, in addition to killing Medicare, takes a meat ax to Social Security and destroys nearly a million American jobs, all while repealing the protections put in place to prevent another financial crisis.

Republicans should abandon their reckless agenda and reject the same failed policies that got us into this mess and join Democrats in passing this bill. The American Jobs Act is what the American people want: common sense, not controversy. Too many Nevadans have been out of work for too long for Washington politicians to waste time playing partisan games. Congress should pass this bill immediately.

You have to read the entire column to fully appreciate how much it resembles someone cutting and pasting a sheet of talking points.

In fact, it’s so over the top that I wonder if Denis actually wrote the column. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s just a slightly modified version of a generic op-ed that the White House is trying to run around the country.

Regardless, cramming that many talking points, clichés and buzzwords into 700 words is impressive.

It’s also worth noting that this is the same Jobs Act that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has yet to schedule a vote for, instead focusing on a bill regarding China and currency that isn’t likely to pass, but will help Midwest Democrats vying for reelection.